Council on Energy, Environment and Water Integrated | International | Independent

Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Programme Lead – Sustainable Agriculture

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

Programme Lead

Job LocationChandigarh or Ludhiana with travel to Delhi

Reporting toSenior Research Associate


The Risks and Adaptation team seeks to hire a Programme Lead to expand its work on in the area of sustainable agriculture. The Programme Lead would conduct quantitative and qualitative research, including data analysis, statistics, survey design, stakeholder interviews and engagement, and would support the advancement of the research and policy engagement for sustainable agriculture.

Job Duties and Accountabilities


  • To conceptualise new research ideas that are aligned with programme objectives
  • To develop a series of publications including policy briefs, reports as well as publish in high quality peer reviewed national and international journals
  • To extrapolate and verify data provided by research analysts/programme officers, evaluate, organise and edit the data into comprehensive standard report forms
  • To develop surveys and questionnaires and to collect, collate and analyse responses using different data analysis softwares and tools
  • To keep a tab on the policy developments in India and across key countries of the world on sustainable agriculture
  • To travel to project sites, when required, to conduct interviews or collect data for different research projects

Research Management

  • Take ownership of specific projects and assist in overall plan of activities under the risks and adaptation programme, by being an integral part of the team.
  • Proactively manage project deliverables, resources within time and budget constraints.
  • Support effective communication of research outputs, through close coordination with outreach team, engagement with wider network of stakeholders, and concerned policymakers
  • Support senior team members for important meetings and sessions, prepare notes, and conduct follow-ups, as required
  • Oversee and support junior team members to help them deliver at their best


  • To present research to key constituencies, advisory bodies, conferences & research institutes
  • To develop research networks locally, nationally and internationally in support of research programmes
  • To develop strong relationships with donors and strategic partners

Selection Criteria


  • Master’s or PhD degree with specialisation in engineering, economics, public policy or related field
  • Should have a strong research background, including an understanding of experimental and analytical research.
  • Familiarity and a high degree of comfort with quantitative skills and analyses

Business experience

  • At least five years of relevant work experience in the field of research, policy engagement and project management, preferably in the area of agriculture, food systems, sustainable production, energy policy, climate policy for Programme Lead position. Candidates with significant experience may be considered for a Senior Programme Lead position
  • Strong track record of project assistance and timely delivery of outputs
  • Experience in dealing with public and private institutions
  • Building relationships with collaborators and government stakeholders

Main skills

  • Deep understanding of the agriculture sector in India and issues related to management of crop residues. Significant field experience of working with farmers and extension organisations
  • Strong analytic skills including quantitative research skills (use of R, Stata, SPSS, Python or such software)
  • Good written and oral communication skills; Good report writing skills; Fluent in Punjabi
  • Relevant publications in peer reviewed journals/book chapters
  • Desirable: Knowledge on air pollution monitoring technologies and management


  • Willingness to learn new (research and project management) skills
  • Ability to adapt to new environment and 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

CEEW operates in a dynamic environment and the candidate will be required to show flexibility in undertaking a variety of tasks.

“If you dream of a world where sustainable agriculture diminishes hunger, makes food nutrient-rich, protect livelihoods of farmers in India and combats climate change, we would like to hear from you.”

Application procedure

Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and cover letter (in one pdf) to jobs@ceew.in with 'Application: PL- Sustainable Agriculture’ 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.