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Manager, Operations, Clean Cooking Alliance Employment Opportunity
United Nations Foundation (UN FOUNDATION)
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Job Description

Position Overview

The Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) works with a global network of partners to build an inclusive industry that makes clean cooking accessible to the three billion people who live each day without it. Established in 2010, CCA is driving consumer demand, mobilizing investment to build a pipeline of scalable businesses, and fostering an enabling environment that allows the sector to thrive. Clean cooking transforms lives by improving health, protecting the climate and environment, empowering women, and helping consumers save time and money.

The CCA Operations team works across CCA to support the programmatic initiatives. The Operations team works across a number of activities, but mainly focuses on internal process improvement, agreements, budgets, and compliance. The Operations team’s ultimate responsibility is serving as a backstop for CCA to increase organizational compliance and efficiency.

The Manager, Operations (Manager) is an integral member of the CCA Operations Team, responsible for providing agreement, procurement and budget support. As a member of the Operations Team, s/he will be responsible for supporting CCA’s various program teams, acting as a liaison between programs, CCA Operations, and the UN Foundation. This position requires effective internal communications around agreements, due diligence, compliance and budgeting. While CCA has invested time over the last few years revamping operational processes, we see this as a constantly evolving effort. This position will be a critical leader in helping the operations team to continually find efficiencies and implement best practices for internal processes, controls, and budget management. This position will lead on the day-to-day agreement processes, and guide junior team members on processes and compliance.

This position is based in Washington, DC or U.S. remote.


Essential Functions

Contracts, Grants, and Agreements:

  • Lead on working with the program teams to develop and execute agreements (contracts, grants, sponsorships, etc.)
  • Work with the Associate, Operations to own and track contracts, grants, and agreements through the full life cycle from inception to execution to closeout
  • Maintain a strong understanding of donor compliance requirements and support with conducting partner due diligence
  • Review donor compliance documents and lead on developing processes and procedures to ensure CCA compliance with donor requirements
  • Serve as the key point of contact with the UN Foundation Contracts Team on agreements, and maintain understanding of UN Foundation processes and procedures
  • Communicate with CCA teams on the status of agreements and provide guidance on processes
  • Oversee the maintenance of agreement data in Salesforce and serve as internal subject matter resource on Salesforce administration
  • Support monthly operation reporting to leadership by compiling operations metrics and status reports
  • Provide ad-hoc support to the CCA Operations team and Sr. Director of Finance and Operations


  • In support of Sr. Director of Finance and Operations, provide support to program teams on budget balances and reporting
  • Lead on special project budget development and closeout
  • Maintain and develop knowledge of the full CCA budget and provide guidance to the CCA program teams on budget compliance and execution
  • Support month-end closing, reporting processes, and requirements
  • Support in periodic donor budget and financial reporting, including quarterly IATI reporting
  • Assist with financial year-end closeout and audit
  • Serve as the CCA point of contact to the UN Foundation Finance Department
  • Work directly with Sr. Director, Finance and Operations on ad hoc reporting to senior leadership

General Operations:

  • Serve as a thought leader on operational improvements and long-term operations planning
  • Support the continued development and implementation of operational processes
  • Support the development of operational processes related to standing up new CCA initiatives
  • Along with the full Operations Team, conduct operations training and support in onboarding of new hires
  • Develop a standardized and repeatable process for standing up the operations and compliance components of new donor-funded projects
  • Work with the Sr. Director, Finance and Operations on exploring new tools to better provide operations support
  • Liaise with CCA’s Development Team and maintain UN Foundation standard organization documents
  • Respond to ad hoc operational requests
  • Other duties as assigned

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required, with 5-7 years of applicable work experience and experience in programmatic support through agreement development
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to understand and translate budgets, and budget management
  • Energetic and positive attitude
  • Solutions-oriented and able to manage and advance multiple task and responsibilities in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Proactively manage multiple requests and jump in where needed
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Problem-solver with a proactive, no-task-is-too-small nature, who takes initiative
  • Team-oriented, supportive work style, and able to work independently
  • Excellent communicator, able to synthesize and convey complex information clearly
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress
  • High ethical standards and ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion with sensitive information
  • Ability to learn new systems and collaboration platforms efficiently
  • Strong Microsoft Excel experience
  • Experience working with Salesforce and Microsoft SharePoint
  • Proficiency in Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), with particular emphasis on ability to create compelling and professional PowerPoint materials

Benefits & Compensation

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • flexible spending accounts
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • short-term disability
  • long-term disability
  • health club discounts
  • commuter subsidy
  • back-up care
  • employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.

The United Nations Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative-action employer. The United Nations Foundation provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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