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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Administrative Research Assistant (ARA)

Terms of Reference

At CEEW, we are deliberate about what we stand for (and what we don’t stand for!) as an employer. So, if the below description strikes a chord, we would love to hear from you!

At CEEW, we build careers in public policy

  • We offer strong visionary leadership – with emphasis on research and impact at scale
  • We actively promote leadership by initiative
  • We celebrate talent and ambition
  • You will be surrounded by smart people who will challenge you and help you grow
  • You will learn faster than your peers in other organisations
  • Curiosity and irreverence as well as responsibility come together at CEEW
  • You will get above-market remuneration
  • We provide a safe space for all
  • At CEEW, your life is your example for others

Administrative Research Assistant (ARA)

Team Leads

Job LocationNew Delhi, India

Reporting toTeam Leads


The Administrative Research Assistant (ARA) for Research teams is a role that will be crucial in supporting the teams in fulfilling their duties and in ensuring smooth administration of the teams. The individual will provide a variety of administrative support to the research teams. The ARA will be a critical thinker who works well in an extremely fast-paced, results-driven and deadline-sensitive environment. The individual should be able to adapt to the priorities and demands of the teams. The ARA should demonstrate the ability to use latest technology to enhance efficient administrative support to the research teams. The ARA will be highly organised and an articulate administrator.

In addition to the duties and responsibilities below, the individual should be prepared, as and when necessary, to take on additional responsibilities, and respond to events and developments that cannot be anticipated easily.

Job Duties and Accountabilities

Scheduling and Engagements

  • Scheduling appointments and keeping an updated calendar setting location, time, and duration, identifying, inviting and confirming participants, facility arrangements where required.
  • Preparing meeting notes and agendas, taking minutes and preparing drafts for review.
  • Drafting acknowledgment and thank you letters, personal correspondence, and other tasks.
  • Helping the Team Leads and other research team members in formatting speeches and presentations.
  • Advising/creating/updating/tracking working files.
  • Ensuring that the Team bios are kept updated and responding to requests for materials regarding the Team members.


  • In collaboration with the travel vendor managing Team Leads’ travel arrangements and proactively coordinating the pre-planning of trips with various internal functions, including arranging appropriate travel, visas, hotels, transportation, meeting agendas and necessary contacts, as well as other information. This will require significant ability to use technology to reduce costs and improve scheduling timelines.
  • Processing passport renewals, visas and related travel documents.
  • Preparing travel folders and related meeting materials.
  • Assisting the Team Leads with invoicing, settling travel and other claims. The use of technology will be critical to deliver on this task.
  • Prepare expense reports for the Team Leader in adherence with internal policies and deadlines.

Database and Record Keeping

  • Building and maintaining comprehensive database(s) of CEEW stakeholders and other resources, such as: research partners, donors, sectoral/thematic experts, vendors, general contacts, service providers, survey agencies, count of publications/events, etc.
  • Frequent maintenance and updating databases and associated recordkeeping.

Outreach and Operations

  • Managing registration at CEEW events.
  • Scanning business cards received by CEEW employees each month.
  • Keeping a track of CEEW publications in stock and maintaining a minimum stock of key publications.
  • Making professional follow-up calls such as invitees in the run up to CEEW event, setting up external/internal meetings, etc.
  • The ARA will from time to time provide support the Operations Team as required without compromising the Team Support functions. She/he will support in the administration as required by the Assistant Administrative Officer and Director of Operations.

Selection Criteria

Education and Experience

  • Graduate degree in business, economics, finance, office management or equivalent qualification relevant to the role. Prior experience in administrative assistant work is required.

Key skills

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize work in a dynamic and fluid environment. Proficient skills in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Skills in managing new technologies and media platforms
  • Candidate must display maturity and proficiency with external communications
  • Can-do attitude with a solution-oriented approach
  • Creative personality with ability to find economic and efficient ways to manage the provided tasks
  • Willingness to show initiative towards managing unforeseen tasks
  • Highly sensitive to need to ensure confidentiality
  • Flexibility towards intense working hours in case of demanding situations, especially when key deadlines and events are approaching

CEEW operates in a dynamic environment and the candidate will be required to show flexibility in undertaking a variety of tasks. CEEW is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.


Competitive compensation – commensurate to the experience, and matching the best of standards adopted by industry or other similar organisations for similar roles

“If you enjoy constantly planning & organising, we would like to speak to you. If you can take on administration duties while focusing on solutions & ‘closing the loop’, then we would definitely consider hiring you! If you can collaborate closely with others to make this happen, you are probably the candidate we are looking for.”

Application procedure

Interested candidates are requested to send their applications to jobs@ceew.in with ‘Application – Admin Research Assistant’ as the subject line. The last date to send applications is 30th September, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are advised to apply at the earliest possible.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We appreciate your interest.