Council on Energy, Environment and Water Integrated | International | Independent

Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Programme Lead/ Programme Associate

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Designation offered: Programme Lead/ Programme Associate

Reporting to: Fellow and Director, Powering Livelihoods

Location: New Delhi


CEEW seeks to hire a Programme Lead/Programme Associate for its Solar Pumps and Sustainable Irrigation programme under the Energy Access team. The programme is on a mission to enable a sustainable scale-up of solar-powered irrigation in India and the developing world. It explores both supply and demand-side aspects that can enable developing countries to increase their net irrigated areas, reduce emissions, and improve farmer incomes. We are looking for an experienced professional with hands-on experience and deep sectoral understanding, to build and expand our work on solar-powered irrigation.

India, and the developing world at large, is at an inflexion point in solar pump adoption. But without necessary policy environments and appropriate delivery services, solar irrigation runs the risk of widening inequality in irrigation access and creating environmental hazards. The programme’s focus is on providing policy support to governments, the private sector, financiers and other stakeholders in sustainable expansion of solar pumps through rigorous research work and creating suitable tools and instruments. A prospective candidate should be able to work with diverse stakeholders to develop and communicate solutions to emerging issues.

Job Duties and Accountabilities

  • Assess the landscape of solar-powered irrigation in the country and identify the knowledge gaps and areas that require research support.
  • Develop work plans and research methods (both quantitative and qualitative) to study the existing solar pump deployments in the country.
  • Develop and research innovative ways of solar pump deployment that can address the sustainability challenges to solar pump adoption.
  • Explore collaborations with external organizations to research and implement different deployment strategies of solar irrigation.
  • Work with other teams at CEEW to support and collaborate on projects related to solar-powered irrigation.
  • Develop strategic plans to broaden CEEW’s research support on solar-powered irrigation to South Asian and Sub-Saharan African countries.
  • 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 secure funding for new projects.
  • Engage with key stakeholders including the government to understand and inform policy priorities. Provide research-based inputs to policymakers.
  • To participate in relevant conferences, workshops, training programmes as necessary to communicate research findings and gain insights on new research in the area.
  • 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

Key Skills

  • A graduate degree in engineering, economics, agriculture economics, development economics, public policy, energy economics, rural management or related disciplines
  • Should have good foundational knowledge in issues concerning irrigation access, along with an understanding of energy access challenges in agriculture.
  • Experience in conducting impact evaluation studies and field surveys is desirable.
  • Ability to analyse and visualise large data sets. Prior experience in the use of analytical/statistical tools like Excel/ R/ Python is a desirable skill.
  • Ability to summarise and communicate the insights/findings as reports and presentations
  • Ability to drive economic and financial analysis for techno-economic evaluations


  • At least five (three for Programme Associate role) years of relevant research experience in areas mentioned in the ‘Purpose’ section, with preferably overall experience of 7-9 (five for Programme Lead role) years in agriculture, livelihood, energy access or any related sector
  • Experience in delegating and managing workload across a team, as the hire will be expected to manage on multiple projects and multiple team members simultaneously.
  • Experience in building and leading a team

Main Skills

  • Ability to identify technical and policy issues, interpret data, develop quantitative methods, and identify/ develop creative solutions
  • Good written and oral communication skills; Good report writing skills
  • Strong networking skills
  • Ability to use MS Office application suite including MS Excel
  • Ability to represent the research and the organisation at various national and international platforms
  • Desirable: Relevant publications in peer-reviewed journals/book chapters


  • Willingness to learn new research and project management skills
  • Ability to adapt to 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


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 [email protected] with 'Application: Programme Lead/ Programme Associate – Energy Access’ 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.