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State Lead, Uttar Pradesh

Terms of Reference

About the Project

Air Pollution Action Group (A-PAG) and Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) have come together to support the government of Uttar Pradesh address air pollution in its cities.

As part of the project, we will support Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Boards implement City Action Plans with the goal to reduce air pollution by 20% by 2022.  

A-PAG has a Memorium of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Pollution Control Board allowing the organization to work to reduce air pollution and implement micro-level action plans for addressing various sources of air pollution. 

About A-PAG

A-PAG was set up in 2019 by Ashish Dhawan (Founder and Chairperson, Ashoka University and Central Square Foundation), Vijay Chadda (previously CEO of Bharti Foundation) and Mohit Beotra (previously Chief Brand Officer of Airtel).  

Ashish is also a member of the recently constituted Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and adjoining regions.

A-PAG is focused on strategic implementation of solutions to combat air pollution and has created a niche for itself within the broader ecosystem in the last 1.5 years. In this time, A-PAG has made significant progress towards bold and ambitious targets in three key areas: 

  • Building political salience at the national and state level by engaging with the highest decision makers
  • Creating public goods (toolkits, resources, products, etc.) that enable various stakeholders to address key challenges. For example, we have just created a Clean Air Project Dashboard for States to track the progress on actions to address air pollution
  • Providing direct implementation support for comprehensive, strategic solutions at the national and state level.

Previously, A-PAG has set-up a Project Management Unit (PMU) to support the Punjab government on reducing stubble burning in 2020. In partnership with the government, A-PAG created a mass media campaign that addresses misconceptions and lack of awareness among farmers. 

In Delhi, A-PAG is a part of the Green War Room set-up by the government to monitor air pollution levels in the national capital. In 2019, A-PAG supported the Delhi hotspot implementation, coordinating among different agencies.

About CEEW

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) is one of Asia’s leading not-for-profit policy research institutions. The Council uses data, integrated analysis, and strategic outreach to explain — and change — the use, reuse, and misuse of resources. The Council addresses pressing global challenges through an integrated and internationally focused approach. It prides itself on the independence of its high-quality research, develops partnerships with public and private institutions, and engages with the wider public. 

The Council’s illustrious Board comprises Mr Jamshyd Godrej (Chairperson), Mr Tarun Das, Dr Anil Kakodkar, Mr S. Ramadorai, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Dr Naushad Forbes, Ambassador Nengcha Lhouvum Mukhopadhaya, and Dr Janmejaya Sinha. The 100 plus executive team is led by Dr Arunabha Ghosh. CEEW is certified as a Great Place To Work®
In ten years of operations, The Council has engaged in 278 research projects, published 212 peer-reviewed books, policy reports and papers, created 100+ new databases or improved access to data, advised governments around the world nearly 700 times, promoted bilateral and multilateral initiatives on 80+ occasions, and organised 350+ seminars and conferences. In July 2019, Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Dr Fatih Birol (IEA) launched the CEEW Centre for Energy Finance. In August 2020, Powering Livelihoods — a CEEW and Villgro initiative for rural start-ups — was launched by Minister Mr Piyush Goyal, Dr Rajiv Kumar (NITI Aayog), and H.E. Ms Damilola Ogunbiyi (SEforAll). 

The Council’s major contributions include: The 584-page National Water Resources Framework Study for India’s 12th Five Year Plan; the first independent evaluation of the National Solar Mission; India’s first report on global governance, submitted to the National Security Adviser; irrigation reform for Bihar; the birth of the Clean Energy Access Network; work for the PMO on accelerated targets for renewables, power sector reforms, environmental clearances, Swachh Bharat; pathbreaking work for the Paris Agreement, the HFC deal, the aviation emissions agreement, and international climate technology cooperation; the concept and strategy for the International Solar Alliance (ISA); the Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism (CRMM); critical minerals for Make in India; modelling uncertainties across 200+ scenarios for India’s low-carbon pathways; India’s largest multidimensional energy access survey (ACCESS); climate geoengineering governance; circular economy of water and waste; and the flagship event, Energy Horizons. It recently published Jobs, Growth and Sustainability: A New Social Contract for India’s Recovery.

The Council has a footprint in 21 Indian states, working extensively with state governments and grassroots NGOs. It is supporting power sector reforms in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, scaling up solar-powered irrigation in Chhattisgarh, supporting climate action plans in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, evaluating community-based natural farming in Andhra Pradesh, examining crop residue burning in Punjab, and promoting solar rooftops in Delhi and Bihar.

Job Description: Role and Eligibility

About the role

In 2019, the environment ministry implemented the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) to meet the prescribed annual average ambient air quality standards at all locations in the country. The NCAP identified 122 non-attainment cities, which are required to create, submit, and implement Comprehensive City Action Plans to reduce air pollution levels by 20% by 2024. There are 15 non-attainment cities in UP.

As the State Lead, you will get the opportunity to build and scale key interventions over a course of 4-5 years to achieve NCAP’s objectives. The role will begin in Lucknow with the potential to expand to a number of non-attainment cities in UP.

In this role, you will lead the implementation of actions identified in the City Action Plans to address air pollution through a Project Management Unit (PMU) and various other resources in cities across the state, starting with Lucknow. This is a dynamic opportunity where you will work closely with the A-PAG senior leadership, local city government officials, State Pollution Control Boards, Ministry of Urban Development, and other partners and vendors to have a direct impact on solving the air pollution crisis in the Indo-Gangetic plains. 

Key Responsibilities

Implementation of City Action Plans (40% of the time):

  • Understand City Action Plans and reports to identify key areas of action in the short and long term that can be implemented and measured
  • Create an implementation plan based on City Action Plans which has details on goals, resources responsible for the tasks, deliverable timelines
  • Ensure implementation of the identified steps/ deliverables by supporting relevant city authorities to address any resource and capacity gaps
  • Ensure early and accurate identification of air pollution issues/ sources in the cities through processes such as survey of the city and third-party research

Stakeholder Management (40% of time):

  • Hire and lead high-quality, motivated teams in cities that A-PAG expands to in the state, starting with Lucknow
  • Actively build relationships with various internal teams, policymakers, government partners, vendors, and other relevant third-party organizations/bodies to leverage the best support for implementation of the City Action Plans
  • Carry out sensitization of Urban Local Body (ULB) officials on the importance of their daily work in conjunction with mitigation of air pollution to instill ownership and accountability
  • Build and run citizen awareness campaigns to mobilize citizens to contribute towards the goal of improving air quality in the city/ state

Review and Monitoring (20% of the time):

  • Put in place a review and monitoring method to track progress on the agreed actions by using tools such as an online dashboard created by A-PAG
  • Ensure timely escalation of unresolved issues to the relevant authorities


  • Masters’ or equivalent degree in relevant fields, including business or development sector management, environmental studies or public policy with a strong track record of outstanding academic performance
  • 8-12 years of work experience with managerial responsibilities, demonstrating excellent project delivery and relationship development with Government officials
  • Experience working in the space of environment/ air pollution preferred
  • Passionate about solving the air pollution crisis in India to create catalytic change

Required Skillsets

  • Experience in managing internal as well as external team members; Ability to work and coordinate with teams remotely
  • Strong planning, project management and organizational skills and an ability to set priorities, plan timelines and meet deadlines
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, especially report writing
  • Great interpersonal skills and ability to interact and understand the needs of internal and external stakeholders
  • Comfortable working in ambiguous environments; self-starter that can use good judgment and resourcefulness to act in the absence of clear guidance
  • Have displayed instances of quick thinking and entrepreneurial nature in previous projects/work assignments
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Basic knowledge of Excel and other statistical tools; ability to quickly grasp and build knowledge on technical aspects of measuring and improving air quality

Location: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Compensation: Commensurate to experience and reflecting the current market trends 

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to hiring@a-pag.org with the subject line “Application for State Lead at A-PAG” before 11:59 PM, 10th January 2020

For any additional questions on the role or about the organization, please email info@a-pag.org