Clean Energy Access Fellow, Carbon Markets

Nairobi, Kenya | Full-time | Minimum of three months, with potential of renewal up to one year

About the Organization

CLASP serves at the epicentre of collaborative, ambitious efforts to mitigate climate change and in the global movement for clean energy access through appliance efficiency. Our mission is to improve the energy and environmental performance of the appliances & equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world. We work hand-in-hand with governments, experts, industry, consumers, donor organisations and others to propel policies and markets toward the highest-quality, lowest resource-intensive appliances possible.

CLASP has worked in more than 100 countries since its inception in 1999. CLASP is headquartered in Washington, DC, with teams in Europe, Kenya, India and Indonesia. We’re mission-driven and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, collaboration, and impactful work. See our Team Page to learn more about us.

About the Role – Clean Energy Access Carbon Markets Fellow

CLASP seeks an early-career research professional ready to take their experience to the next level with our growing team. The Fellow will support CLASP’s Clean Energy Access Research team, which works in partnership with stakeholders across Africa and South Asia to improve markets for energy-efficient, high-quality appliances on and off the grid. Our team provides world-class technical and advisory services to develop global off-grid appliance markets.

The Fellow will primarily support research and analysis under the LEIA program of the Efficiency for Access Coalition. Efficiency for Access is a global coalition that promotes high-performing appliances that contribute to clean energy access for the world’s poorest people. The Fellow will primarily support the following Carbon Markets research project:

  • Climate Financing for Productive Use of Renewable Energy (PURE) Appliances – Acknowledging the potential to leverage climate finance to increase affordability of PURE technologies, the research fellow will work in close collaboration with the Carbon Finance Lead to support research into barriers and opportunities that are needed to unlock green finance mechanisms that support the widespread adoption of renewable energy appliances for productive purposes. The ultimate goal is to provide actionable recommendations to key stakeholders in the seamless integration of climate financing into PURE projects.
  • Specifically, the Fellow will support the development of a Roadmap for Carbon Finance in PURE markets across Africa.

The Fellow will be responsible for a variety of internal and external facing research activities including, but not limited:

  • Desk research and data analysis synthesising data from internal CLASP databases and relevant external repositories. Utilize advanced analytics techniques to extract meaningful insights from large datasets. Review of Carbon registries and PURE related Project Design Documents, Government Carbon Policy.
  • Key Informant interviews with carbon project developers, brokers purchasers and PURE companies.
  • Identify trends and patterns in PURE carbon project data to inform decision-making processes. Support mapping of key stakeholder and outreach, identifying opportunities for strategic partnerships.
  • Report documentation, discussing its findings to inform a pilot framework/methodology.
  • In collaboration with CLASP’s communications team and research lead, contribute to producing high-quality, peer-reviewed donor and public-facing research outputs that will serve as industry benchmarks and communicate the impacts of the Efficiency for Access Coalition, the LEIA program, and off- and weak-grid appliances more broadly.
  • Support other related CLASP research projects as needed.

CLASP is a fast-paced, international, and highly collegial work environment. The right candidate will be able to move creatively and strategically from idea to implementation, know how to prioritise and re-prioritize in a fast-paced work environment, move between the small details and the big picture with skill, bring well-honed listening and interpersonal skills, and can filter many streams of information for the best process or product.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Current or recent post-graduate student studying data analytics/ data visualization or research-based degree and/or 1-3 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Knowledge of the carbon markets and solar powered appliances.
  • Knowledge of and experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Strong work ethic and an ability to take the initiative; a drive to learn and grow on the job.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; proven ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to identify and interpret trends and patterns in data and support informed decision-making processes.
  • Professional demeanour, including the ability to comport in a diverse, international work environment.
  • Experience in finance, energy efficiency, renewable energy, economics or analogous sectors preferred.
  • Intellectual agility and a commitment to professional development.

Compensation and Location

CLASP is accepting candidates, based in Nairobi, Kenya. CLASP provides a competitive hourly rate and will also reimburse for expenses in the performance of the work. Payments are limited to authorised travel and purchase of software of research subscriptions as required and permitted. Occasional travel (domestic and international), as well as evening hours, may be necessary.

How to Apply

If you believe you meet the attributes and skills above, please fill in the enclosed application form (URL: https://forms.gle/3TY3zCKP515WzDbR7). If you have any questions, kindly email mphilip@clasp.ngo. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview.

CLASP seeks to fill this role as soon as possible; the deadline for application is the 24th of May 2023, and assessment will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. Each person is evaluated based on personal skill and merit.

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