Job Type: Full Time
Location: Washington, DC

CLASP serves at the epicenter of collaborative, ambitious efforts to mitigate climate change and in the global movement for clean energy access, through appliance efficiency. They work hand-in-hand with governments, experts, industry, consumers, donor organizations and others to propel policies and markets toward the highest-quality, lowest resource-intensive appliances possible.

CLASP has worked in more than 100 countries since its inception in 1999. They envision a world in which appliances are life-changing, low-impact, and environmentally responsible.

They are mission-driven, impacts-focused, and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, and collaboration. CLASP is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and have a growing office in Kenya (addressing sub-Saharan Africa more broadly), a long-standing team in India and a presence in Indonesia. See the Team Page to learn more about the organization.


CLASP improves the energy and environmental performance of the appliances and equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world.

CLASP’s Work in India

Since 2001, CLASP has supported the Government of India and India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency, to build, strengthen, and accelerate India’s appliance energy efficiency policies. CLASP’s support is core to national efforts to conserve energy in India.

They work closely with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, which has steadily expanded its appliance policy framework to cover a wide range of residential, commercial and industrial energy-using products. The results include reducing greenhouse gas emissions and peak electricity demand, helping to diminish air pollution, reducing consumer energy costs, and expanding access to high quality appliances.

From their offices in New Delhi and with collaboration by team members around the world, CLASP technical and analytical support has contributed to efficiency policy development for products ranging from residential air conditioning systems, water heaters and microwaves, to industrial chillers, commercial refrigerators and smart electric meters. In partnership with local stakeholders, they advance policy compliance, education and outreach initiatives to foster an ecosystem of resource-efficient products.

Read more about CLASP work at: https://clasp.ngo/.  

Director, India

CLASP seeks a Director for its India office in New Delhi to lead a well-established team that has a strong and lengthy track record of delivering high impact projects and programs across a wide range of appliance market development and policy support initiatives.

The Director will work collaboratively with CLASP team members in the United States, Europe, Africa and elsewhere, along with our wide network of international partners and program stakeholders on the design and implementation of innovative and impactful projects and initiatives. S/he will continue to nurture existing and develop new partnerships with stakeholders in India and other countries in South Asia, including national and state-level government agencies, philanthropic organizations, bilateral and multilateral institutions, trade associations, private sector companies, and civil society organizations.

The ideal candidate will have an extraordinary capacity for program development, execution and administration, expertise on Indian market and policy dynamics, world class collaboration and communication skills, a commitment to impacts and results, and a sense of humor.

This is a full-time role and based in New Delhi, India. The incumbent will be working with colleagues across global time zones should be expected, frequent travel nationally and internationally will be required. CLASP is an equal opportunity employer.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build and manage programs: Facilitate the continued development of CLASP's programs and institutional presence within India and throughout South Asia. Administer the India office, manage project finances, oversee the work of independent contractors.
  • Lead and grow a high-performing team: Supervise and grow a dynamic team of professional staff, facilitate on-going training and professional development, and identify future staffing and recruiting needs.
  • Establish and nurture productive partnerships: Build and enhance relationships with key stakeholders including government decision makers, trade associations, donor organizations, NGOs, and energy efficiency partners.
  • Lead fundraising efforts, and grow and diversify program resources: Identify existing and new sources of program funding and successfully develop and execute business development initiatives to grow program revenue.
  • Enhance market development programs for weak-grid appliances: Contribute to the development and implementation of a strategy to facilitate market development for off and weak-grid appropriate appliance technologies and products.
  • Communicate: Work with CLASP's communications team to develop and share compelling stories of program success, research outcomes, lessons learned, etc.
  • Track progress: Monitor and evaluate the progress of project activities, identify opportunities for improvement, and communicate about progress.
  • Keep the big picture in mind: Conduct and roll out programs within the larger context of CLASP, partner, and sector efforts.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in international program implementation; business and partnership-development experience preferred.
  • Master’s/Bachelor's degree required. Graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g., engineering, international relations, development, economics, environmental science) preferred.
  • Persuasive communication skills, both verbal and written; excellent written and spoken English a must.
  • Entrepreneurial approach to design and execution of long-term initiatives, and a proactive, nimble, and strategic approach to problem-solving.
  • Successful experience working with or for Government of India agencies and ministries in support of energy policy design and implementation highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in growing and developing team members.
  • Ability to work from the big picture to the small details.
  • Ability to maintain composure, flexibility, and a sense of humor under tight deadlines and while collaborating across cultures and time zones.
  • Experience in product efficiency policy programs or projects highly desirable.

Note: The roles and responsibilities outlined above are not meant to be an exhaustive list of tasks. The need for flexibility is required and the job holder is expected to carry out any other related duties that are within the employee's skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must send in their cover letter, curriculum vitae and three professional references to directorindia003@gmail.com with the subject line indicating “Director, India”. If you wish to learn more about this position, please click "Apply for this Job" to view the LinkedIn posting. Please include your reference information in your cover letter. Please direct all applications and inquiries to Third Sector Partners. This position will remain open until filled.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

CLASP and CEA Recruiting have partnered with Third Sector Partners for this search. CEA Recruiting works with leading environmental nonprofits, foundations, and businesses to recruit top talent and design effective organizational staffing strategies. For more information, visit www.cearecruiting.com.?

Third Sector Partners, a leading senior management and Board search firm in the Not for Profit sector has been retained for this position. Interested candidates can send in their cover letter, curriculum vitae and three professional references to directorindia003@gmail.com with the subject line indicating “Director, India”. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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