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Science Manager, Super Pollutants


Clean Air Fund


Clean Air Fund

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London, United Kingdom    New Delhi, India    Accra, Ghana    Johannesburg, South Africa    

Applicant Location Requirements

London, United Kingdom    New Delhi, India    Accra, Ghana    Johannesburg, South Africa    

Application Deadline

March 27, 2024

Who we are

Clean Air Fund is a global philanthropic organization that brings together governments, campaigners, researchers, funders, and businesses to create a world where everyone breathes clean air.

Job purpose

The Science Manager – Super Pollutants will manage technical elements of multi-lateral partnerships and coalitions, oversee a portfolio of research grants and projects, and strategically generate and communicate data and evidence to drive funders, governments, and non-profits to work effectively towards reducing black carbon emissions globally.

Scope of role

The post holder will oversee work to reduce scientific uncertainties and bottlenecks around black carbon and other super pollutants to support policy goals and accelerate emissions reductions.

You will:

– Develop a strategy and manage the implementations for research projects;
– Bring together the science community and generate shared goals;
– Lead on technical elements of the organization’s work with intergovernmental organizations, governments, and non-profits;
– Be responsible for outreach and engagement with academic institutions, multilateral agencies, and other stakeholders.

It’s a hugely influential role and will span climate change, air pollution and public health fields.

As you would expect, it will require a deep understanding of the latest science and a strategic approach to how science can advance international policy matters on black carbon and other super pollutants.

Tasks will include engaging directly with global experts, developing a science strategy, managing a portfolio of grants, inputting into science communications efforts, and working closely with policy and advocacy activities. Key stakeholders will include:

– Global leaders on climate and SLCPs,

– Academic institutions and think tanks,

– Grantees and suppliers for grant and project development and management.

Key accountabilities

To give a steer, the role is split approximately into the following broad categories with more detail on each available in the supporting Job


Project and grant management (50%)

Strategy and vision (20%)

Stakeholder engagement and coordination (20%)

Research and analysis (10%)

The ideal person

First and foremost, you’ll be great at building trusted collaborative relationships – at all levels. After all you’ll be mixing with major governments, agencies NGOs, donors and partners across the globe.

You’ll be confident negotiating and influencing across all stakeholder communities from academics to senior international decision-makers and be comfortable juggling multiple tasks with tight deadlines.

As you’d expect, you’ll be a natural at thinking and acting strategically and will have a knack for explaining and discussing complex topics in layman’s terms. Not everyone gets the science behind what we do.

And because we operate globally – you’ll be a cultural chameleon able to adapt your style and approach to suit.

The Technical requirements:

You’ll bring that deep expertise on the science of air pollution, super pollutants, climate change and their interlinkages and will have led and implemented projects including climate modelling, health impact analyses and action research.

You’ll have managed policy-relevant research and science projects on air pollution, climate change or related fields at an international level, designing and delivering research strategies that inform evidence-informed policy recommendations.

And you will have amassed contacts within relevant global institutions, such as academic institutions, UN agencies, international financial institutions, etc.

For more detail on the specifics of the role and responsibilities please refer to the Job Description.

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