The Clean Cooking Alliance (the “Alliance”) works with a global network of partners to build a dynamic and financially sustainable industry that makes clean cooking accessible to families around the world. Established in 2010, the Alliance supports the development, sale, distribution, and consistent use of clean cooking solutions that transform lives by improving health, protecting the climate and environment, and helping families save time and money. In alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Alliance is working to achieve universal access to clean cooking by 2030.
The Evidence & Impact (E&I) team works across the organization to ensure that the most up-to-date evidence is used in programming and that a culture of learning is promoted. The E&I team serves as technical experts on clean cooking and health-,environment-,and climate-related issues and supports the translation of research to policy, advocacy, and project/program design and implementation. The E&I team also manages or co-manager the relationships with several key health, environment, and climate organizations.
As a member of the Alliance’s Evidence & Impact team, the Manager of Standards and Testing oversees the Alliance’s efforts on standards and testing to drive the clean cooking sector toward technologies that can achieve greater benefits. This role will focus on refining and executing the Alliance’s standards and testing strategy, including designing projects and budgets, ensuring coordination with external partners, and integrating this work internally into the Alliance’s broader efforts. S/he must be equally comfortable engaging with governments on policy, innovators on technology, businesses on markets, and scientists on research, including serving as the bridge between these groups to ensure a collaborative and cohesive approach to standards and testing in the clean cooking sector. As this role requires engaging with stakeholders from all over the world, strong cultural competency is critical.
S/he reports directly to the Senior Director, Evidence & Impact, and closely collaborates with members of the Alliance’s Gender, Demand & Policy team and the Private Sector & Investment team. S/he will also work with the entire Alliance team to support communications, market strengthening, donor engagement and other critical activities. S/he works in close collaboration with external strategic partners and stakeholders to support standards and testing-related activities within the sector.
The Alliance Standards & Testing Strategy
International standards provide a single, validated source for testing methods and performance indicators. This facilitates coordination in a sector where each actor can have differing priorities, approaches, and goals. In addition to harmonizing how performance is measured and reported, standards also formalize a sector; they are the basis of governmental, donor and organizational policies and programs, as well as a means of tracking progress toward policy objectives, and provide incentive for manufacturers to work toward higher performance targets.
The Alliance has supported the sector to develop international standards through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) since 2012. There are now international standards for lab testing and field testing that can be adapted and adopted in national contexts. The Alliance works with governments, intergovernmental organizations, and other decision-makers to implement these standards and testing protocols to drive the market to higher quality products, ultimately benefiting consumers.
Successful standards implementation depends on quality testing services. The Alliance works closely with testing centers around the world to build their capacity, ensure ongoing technical training, and support their sustainability.
The Manager, Standards and Testing will lead this work in close collaboration with Alliance partners, including the ISO, US Environmental Protection Agency, the World Health Organization, GIZ (German Development Agency), the World Bank, and others.
We seek applicants who comfortably dive into the minutiae of standards and regulations and synthesize these details to understand the big-picture implications for policy and market growth. We are interested in applicants who have experience engaging with a range of stakeholders on technical and non-technical topics. We seek candidates who are able to cultivate effective working relationships with people, internally and externally, from a wide variety of types of organizations, cultural backgrounds, and areas of expertise.
Benefits & Compensation
For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:
Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.
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