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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Consultant

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 organization’s​
  • Curiosity and irreverence as well as responsibility come together at CEEW​
  • You will get best-in-market remuneration​
  • We provide a safe space for all​
  • At CEEW, your life is your example for others​

The Council does not only do world class research but also strives for impact at scale. In fact, this new position is in our quest to translate our research into action and impact. If you are passionate about renewable energy and its potential to support India’s transition to a sustainable future, we would love to hear from you! ​

Designation offered: Consultant – Distributed solar implementation support

Reporting to: Programme Associate

Location: New Delhi, India (Frequent travel to project sites)

Purpose

CEEW seeks to hire an ambitious and diligent individual who would be keen to work in the area of innovation to impact. As part of the Renewable Energy team at The Council, the individual would be involved in supporting various electricity distribution companies across states to test and implement innovative distributed renewable energy business models and policies, with an aim to scale up the share of the RE technologies in India’s electricity mix.

The role would entail engagement with multiple stakeholders of the Indian electricity distribution ecosystem, viz. distribution companies, state and central governments, regulatory commissions, state nodal agencies, residents’ associations, local bodies, and residential consumers. Candidate must possess very strong project management skills, strong communication skills, analytical abilities, significant bias towards action, and a zeal to learn and create impact. Familiarity with designing and implementing pilot projects and their monitoring and evaluation would be highly useful.

In addition to the duties and responsibilities outlined below, the applicant 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

Project Management

  • Manage the implementation of pilot projects proposed by the research team based on CEEW’s on-going work
  • Work with the research team to identify implementation challenges and design pilots that are feasible for the target stakeholders
  • Manage project deliverables and resources within time
  • Prepare detailed project plans and DPRs for upcoming pilots
  • Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate smooth and timely implementation of the pilot activities
  • Work closely with the research teams to plan and execute monitoring and evaluation activities and other impact assessments planned alongside

Engagement

  • Plan and execute events, meetings, and other stakeholder engagement activities for the successful implementation of pilots
  • Effectively engage and communicate project objectives and benefits to relevant stakeholders such as government officials, distribution companies, regulatory bodies and community members for their buy-in and approvals
  • Assist with CEEW communication activities, including preparing presentations, factsheets and other communication material
  • Support efforts to use new media platforms for wide dissemination of CEEW’s work and, in turn, closer engagement with the wider community

Research

  • Travel to project sites, whenever necessary, to conduct meetings/interviews/trainings or collect primary information.
  • To write briefs and issue notes which could be circulated among senior Government of India officials and other stakeholders.
  • To work with senior researchers on conceptualising new projects (as and when needed).
  • Write memos and internal briefs independently

Selection Criteria

Education

  • Strong academic credentials, preferably a Master’s degree in management, communication, events or other relevant fields
  • Sound understanding of India’s electricity sector (specifically solar and wind markets) and policy and regulatory environment is preferred

Business experience

  • At least three-four years of relevant work experience in the field of project implementation, policy engagement, and project management, preferably in the area of energy policy, renewable energy, or power sector.
  • Prior experience in engaging with government agencies and distribution companies or experience working with grassroot organisations

Main skills

  • Excellent project management skills
  • Effective time management to work on multiple projects at the same time
  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and resources
  • Ability to establish and manage relationships with external stakeholders
  • Excellent oral communication skills in English as well as in Hindi
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical details to a non-specialist audience
  • Ability and willingness to work in a dynamic and fluid environment
  • Ability to work on own initiative and communicate effectively as a team member
  • Ability to analyse information and present in a clear and accurate manner
  • Willingness to show initiative in order to handle unforeseen challenges
  • Ability to work in multicultural teams

Compensation

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

Application Process

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.

Interested candidates are requested to send their applications to jobs@ceew.in with ‘Application: Consultant-Renewables’ as the subject line.

The last date to submit applications is 30 March 2020. 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.