Head of Health

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About Clean Air Fund

Clean Air Fund is a philanthropic organisation that brings together governments, funders, businesses and campaigners to create a future where everyone breathes clean air.

Two years in, we’re more than halfway towards our $100m target. Thanks to the contributions of 8 diverse funders, we have been able to fund 50 grassroots and global organisations in India, the UK, Poland, Bulgaria as well as China and the USA.

Alongside the direct funding we provide to grantees, our cross-cutting programme showcases what works and connects people with the right data, the latest evidence, and each other.

We’re a global team, headquartered in London and with offices in India. Our staff are drawn from diverse fields, including climate science, international development, management consulting, journalism, public health and academia.

Clean Air Fund is a UK registered charity, governed by a Board of Trustees. The grants we make are evaluated and reviewed by a Grant Committee which reports to the Board and meets four times a year.

The Role

The Clean Air Fund is looking for a dynamic Head of Health to lead the health strategy development process and amplify our engagement with key health actors and institutions across the globe.

The Head of Health position requires excellent strategic vision, dynamic leadership skills, strong networks across global health institutions, and a deep understanding of the health policy landscape – particularly as it relates to the social/environmental determinants of health.

The ideal candidate will bring expertise in public health and air quality/climate, and actively embrace CAF’s vision of a world in which everyone can breathe clean air. As this is a new role, there will be scope to develop and shape it over time and as the team grows.



  • Drive the design and delivery of a health strategy for approval by CAF’s Grants Committee and Board.
  • Lead annual processes of strategic planning and health portfolio review, including articulation of annual strategic health priorities which cut across geographies. Work with the Programme Director, Director of Strategy, Executive Director and other colleagues to review the Health Strategy on a regular basis, for discussion by the Senior Leadership Team, Grants Committee and Board.
  • Write and publish thought pieces on air pollution and global health to elevate CAF’s profile amongst health professionals worldwide.


  • Design, manage and monitor the impact of health grants at global level using CAF’s grant management system (AkoyoGo) and resource planning tools.
  • Support Portfolio Managers to deliver effective and impactful health projects as part of their geographic portfolios.
  • Set and monitor achievement of performance and personal development objectives for all direct reports, so that a culture of continuous improvement and learning is embedded.


  • Ensure that CAF’s workstreams and projects actively support and drive global health targets set by the World Health Organisation and other leading international health bodies.
  • Proactively shape CAF engagement approach with policy makers and the public to generate public health demand for clean air – working in close consultation and coordination with CAF’s grantees, funders, partners, and other air quality donors in the field.
  • Alongside the Executive Director and the Director of Strategic Partnerships, identify, cultivate and manage relationships with health funders to increase funding, support adoption, replication, or scaling-up of CAF programmes.
  • Organise and attend events which convene key stakeholders in efforts to tackle air pollution, identifying opportunities for greater engagement of the private sector and civil society at national as well as global levels.
  • Act as a representative and advocate of CAF externally with a variety of audiences, including politicians, global health leaders, senior civil servants, NGO leaders, academics, business leaders and CAF’s donors.
  • Keep abreast of developments within the global health field, establishing appropriate information gathering networks and channels to deepen professional knowledge and skills.


  • Provide leadership to CAF’s grantees, partners and the air quality field in general on amplifying dialogue on the health impacts of air pollution and solutions.
  • Identify and leverage opportunities to actively build the field of organisations working on air pollution


  • Demonstrable alignment with CAF’s mission, values and goals.
  • A track record of senior leadership working on global public health,ideally with a focus on the environmental/social determinants of health.
  • Evidence of robust strategic delivery,including having designed and executed a health strategy with cross-sectoral dimensions.
  • Experience of working with and influencing health policy makers at global and national levels.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated success in building effective partnerships and networks within the health sector and across sectors, with, for example, environment and/ or climate.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Confidence and presence as a public speaker, and successful experience in engaging and building trust with policy makers, regulators, elected officials and other key stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – the ability to build trust and rapport with staff and stakeholders, to operate seamlessly across Clean Air Fund and influence others to achieve outcomes
  • Experience of working in a range of cultural and socio-economic contexts, adapting style and approach appropriately alongside an ability to work collaboratively with partners located in multiple offices and time zones.
  • A post-graduate qualification in a health sector discipline.


Job Features

Job CategoryEugenia, Foundation, Hannah
Closing Date19th November 2021

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Job Features

Job CategoryEugenia, Foundation, Hannah
Closing Date19th November 2021

Apply Online

Eugenia Gonzalez
Eugenia Gonzalez

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