The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) is seeking a full-time consultant to support market development activities in Nigeria. The Market Manager will be responsible for building strong relationships with key stakeholders within the private, public, and civil society sectors, working to establish cross-sectorial collaborations and pushing the field of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Fundraising is an important part of the role, as well as finding, supporting, and evaluating social entrepreneurs to create maximum impact in the clean cookstoves and fuels sector in Nigeria.
The Market Manager is expected to bring a combination of entrepreneurial spirit, intellectual curiosity, strategic thinking, passion for social change, focus on tangible results, a collaborative “can do” attitude, and a desire for continuous improvement. We are looking for an inspirational leader who is up for the challenge to launch change programs in Nigeria; someone who can manage operations independently and build a strong portfolio of activities in support of the Alliance’s global goal of reaching 100 million households by 2020.
The use of open fires and traditional cookstoves and fuels by close to 500 million households globally is one of the world’s most pressing health and environmental problems. According to the World Health Organization, household air pollution from cookstove smoke kills over 4 million people every year and sickens millions more.
The Alliance is a public-private partnership established in 2010 and dedicated to creating a thriving global market for cookstoves and fuels to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment. The sector’s collective goal is to enable 100 million households to adopt cleaner and more efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance includes 1,200+ partners including multinational corporations and small enterprises, international and national NGOs, donors, and governments – all committed to a market-based approach to developing the sector. We also work closely with national institutions that mirror at a national level the work of the Alliance. Over the last five years, the Alliance has made significant progress toward creating an enabling environment and strengthening supply within the sector. This provides a greater opportunity for effective engagement on the demand side.
Help advance the development, coordination, and implementation of Nigeria’s Country Action Plan and annual operating plans – this requires identifying weaknesses in the cookstoves and fuels market, and collaboratively developing strategies to address them.
Collaboratively design marketing, communications, and behavior change campaigns that build the cookstove and fuels category
Work with relevant government ministries to identify and support an effective enabling environment for the clean cookstove and fuels market
Steward appropriate outreach to important stakeholder groups to keep them apprised of Alliance activities locally, regionally, and globally, and to grow Alliance partnerships
Represent the Alliance at events as requested
Keep the Alliance informed of the changing needs of players in the clean cookstove and fuel value chain and keep abreast of new developments in the global cookstove market
Robustly monitor and evaluate all Alliance market-enabling activities and adjust them based on a constant feedback loop with key stakeholders
Work in coordination with the Regional Director to ensure alignment of all efforts in Nigeria
Who are we looking for?
This is a wide-ranging scope that requires significant hands-on experience and an ability to work in an intense, fast-paced environment. You are right for this if:
You have an entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset
You are a relationship builder who quickly gains trust and makes connections to reach creative agreements and solutions
You use active listening and excellent communication skills to enable others to understand different perspectives, question assumptions, and improve actions
You have developed and overseen the production of marketing campaigns and materials, and are familiar with ongoing and developing trends in media, technology, and consumer behavior
You have excellent project management and interpersonal skills
You have the ability to work independently and be part of a virtual team, thriving in a start-up environment
You have experience working in or with the commercial sector, and an ability to engage commercial sector partners and bring them on board
You have a Bachelor’s degree (or more) in business, communications, marketing, public relations or a related field
You have at least seven years relevant experience including significant project management experience
How to Apply?
Please send a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31, 2015.