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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Programme Associate – Responsible RE

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  • We offer strong visionary leadership – with emphasis on research and impact at scale​
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  • We celebrate talent and ambition​
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  • You will learn faster than your peers in other organisations​
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  • You will get above-market remuneration​
  • We provide a safe space for all​
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Designation offeredProgramme Associate – Responsible RE

Team/ Focus areaRenewables

Reporting toSenior Programme Lead

LocationNew Delhi, India

Purpose

The Renewable Energy (RE) team is one of the seven focus areas at the CEEW. Our work supports India’s - and the world’s - clean energy transition. It does so through timely, research-based interventions based on extensive policy, regulatory, and market analyses. The team engages extensively with central government and states to formulate new policies, schemes and fit for purpose innovative solutions supporting an accelerated deployment of RE. The engagement also includes implementation support towards successful roll out of proposed solutions. The team also assesses, through surveys, India’s renewable energy jobs potential and skills requirement, the risks facing renewable energy investments, and designing strategic market mechanisms to address the identified risks. We recommend applicants to visit renewable energy team page on CEEW website for more details about our work.

A suitable candidate for the position would support team’s ongoing efforts on developing the Just and Inclusive Transition programme. The resource would particularly support the activities under the ‘Inclusive transition’ vertical that focuses on

  • mapping and estimating the green jobs (direct, indirect, and induced) across the entire value chain in the renewable energy sector (solar, wind, energy storage, green hydrogen etc.)
  • identifying the skills and supporting the development of necessary skill development programmes with relevant stakeholders
  • supporting a responsible deployment and expansion of renewable energy capacity by working in close coordination with various stakeholders. This would involve understanding and developing solutions for mitigating land conflicts, common resource utilisation, community participation in decision making etc.

In addition to the duties and responsibilities below, the individual should be prepared, as and when necessary, to take on additional responsibilities.

Job Duties and Accountabilities

Primary Responsibilities

Research

  • Lead the allocated project(s) under the programme end-to-end. This includes, but not limited to (i) framing the research questions, (ii) identifying the target audience (states, industry, ministry), (iii) developing the strategy, (iv) conducting literature review, (v) collecting data from secondary as well as primary sources, if needed, (vi) performing necessary analysis, employing diverse qualitative and quantitative research methods, (vii) developing an outreach strategy, (viii) strategic dissemination of the research and (ix) assessing the impact created.
  • Review large amounts of data using a variety of methodologies and software tools.
  • Lead in writing research reports/papers, briefs and issue notes which could be circulated among industry associations, state and central government officials and other stakeholders.
  • Work with senior researchers on conceptualising new research projects.
  • Track the day-to-day regulatory, policy and market changes in the Indian states, especially on skilling requirements in RE industry, land acquisition for RE projects.
  • Travel to states, whenever necessary, to conduct meetings, community engagement, and collecting evidence or primary data.

Programme Assistance

  • Lead the development of overall programme strategy and its effective implementation
  • Establish, manage, and promote relationships with existing and potential partners
  • Prepare project proposals/applications for research and general donor funding
  • Lead the strategic outreach of the research outputs through engagement with a broader network of policymakers, industry and other stakeholders
  • Mentor the research analyst/consultants/interns as required.

Selection Criteria

Education

  • Strong academic credentials, preferably a Master’s degree with a specialisation in social science, economics, development economics, Public Policy or a related field

Work experience

  • At least 3-5 years of relevant work experience.
  • Sound understanding of India’s RE sector and policy environment
  • Experience with community engagement and surveys would be an advantage
  • Strong analytical abilities and familiarity with research methods in the applicable fields
  • Effective oral and written communication skills in English and Hindi
  • Proficiency in word-processing, presentation, and data analysis tools
  • Proven track record of delivering high quality written content for different mediums.

Key skills

  • Sharp and analytical mind with a willingness to explore new research areas, learn new research and project management skills.
  • Ability to adapt and deliver under tight deadlines in a professional environment.
  • Striving for rigor in research and quality in work output.
  • Ability to effectively work in a team while being able to independently drive research if, and when, needed.
  • Ability to dig deeper into details, while not losing sight of the broader objectives.
  • Willingness to learn, grow and develop - both in personal and professional life - at a rapid pace with a steep learning curve.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Strong drive and initiative, a self-starter.

“If you are passionate about bringing clean energy transition from margins to mainstream and drive a people-centric clean energy transition, we would like to speak to you.”

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 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.

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.