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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Consultant – Market Research (Solar Refrigerators)

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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!

Designation Offered Consultant – Market Research (Solar Refrigerators)

Reporting to Powering Livelihoods

Location New Delhi

Duration 3 months


The Energy Access team is one of the eight focus areas at the CEEW. Lack of access to energy is a barrier for households, communities, and enterprises in reaching their desired potential. CEEW in partnership with Villgro has recently launched their USD 3 million initiative, ‘Powering Livelihoods’, with the objective of providing support to enterprises deploying clean-energy based livelihoods solutions for undertaking large-scale commercial deployments.

With the vision that within the next ten years DRE will be an integral part of all rural productive use applications, this programme seeks to ignite the transformation, few enterprises at a time. Powering Livelihoods programme will bridge the commercial valley of death by providing financial and capacity-building support to enterprises with field-tested technologies to undertake commercial deployment of their solutions. The scale of these deployments will be large enough to demonstrate commercial viability and make the key stakeholders take notice. Supporting commercial deployment will drive enterprise growth enabling them to establish their business model and demonstrate a track record of operations, building a wider pool of investible opportunities in the sector.

The programme aims to achieve its objectives through three key streams of activities, viz, capital support, technical assistance and sectoral growth assistance. As part of these activities, market research would be undertaken for the assessment of livelihoods appliances of the programme enterprises. We would also be engaging with sector stakeholders to understand their influence, market size, market potential and demand of these livelihoods solutions.

Job Duties and Accountabilities

  • Undertake market research for livelihood appliances - solar DC refrigerators
  • Undertake both primary and secondary research for estimating the market opportunity and to understand prospective customers and their ecosystem
  • Interact with sector stakeholders’ sector to understand and estimate, market potential and market characteristics.
  • Engage and identity key stakeholders and understand their roles and influence.
  • Prepare research outputs such as market research reports and databases including market potential, market size, etc.

Selection Criteria


  • A Master’s degree with a specialisation in livelihoods, market research with a focus on the agri- sector, development economics or development studies. 


  • One - two years of prior experience in undertaking market research, with a focus on the agri- sector and with rural customers.

Key Skills

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Previous experience in market research is a must
  • Exposure to research skills would be a plus
  • Exposure to productive use of energy is a plus
  • Understanding of relevant ministries and department and their scheme promoting livelihood and microenterprises in India 
  • Good written and oral communication skills.


CEEW offers competitive compensation commensurate to the experience and matching the best of standards adopted by industry or other similar organizations for similar roles.


CEEW is an equal opportunity employer and the selection process does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, caste, ethnicity, religion, or sexuality.

Interested candidates are requested to share their curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter explaining your interest in the position (in one document preferably PDF) and send it to jobs@ceew.in with ‘Application – Consultant (Powering Livelihoods)’ as the subject line. The last date to send applications is 31 December 2021. 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.