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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Communications Specialist

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

Designation offeredCommunications Specialist (Air Quality)

LocationNew Delhi

Reporting toStrategic Communications Lead (Primary) and Chief of Party


CEEW has been awarded the Clean Air Better Health programme by the USAID. The objective of the program is twofold - to mitigate air pollution and to minimize exposure to air pollution. This is a 5-year grant that will tackle air pollution in various sectors, including industry, transportation, cooking fuels, construction, and land use. CEEW has four other partners on this programme - ASAR, ELDF, EDS, and Vital Strategies. Each of these partners will be responsible for targeted communication to cohorts, legal and regulatory issues, indoor air quality, and health issues, respectively.

The main purpose of this role is to lead the communication activities for this USAID project. The ideal candidate would have deep knowledge and experience in conceptualising and executing communications strategies, exceptional project management skills and proven ability to effectively coordinate with a range of stakeholders. The role will be crucial to raise the profile of the USAID project and accelerate action to clean our air.

The candidate will have the opportunity to work with top policy researchers to bring sustainability from the margins to the mainstream and get exposure to the inner workings of one of India’s leading think tanks.

“If you are driven by a passion to clean India’s air, have the ability to think on your feet, and want to
strategically communicate to nudge environmental policies and regulation in the
country, then this might be the role for you.”

In addition to the duties and responsibilities below, the individual should be prepared, as and when necessary, to take on additional responsibilities.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Designing and implementation of the communications strategy for the project in consultation with the Strategic Communications Lead, Chief of Party and the USAID team.
  • Be the point person at CEEW end to provide all communication materials or inputs to the USAID Agency Office Representative on the programme.
  • Ensure that tone and messaging of every project output (led by CEEW and external partners) is consistent with the overall project communications strategy.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with internal and external stakeholders including programme partners to maintain a steady flow of information and ensure synergies in outreach and communications.
  • Collaborate with other members of our outreach team and external vendors on executing outputs planned as part of the communications strategy and project.
  • Ensure adherence to the branding and marking guidelines of the project.
  • Ensure quality control of all communications products as per CEEW standards for the entire project (including products created by partners).
  • Ensure strict adherence to outreach processes at CEEW.
  • Lead the conceptualisation and design of websites and dashboards in coordination with the digital team.
  • Curate content for dedicated webpages for the project.
  • Work closely with the media lead to provide relevant content to the media on a regular basis, identify journalists covering air quality issues and pitch interesting stories to relevant media.
  • Lead on the publications process for all reports, policy briefs, issue briefs, papers under the project in close collaboration with the publications team.
  • Lead on events process to execute dialogues, roundtable discussions, webinars under the project, in close collaboration with the events team.
  • Develop consumable content for a variety of communications material including blogs, press releases, newsletters, social media, videos among others.
  • Identify innovative written formats to publicise air quality research and updates from the project. This could include debates and explainers to make our analysis consumable for range of audiences. 

Other Responsibilities

  • Assist with building a database and relationships with a wider community of experts, scholars, institutions and potential donors.
  • Respond to research requests from senior researchers, discuss research needs, and prepare responses that synthesise and analyse information.
  • Support the outreach team on content-related and coordination activities as and when required.
  • Support the Strategic Communications Lead and Communications Specialist on special projects.

Selection Criteria


  • Preferably Master’s/Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or related fields.

Experience and Other Skills

  • Preferably 5-8 years of work experience.
  • Proven track record of conceptualising and executing communications strategies.
  • Experience in working closely with partners.
  • Exceptional project management skills.
  • Excellent writing skills and demonstrated ability to calibrate communications to resonate with internal and external target audiences.
  • Excellent grasp of the English language. 
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent eye for detail.
  • Creative thinker with demonstrated success in implementing out-of-the-box content ideas.
  • Demonstrated abilities to take ownership, manage multiple priorities and internal/external resources in a fast-paced environment, while meeting deadlines and quality standards.
  • Strong drive and initiative, a self-starter.

CEEW operates in a dynamic environment and the candidate will be required to show flexibility in undertaking a variety of tasks. CEEW is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

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.