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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Research Intern – Climate Negotiations

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Position offered: Research Intern

Reporting to: Programme Associate

Location: New Delhi, India

Duration: 4 months


CEEW seeks to hire an Intern (01 position) who will assist in conducting a detailed study on Pre-2020 climate actions of developed countries. CEEW offers an intellectually challenging and conducive work environment, with a focus on research rigour, innovative thinking, and strategic outreach.

CEEW under climate negotiations programme intends on improvising domestic arenas towards addressing climate action and cater to the development of politically sensitive subjects under the convention such as Capacity building, Transparency, Market mechanism and Ambitions gaps. Our research on climate change includes developing assessment tools for capacity building, technical evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions, developing institutional arrangements for measuring reporting and verification of mitigation actions, and advising and contributing to climate negotiations, especially towards formulating guidelines of the Paris Agreement rule-book.

We intend to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the past climate actions (pre-2020) by the developed countries. The purpose is to understand the status quo, explore possible ways towards bridging the commitment gaps and provide critical inputs to the round table at COP26, where countries, along with non-party stakeholders, would deliberate on the implementation and ambitions of pre-2020 efforts. The research intern is being hired to assist the fellow researchers in undertaking programmatic and research activities of this initiative.

Job Duties and Accountabilities:

  • Conduct secondary research to understand the negotiations on commitments by developed countries under the pre-2020 climate regime.
  • Collate the information (make database) on the commitments and its progress to highlight the gaps or achievements.
  • Discuss theoretical approaches to understand and analyse the identified research outcomes.
  • Track Paris Agreement negotiations on post 2020 ambitions, article 6, capacity building and transparency
  • Write project report/issue briefs based on the conducted research
  • Assist team in research and outreach responsibilities

Shortlisting Criteria


  • Enrolled in or recently graduated from a Master’s degree with Climate Science and Policy / Environmental Studies / Sustainability Studies / International relations / Political science or relevant streams.

Main skills

  • Self-starters with strong analytic skills including quantitative research skills and qualitative research methodologies to collate and analyse information in a meaningful manner
  • Possesses problem-solving skills - able to deal with ambiguity and uncertainties
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Must be an adept user of MS-office suit (word, excel, and power point presentations).


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

Application Process

Interested candidates are requested to share their curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter explaining their interest in the position (in one PDF) and send it to jobs@ceew.in with ‘Application – Research Intern for Climate Negotiations’ as the subject line. Please do not contact individual researchers for any open position. We are an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply. Last date for application is 30 June 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified by us.