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Programme Associate

Alternative fuels

Job LocationNew Delhi

Reporting toResearch Fellow

Purpose

CEEW seeks to hire a Programme Associate to build and expand our programme on Alternative fuels research across a range of technical and policy areas. This role demands high quality research to provide direction, support, and insights to the policy planners and industry captains towards decarbonisation options. The candidate should have an active and self-directed interest towards emerging market applications such as fuel cell electric vehicles; renewable hydrogen for industrial decarbonisation, etc. She/he should be able to perform resource assessments, market projections, techno-economic analysis, risk-assessment, scenario comparisons, etc. The role offers an excellent opportunity to build and strengthen an emerging research area while collaborating with international experts.

While the focus of decarbonisation efforts has been on the power sector, industrial energy consumption has been given little thought in developing economies. Industrial emissions in 2040, are likely to be highest globally, given the decarbonisation of electricity itself. The trickle-down effect of electrifying end-use may not necessarily be valid for industrial energy use. While low-grade heat can be replaced by electricity, there is not much consensus on high-grade heat.

As per the WEO 2018, industry and transportation sectors alone would constitute as much energy demand as the entire economy in 2017 (of nearly 850 MTOE). Oil, Gas and Coal are expected to contribute nearly 640 MTOE to the demand from these two sectors and contribute to nearly 50% of the economy wide emissions from energy use (currently less than 27 per cent). A deep decarbonisation of the Indian economy and that of the global economy will rely to a large extent on how we handle these two sectors. While climate change is an important driver, much more important is the impact on local air quality as a result of continued use of these fuels. Keeping this in mind, we are embarking on a programme that comprehensively addresses the role for alternative fuels in decarbonising India’s industrial sector and detailing a transition plan for specific industrial activities to such alternative fuels.

Job Duties and Accountabilities

Research

  • Build data resources through active desktop research, intelligent web-scraping, and/or primary means, etc. for several analytical requirements
  • Drive the tracking of important developments – policy and technical, in the sector and be able to inform other teams of the relevance of these, for their own work
  • Able to plan, conduct and report on complex issues around improving sectoral carbon footprints through establishing a feasibility model for alternative fuel options
  • Able to induct new tools and approaches in the analysis of the said sectors/sub-sectors
  • Able to write high-quality first drafts of reports and analyses for internal and external circulation
    • Generate knowledge content – blogs, policy briefs at regular intervals
    • Support stakeholder engagement and relevant convening, including policy and technical exchanges among government officials, R&D facilities, subject experts, etc.
  • Drive daily analytical requirements of the team in responding to short-turnaround requests or studies
  • Present research to key constituencies, advisory bodies, conferences & research institutes
  • Develop research networks locally, nationally and internationally in support of research programmes
  • Travel within India is likely to be periodic and presence in the field - meeting with stakeholders is an important part of the role

Selection Criteria

Education

  • Master’s degree or PhD in engineering, science, economics or related field with specialisation in electrical engineering, energy engineering, energy economics or other graduate courses along these lines. A prior undergraduate degree in engineering or energy engineering would be desirable.
  • Familiarity and a high degree of comfort with quantitative techniques. Certificate courses in specialisations relevant to the job role would be a bonus

Business experience

  • At least two years of relevant work experience in the core energy sector that involves collection, analysis and evaluation of technical information. Policy engagement and project management by way of consulting roles would be desirable
  • Familiarity with industrial process and energy systems is must
  • Strong track record of project assistance and timely delivery of outputs
  • Experience in dealing with public sector stakeholders

Main skills

  • Strong analytic skills including quantitative research methods and tools that are fit for purpose
  • Superior project management skills. Confidence to handle tasks and engage with stakeholders single-handedly would be highly preferred
  • Ability to conduct techno-economic analysis, cost & benefit analysis, sound knowledge of basic economic principles
  • Insightful and concise writing in English
  • Proficiency in word-processing and presentation tools

Personality

  • Willingness to learn new research and project management skills
  • Ability to adapt deliver under tight deadlines in a professional environment
  • Striving for rigour in research and quality in work output
  • Ability to effectively work in a team while being able to independently drive research with minimum assistance, when time demands.
  • Ability to dig deeper into details, while also keeping a sense of the broader objectives and big picture
  • Willingness to learn, grow and develop at personal and professional front, at a rapid pace with a steep learning curve
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment

Compensation

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