Council on Energy, Environment and Water Integrated | International | Independent

Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Programme Associate – Environmental Outcomes and Energy Use

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 ambitious 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 offered: Programme Associate

Reporting to: Programme Lead (TPPs, Coal and EE)/Programme Lead (AQ)

Location: New Delhi


CEEW seeks to hire a Programme Associate to expand its work on understanding the interlinkages between emissions from thermal power plants, industrial production and air quality, across India’s geography, with a special focus on the IGP.  The chosen candidate will work across the power, industry and air quality teams to qualitatively and quantitatively assess performance of thermal power plants and industrial units – by assessing environmental compliance in meeting emissions standards, fly-ash generation and management and water use and disposal.  The candidate should be open to travelling, visiting areas impacted by emissions from various large point sources and engage with relevant government and civil society stakeholders in driving environmental compliance.

Job Duties and Accountabilities:

Research and programme assistance

  • To document and analyse the environmental performance of large point sources – power plants and industrial units, by using relevant government data and other sources.
  • To conduct qualitative interviews with power generating companies, power plant operators and industrial units and regulators – power and environment, to understand the extent of penetration of pollution control technology and monitoring of emissions
  • To conduct analyses to evaluate the costs and benefits to retrofit production units with pollution control and mitigation technologies
  • To continuously track technological developments in the clean technology industry
  • To develop new and improve existing methodologies on assessing interlinkages between variations in power generation, industrial activity and environmental metrics
  • To assess the opportunities to improve emissions performance through policies such as fuel switching, market incentives and deepening to allow for renewables in the energy mix
  • To provide research content for the organisation's web pages, blogs, issue briefs, etc
  • To engage with relevant stakeholders from industries, government, policy experts, academicians
  • To participate in relevant conferences, workshops, training programmes for a comprehensive understanding of air quality management in India and globally

Shortlisting Criteria

Education and experience

  • Master’s degree in environmental, mechanical or energy engineering or related disciplines
  • Familiarity with power plant operations and thermal energy applications in industries, understanding of pollution control technology in industries and stack emissions measurement systems.
  • Prior experience of working on emission assessments, air quality data analysis and data visualisation.

Main Skills

  • Strong analytic skills including quantitative research skills
  • Experience in working with QGIS, MS Office suite.
  • Experience in working with data manipulation tools such as Stata, R or Python would be an added bonus
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in engaging with relevant stakeholders from the government and industry.


  • 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, caste, ethnicity, religion, or sexuality. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are advised to apply at the earliest possible.