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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Programme Associate / Research Analyst Energy Access (Cooking Programme)

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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 / Research Analyst 

Reporting to: Programme Lead

Location: New Delhi, India

Purpose

CEEW seeks to hire a suitable candidate as a Programme Associate/ Research Analyst to support its research programme on cooking energy transition under the Energy Access team. The programme is on a mission to support universal transition of Indian households to clean cooking energy fuels, with the objective of mitigating the adverse implications of solid fuel use on human and environmental health. The Council’s past work on energy access clearly lays out the varied challenges to the uptake of clean cooking fuels. In its next phase, the cooking energy transition programme would focus on devising suitable interventions (such as subsidy targeting, devising innovative incentive mechanism for LPG distributors, or strategies to support uptake of electric cooking) to address the persisting barriers and supporting their on-ground implementation. The candidate would be expected to lead and support the research as well policy engagement with stakeholders in the sector.

Job Duties and Accountabilities

Research, Evidence and Engagement

  • Conduct systematic literature review on assigned topics concerning cooking energy transition and keep a regular tab on the relevant policy and technology developments in India and globally
  • Assist in design and execution of primary surveys to collect high quality primary data.
  • Conduct various types of analysis (statistical and econometric) using survey data, administrative data (on LPG consumption) and other databases in STATA/R/Python
  • Conduct qualitative interviews and group discussions with LPG distributors, consumers using solid fuels, and other key stakeholders in line with planned research activities
  • Generation and dissemination of knowledge products by way of policy reports, presentations, memos, short reports, opinion pieces, videos, etc., with the help of CEEW’s outreach team. 
  • Proactively participate in knowledge-transfer activities, including collaborative meetings, conferences, and training workshops with other research groups and institutions.
  • Travel to field sites, whenever necessary, to conduct fieldwork including focus group discussions, interviews, meetings, training or gather primary information
  • Support senior team members for important meetings and sessions, prepare notes, and conduct follow-ups, as required

Shortlisting Criteria

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in economics, development economics, energy economics, statistics, public policy, or related disciplines. Candidates with only under graduation in engineering/ economics/statistics with relevant research/data skills will also be considered for the research analyst position
  • At least 3-5 years of work experience for programme associate role and at least 1-3 years of work experience for research analyst role; experience in survey design/execution and data analysis is strongly desirable
  • Familiarity with the literature on clean cooking energy transition and various quantitative and qualitative research methods strongly desirable

Key Skills

  • Proficiency in Excel and any statistical software (Python/R/Stata) is a must. Experience with visualisation tools like tableau and spatial analysis tools would be a bonus.
  • Must have strong research skills – capability to carry out systematic literature review, and understanding of research methods
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to summarise and communicate the insights/findings as reports and presentations
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills; ability to engage with senior officials and business leaders in the sector – at state as well as national level
  • Proficiency in Hindi and English 

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.

Compensation

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