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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Programme Associate (Surveys and econometrics) – Power Markets

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Designation offered
Programme Associate

Focus area
Power Markets

Location
New Delhi, India

Reporting to
Senior Programme Lead

Purpose

CEEW has led some of India's biggest energy access and use surveys, such as ACCESS and India Residential Energy Survey. CEEW seeks to hire a suitable candidate to lead the design and execution of large-scale, nationally/state-representative household surveys, building on its past flagship products.

The role will involve end-to-end responsibility for the timely execution of CEEW's flagship survey exercise, including survey and questionnaire design, monitoring data collection, ensuring data quality, co-conducting data analysis and writing original, high-quality research papers with team members. The candidate will be expected to use advanced statistical methods to study electricity access and use, consumer preferences and the evolution of electricity demand in the coming decade. The candidate will also be expected to critically analyse the policies and programmes related to electricity use and engage extensively with government, industry and civil society stakeholders at the national and state levels.

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 is passionate about empirical research and excited to take research to action.

Responsibilities and accountabilities

Research, project management and stakeholder engagement

  • End-to-end responsibility for the design and execution of a pan-India survey, including i) design, piloting and roll-out of survey instruments, ii) devising robust sampling strategy, iii) coordination with the survey agency to ensure collection of high-quality data and iv) maintaining strong documentation of the survey procedures and learnings.
  • Work with the team to analyse survey data to gather novel insights using advanced statistical and econometric models for various themes, such as energy access and consumer preferences concerning clean and energy-efficient technologies.
  • Contribute to high-quality first drafts of policy memos, reports and papers for journal submission, and lead on at least one such output.
  • Assist the team in disseminating research findings through bilateral briefings and high-quality research reports, papers, memos, opinion pieces, videos, etc., to a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • For specific projects, support and guide teams at CEEW on the design and execution of surveys, best practices for data collection and conducting econometric analysis.
  • Keep a tab on current debate/research on electricity demand and evolving consumer preferences in the national and global context and develop innovative ideas to better understand, monitor, and influence consumer behaviour concerning energy use in the country.

Selection Criteria

Qualifications

  • PhD or Master's degree in economics, statistics, public policy, or related disciplines with rigorous training in econometrics.
  • Strong research background with an adequate understanding of research methods and quantitative techniques for data analysis.
  • Sound understanding of India's changing landscape of energy access, use and clean energy transition is desirable.

Work experience

  • At least 4-5 years of relevant work experience in the field of research and policy engagement.
  • Prior experience in survey design and execution, data analysis and writing research reports/papers is a must.
  • Strong track record of team and project management, including timely delivery of outputs.

Key skills

  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Proficiency in R/Python/Stata and Excel for data analysis
  • Strong and effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Insightful and concise writing in English

Personality

  • Willingness to learn new research and project management skills.
  • Striving for rigour in research and quality in work output.
  • Ability to drive research with minimum assistance.
  • Ability to dig into details while keeping the broader objectives and big picture in view.
  • Willingness to learn, grow and develop on the personal and professional front at a rapid pace with a steep learning curve.
  • Ability to work across teams in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment

CEEW operates in a dynamic environment, and the candidate will be required to show flexibility in undertaking various tasks.

Compensation

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


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