Science Manager - Super Pollutants  

Who we are 

Clean Air Fund is a global philanthropic organization that brings together governments, campaigners, researchers, funders, and businesses to create a world where everyone breathes clean air. 

What we offer 

We are a growing organisation that is clear about what we offer and how we operate as a team.     

We offer the opportunity to be at the heart of efforts to drive the air quality agenda and tackle air pollution across the globe. You would be joining an ambitious organisation that is expanding the scale of its work year-on-year and making a real difference.  

We provide a competitive reward package, flexible working and a commitment to supporting your learning and professional development and we are intentional about building trusting relationships and, to facilitate a strong culture across the team. It’s important to us and we imagine it is to you too. 

Everyone who works with us shares our values — collaborative, dynamic and evidence-informed — and a commitment to our mission. We are growing rapidly, so comfort with change and the ability to work at pace is vital, as is a desire to learn, improve and develop with the organisation.  Find out here about our values, offices, benefits, salary and commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality.      

Job purpose 

The Science Manager – Super Pollutants will manage technical elements of multi-lateral partnerships and coalitions, oversee a portfolio of research grants and projects, and strategically generate and communicate data and evidence to drive funders, governments and non-profits to work effectively towards reducing black carbon emissions globally. 

Scope of role 

The post holder will oversee work to reduce scientific uncertainties and bottlenecks around black carbon and other super pollutants to support policy goals and ultimately accelerate emissions reductions.  

This position will  

Develop a strategy and manage the implementations for research projects;  

Bring together the science community and generate shared goals;  

Lead on technical elements of the organisation’s work with intergovernmental organisations, governments and non-profits.  

Be responsible for outreach and engagement with academic institutions, multilateral agencies, and other stakeholders. 


It’s a hugely influential role and will span climate change, air pollution and public health fields.  

As you would expect it will require a deep understanding of the latest science and a strategic approach to how science can advance international policy matters on black carbon and other super pollutants.  

Tasks will include engaging directly with global experts, developing a science strategy, managing a portfolio of grants, inputting into science communications efforts, and working closely with policy and advocacy activities. Key stakeholders will include: 

- Global leaders on climate and SLCPs, 

- Academic institutions and think tanks, 

- Grantees and suppliers for grant and project development and management.  

Key accountabilities 

To give a steer, the role is split approximately into the following broad categories with more detail on each available in the supporting Job Description: 

Project and grant management (50%) 

Strategy and vision (20%) 

Stakeholder engagement and coordination (20%) 

Research and analysis (10%) 

The ideal person:  

First and foremost, you’ll be great at building trusted collaborative relationships – at all levels. After all you’ll be mixing with major governments, agencies NGOs, donors and partners across the globe. 

You’ll be confident negotiating and influencing across all stakeholder communities from academics to senior international decision-makers and be comfortable juggling multiple tasks with tight deadlines.  

As you’d expect, you’ll be a natural at thinking and acting strategically and will have a knack for explaining and discussing complex topics in layman’s terms. Not everyone gets the science behind what we do. 

And because we operate globally – you’ll be a cultural chameleon able to adapt your style and approach to suit.

The Technical requirements:  

You’ll bring that deep expertise on the science of air pollution, super pollutants, climate change and their interlinkages and will have  led and implemented projects including climate modelling, health impact analyses and action research. 

You’ll have managed policy-relevant research and science projects on air pollution, climate change or related fields at an international level, designing and delivering research strategies that inform evidence-informed policy recommendations. 

And you will have amassed contacts within relevant global institutions, such as academic institutions, UN agencies, international financial institutions, etc. 

For more detail on the specific of the role and responsibilities please refer to the Job Description.  

  • Closing date – 1st April 2024
  • Salary & Benefits - Depending on location: 
    • In UK £51,838 - £66,583 gross per annum
    • In Ghana GHS 412,536.11 - 526,337.76 gross per annum
    • In India INR 3,807,625 - 4,858,003 gross per annum
    • In South Africa ZAR 1,250,000-1,300,000 gross per annum
  • Interview Date:
  • Round 1 w/c 8th April 2024 
  • Round 2 w/c 15th April 2024
  • Type of employment - Full time, Permanent 
  • The role will be based in Clean Air Fund’s offices (London, Delhi or Accra). Applicants must be entitled to work in the location they have applied for (UK, India or Ghana).  Clean Air Fund cannot support visa applications

As an employer, we are committed to ensuring the representation of people from all backgrounds regardless of their gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, returning parents, carers or any other aspect which makes them unique. We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups  to apply and would encourage you to let us know if there are steps we can take to ensure that the recruitment process enables you to present yourself in a way that makes you comfortable. We are committed to ensuring the safety and protection of our employees from all forms of harm. 

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