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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Programme Associate – Technology, Finance and Trade

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Designation OfferedProgramme Associate: Technology, Finance and Trade

Reporting toProgramme Lead

Job LocationNew Delhi


CEEW seeks to hire a Programme Associate to contribute to, and expand, our programme on Cooling; across a range of technical and policy areas. We seek to hire a professional who has an active interest, and competent understanding of climate policies and strategies, to build upon the ongoing work at CEEW on enabling sustainable cooling access to the Indian population, enhancing competitiveness in associated industrial sectors, as well as phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in India. Phasing down HFCs is a critical technology challenge that can contribute to mitigating upto 0.5°C of global warming.

This role demands high quality research to provide direction, support, and insights to the policy planners and industry captains towards low-global warming potential cooling technology options, and the larger ecosystem around these. The candidate should have an active and self-directed interest towards emerging market applications of technologies such as cooling as a service, district cooling, and refrigerant-based technologies. She/he should be able to perform market assessments and projections, techno-economic analysis, risk-assessment, scenario comparisons, etc. The role offers an excellent opportunity to build and strengthen an emerging research area while collaborating with international experts. This position will be a crucial addition to the existing young and dynamic team at CEEW. The individual is expected to conduct quantitative and qualitative assessments using both primary and secondary data. She/he would conduct quantitative and qualitative research, including data analysis, statistics, survey design, stakeholder interviews and engagement, and would support the advancement of the research and policy engagement under the coolingprogramme. She/he should have expertise in research framework development, research methodologies, and estimates using secondary data. In addition to the duties and responsibilities outlined below, the incumbent should be prepared, as and when necessary, to take on additional responsibilities and respond to events and developments that cannot be anticipated easily.

Job Duties and Accountabilities


  • Conduct regular literature and methodological reviews and keep a tab on current debate/ research on HFC phase-down and regulatory approaches in national and global context.
  • Design research frameworks to better understand issues related to the HFC and cooling debate in India, across the value chain.
  • Conduct data analysis on primary and secondary data as and when required to derive insights related to energy efficiency, cooling, climate policy, and HFC phase down.
  • Undertake regulatory analysis for issue relevant to industrial competitiveness supporting CEEW’s research and advisory activities, including on end-of-life disposal of refrigerants, AC servicing sector, and research and development in HVAC and related sectors.
  • Continue engagements and information gathering on policy developments in India and across key countries of the world on HFC phase down, cooling demands, refrigerant production/procurement, and the servicing sector at large.
  • Conceptualise innovative ideas to better understand the strategies and actions of different nations towards HFC emission mitigation as well as negotiations.
  • Conduct primary and secondary data gathering, and utilise data for research and analysis.
  • Lead in writing research reports/papers.
  • Generate knowledge content – blogs, policy briefs in regular intervals.
  • Support and undertake stakeholder engagement and relevant convening, including policy and technical exchanges among government officials, R&D facilities, subject experts, etc.
  • Drive daily analytical requirements of the team in responding to short-turnaround requests or studies
  • Present research to key constituencies, advisory bodies, conferences & research institutes
  • Develop research networks locally, nationally and internationally in support of research programmes

Programme Assistance

  • Assist with specific projects and overall plan of activities under cooling research, by being an integral part of the team.
  • Assist in preparing presentations, fact sheets, and other research communication material.
  • Prepare national and international database of existing institutions, researchers and other important stakeholders, funding agencies, working in the domain of climate policy.
  • Assist in effective outreach of research outputs, through close coordination with communications team, engagement with wider network of stakeholders, and concerned policymakers.
  • As part of research outreach, assist in event planning and management through close coordination with events management team.
  • Assist and accompany senior team members for important meetings and sessions, prepare notes, and conduct follow-ups, as required.

Selection Criteria


  • Master’s degree or PhD with specialisation in energy, cooling, climate, or environment in relevant disciplines, such as economics, finance, public policy, international relations, physical sciences, engineering etc.
  • A strong research background, including an understanding of experimental and analytical research
  • Quantitative skills including econometric analyses, and/or qualitative skills for policy analysis and development of policy frameworks

Business experience

  • Minimum 3-4 years of relevant work experience
  • Strong track record of project assistance and timely delivery of outputs
  • Experience in dealing with public and private institutions


  • Willingness to learn new research and project management skills
  • Ability to adapt 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


Competitive compensation – commensurate to the experience and matching the best of standards adopted by industry or other similar organizations for similar roles.
CEEW operates in a dynamic environment and the candidate will be required to show flexibility in undertaking a variety of tasks.

“Hydrofluorocarbon gases are the single biggest technology solution with the potential to reduce global temperature rise by 0.5°C by the end of this century. Through CEEW’s experience and expertise in policies and programmes to abate HFC emissions, we aim to galvanise action towards sustainability, jobs, and development, in India and internationally.”

Application Process

Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and cover letter (in one pdf) to jobs@ceew.in with 'Application: PA - Technology, Finance and Trade’ as the subject line. The last date to send applications is 31 March 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are advised to apply at the earliest possible.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We appreciate your interest.