Clinton Health Access Initiative

Lead - Climate and Cooling

New Delhi
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - India


The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit:


CHAI in partnership with its India affiliate, William J. Clinton Foundation's (WJCF) has been working in India since 2004 in close partnership with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at the central and state levels on an array of high priority initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes. Currently, WJCF programs support government initiatives on HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, vector borne diseases, COVID-19, antimicrobial resistance, cancer and non-communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health, family planning, immunization, malnutrition, anemia, childhood diarrhea and pneumonia, oxygen, access to safe drinking water, diagnostics and surveillance, health financing, and digital health.


Talent is the fundamental driver of WJCF’s success in helping save lives and reduce the burden of disease. WJCF’s organizational values reflect its relentless endeavor of hiring, nurturing, empowering, and celebrating diverse and high caliber individuals who come together to work as cohesive teams. WJCF places a high premium on providing its staff with an enabling environment that encourages entrepreneurship, humility, respect, equal share of voice and fosters high impact innovation to address some of the most challenging healthcare issues.


Programme Overview


Cooling will be one of the largest drivers of greenhouse gas emissions over the coming years as people across the world buy an additional ~4.5B room air conditioning (RAC) units to adapt to a warming world. While access to space cooling is critical for health and productivity, without intervention, the resulting emissions from this massive growth in RACs are expected to contribute 0.5 degrees Celsius to global surface temperature by 2100.

Manufacturers have begun developing much more efficient RACs that can reduce emissions by as much as 80%, but the current path to market launch and uptake is slow and uncertain. Strategic shaping of markets for key products played a central role in transforming the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. Many of the tools that have been successfully deployed to shape markets for health products can be applied to critical climate technologies; however, today, there is a major gap in bringing this market-shaping toolkit and discipline to bear on urgent climate priorities.

WJCF is incubating a new initiative to shape the market for clean cooling technologies. Indian consumers are expected to purchase ~1B RACs by 2050, representing one of the fastest growing and largest markets. In order to avoid locking in low efficiency RACs for another generation, our goal is to drive rapid, large-scale uptake of next generation RACs that are optimized for India by implementing a suite of market shaping interventions. Our initial research suggests promising interventions may include an Advance Market Commitment to de-risk demand for next-generation RACs; a buyer’s club to generate demand for high efficiency ACs among large-scale buyers; a consumer financing platform to enable broad access and make next-gen RACs affordable.


Role Overview


We seek a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials and demonstrated experience for the role of Lead - Climate and Cooling (Lead-CC) for WJCF’s new and strategically critical initiative at the intersection of cooling, sustainability, and health impact. This professional will lead an ambitious initiative to save $100B+ in consumer spending, prevent 1B+ tonnes of emissions, and provide affordable, clean cooling for 100m+ people.

Reporting into the Director, Strategy, WJCF, the Lead-CC will spearhead the Cooling programme in India for WJCF, closely collaborate with and align members of other India and global teams and build the programme into a key component of WJCF’s India portfolio. The Lead-CC will define and implement programme strategy and monitor and modulate it in concert with the global Cooling team for achieving programme goals. In their capacity as programme head, the Lead-CC will manage the talent mix in the team and grow and nurture it for effectively contributing to programme and organizational goals. The Lead-CC will play an instrumental role in forging and furthering powerful alliances for WJCF in the vast and diverse Climate and Cooling ecosystem across a variety of players in the country.

The Lead-CC must be driven, flexible, and resilient. The candidate should be able to function independently and be comfortable working and coordinating the operations of cross-functional teams. The candidate should be highly adept at managing and excelling in uncertainty, analytical, and have a strong commitment to excellence. WJCF places great value on relevant personal qualities: leadership and high emotional quotient, humility, resourcefulness, creative problem solving, energy, and work ethic.


  • Create and continuously evolve an India market strategy that aligns with the goals for WJCF's market shaping program
  • Lead research and hypothesis testing in both the demand and supply sides of the room AC market
  • Develop and implement a portfolio of interventions that will help drive a rapid market transition to higher efficiency room ACs. These may include architecting an Advance Market Commitment, organizing a buyers club for bulk purchases, influencing public procurement standards, and testing approaches to consumer financing for next-generation room ACs.
  • Develop and leverage networks with key entities in the climate and cooling ecosystem in India; manage senior level relationships across government entities, private players, and partners
  • Serve as a thought leader and clean cooling expert internally and externally, and represent WJCF at various fora relevant to the Cooling sector
  • Closely monitor and control programme finances in line with organizational and donor requirements
  • Lead the drafting and dissemination of periodic and stand-alone donor updates and reports for effectively communicating the value of WJCF’s work
  • Build and grow the team and lead people in the programme in partnership with WJCF’s HR team; expand the team’s competency mix in line with the programme’s ambition over time


  • 10 to 14 years of relevant professional experience either in management consulting, White Goods industry, or in the climate and/or cooling sector.
  • Candidate must hold a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree
  • Track record of professional experience in India scoping strategies, conducting research, and managing strategic partnerships, commensurate with the requirements for consulting firms, research entities, think tanks, and relevant
  • industry expertise
  • Prior role in fast growth environments preferred, including roles such as:
    • Consultant at a management consulting firm
    • Director/Sr. Manager of Marketing, Product Marketing, Product Management, Business Development for White Goods/CPG/Manufacturing Company
    • Start-up founder/Leader, ideally in related sectors (e.g., climate tech or Indian White Goods value chain)
  • Ability to thrive in uncertainty and develop bottom-up hypotheses which can be tested
  • Phenomenal project and people management skills
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and attention to detail
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality outputs under time sensitive and complex requirements
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with frequent exposure to C-suite for presentations feeding into decision making
  • Strong analytical skills and in-depth working knowledge of digital analytical and visualization tools
  • Ability to work in a matrix and multi-cultural team across geographies



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