Program Officer

at Solar Cookers
Published April 16, 2024
Location Sacramento, United States of America
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


Solar Cookers International (SCI) improves human health, economic well-being, women’s empowerment, and the environment by promoting climate-friendly solar cooking for vulnerable populations worldwide. SCI leads through advocacy, research, and strengthening the capacity of the global solar cooking movement.


This position will be primarily focused on coordinating and implementing opportunities funded by organizations within the United Nations system. This position reports directly to SCI’s Strategic Partnerships Manager. This position would also work closely with SCI’s Program and Science Director. This position would coordinate with other team members (internal and external) as appropriate.

This position’s term would coincide with the length of the funded opportunities (12-15 months). If additional funding related to this work is acquired, the term for this position could be extended.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES – the duties described below are provided as examples and are not to be considered exclusive or all-inclusive:

Support assessment of current cooking practices in the Central African Republic and Mali

Recruit for, participate in, and facilitate Steering Committee, Technical Committee and Youth Committee
Coordinate with relevant government representatives, gender experts, United Nations-affiliated organizations, implementing organizations, and representatives from targeted pilot communities
Work with implementing organizations to conduct a technical review of various types of solar cookers and manufacturing opportunities
Coordinate development of an awareness campaign including promotional and training materials
Manage cookstove and complimentary technology (such as heat retained baskets) production, distribution, and training
Support solar cookstove demonstrations
Manage data collection such as a Quick Needs Assessment and Adoption and Impact Survey
Coordinate focus group discussions in collaboration with implementing partners
Contribute to drafting of feasibility study, market assessment, and roadmap for scaling solar cooking


Fluency in English and French
Familiarity with challenges associated with working in conflict-affected regions
Knowledge of relevant communities’ societal, cultural, and gender dynamics and cooking practices
Familiarity with non-profit project implementation best practices
Willingness and ability to travel
Dedication to and understanding of SCI’s mission and approach
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Teams, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Sharepoint) and Zoom
Effective written, oral, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills within all organizational levels and with outside constituencies including with people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds such as rural communities, government officials, and media
Excellent attention to detail and accuracy including proofreading and editing
Support, track, and adhere to project and organizational budgets
Ability to identify and manage multiple responsibilities, prioritize, and allocate time effectively
Effective planning, critical thinking, analytical problem-solving, and follow through
Report on work progress and outcomes to supervisors and respond to inquiries in a timely manner
Professional demeanor, work presentation, and ability to represent the organization to all audiences (which could include with the United Nations) in a positive way
Ability to take direction well, give and accept feedback
Able to work independently and as a part of a team

Please send in one email to Sara Rosen, Program and Operations Manager the following:

a resume or CV in English
a cover letter in English including salary requirements and how you learned about this opportunity
a written response in 500 words or less in French to the prompt “Why do you want to work for Solar Cookers International?”


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