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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi

Programme Associate – Air Quality, Lucknow

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Designation offered Programme Associate – Air Pollution

Reporting to Senior Programme Lead/Research Fellow

Location Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh


The Risks and Adaptation team seeks to hire a Programme Associate to expand its work on urban air pollution monitoring and management. The Programme Associate will shepherd the Air Quality team’s operations in Uttar Pradesh. The Programme Associate would conduct quantitative and qualitative research on urban air quality and its management, build relationships with government agencies and local civil society organisations, and support the advancement of the research and policy engagement for air quality. 

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Project/Programme Assistance

  • To review the city action plans for non-attainment cities in Uttar Pradesh
  • To engage with city and state nodal agencies to understand their research requirements
  • To track activities being performed by Pollution Control Board and city administration towards air pollution mitigation
  • To develop relationship with Civil Society Groups, Resident Welfare Associations, city-based youth networks to develop a neighbourhood
  • level understanding of air pollution challenges in cities of Uttar Pradesh
  • To assist the team to work on multi-disciplinary projects, proposal writing and project development.
  • To participate in relevant conferences, workshops, training programmes for a comprehensive understanding of developments relevant to air quality issues
  • Assist with project implementation, including help with preparing presentations and policy material.
  • Support effective communication of research outputs, through close coordination with outreach team, engagement with wider network of stakeholders, and concerned policymakers
  • Support senior team members for important meetings and sessions, prepare notes, and conduct follow-ups, as required
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and assist with preparing minutes.

Selection Criteria


  • Master’s degree with a specialisation in Environmental Science/Environmental Policy/Urban Planning
  • Should have a strong research background, including an understanding of analytical research.
  • Familiarity with environmental and in particular air pollution and urban governance in the country.


  • 2-4 years of relevant work experience

Main Skills

  • Knowledge on air pollution monitoring and management in India
  • Strong analytic skills including quantitative research skills
  • Experience in engaging with government agencies and local citizen groups
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to use MS Office application suite and statistical tools like R, Python etc
  • Experience in organising stakeholder meeting and convenings


  • Willingness to learn new (research and project management) skills
  • Ability to adapt to 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 may send their CV and cover letter (in one pdf) to jobs@ceew.in with 'Application: Programme Associate – Air Quality’ as the subject line.  Applications sent without a cover letter will be rejected. The last date to send applications is 31 May 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.