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

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Designation offered
Programme Associate/Research Analyst

Focus area
Clean Air - Clean Cooking Programme

Location
New Delhi, India

Reporting to
Senior Programme Lead

Purpose

CEEW seeks to hire a suitable candidate as a Programme Associate/ Research Analyst to support its research programme on clean cooking energy transition under the Clean Air team. The programme is on a mission to support the 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 (such as LPG and electric cooking). In its next phase, the cooking energy transition programme would focus on devising suitable interventions (such as subsidy targeting, devising innovative incentive mechanisms for LPG distributors, or strategies to support the uptake of solar/grid-powered cooking) to address the persisting barriers and support their on-ground implementation.

Job Duties and Accountabilities

Research and programme assistance

  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative research that includes: systematic literature review and meta-analysis, prepare questionnaires and other data collection/survey instruments for large-scale field surveys, analyse data using quantitative and qualitative tools and methods, conduct stakeholders’ consultations, and prepare high-quality research reports
  • Networking and consultation with key players in the clean cooking ecosystem such as central and state government officials at different levels, funding agencies, carbon credit market and civil society organisations
  • Design and execution of primary surveys (including, coordination with survey companies, questionnaire designing and data quality monitoring) to collect high-quality primary data on energy access
  • Conduct extensive quantitative analysis (statistical and econometric) using survey data, administrative data and other relevant databases in R, Python and other open-source software
  • Conduct qualitative interviews and group discussions with LPG distributors, consumers using solid fuels, and other key partners and stakeholders in line with planned research activities
  • Generation and dissemination of knowledge products by way of high-quality 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 with concerned stakeholders, as required

Selection 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 in a programme associate role and at least 1-3 years of work experience in a 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 is strongly desirable

Key skills

  • Strong analytical skills with proficiency in Excel and any statistical software (Python/R/STATA) are a must. Experience with visualisation tools like Tableau and spatial analysis tools would be a bonus.
  • Must have strong research skills – the capability to carry out a systematic literature review and understanding of research methods
  • Knowledge of econometric modelling (desirable)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to summarise and communicate the insights/findings as reports, policy briefs and presentations.
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills; ability to engage with senior officials and business leaders in the clean cooking energy access sector – at the 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.
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. CEEW offers competitive compensation – commensurate to the experience and matching the best of standards adopted by the industry or other similar organisations for similar roles.

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. Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


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