Efficient Appliances for People & the Planet


Africa and Middle East Country Engagement Lead


Summary of Role

CLASP is seeking a qualified consultant to lead Country Engagement efforts in Africa and the Middle East under an innovative and impactful global public health campaign. The consultant will work closely with an international team to support the implementation of the campaign, including building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, government decision makers, industry associations, and NGOs, and delivering evidence to influence the region, a country, or stakeholder/group toward the campaign goal.

A successful candidate will identify, develop and maintain trusting relationships with government contacts throughout Africa and the Middle East. Conduct country assessments and other analysis to define strategic engagement plans in priority countries. Coordinate development and delivery of technical and analytical evidence to members of governments and others, when needed. Coordinate a coalition of environmental and public health advocates, consumer groups, leading businesses in support of the campaign goals.

The ideal candidate will have experience implementing campaigns pertaining to public health, environmental justice, and/or climate change mitigation and be familiar with the zero mercury community of practice in the region as well as the Minamata Conference of Parties. Experience working with governments (particularly Ministries of Environment or Health) in Africa and the Middle East is highly encouraged.

We offer 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 pivot and communicate strategic changes, move between the small details and the big picture with skill, bring well-honed listening, interpersonal and persuasion skills, and be able to filter many streams of information for the best result.

This is an 11-month contract culminating in November 2021, with potential for a short extension after that. The consultant will be expected to commit half time throughout this time.

Key qualifications

  • 7-10 years of experience in public health, energy, environment, and/or climate change fields
  • International experience required, experience in international multilateral negotiations preferred
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree (relevant field preferred)
  • Fluency in more than one language preferred
  • Exemplary team coordination skills; knows how to work through people to get results
  • Moves smoothly between analyzing an evidence base and formulating high-level strategy
  • Persuasive; ability to connect with and influence people in diverse, international work environments and settings, including business, government and the non-profit sector
  • Ability to travel in both developed and developing countries once COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed
  • Ability to maintain composure, flexibility, and a sense of humor.
  • Intellectual agility

About the Organization

CLASP serves 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 together with governments, experts, industry, consumers, donor organizations 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 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.

To Apply

Duma Works is assisting CLASP in its recruitment efforts. To express interest in working as the Africa and Middle East Country Engagement Lead, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume and 1-page expression of interest, through Duma’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to Duma.

CLASP will contact qualified respondents directly with details about the global public health campaign and a specific scope of work.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


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