International Climate Program Coordinator

Health Care Without Harm

Position description

We are looking for an organized, flexible, and personable individual with strong project management and budget management skills. The candidate will also display excellent communications and writing skills. They will be culturally competent and must be equally comfortable working with numbers as with communications and writing. The candidate will be a part of a team working on the intersection of climate change and global health and play a central role in supporting HCWH’s global partnerships (across India, South East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the USA and more). 


Organizational Overview

Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint and becomes a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) works with hospitals, health systems, health professionals, NGOs, ministries of health, and United Nations organizations to achieve its mission. It has offices in the European Union, United States, and South East Asia, a dynamic program in Latin America and partner organizations in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Nepal and South Africa. Its Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Networkhas over 1,500 members in 72 countries who represent the interests of more than 43,000 hospitals and health centers.

Health Care Without Harm’s International Climate Program works to align the health care sector with the ambition of the Paris Agreement while meeting global health goals through three core strategies: 1) mitigation: reducing the sector’s climate footprint and putting it on a trajectory toward zero emissions; 2) resilience: fostering climate resilient hospitals, health centers, and communities; and 3) leadership: mobilizing health care’s ethical, economic, and policy influence to advance the transition to a zero emissions, healthy and equitable future. In India, HCWH works to advance these goals by collaborating with several Indian partner organizations.     


Position Description

The International Climate Program Coordinator is responsible for administration, project management, and program and communications support for Health Care Without Harm’s International Climate Program, with an emphasis on projects and partnerships in India. The ideal candidate is an organized, flexible, and personable individual who is equally comfortable working with numbers as with communication and writing. The International Climate Program Coordinator will play a central supporting role within HCWH’s International Climate Team and India partnerships, while also working with HCWH’s staff and partners across multiple regions. 


Primary Objectives

  1. Administration and project management (60%): Coordinate the operational implementation of HCWH’s International Climate Program, with a special focus on the program portfolio in India. This includes planning processes, contracting, budget management, interface with HCWH finance team, team meeting coordination, internal and external monitoring and reporting, event and travel planning, and other duties as required, working closely with HCWH staff. 
  2. Program and communications support (40%): Support HCWH staff and regional partners (with a special focus on India) to advance program objectives, support strategic planning and evaluation, support newsletter and website production, identify needs and opportunities, and communicate about the program to a variety of audiences.


Essential Functions

Administration and project management (60%):

Working closely with the International Climate Associate Director, other program staff, and India partners: 

  • Serve as the focal point—for regional partners and HCWH staff—for administration and project management to facilitate the successful implementation of HCWH’s International Climate Program across multiple projects, partners, funders, and regions;
  • Coordinate and assure regular, ongoing, and timely budget tracking and reporting with regional partners, HCWH climate and finance staff, assuring each party’s compliance with timelines and deliverables;
  • Support regional partners and HCWH staff in preparing reports and proposals for current and prospective funders;
  • Track and report on outcomes and outputs defined in the global climate strategy;  
  • Facilitate regular teleconferences, meetings, events, and other internal communications across HCWH’s global climate team, as well as between the India partners and HCWH staff;
  • Execute the logistical planning for meetings/conferences and travel in support of the program;
  • Work with the International Climate Associate Director to develop and maintain a project management system for the International Climate Program;
  • Implement the project management system and provide additional administrative and project management support as required;
  • Coordinate scheduling of a diversity of team and partner meetings.
  • Support the implementation and planning of the Green Hospitals Asia Conference.

Program and communications support (40%):

Working closely with the International Climate Associate Director, other program staff, and India partners, support the implementation of HCWH’s International Climate Program, with a special focus on India. Responsibilities include: 

  • Support the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) process;
  • Plan and execute of communications strategies to convey the scope and impact of the program to external stakeholders;
  • Liaise with the communications team on newsletter and web content. Keep the website regularly updated.
  • Additional program and communication support as required. 

General Responsibilities:

  • Apply discretion and cultural sensitivity throughout all working relationships, networking activities, and public appearances as a representative of Health Care Without Harm.    
  • As part of a global team and an international network, navigate the cultural differences between India, the U.S., and other countries as a central part of this position.    
  • Travel internationally, particularly to and within India, multiple times a year. As the pandemic diminishes, the position will require approximately 15-20% travel depending on where the candidate is based.
  • Work across multiple time zones and/or outside of normal working hours as necessary. Must be able to accommodate time zones in India and on the East and West coast of the US, while also attending virtual meetings with partners in other world regions.
  • Communicate with colleagues through regular reporting by email, teleconference, and occasional face-to-face meetings.
  • All other duties as requested and needed to meet organizational needs.


The ideal candidate will be/have:

Administrative and project management competency:

  • Excellent project management skills and experience, particularly with regard to financial management, program quality, risk management, administrative compliance, and donor reporting, with a proven track record in these areas;
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail;
  • Proven ability to effectively coordinate stakeholders and resources for a common purpose;
  • Discretion, confidentiality, and excellent professional and managerial judgment; 

Cultural competency:

  • Strong understanding of Indian cultural context, with experience living and/or working in India;
  • Ability to navigate between Indian and other cultures (e.g., South East Asian, European, North American) with ease and fluidity.
  • Ability to speak and understand Hindi is desirable but not necessary. 

Relationship and communication competency:

  • Mature networking and relationship building skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, for internal and external communication to a wide range of audiences, and for the development and review of grant proposals, briefing documents, donor reports, etc.;
  • Ability to tackle difficult issues, manage challenging or complex relationships, and convey learnings and experience in a constructive, collaborative, and results-driven way to various individuals and teams;
  • Ability to take a risk management and compliance approach, balanced with the ability to empower and support partners and staff directly implementing projects and programs;

Education and issue competency:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in project management and program support, or the equivalent experience;
  • Ideally, education and/or working experience in relevant issues such as air pollution, climate change, environmental justice, public health, health policy and management, etc.    

Other qualifications:

  • Highly motivated and adaptable self-starter with the ability to work effectively within a complex NGO and remote team environment;
  • Ability to travel up to 15-20% of the year
    • Commitment to the investment in, and empowerment of, HCWH staff and partners in India and globally.

What’s In It For You?

  • Work for an organization where the mission is inspiring and your colleagues care deeply for the mission and the network of people carrying out that mission.
  • Play a key role in helping drive growth, influence impact, and advance efforts to create a more sustainable health care sector and community.
  • Be part of an inspirational global network.
  • Fantastic benefits, such as full family medical, dental, and vision premiums paid by HCWH, 4 weeks’ vacation starting and 17 paid holidays (which includes half day Fridays in July and August).

Application instructions

Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth are committed to seeking and sustaining culturally and ethnically diverse organizations, and to the principles that promote inclusive practices. We are dedicated to building a diverse staff with expertise and interest in serving the mission of the organizations in respectful ways. HCWH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, upload a cover letter and resume to Tanvi Ajmera, International Climate Associate Director via this link. Questions can be addressed to [email protected]. Only competitive candidates will be invited to participate further in the recruitment process. 


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