Programme Manager, Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP)

Ref: 5724

IKEA Foundation

Leiden, the Netherlands

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Role Managed by:

Norbert Lieftink

Research Associate

t: +31(0)20 24 04 378


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 30/05/2022

The IKEA Foundation is a strategic philanthropic organisation that focuses its grantmaking efforts on tackling the two biggest threats to children’s futures: poverty and climate change. It currently grants more than €200 million per year to help improve family incomes and protect the planet from climate change. Since 2009, the IKEA Foundation has granted more than €1.6 billion to create a better future for children and their families.

The IKEA Foundation is seeking an individual to manage one of the Foundation’s largest initiatives: the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP). The GEAPP brings together influential philanthropic, government, donor, multilateral development banks (MDBs) and development finance institutions (DFIs) and private sector partners to accelerate an equitable energy transition in emerging and developing economies. The IKEA Foundation is a GEAPP anchor partner, along with the Rockefeller Foundation and Bezos Earth Fund. The Programme Manager GEAPP is responsible for ensuring that maximum impact for people and planet is generated from the IKEA Foundation’s contribution to the initiative.

The GEAPP Programme Manager will be responsible for building a strong working relationship with the GEAPP management team to ensure cross-organisational alignment on objectives and strategies. They will advise the GEAPP management team across all aspects of implementation, helping the GEAPP maximise impact, and ensuring that the IKEA Foundation’s inputs and interests are reflected in the decision making of the GEAPP. They will establish information sharing and communication mechanisms between the GEAPP and the IKEA Foundation enabling quick decision-making, transparency and accountability, and look to identify opportunities to leverage the IKEA Foundation’s other work in support of the GEAPP’s objectives.

We are seeking an individual with demonstrable experience in project management and working in developing countries, as well as knowledge and experience in the renewable energy sector, including relevant experience and knowledge in the field of renewable energy access and/or energy transition. This experience could have been gained from working in private sector, public sector, philanthropy, or financing organisations. Furthermore, knowledge of the range of private and public sector players relevant to service delivery and financing in the on- and off-grid energy sectors, as well as a good understanding of the role of clean energy and its relevance to combatting climate change, is key for success in this role. Most importantly, the successful individual will demonstrate a strong commitment to the vision, mission and values of the IKEA Foundation.

To apply or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please visit quoting reference 5724. The closing date for applications is 9am CEST on Monday 30th May 2022.

By joining the IKEA Foundation, you will join a global team that values diversity and creativity. You will be helping to improve opportunities for children in developing countries to create a better future for themselves and their families.

This full-time (38 hours) position will be based in Leiden, The Netherlands, and the salary will be competitive with the market rate.


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