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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Research Intern – Energy Access (Gender and Entrepreneurship)

Terms of Reference

We are particular about what we stand for (and what we do not 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​

Position offered: Research Intern – Energy Access (Gender and Entrepreneurship)

Reporting to: Programme Lead

Job Location: New Delhi, India

Job Duration: 4-6 months


CEEW seeks to hire an Intern (01 position) who will assist in conducting a detailed study on building an ecosystem for women entrepreneurs in the energy sector in India. CEEW offers an intellectually challenging and conducive work environment, with a focus on research rigour, innovative thinking, and strategic outreach.

The Energy Access team is one of the seven focus areas at the CEEW. Lack of access to energy is a barrier for households, communities, and enterprises in reaching their desired potential. The Energy Access team envisions removing this barrier by using evidence-based research of on-ground realities to inform policies and businesses. The team does this through the collection and analysis of primary data, evaluation of policies and programmes, design of interventions, and the development of collaborative platforms that enable equitable access to modern energy for human development.

The research will focus on understanding the impact of existing government programmes on gender inclusion across the clean energy value chain in India. The research aims to identify the gaps which if addressed in a systematic way, can accelerate benefits for women entrepreneurs to gain access to energy and income generating opportunities through energy in India. The study will focus on women owned micro and small enterprises within the energy sector. This research would provide possible policy inputs to different government departments and institutions to systematically address the gaps. The approach would be consultative and engage with stakeholders at all levels, including national decision-makers, industry associations, sector enablers and women entrepreneurs in the space with the objective of influencing policy in the longer-term. 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 a review of key secondary sources specific to existing policies and programmes focused to increase entrepreneurship and/or livelihood opportunities for women in India.
  • Discuss theoretical approaches to understand and analyse the identified research outcomes.
  • Map stakeholders in the sector to understand their roles and influence.
  • Assist in developing the interview guides and engagement guides for primary interviews with women entrepreneurs and ecosystem stakeholders.
  • Assist in conducting interviews with relevant stakeholders at all levels.
  • Assist in analysing and preparing the research outputs like reports, briefing papers, etc.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • Enrolled in or recently graduated from a Master’s degree with specialisation in sociology, anthropology, political science, gender studies, development economics, liberal arts or development studies.

Main skills

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience in using qualitative research skills is highly desirable
  • Exposure to quantitative research skills would be a plus
  • Strong theoretical understanding of socio-economic institutions that influence policy development and implementation.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.


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 send their CV and cover letter (in one pdf) to jobs@ceew.in with ‘Application – Research Intern for Energy Access (Gender and Entrepreneurship) 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 31st January 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified by us.