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

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"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 to action and impact. If you are passionate about improving incomes and livelihoods in rural and peri-urban India, social entrepreneurship, technologies for impact, and working with start-ups, investors, and financiers while playing with numbers once in a while, we would love to hear from you!"

Programme Lead

Energy and Livelihoods

Job LocationNew Delhi

Reporting toSenior Programme Lead


CEEW seeks to hire a Programme Lead to manage CEEW’s upcoming initiative, Powering Livelihoods programme under its ‘Energy Access and Livelihoods’ team. Co-conceptualised by CEEW and Villgro, the programme aims to provide significant capital, technical, and sectoral growth assistance to enterprises deploying clean energy solutions for livelihoods to undertake large-scale commercial deployments. The individual will be responsible for the end-to-end ownership and management of the programme from the CEEW’s end with minimal oversight from their manager. Beyond the programme, the individual would build further body of work to plug critical ecosystem gaps in the area of energy and livelihoods.

Job Duties and Accountabilities

Partnerships and stakeholder management

Manage partnership with key collaborators, including enterprises, donors, programme partners, service delivery partners, and ecosystem stakeholders.

  • Ensure proactive and regular communication, transparency, while managing expectations and ensure that each partnership is structured around mutual trust and adequate incentives for each partner to collaborate.
  • Access and maintain adequate level of engagement with various partners and key stakeholders, including policymakers.
  • Identify relevant partners and principles of partnership for each potential collaborator. Ensure end-to-end management from identification to on-boarding of the partner (inking MoUs and agreements) to delivery against respective commitments.
  • Ensure proactive communication with donors, in addition to regular reporting.
  • Become the public face for the programme for The Council, over time.

Market assessments

Lead market assessment and research for various clean energy solutions for livelihoods. For example: RE-powered cold storages, solar looms, sewing machines, rice hullers, oil expellers, solar powered IT kiosks, etc. These market assessments would be quite granular in detail and would help sector enterprises to adequately target their potential customers.

  • Lead research design, plan resources including budget and timeline estimation.
  • Guide and work with the team members as the team undertakes market assessments
  • Market assessment would include aspects such as:
    • Identifying high market potential geographies (districts and blocks) for the considered product category
    • Estimating market size under different scenarios
    • Characterising the market including identifying market barriers and their solutions
    • Assessing willingness to pay for prospective products/solutions
  • Develop high quality engaging outputs in the forms of reports, data portals, blogs, opinion pieces, videos, etc. with respective support from the outreach team at CEEW

Evidence generation and dissemination

Lead evidence generation from the commercial deployments, and use the evidence to unlock support for the enterprises from investors, financiers, policymakers and market enablers. This is the core part of the programme’s theory of change—generate evidence at a meaningful scale to unlock support from sector stakeholders.

  • The evidence generation would include assessment at three levels:
    • Impact on the end-user: Improvement in incomes, new livelihoods created, repayment of loans, etc.
    • Commercial and operational viability of enterprises: unit economics, cash-to-cash cycle for working capital management, servicing of debt, viability of operations, etc.
    • Social and environmental impact at scale-up: GHG emissions abated, potential for additional rural income, avoided food waste, etc.
  • Garnering inputs from sectoral stakeholders on the choice of indicators as part of on-ground evidence
  • Developing adequate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework and assessment indicators to track progress and impact at all three levels.
  • Working with enterprises to set-up lean data collection and management systems to operationalise M&E framework
  • Ensuring high-quality data generation and analysis to populate impact metrics
  • Disseminate the generated evidence in the form of presentations, memos, short reports, opinion pieces, videos, etc. with the help of CEEW’s outreach team.
  • Engage with key stakeholders to disseminate the evidence and to unlock support for programme enterprises and beyond.

Management and Leadership

  • Take end-to-end ownership of the programme. Project management including management of resources, budgets, timelines and deliverables. Lead and support fund-raise activities. Strive for impact, and ensure CEEW maintains its thought leadership on the subject.
  • Build and lead your team. Hire the best. Hone the team members to the best of their abilities. Inspire and set leadership by example. Ensure team’s alignment with the programme and institutional objectives and mandates. Guide and help team members in building their careers.

Selection Criteria


  • Master’s degree in relevant disciplines such as business administration, engineering. technology, development studies, economics, international relations, public policy, etc.

Professional experience

  • At least seven years of relevant experience in programme management, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, undertaking and leading market research in social impact space
  • Demonstrated history of engaging and managing with various stakeholders, including donors, collaborators, enterprises, sector stakeholders etc.
  • Significant experience in and understanding of rural economy, rural value chains, and MSMEs
  • Experience of working with young enterprises, developing business/financial models
  • Experience in undertaking market assessment and M&E studies for projects and programmes
  • Strong track record of team and project management including timely delivery of outputs

Main skills

  • Strong business acumen, ability to understand customer needs, value propositions, unit economics, commercial viability of a business
  • Strong analytic skills and proficiency in market research, and monitoring and evaluations, research design, data analysis and data visualisations
  • Strong interpersonal skills and confidence to engage with senior officials, political and business leaders.
  • Demonstrated project and programme management skills including resource, budget, quality and time management.
  • Strong oral communication skills as well as an interest in public speaking
  • Good writing skills with the ability to write coherently and concisely emails, opinion pieces, policy briefs, and reports
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge to varied socio-cultural, ecological and political contexts
  • Demonstrated experience in business development
  • Interest and ability to lead teams, to empathise with younger researcher, and to guide them


  • Entrepreneurial. Ambitious. Curious. Proactive.
  • Leader. Comfortable with uncertainty. Strategic and deliberate.
  • Striving for rigour and impact at scale
  • Detail-oriented, while always keeping the larger picture in mind
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • Strong interest and flexibility to travel and be on the ground
  • Flexibility towards long work hours when the situation demand.

Application Process

CEEW is an equal opportunity employer and the selection process does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, or caste. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and cover letter (in one pdf) to jobs@ceew.in with ‘Application : PL – Energy and Livelihoods’ as the subject line. The last date for applications is 15 April 2020. We will review applications on a rolling basis, so we advise interested applicants to apply at the earliest possible.

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