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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Intern - Powering Livelihoods

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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!

Position offered Research Intern – Energy and Rural Livelihood

Reporting to Research Analyst

Location New Delhi, India

Duration 2-3 months


CEEW seeks to hire an intern who will assist in conducting research for CEEW’s programme on building an ecosystem for clean energy powered livelihoods in rural 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 eight focus areas at 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 a USD 3 million initiative, ‘Powering Livelihoods’,  that aims to support enterprises deploying energy-efficient and/or clean energy-powered livelihoods solutions in rural India.

With a vision that within the next ten years decentralised renewable energy will be an integral part of rural livelihoods, this programme seeks to ignite the transformation, few enterprises at a time. Powering Livelihoods will bridge the commercial valley of death by providing financial and capacity-building support to enterprises with field-tested technologies to undertake deployment of their solutions, large enough to demonstrate their 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 activities, viz, capital support, technical assistance and sectoral growth assistance. As part of sectoral growth assistance, we would be mapping the perceptions of various sector stakeholders about clean energy for livelihoods solutions as well as gender inclusive business strategies. This will help us understand the gaps and plan necessary interventions to positively influence these perceptions.

Job Duties and Accountabilities

  • Identify and engage with relevant stakeholders to understand their perceptions about clean energy for livelihoods and gender inclusive business models
  • Assist in creating questionnaires and conducting interviews with the relevant stakeholders 
  • Identify and analyse the insights to create an actionable knowledge documentPrepare written outputs like reports, briefs, blogs, etc. highlighting the current state of the sector.
  • Identify and engage with key stakeholders through discussions or meetings to positively influence their perception.

Shortlisting Criteria


Enrolled in or recently graduated from a Master’s degree with a specialisation in livelihoods, entrepreneurship, policy, energy, development economics or development studies.

Main Skills

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Some previous experience in qualitative and quantitative research is highly desirable.
  • Some previous experience in content creation is highly desirable.
  • Exposure to other research skills would be a plus
  • Exposure to clean energy projects is a plus
  • Strong theoretical understanding of socio-economic institutions that influence policy development and implementation.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.


  • Willingness to learn new (research and project management) skills.
  • Ability to adapt to the new environment and deliver under tight deadlines in a professional environment.
  • Striving for rigour in research and quality in work output.
  • Ability to effectively work in a team while being able to independently drive research with minimum assistance, when time demands.
  • Ability to dig deeper into details, while also keeping a sense of the broader objectives and big picture.
  • Willingness to learn, grow and develop at personal and professional front, at a rapid pace with a steep learning curve.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.

CEEW operates in a dynamic environment and the candidate will be required to show flexibility in undertaking a variety of tasks.


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

Application Process

CEEW is an equal opportunity employer and the selection process does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, or caste. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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 Powering Livelihoods’ 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 31 January 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified by us.