India Clean Air Connect aims to help unlock barriers to air quality action in India at scale
Our goal is to support greater coordination, & collaboration across people working on air quality from diverse expertise and geographies
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India Clean Air Connect is a response to air quality convenings hosted by the India Climate Collaborative, Clean Air Fund, ClimateWorks Foundation and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation in 2019 and 2020.
India's air pollution is not limited to one city or one source
Solving for India's air pollution crisis means:
Aligning efforts across different disciplines to address multiple sources of pollution
Improving air quality in all 124 non-attainment cities, 73 polluted industrial clusters and more
Amplifying and strengthening existing efforts and networks
124 Non-attainment cities
73 Critically polluted industrial clusters
If your work seeks to improve India’s air quality through communication, advocacy, research, policy change, planning, litigation, community engagement or market-based solutions, join #IndiaCleanAirConnect
The Lead Coordinator will drive the conceptualisation, planning and delivery of the preparatory phases of the project, envisaged as an 18-month set of consultations across different continents. The Lead will ensure the consultations are attended by the right people, have the right preparatory material, are well facilitated and lead to dynamic outcomes that are fundable and supportable by a wide network of stakeholders. They will liaise with staff members leading complementary work at CEEW, CAF and other partners to ensure alignment between the dialogues and the broader clean air action ecosystem.
S/he will be the one-point contact for the CEO for strategic communications, organising high-level convenings, and end-to-end project management across the initiative and ensuring successful outcomes. S/he will have a say in guiding the work, shaping its intellectual structure and dynamics, while ensuring a growing circle of experts, thought leaders, political influencers and champions are engaged and supportive towards the initiative. The post holder will be accountable for powering the in-person meetings which are the engine for building Our Common Air.
- With key partners, flesh out the rationale and strategy for Our Common Air to ensure it
is clear, politically savvy and well placed to advance the goal of cleaner air for all.
- Planning, organising and leading convenings across the duration of the initiative.
- Stakeholder management and handling different work streams across the entire project.
- Building strong relationships across stakeholder groups to connect them with CEEW’s work and create collaboration opportunities.
- Leading CEEW’s outreach efforts with domestic and international institutions as well as experts and leaders within government, academia, industry and civil society organisations.
- Drawing on existing research to ‘connect the dots’ to deliver on the ask from the above parties; being mindful of setting feasible milestones (given the research nature of work) and building trusted relationships.
- Support CEO stakeholder meetings through participation and notetaking, synthesising information for meaningful takeaways.
- Through various forms of engagement and outreach, with each consultation and its outputs and aftermath building towards the next engagement, work towards ultimate agreement on the shape of an effective programme to drive global action on clean air.
- Recognising that there are existing international mechanisms and organisations tackling air pollution, ensure their perspectives, strengths and interests are represented, while ensuring the r Common Air forum can go beyond each individual entity.
- Master’s degree with a specialisation in international relations/public policy/governance/environmental science/ Economics/ Finance.
- Familiarity with environmental and in particular global air pollution issues.
- 12-15 years of relevant work experience.
- Prior experience of leading initiatives across India and internationally and a track record of project leadership.
- Knowledge and passion for air quality.
- Experience in navigating and establishing relationships at the highest-levels with international stakeholders, government and civic groups.
- Experience in working on/air quality issues or environment or health
- Proven track record in leading meetings and convenings at the highest levels.
- Extremely strong project management acumen - ability to handle multiple workstreams together while keeping the initiative’s platforms at the centre.
- Excellent written and presentation skills.
- Demonstrable negotiating skills, with an ability to think strategically around trade-offs
and longer-term goals.
- A passionate leader who thrives on implementing strategy and its execution.
- A self motivated individual with a disciplined work approach.
- Ability to adapt and deliver under deadlines in a professional environment.
- Ability to dig deeper into details, while also keeping a sense of the broader objectives and big picture.
- Willingness to learn, grow and develop at personal and professional front.
- Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.
About the organisation
CEEW and the Clean Air Fund with other partners, have launched a global initiative-Our Common Air that supports and accelerates clean air in more places around the globe. The initiative would operate at a global scale, but act to motivate and support local, regional and sectoral actions that eliminates air pollution at its sources.
The partners are initiating an 18 month process to design and launch this global network initiative. We envision it building on existing efforts by international organisations, civil society and private sector but bringing fragmented efforts together in a way that amplifies their impact, as a foundation for faster, deeper, more effective clean air action in more places.The resulting initiative could take a variety of forms: a coordinating framework and infrastructure for existing regional and sectoral initiatives, a financing facility, a motivating and/or binding set of global targets, or something else. The goal is to bring together strategic thinking, scientific grounding, and immersion in sectoral realities to develop an initiative that accelerates clean air in more places. The dialogue and resulting initiative will complement but not be limited to being a part of the current “international” system for governing air quality.