Clean Energy Access Research Fellow

CLASP seeks an early-career analyst/research professional to support CLASP’s Clean Energy Access Research team's work to improve markets for energy-efficient, high-quality appliances on and off the grid.

Nairobi, Kenya | Full for a minimum of 3 months | Apply by: 23 September

About the Organization

CLASP focuses on appliance & equipment energy performance and quality, to mitigate and adapt to climate change, expand access to clean energy, and improve lives. We serve at the epicenter 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 organizations, and others to propel policies and markets toward the highest-quality, least resource-intensive appliances possible.

CLASP has worked in more than 100 countries since our inception in 1999. We have offices in Washington, DC; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India, with additional teams in Europe, China, and Indonesia.

We are 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 – CEA Research Fellow

CLASP seeks an early-career analyst/ 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 one of these two projects:

  • Master the Metrics – in close collaboration with the researcher manager and the director of clean energy research, conduct literature review and analysis to support the development of an impact framework for CLASP’s work. Use the research to support the development of a tool that allows CLASP to prioritise its interventions based on maximising impacts to people whilst remaining planet neutral.
  • Workforce & Skills Development – in close collaboration with the LEIA program lead, support the scoping and design of a new workstream that focusses on developing a workforce and building capacity needed to power the clean energy transition. The research will enable the program team to identify skills gaps, and partnership opportunities that will contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth of off-grid appliance business and markets.

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.
  • Key stakeholder mapping 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 analytics or research-based degree and/or 1-3 years of relevant professional experience
  • 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 synthesise data and analysis to inform strategy and recommendations
  • Professional demeanour, including the ability to comport in a diverse, international work environment
  • Experience in energy efficiency, renewable energy, agricultural, public health, or analogous sectors preferred.
  • Intellectual agility and a commitment to professional development

Compensation and Location

CLASP is accepting both part-time and full-time candidates, based in Nairobi, Kenya. CLASP provides a competitive hourly salary rate and will also reimburse for expenses in the performance of the work. Reimbursements 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.

To Apply

Please send the following as a single attachment to info@efficiencyforaccess.org. The email subject should be “CLASP CEA Research Fellow Application.”

  • A concise CV including a 1-page covering letter (total maximum three pages), highlighting relevant experience and availability i.e., part-time, or full-time.

CLASP seeks to fill this role as soon as possible; the deadline for application is 23 September, 2022, 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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