Full Job Description
The Rockefeller Foundation is uniquely positioned to accelerate an inclusive energy transition as an on-ramp for the human opportunity. To advance this goal at an unprecedented scale, the Foundation committed $500M to the establishment of The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP), a groundbreaking new vehicle launched together with preeminent philanthropic, government, donor, MDB, DFI, and private sector partner. GEAPP will develop into a powerful platform to accelerate an equitable energy transition in 60+ priority emerging and developing economies, lifting hundreds of millions of people into the modern economy via improved access to renewable electricity, creating millions of green jobs, and averting billions of tons of carbon.
To achieve these ambitious goals the Power and Climate (P&C) team needs to build an umbrella of effective support, ensuring an efficient interface between GEAPP, the Foundation, and its wider network of partners and stakeholders. While focused on ensuring the success of GEAPP, the P&C team will continue to directly invest in high-impact areas that advance the broader energy access and transition ecosystem (e.g., capacities, knowledge, innovations) and create a positive enabling environment for GEAPP.
This role will partner directly with the SVP, Power & Climate to achieve the following core objectives:
- Lead an effective interface between RF and GEAPP that enables a more robust strategy, higher performance, shared accountability, and deep learning
- Develop and communicate insights and knowledge about the projects, innovations, and results of GEAPP to widen its circle of influence and deepen support for the overall mission
- Support the next phase of RF’s Power & Climate strategy with a focus on the enabling environment needed to scale just energy access & energy transitions
- Leverage data, evidence, and insights from our investment in GEAPP to strengthen the Foundation’s voice in global climate and development, and to inform RF’s emerging strategy on climate change
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Lead the Rockefeller Foundation and GEAPP Interface:
- Serve as the SVP’s ambassador to key internal and external stakeholders to support GEAPP’s success, enabling thoughtful collaboration and effective project management that delivers the right support for GEAPP, and optimizes the deployment of RF capabilities in the most needed areas (e.g., operations, advocacy, partnership development, fundraising, etc.)
- Build a powerful knowledge and intelligence sharing mechanism to enable better decision-making, stronger alignment, and mutual accountability between RF and GEAPP
- Oversee transparent and mutually beneficial reporting processes between GEAPP and RF, working closely with the Foundation’s organizational performance team, GEAPP’s MEL team, and experts across the Alliance network, especially other core funders of GEAPP
- Lead regular performance analysis of GEAPP (i.e., serve as RF’s GEAPP Program Officer) to provide additive feedback, grow its success and generate maximum impact
- Liaise with the President’s Office, ensuring real-time flows of information on GEAPP’s program progress, partnership development, and other key priorities; and supporting specific outreach and engagement efforts by the President to expand GEAPP’s circle of influence and support.
Drive Knowledge and Innovation:
- In collaboration with multiple foundation teams (e.g., Innovation & Communication, Policy, and Advocacy) advance unique policy, advocacy, and convening opportunities that amplify the vision and strategy of GEAPP and our shared goal of ending energy poverty and driving inclusive energy transitions
- Support the development of GEAPP’s annual P3 report to establish it as a globally recognized thought leadership vehicle for the sector, and identify additional analytical and learning opportunities that build support for GEAPP and its mission
- Oversee the development of curated materials that help to drive strategic partnership development on behalf of GEAPP
Shape our Power and Climate Strategy:
- Integrate key RF, P&C, and GEAPP team members to develop a refreshed Power and Climate strategy designed to strengthen the ecosystem for GEAPP, especially via longer-gestation investments in areas such as capacity building, upstream innovation, foundational research, new tool development, etc.
- Design and lead specific priority investments (grants & contracts), ensuring effective partnerships that focus on results and accountability, and the integration of new knowledge and insights with the GEAPP team
- Play a leadership role in a cross-team process to develop the Foundation’s long-term climate change strategy, with a focus on harnessing insights from our energy portfolio to inform the Foundation’s thinking on climate mitigation and adaptation/resilience, and opportunities to scale innovations in the energy-health-agriculture-jobs nexus
- Working with the SVP, help to grow our voice in the global development conversation, centered around the impact that expanding clean energy can have on inclusion, economic opportunity, and gender equity.
Education, Experience, and Skills
- At least 12 years of experience leading strategy development and the oversight of complex projects with the social sector, philanthropy, or professional service / consulting organizations
- An advanced degree (master’s or above) in a related field is a strong advantage
- Experience working in sustainable development in developing nation contexts, with specific expertise in energy and climate change an advantage
- High emotional intelligence, a strong sense of collaboration, and an ability to navigate complexity with strategic and analytic savvy
- Highly organized with the ability to wear multiple hats in a dynamic, fast-moving environment; a solution-oriented team player who manages toward clarity
- Experience in managing knowledge and/or learning and evaluation systems focused on generating deep insights and intelligence to inform strategy
- Navigates seamlessly between the meta (big picture) and micro (in the weeds)
Qualifications and Competencies
- Strategic thinking: Ability to dissect complex challenges, understand root causes and develop creative yet sound approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.
- Leadership: Possesses the highest professional integrity with comfortable delivering tough messages, providing objective perspectives, and framing important choices.
- Partnership and Relationship Building: Strong ability to represent the Power & Climate team and Foundation, effective relationship management with colleagues at all levels (peers, junior and senior staff), intercultural knowledge, strategic partnership building for greater impact
- Execution: Strong project management skills, adherence to deadlines, sense of responsibility and accountability, and the ability to effectively multi-task and work with diverse colleagues across teams. Track record and ability to produce and disseminate high-quality products for internal and external. stakeholders
- Decision-Making: Ability to evaluate risks and opportunities, using analytical and strong problem-solving skills. Ability to usher others through an effective decision-making process.
- Facilitation and convening: Well-versed in facilitating and convening diverse groups, whether around specific internal projects or more externally oriented stakeholder engagements
- Consultative and Advisory Skills: Experience working in a consultative or advisory role; demonstrated success managing partners or internal teams and ability to achieve impact through others.
- Integration: Ability to identify where complementary skillsets are needed and to pull in those capabilities from within the team and across the organization. Demonstrates inclusiveness, collaboration, and respect for all stakeholders, and represents broad organizational interests.
- Communication: Interpersonal and external communication abilities; exceptional listening and written and speaking skills. Experience with the development of materials for an executive-level audience.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Committed to the mission of the Foundation, to inclusion, equity, and diversity in every aspect of your work, and to challenge conventional wisdom through evidence, reason, and amplifying dissenting, unconventional, and marginalized voices.
The Rockefeller Foundation intends at present to form, establish, and launch a global initiative for ending energy poverty known as The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet. This position will begin at the Foundation and may be transferred or assigned to The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet. Such transfer or assignment, if at all, would in all aspects be subject to the Foundation’s sole discretion.
The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to offer a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes: comprehensive health insurance coverage, generous retirement savings plan with employer match and contributions, vacation and personal leave, safe and sick leave, summer hours, flexible work arrangements, tuition reimbursement, an Employee Assistance Program, backup childcare, and family support services, life and disability insurance, legal and identity theft services, paid family leave, semi-annual volunteering opportunity and gift matching program, and much more.
As an organization, we focus on six values to advance our culture and continue our success. We are dedicated to being Transparent, Optimistic, Accountable, Collaborative, Trusted, and Equitable. We operate from a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in everything that we do. It’s not only the right thing to do – we couldn’t make an impact without the diverse perspectives and experiences of our team members. We expect all employees at the Foundation to contribute by developing their unique perspectives and talent, challenging conventional wisdom through evidence and reason, and amplifying marginalized voices.
The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status, or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.
The Rockefeller Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.