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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Programme Lead – Macro Economics

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Designation offered: Programme Lead

Reporting to: Senior Programme Lead

Location: New Delhi


CEEW seeks to hire a Programme Lead for its Industrial Sustainability and Competitiveness (ISC) team. The ISC team leads a wide range of focus areas related to energy transition, technology development, innovation, critical mineral resources, circular economy, and carbon management. There is an economics perspective associated with each of these areas. We are looking for an experienced macro economist who can guide team members in developing analyses in each of these areas. For example, we want to answer questions such as - what is the impact of energy transition on state economics; how can the energy transition be made just; what is the impact of energy transition in terms of jobs and growth, and the quality of jobs; what carbon price mechanism is best suited for India and what would be the impact on the GDP from some form of carbon price; what will be economic impact from the lack of critical minerals in the future; and what economic benefits (jobs and value addition) can be achieved through circular economy initiatives.

Job Duties and Accountabilities

  • Identify specific research and policy questions within the focus areas identified above.
  • Engage with stakeholders to understand relevance and importance of research questions identified. Where necessary collaborate with peer organisations, academia, or other relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop a methodology for the analyses with specific outputs, including identification of data sources, models, software, etc.
  • Direct or delegate tasks to juniors for specific research or components thereof Develop research outputs in various forms such as publications, journal papers, reports, op-eds, and articles.
  • Work with senior researchers on conceptualising new projects (as and when needed) and support revenue generation for new projects.
  • To participate in relevant conferences, workshops, training programmes as necessary to communicate research findings and gain insights on new research in focus areas.
  • Support efforts to use new media platforms for the wide dissemination of CEEW's work and, in turn, closer engagement with the wider community.

Shortlisting Criteria

Education and Experience

  • Master's or PhD (preferred) degree in Economics.
  • Experience developing economic analysis across diverse focus areas.
  • Experience with relevant softwares to develop models as necessary; proficiency in Excel a must.
  • Minimum of 8 – 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in delegating work to juniors, as the hire will be expected to lead multiple projects simultaneously.

Key Skills

  • Must have strong research skills – ability to translate stakeholder needs into research/ policy questions is a key requisite, capability to carry out literature review and synthesis, and familiarity with research methods.
  • Experience working with Excel is essential. Experience with software programmes such as Python, R, SAS, visualisation tools like tableau and spatial analysis tools like QGIS, Google Earth Engine etc. are preferred.
  • Willingness to work on multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in dealing with stakeholders (industry, academic, government etc.) essential.


  • Willingness to learn new research and project management skills.
  • Ability to identify creative solutions to vexing research and policy challenges.
  • Ability to adapt 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 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.


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.

Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and cover letter (in one pdf) to jobs@ceew.in with 'Application: Programme Lead – Macro Economics, ISC’ as the subject line. We review applications on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are advised to apply at the earliest possible.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We appreciate your interest.