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Research Fellow, Clean Cooking Alliance

Position Overview

The Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) works with a global network of partners to build an inclusive industry that makes clean cooking accessible to the three billion people who live each day without it. Established in 2010, CCA is driving consumer demand, mobilizing investment to build a pipeline of scalable businesses, and fostering an enabling environment that allows the sector to thrive. Clean cooking transforms lives by improving health, protecting the climate and environment, empowering women, and helping consumers save time and money.

CCA serves as one of the central knowledge hubs for the clean cooking sector. As such, CCA must remain up to date on the latest clean cooking evidence and strategically disseminate new findings and tools to stakeholders. New research comes out regularly, and partners working on these issues need help interpreting the data, findings, and implications for action; the Evidence & Impact team leads this work.

The Research Fellow will support the Evidence & Impact team in synthesizing and disseminating research findings both internally and externally. S/he will report to the Senior Director, Evidence & Impact. S/he is responsible for staying informed on the latest and most critical research (peer-reviewed and grey literature) in the sector and synthesizing and communicating this evidence into clear and easily digestible outputs such as blogs, tweets, etc. S/he works closely across CCA’s teams, especially the Advocacy & Communications team.

To support CCA’s research communications strategy, the Fellow will frequently create and refine presentations, infographics, and other materials. Proficiency in visual communications and presentation tools such as PowerPoint is strongly recommended. The Fellow should also possess technical knowledge in health, environment/climate, economics/econometrics, gender, international development, political science, public policy, or related topic areas. S/he should be able to understand the impacts of clean cooking and communicate those impacts to a lay audience.

Essential Functions

  • Track and synthesize relevant research using online databases and through outreach to sector researchers.
  • Author blog posts, social media posts, and articles.
  • Develop materials—including PowerPoint presentations, infographics, publications, and online content—to effectively communicate sector research to diverse stakeholders.
  • Disseminate (internally) research results to the CCA team.
  • Support the Evidence & Impact team in communicating and disseminating the 2020-2025 research strategy to internal and external audiences.
  • Support the Evidence & Impact team in developing fact sheets, talking points, and other materials based on evidence from research conducted in the sector or partner sectors.
  • Maintaining working knowledge of the UNF agreement process (for both contracts and grants), and when to utilize the proper templates accordingly. (As applicable to the role)
  • Drafting and reviewing agreements and maintaining an understanding of all agreement terms and applicable flow-downs, consulting with UNF’s finance/contracts team as needed. (As applicable to the role)
  • Attending training sessions provided by UNF’s contracts team to maintain and keep up to date with UNF’s current policies and procedures. (As applicable to the role)
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of UNF’s Salesforce database to be able to process and track agreements, extract information and prepare reports. (As applicable to the role)
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • 0-2 years of work experience.
  • Current or recent graduate of a master’s degree program, preference towards those currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a degree program in econometrics, international development, economics, political science, environmental science, public policy, or a related discipline.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to synthesize large amounts of technical information.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate complex concepts in a concise and compelling manner.
  • A love for and ability to efficiently read and synthesize journal articles.
  • Experience in conducting and disseminating research.
  • Ability to communicate complex data through visualization, storytelling, or other creative formats.
  • High proficiency with presentation tools, such as PowerPoint.
  • Technical knowledge in health, environment/climate, evaluation, standards, economics/econometrics, gender, markets intelligence, international development, political science, public policy or related topic areas.
  • Work experience relating to international development, research, communications, market-based solutions, or household energy is preferred.
  • Flexibility, openness to new challenges, and the ability to thrive as part of a highly functioning, fast-paced group of professionals and to prioritize competing demands.
  • Self-starter with the desire for continuous learning and respond positively to constructive feedback.
  • Ability to work with various teams.
  • Ability to follow instructions thoroughly.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
  • Ability to work 25-29 hours/week for 4-6 months.
  • Personal commitment to the Clean Cooking Alliance and United Nations Foundations missions.

*Please note that this position is entirely remote*

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