Clean Air Asia
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Full Time

Closing Date

Dec 08 2021




Position Title:                            DIRECTOR, Clean Air Asia India office


Location:                                   New Delhi, India


Application Closing Date:           08 December 2021


Estimated Start Date:                As soon as possible




Clean Air Asia is an international non-governmental organization leading the regional mission for better air quality, and healthier, more livable cities throughout Asia. Our mission is to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Asia and contribute to the development of a more sustainable, equitable and healthier region. We empower governments and cities by inspiring action and focusing efforts on the planning and implementation of solutions at scale, fostering regional cooperation to address issues of mutual concern, and ensuring the integration of air quality management across sectors and institutions. Our work focuses on implementing solutions that reduce air pollution, its detrimental health impacts and mitigate the climate crisis. We do so by providing policy guidance, building capacity, and making a compelling case for action among stakeholders at city, national, and regional levels. Since 2008, we have been a United Nations-recognized partnership comprised of more than 250 organizations in Asia and internationally, with six Country Networks (Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam). Our headquarters are in Manila, Philippines, and we have offices in Beijing, China, and New Delhi, India.


Clean Air Asia is currently recruiting for a full time Director for our small, nimble but growing office in Delhi, India. The Director will provide strategic direction, leadership and operational management to the office and our work in India. The role will also involve working with individual staff, teams and working groups within the organization – as well as with key external stakeholders.


About the role:


Based in Delhi, the Director will provide strategic and operational leadership for the office, ensuring ongoing development and successful delivery of its strategy and initiatives. The successful applicant will be required to maintain senior relationships with funders, government and as well as private sector stakeholders in order to facilitate the ambitious goals of the office and the transformation we seek in India. The Director will lead a small Delhi-based team and lead new business development efforts to expand and grow our work in India in collaboration with key stakeholders, our current funders and partners while also ensuring high quality delivery of our India strategy. To be successful in this role you will need experience in setting strategic program direction, program management and leadership, business development as well as being able to manage external relationships to a high level of success. An understanding of international resource mobilization is desirable.


Job Description:


Reporting to: Executive Directorof Clean Air Asia (based in Manila)


Duration of Appointment: Two years initial staff contract with potential for renewal/extension based on performance and funding   


Salary: Competitive


Job purpose:


The CAA India Director will develop and lead the implementation of CAA’s national strategies and projects and develop new work in the country. The post holder will build our profile in India and strengthen our impact. She/he will be an ambassador for CAA in India, representing the organization in the media and to donors, governments, partners, opinion makers and leaders.


The Director’s management responsibilities include ensuring implementation of our India strategy in line with overall CAA work; establishing further activities both in India and the region; and management of staff and consultants. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the financial stability of the office by identifying fundraising opportunities and developing and maintaining good relationships with existing and potential foundations and funders. 


Responsibilities and scope of work:


A. Management and organizational development

  • Oversee the general operations of the India Office including the preparation, control and monitoring of financial budgets, subject to signing limit, approval of disbursements from office funds, coordination of administrative functions and preparation of reports required by Clean Air Asia management in Manila

  • Coordinate the activities of the India Office with the wider CAA work

  • Supervise staff including target setting and performance evaluation

  • Take a lead role in implementing the CAA India strategy

  • Take an active role in the overall CAA management team

B. Resource mobilization, project development and implementation

  • Develop new air quality management initiatives in line with the CAA India strategy to be presented for funding to private sector, international development agencies and other possible funders,

  • Keep track of trends and developments on air quality management and related areas in India and its co-benefits to identify opportunities for new and innovative programs and projects

  • Work closely with other Clean Air Asia managers (based in Manila and China) to identify, develop and secure funding for regional / sub-regional /national and city-specific projects in India

  • Lead the implementation of projects including preparation of work plans, monitoring progress of implementation, output delivery, quality assurance, evaluation, and budget and contract administration. 

C. Policy and Quality Control

  • Lead on results-based management and monitoring and evaluation for India, ensuring that all projects and programs of work are designed for impact and are effectively implemented, monitored and evaluated.

  • Develop and maintain tools, approaches and/or resources to support the implementation and management of projects ensuring their delivery on time, on budget and of highest quality.

  • Lead on the development of the annual work plan and priorities for the office in support of the India strategy.

D. Profile and communication

  • Maintain and strengthen our profile in India and beyond, including by securing high profile media coverage for our activities

  • Ensuring CAA India work and messages are well covered and understood across CAA main communication channels

  • Plan and implement the communication activities of Clean Air Asia India across programs and projects

  • Responsible for Clean Air Asia India brand presence on all our social media venues including (but not limited to) Facebook, Twitter and main websites

Person specification:


1.                Essential experience:

  • Understanding of the environmental challenges facing India and cities in India   

  • Leadership and people management experience demonstrating the ability to translate ideas into actions; monitor multiple work streams; co-ordinate staff, contract partners and stakeholders – all while employing a consultative and collegiate decision-making style

  • Proven experience of working with senior level public and/or private sector decision makers and communicating to a variety of audiences and media

  • Track record of successfully leading and managing projects with multiple stakeholders in India

  • Experience and technical understanding of environmental, sustainable development and/or air quality issues would be an advantage

  • Proven demonstrable and successful experience of effective project management, including preparing operational plans, with clearly set milestones and achievable targets

  • Understanding and proven experience of complex partnership management involving multi-layered stakeholders including city representatives NGOs and government representatives

  • Experience of research management and of producing and delivering high quality actionable outputs

2.                Qualifications

  • A minimum of three years’ relevant work experience with major project management duties

  • A minimum of three years’ work experience in India, with demonstrable leadership experience and understanding of environmental issues and/or challenges facing India in respect to air quality or climate change mitigation

  • Higher education qualification in international development, environmental issues, international affairs or similar relevant to the post

3.                Skills:

  • Proven skills in managing staff and managing a budget

  • Ability to precisely communicate inside the organization as well as at high level external meetings, media work and stakeholder meetings

  • Proven and strong strategic thinking capacity

  • Excellent public speaking, writing and editing skills in English,

  • Understanding and experience of working in a multi-cultural environment and delivering major programs across different cultures and locations

  • Strong negotiation skills

4.                Personal Qualities:

  • Strong commitment to Clean Air Asia’s mission approach and values

  • Flexible and adaptable with good interpersonal skills and a ‘can do’ approach

  • Ability to lead and inspire a small team

  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to develop strong and trusting relationships

  • Attention to detail and accuracy

  • Dependable and reliable with the ability to be productive under time pressure

  • Very well organized, capable of building productive and positive internal and external relationships for the India office

  • Positive, resilient and supportive

How to apply for the post:


The application has to be submitted through the Clean Air Asia portal at on or before 08 December 2021. All applicants should state the reasons for their interest in the position, relevant details of qualifications and experience (inclusion of documents/files demonstrating previous work is encouraged), and contact details for three referees. We encourage early application as applications will be processed as they are received so the recruiting process may end earlier than the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For further information on the position, you may contact Ms. Jovy Corona, at