Managing Director, Tara

Ref: 4517

European Climate Foundation


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Role Managed by:

Minaal Ahmed

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Global Non-Profit Practice

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 04/03/2020

European Climate Foundation - Appointment of Managing Director, Tara


A new philanthropic initiative, hosted by the European Climate Foundation and funded by a wide range of donors, Tara aims to achieve prosperity, clean air and a safe climate in Asia. We do this by supporting a diverse group of partners to accelerate the transition to sustainable, clean energy in order to meet global climate targets and ensure clean air for all citizens.

We are currently seeking a Managing Director to lead a growing and ambitious operation in the region. This exciting role will lead the development of the Tara fund, including overall organisational management and development, fundraising and oversight of high-level strategy.  Reporting to a Board of Funders, under the umbrella of the European Climate Foundation Board, the Managing Director will lead the regional team and the eventual localisation of this new entity.  The expectation is that the Managing Director will transition to be the CEO of Tara as it progresses to becoming an entity separate from the European Climate Foundation and based in the region.

We are seeking a strong, dynamic leader based in the region who has the skills and experience to lead an organisation that has an ambitious mandate to solve the region’s challenging energy dilemmas. The Managing Director will be an exceptional individual with a drive for the highest quality strategy, management and people motivation.  You will bring broad credibility with relevant stakeholders, including grassroots civil society, governments and industry, and a proven track record of leading an innovative and growing organisation. Most importantly, you will demonstrate a personal commitment to solving the climate crisis and enabling systemic change.

The role must be based in the region (South, Southeast and East Asia excluding India and China). The applicant should have a valid residency or work permit to work and travel extensively in the region. The salary is competitive and commensurate with the experience required.


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