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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Programme Associate – Power sector (Jaipur)

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Designation Offered: Programme Associate

Team/Focus area: Power Sector

Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan

Reporting to: Programme Lead

Purpose

CEEW seeks to hire a suitable candidate with a good understanding of power distribution sector, system planning and operations and a hands-on experience in stakeholder engagement (majorly power distribution companies (discoms), electricity regulatory commission, state government and state load dispatcher) to support its work on power sector reforms. Our programme of work on power sector is driven with the mission to support the clean energy transition in India by examining and promoting the operational, financial, and environmental sustainability throughout the value chain of the electricity sector. We provide knowledge support to the discoms in India, with a particular focus on discoms in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

CEEW offers an intellectually challenging and conducive work environment, with a focus on research rigour, innovative thinking, and strategic outreach. We are looking for an enthusiastic and detail-oriented individual who would be excited to work on a diverse range of subjects concerning power sector reforms in India, with a specific focus on taking research to action. The candidate will be expected to support the team’s work with discoms and other key stakeholders towards increasing the share of renewables in the grid, optimising power procurement costs, improving billing and collection efficiency, and embracing new technologies (smart meters and energy-efficiency). An ideal candidate should have the demonstrated experience of working with key stakeholders in Rajasthan.

Job duties and Accountabilities

Research

  • Co-conceptualise and implement research interventions to test strategies to improve financial health and operational efficiency of discoms.
  • Identify renewable energy deployment, integration and offtake issues and opportunities from the state’s perspective to implement research interventions that can aid policy, regulatory and market related changes.
  • Assist in understanding new power market designs, support mechanisms and regulatory interventions demonstrated in emerging and developing countries for enabling high RE shares in the power system.
  • Conduct various types of analysis using advanced excel, understanding of STATA/R/Python will be an added advantage.
  • Build strong networks of trust and relationship with key stakeholders in the sector, including discom officials, regulators, policymakers and civil society organisations, and communicate to convince for the power sector transition.
  • Write high-quality research reports and publish in leading peer reviewed journals.
  • Generate and disseminate knowledge and findings from studies and implementations by way of presentations, memos, short reports, opinion pieces, videos, etc., with the help of CEEW’s outreach team.
  • Present research to key constituencies, advisory bodies, conferences and research institutes.
  • Keep a tab on the policy developments in India and across key countries of the world on power sector.
  • Travel to project sites to conduct interviews or collect data for different research projects.

Selection Criteria

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in quantitative economics, statistics, engineering, public policy, energy economics or related field.
  • At least 3-4 years of relevant work experience. Though candidates with extremely strong quantitative skills with lesser experience may also be considered.
  • Should have a strong research background, along with an understanding of the electricity distribution, renewables sector, and power procurement practices.
  • Past track record of team and project management including timely delivery of outputs is desirable.
  • Past experience in stakeholder engagement.

Key skills

  • Must have strong technical expertise and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Excel is a must. Experience with visualisation tools like tableau and spatial analysis tools would be a bonus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to summarise and communicate the insights/findings as reports and presentations.
  • Proficiency in Hindi and English is a must; proficiency in multiple languages is preferred.
  • Experience in dealing with different stakeholders, including central and state government officials, discom officials, and researchers is essential.

Personality

  • Willingness to work on multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Willingness to learn new research and project management skills.
  • Ability to identify creative solutions to vexing challenges in taking policy to action.
  • Ability to adapt and deliver under tight deadlines in a professional environment.
  • Ability to effectively work in a team while being able to independently drive the work with minimum assistance.
  • Ability and willingness to dig deeper into details, while also keeping a sense of the broader objectives and big picture.
  • Willingness to learn, grow and develop at a 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.

Compensation

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

Application

CEEW operates in a dynamic environment and the candidate will be required to show flexibility in undertaking a variety of tasks. CEEW is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified by us. We appreciate your interest.