Tara Climate Foundation Job Vacancy: Senior Program Officer, Japan

Tara Climate Foundation
is a new philanthropic initiative in Asia. Tara’s vision is a just and thriving Asia powered by renewable energy. Our mission is to support a diverse group of partners to accelerate Asia’s energy transformation. Tara funds think tanks, civil society, research organisations and other non-state actors, and our mandate includes Southeast Asia, East Asia excluding China, and South Asia excluding India.

Tara Climate plays three main roles in the region: (1) providing grants to a diverse group of partners in the region, (2) constantly developing and assessing strategy, and (3) convening partners within and across borders.

Tara was previously hosted by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and continues to have the strong backing of the ECF and of other philanthropic foundations. Over the last 2 years, Tara has significantly increased its funding base and currently has more than a dozen philanthropic funders supporting our work and providing grants to hundreds of partners. In the next 4 years, we are looking to double our funding and grantmaking to combat climate change in this decisive decade.

The Japan Senior Program Officer will work closely with the Japan Program Director and Deputy Japan Program Director to accelerate the Japan energy transition program expanding its work across the country and the region by supporting think tanks, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

The successful applicant is a forward-looking, experienced strategist with a passion for driving systemic change and a collaborative approach to work. The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges related to clean energy transition in Japan, with experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders, including corporates, industry associations, public and private financial institutions, NGOs, think tanks, and government agencies.

The Senior Program Officer Japan’s main areas of responsibility are:

  • Lead the development of strategies for the allocated pillars of the Japan Program that will accelerate a just energy transition in consultation with partners.
  • Identify grantees and strategies that can help drive further climate ambition in these pillars.
  • Develop resource requirements and budget plans and develop and track key performance indicators for the program.
  • Proactively review developments in the economic sector and political situations that may impact the program and continuously adapt and revise strategies and tactics.
  • Develop funding proposals and report to funders on progress.
Partnerships and Coordination
  • Network with various stakeholders, including industry sector, industry associations, existing grantees, potential partners, and national, regional and international organizations working in the space relevant to the program’s implementation.
  • Facilitate coordination among partners inside and outside of Japan to ensure Tara achieves outcomes that are larger than the sum of the individual partners’ efforts.
  • Manage a program budget and partner grants, including developing and incubating new partners
  • Guide and advise grantees, partners, and prospective partners in the field to ensure activities achieve their intended objectives and results.
  • Monitor grantee and partner deliverables and submissions and provide general oversight on their timeliness and quality.
How to apply
Please submit an A4 covering letter outlining your skills and achievements against the role responsibilities, why you would like to join us, your salary expectations and availability to start with us, along with your up to date CV via LinkedIn or recruitment@taraclimate.org.

Closing Date: 24 April 2024