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About CLEAN:

Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) is a member-oriented association of organisations engaged in the Decentralized Energy sector in India. CLEAN seeks to be a unifying association with a clear mandate to support and grow the decentralized clean energy sector in India. Over time it is envisaged that CLEAN will not only become the go-to entity for decentralized clean energy sector in India but will also become a go-to point for members of the sector internationally. CLEAN has been established to help entrepreneurs and organisations overcome sector specific challenges and create a platform to project the needs and priorities of the sector by bringing together practitioners and all stakeholders in the energy ecosystem.

The need for CLEAN arises from the fact that, while there are a number of enterprises that are involved in addressing the energy access gaps in India, the replicability and scalability of solutions is often a barrier to their growth in addition to the absence of an enabling environment or a supportive ecosystem.

CLEAN is technology and scale agnostic (e.g. biomass, solar, pico hydro and ranging from pico solutions, through to larger decentralized energy solutions) and represents organisations both in electricity and non- electricity energy. It delivers five core sets of services: Policy Engagement, Access to Finance, Skills and Training, Technology and Innovation, and Information & Networking Opportunities.

The Network brings together practitioners, with membership from other supporters of the decentralized energy ecosystem such as research organizations, financial institutions, relevant private sector companies, think tanks and funders. It emphasizes on the decentralized, clean energy access space that reaches out to underserved communities across India. Recognizing that the reach of decentralized renewable applications goes beyond just electricity generation, the Alliance also develops activities on, mechanical and thermal applications focusing on end-uses including cooking, lighting, and other domestic needs as well as water pumping and energy needs of small-scale industry and other livelihoods activities.

Job Profile#1: Chief Executive Officer

Location: New Delhi, India
Position to be filled by: End of Jan’19
Reports to: Governing Board of CLEAN

Overview of Responsibilities:

Stakeholder Representation and Advocacy

  • Represent CLEAN and its members to a wide range of stakeholders including with government, policymakers, regulators, financiers, media and others.
  • Promote CLEAN in various national and international fora and to the donor community, establishing it as the go-to spokesperson and brand of the Indian DRE sector.
  • Facilitate synergies and collaboration with various national and international stakeholders

Membership Development

  • Undertake regular outreach amongst CLEAN members to understand their interests and concerns with the objective of building and retaining membership
  • Provide oversight and direction to member-driven working groups on issues of immediate and medium-term interest to the sector
  • Create sector-specific value-add product offerings like seminars, training programs, funders’ meet, etc. to engage members and provide them relevant services

Strategic planning and Fundraising

  • Develop long term organisational strategy and accompanying financial strategy;
  • Build and develop relationships with existing and new donors, funders, sponsors and other type of capital providers;
  • Maintain a pipeline of funding opportunities and drive their conversion;
  • Ensure that operating plans and projects of CLEAN are funded as required

Institutional leadership and development

  • Build, retain and develop a high-quality team in CLEAN
  • Mentor/ lead the Secretariat and oversee the work of Program Managers and other staff, ensuring execution of organisational plans, timely and accurate reporting
  • Oversee the work of the COO in managing the Network’s affairs, operational matters, and necessary compliances
  • Responsible to the Governing board of CLEAN for implementation of the planned activities, their intended outputs and outcomes, based on budgets approved

Core Competencies and requirements:

  • Entrepreneurial mindset- willingness to own the young CLEAN platform and build it into a mature well-functioning organisation
  • Track record of investor mobilisation, securing financing, sponsorships etc. Experience of working with the international and domestic donor community, development finance institutions, prior experience in business development.
  • Evidence of anchoring networks, forming, maintaining and developing partnerships in the development sector, engaging with multiple stakeholders including the government,
  • Strong gravitas and leadership skills; Highly motivated, responsible, self-directed
  • First-hand experience or appreciation of technical, financial and policy issues facing the DRE sector. Understanding the stakes, challenges and opportunities in the climate, energy and development sectors. Further, the applicant is expected to have contacts of and have networked with development agencies, private foundations, impact investors and other development organisations.
  • Comfortable working in a small structure – in a start-up type environment where tasks and responsibilities may be dynamic.
  • Knowledge of spoken Hindi and other regional languages in addition to strong working knowledge of English.
  • Willing to commit at least 3 years to CLEAN.

Remuneration and Rewards:

The role offers the right candidate significant professional and financial growth potential. As the CEO of the pre-eminent organisation representing the DRE sector in India, the individual will have an opportunity to be the spokesperson, thought leader and visionary for the industry.

In addition to cash compensation, the candidate will be entitled to a significant success-linked earning potential that put together offers above-market earnings potential

If interested, please mail: or with details of your experience and credentials.

Job Profile#2: Manager - Skills and Technology

Location: New Delhi, India
Last date to apply: 15 Feb’19
Reports to: CEO

Overview of Responsibilities:

Strategize, Plan and Evaluate

  • Take ownership and responsibility of CLEAN’s efforts on achieving key outcomes linked to Skills, Training and Technology Innovation
  • Develop the annual and long-term strategic plans for the Skills and Technology verticals of CLEAN’s work
  • Create quarterly and annual budgets for the above mentioned two verticals, and provide clarity around longer-term budget requirements
  • Visit the field once a month to ensure constant learning and stronger linkages with developments on the field; reorient programmes based on these learnings
  • Monitor and evaluate performance against key indicators outlined for the two verticals and regularly report on progress towards achievement of outputs and outcomes

Engage and Coordinate with Stakeholders

  • Interface with the manufacturer, product dealers, testing and R&D centres to provide a clear list of deliverables and ensure their achievement
  • Interface with Skill Development institutions, Government affiliated bodies responsible for training and relevant Ministry to ensure that clean energy linked training programmes across the value chain are integrated and institutionalized
  • Liaison with relevant teams of existing member enterprises to ensure their expectations on skills and training as well as technology innovation are being met
  • Regularly review Associate interactions with members and the work of the team towards achievement of outputs linked to two verticals and ensure quality and efficiency in delivery


  • Prepare proposals and interact with funders to generate funds that will support the activities of the team
  • Represent the organization in external events and forums, Contribute to written reports, articles and online media
  • Organise stakeholder engagement discussions linked to the two issues of Skills and Technology

Core Competencies and requirements:

  • Minimum of 10 years of work experience in the Electricity, Energy Access or Development sectors, particularly on roles that involved Technology roll-out and innovation, Project and team management, Training and Strategic planning
  • Bachelors or Masters in Engineering, preferably with specialization in Electrical or Mechanical
  • Strong understanding of renewable energy systems and concepts of sustainable development
  • Highly motivated, self-starter, resourceful and flexible
  • Willingness to lead a 2-4 member team with strong engagement and coordination skills
  • Interest in the energy access sector to manage across a range of areas and involve with a variety of stakeholders
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Willingness to travel for 5-7 days in a month, including to rural locations
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)
  • Strong working knowledge of English and spoken Hindi; additionally, knowledge of other regional languages is desirable
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience/qualifications and in line with the organizational structure


Those interested, please contact: with your CV and a Cover letter articulating your interest in the position. Please mention the Job title in the subject line.

Job Profile#3: Manager - Communications and Networking

Location: New Delhi, India
Last date to apply: 15 Feb’19
Reports to: CEO

Overview of Responsibilities:

Member engagement and networking

  • Lead membership expansion activities of CLEAN
  • Facilitate two-way communication with members to regularly update them about CLEAN’s services and gather their feedback on benefits from the services
  • Coordinate with members for providing value-added services and relationship building with members
  • Facilitate engagement and networking of members with investors, corporates, governments and other relevant stakeholders


  • Manage CLEAN’s internal and external communication functions using traditional and digital communication channels
  • Manage and review CLEAN’s communication and knowledge products for dissemination and outreach to different audiences
  • Build a strong and active relationship with the media to increase CLEAN’s profile as a representative voice of the DRE sector
  • Develop and execute new ideas for learning, knowledge sharing and outreach within and beyond the network
  • Identify and advocate key messages for building the visibility of DRE sector in India
  • Actively engage with CLEAN’s members and other stakeholders to build a persuasive narrative for highlighting the value of the DRE sector for India
  • Coordinate with CLEAN’s policy team in policy advocacy and outreach activities to strengthen political, public, bureaucratic and regulatory support for expanding the DRE sector

Core Competencies and requirements:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline such as communications, public relations, public policy, international development studies, sustainable development
  • At least eight years of relevant working experience, including a minimum of four years in communication and advocacy on energy access issues
  • Demonstrable success in developing and implementing integrated communication strategies to diverse audiences
  • Proven track record of writing, developing, editing and reviewing or designing communication and knowledge products such as policy briefs, articles, research reports, newsletters, brochures, media releases etc.
  • Strong experience and knowledge of approaches for policy influence, advocacy, networking, media engagement, CSO awareness building and engagement is desirable
  • Strong network development and engagement experience working with national and international organisations is desirable
  • Knowledge and practical experience of issues related to energy access and decentralised renewable energy is desirable


Those interested, please contact: with your CV and a Cover letter articulating your interest in the position. Please mention the Job title in the subject line.

Job Profile#4: Associate – Access to Finance

Location: New Delhi, India
Last date to apply: 15 Feb’19
Reports to: Manager – Finance

Overview of Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with practitioners to develop a ground-level understanding of credit needs of enterprises as well as their end users; Engage with members to understand the impacts of policy announcements, ease of doing business, regulations, and other related issues
  • Synthesise information from the above and develop recommendations particularly related to the financing needs within the DRE sector
  • Engage with Investors and Financial Institutions – Banks and MFIs – to understand barriers and enablers for a smoother flow of investment and debt to DRE entrepreneurs as well as credit to end-users
  • Identify and analyse the role of various financing instruments and institutional structures to better address the risk perception of the DRE sector
  • Conduct financial analysis using both primary and secondary data, sourced from various existing government and non-government data sources as well as from CLEAN members to contribute towards evidence based policy planning
  • Regularly review and critically analyse flow of investments, both domestic and international as well as budgetary allocations to the DRE sector at both the national and state levels
  • Develop a strong understanding of the linkages between energy access provision and developmental sphere such as livelihoods, agriculture, health and education to enable cross-utilization of funds
  • Engage actively with relevant Ministries, Apex Banking institutions, leading Micro-credit agencies, Investors, Debt Funds and Government Institutions to represent the needs of the off-grid sector; Advocate for creation of relevant schemes and pilot mechanisms that can support credit flow into the sector
  • Build mechanisms for monitoring deliverables and budget utilization at a project level
  • Regular written outputs in the form of papers, reports, policy briefs, as well as articles in other newspapers and online media
  • Organize outreach activities that bring various groups of stakeholders together

Core Competencies and requirements:

  • Masters in Economics/Finance or MBA (Finance)/CFA or related subject areas
  • At least 3 years of work experience in finance/micro credit/financial management preferably in the energy or development sectors, in roles involving understanding and engagement with various levels of financial institutions – micro credit agencies, banking institutions and investors
    Experience in financial modelling would be preferred
  • Highly motivated, responsible, self-directed, resourceful and flexible; Ability to multi-task and work in tandem with the team towards achieving larger objectives
  • Interest in energy access and the ability to integrate issues across a range of related areas and engage with a variety of stakeholders
  • Good writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)
  • Willingness to travel for 4-6 days in a month, including rural locations
  • Strong working knowledge of English and spoken Hindi; Additionally, knowledge of other regional languages is desirable
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience/qualifications and in line with the organizational structure


Those interested, please contact: with your CV and a Cover letter articulating your interest in the position. Please mention the Job title in the subject line.



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