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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Programme Lead, Powering Livelihoods

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“The Council does not only do world-class research but also strives for impact at scale. If you are passionate about improving incomes and livelihoods, social entrepreneurship, technologies for impact, and working with start-ups, investors, and financiers while playing with numbers once in a while, we would love to hear from you!”

Designation offered: Programme Lead, Powering Livelihoods

Reporting to: Director, Powering Livelihoods

Location: New Delhi (or Remote)


CEEW seeks to hire a Programme Lead for Powering Livelihoods, a joint initiative between CEEW and Villgro. The $3-million initiative provides financial and capacity-building support to enterprises with clean energy-based livelihood technologies to undertake large-scale commercial deployments. By leveraging enterprise growth, the programme generates rigorous evidence about the impact, viability and scalability of these solutions to garner the support of investors, financiers and policymakers to realise the $50 billion market opportunity.

Powering Livelihoods also has a strong focus to further gender-inclusion in the clean energy for livelihood sector. Through financial and technical assistance, it supports enterprises in adopting gender-inclusive business strategies. The gender inclusion strategies focus on three areas: enterprise, end-users, and value chain partners, with a particular focus on enhancing women end-users and the level of impact on women end-users.

The Programme Lead would lead and support the research, sectoral engagement and impact evaluation, and would extend advisory support to team members at Villgro in enterprise capacity building. S/he would also lead the gender mainstreaming across the programme and be responsible for delivering on the outputs of the programme, including for gender inclusion.

Job Duties and Accountabilities

Research, Evidence and Engagement

Lead gender-inclusive evidence generation under the programme, and use the evidence to engage with investors, financiers, and policymakers to unlock support for the sector.

  • The gender-inclusive evidence generation includes assessments at both the end-user and enterprise level. Such as impact on incomes, new livelihoods created, repayment of loans, servicing of debt, GHG emissions abated, avoided food waste, etc.
  • Lead/support the generation of knowledge products about the best practices to effectively integrate gender-inclusion among energy-livelihood businesses
  • Disseminate the generated evidence in the form of presentations, memos, short reports, opinion pieces, videos, etc., with the help of CEEW’s outreach team.
  • Engage with policymakers, financiers and investors to disseminate the evidence and to unlock support for the sector, while integrating a gender lens in all
  • On a need basis, extend advisory support to cohort enterprises to implement gender-inclusion strategies.

Partnerships and Stakeholder Management

Manage partnerships with enterprises, donors, policymakers, partners, and ecosystem stakeholders.

  • Ensure proactive communication, transparency, and manage expectations.
  • Build and maintain relationships and engagement with partners and key stakeholders, including policymakers.
  • Ensure end-to-end management from identification to on-boarding of the partner (inking MoUs and agreements) to delivery against respective commitments.
  • Ensure proactive communication with donors, in addition to regular reporting.

Management and Leadership

  • Take ownership of the programme. Project management, including management of resources, budgets, timelines and deliverables. Lead and support fund-raise activities. Strive for impact, and ensure CEEW maintains its thought leadership on the subject.
  • Lead the team. Hone the team members to the best of their abilities. Inspire and set leadership by example. Ensure team’s alignment with the programme and institutional objectives and mandates. Guide and help team members in building their careers.

Selection Criteria


  • Master’s in business, development studies, economics, public policy, etc. Specialisation in gender studies is desired.

Professional experience

  • At least seven years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, data, primary and secondary research on livelihoods with a gender lens
  • Experience in large programmes with significant stakeholder management.
  • Experience in and understanding of the rural economy, livelihoods and value chains, and MSMEs
  • Experience with social impact enterprises or gender-lens investing is desired.
  • Strong track record of team and project management including timely delivery of outputs

Main skills

  • Strong business acumen, ability to understand key business metrics
  • Strong analytic skills and proficiency in gender-inclusion research, monitoring and evaluations, research design, data analysis and preferably data visualisations
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to engage with senior officials and business leaders
  • Strong oral communication skills with an interest in public speaking
  • Good writing skills with the ability to opinion pieces, policy briefs, and reports
  • Interest and ability to lead teams, to empathise with younger researchers, and to guide them


  • Entrepreneurial. Ambitious. Curious. Proactive. Leader. Comfortable with uncertainty.
  • Ability to adapt and deliver under deadlines in a professional environment
  • Striving for rigour in research and quality in work output
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • Ability and willingness to support and guide the work of others in the team
  • CEEW operates in a dynamic environment, and the candidate will be required to show flexibility in undertaking a variety of tasks.


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 'Programme Lead - Powering Livelihoods’ as the subject line by 30 June 2021. 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.