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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Programme Associate – Risks and Adaptation, Air Quality

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Designation offered: Programme Associate
Reporting to: Programme Lead, Risks and Adaptation, Air Quality
Location: Lucknow, India


The Air Quality team at CEEW aims to strengthen air quality management in Uttar Pradesh’s non-attainment cities by

  • Plugging critical data and information gaps,
  • Building technical and enforcement capacity of institutions, and
  • Equipping citizens with information that can transform them into agents of change.

CEEW is working with the Department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (DoEF&CC)Government of Uttar Pradesh for improving the air quality. The team seeks to hire a dedicated researcher and a go-getter to support the team’s state level enagagement. The candidate will undertake relevant research, identify and consult stakeholders, and conduct techno-economic and feasibility assessments. The candidate will also have to design and conduct studies to evaluate the impact of proposed solutions. The role offers an excellent opportunity to work with state and city administrations to ideate and implement solutions for clean air. While the role is based in Lucknow , the candidate should be open to traveling frequently as and when needed. The candidate will be responsible for the following:

Job Duties and Accountabilities:  

Research and programme assistance

  • To understand the requirements from DoEFCC in all works related to implementation of clean air action plans in the state
  • To track and document best practices being adopted by cities across the globe to mitigate air pollution
  • To understand the existing regulations and guidelines governing management of air pollution.
  • To set up a mechanism for collecting and analysing relevant data from different departments to track Uttar Pradesh’s progress towards meeting its clean air goals.
  • To conduct research on innovative technical solutions for air quality improvement.
  • To assess the economic implications of deployment of identified solutions
  • To assess the barriers in deployment of identified solutions
  • To quantitatively assess the potential impact of identified solutions on a city’s air quality
  • To design data solutions and administrative tools for strengthening the enforcement of existing regulations and improving coordination among various departments within the cities as well as state.
  • To supervise regional teams engaged in on-ground implementation of the project.
  • To provide research content for the organisation's web pages, blogs, issue briefs, etc
  • To help younger staff members build capacity on working with big data sets
  • To engage with relevant stakeholders from industries, policy experts, academicians and other stakeholders
  • To assist CEEW’s Air Quality team’s outreach efforts at the state level. This will also include conceptualisation of training modules and organisation of training workshops.
  • 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

  • Masters’/Ph.D in Civil/Mechanical/Environmental Engineering/Environmental Policy with a focus on air quality
  • Prior experience of working on city-wide emission modelling, and running dispersion/chemical transport models

Main skills

  • Strong analytic skills including quantitative research skills
  • Ability to handle large datasets
  • Good oral and written communication skills


  • 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. CEEW is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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