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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi

Programme Lead / Project Manager – Climate Change Institutional Assessment

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Designation offered Programme Lead / Project Manager – Climate Change Institutional Assessment 

Reporting to (Senior) Program Lead – Sustainable Food Systems / Climate Risks and Adaptation

Location New Delhi, India


We seek to hire a Programme Lead / Project Manager to conceptualise, strategise, design, lead, and expand our work in the area of sustainable food systems and/or Climate Risk and Adaptation with their supervisor’s support. While building and leading a team, he/she would advance our research, policy engagement, and impact in the fields of sustainable agriculture, food systems, climate risks and adaptation, forestry, ecosystem services, landscape restoration, etc.

In the first year of the work, the candidate will focus on a project on Climate Change Institutional Assessment to analyse the preparedness of the government institutions in some of the Indian states, such as Rajasthan, and develop recommendations for ‘recalibrating’ them for climate action. This project, in particular, will require:

  • Knowledge of institutional arrangements and governance processes at the state level in the institutions like Planning Department, Rajasthan State water Resource, Planning Department (RSWRP), Water Resources Department, Disaster Management & Relief Department, Agriculture Department, Watershed and Soil Conservation Department, Department of Environment and Forestry, Department of Rural Development, Department of Urban Development, etc. 
  • Conducting institutional capacity gap assessment and policy analysis
  • Solid project management to manage workstreams being executed by the various CEEW teams relevant for different institutions being assessed and ensure timely and quality delivery of work
  • Solid stakeholder engagement to manage 10s of internal and external stakeholders to be engaged in this work

In addition to the above, the following are the general Job Duties and Accountabilities

Job Duties and Accountabilities


  • Co-develop the strategy for The Council’s Sustainable Food Systems programme and/or Climate Risks and Adaptation by building on existing in-house thinking, assessment of the work programme of other institutions in the sector, our skillset niche, evolving sectoral narrative, and emerging government priorities.  The PL/PM must work closely with the team to bring in alignment within the team on the strategy.
  • Build a network of donors and partners to achieve indications of support further the work programme.


  • Lead research in the programme area as a principal investigator. Guide and provide relevant inputs to the research. The following are examples of projects:
    • Assess and improve existing methodologies and frameworks in the valuation of natural capital and build institutional capacity on such methodologies
    • Research and design economic incentive mechanisms such as polluter pay, or payment for ecosystem services to address incentives-related challenges in the resolution of conflicts that are of an environmental nature
    • National roadmap for shifting consumer behaviour towards a sustainable lifestyle.
  • Leverage community-based participatory research to engage with the target research subjects to refine new project objectives and research scope and build local capacity
  • Develop and lead primary surveys and questionnaires and collect, collate and analyse responses using different statistical and econometric approaches
  • Develop a robust monitoring and evaluation protocol to assess the quality and efficiency of data collection and programme interventions
  • Keep a tab on policy and technological developments in sustainable agriculture and food systems

Leadership and Mentoring

  • Take end-to-end ownership of multiple projects or a sub-programme. Ideate new research concepts with team members, develop project proposals and budgets, build relationships with donors that align with the institution’s interests, secure resources for building and expanding the work programme, deliver high-quality, timely outputs, engage with the sectoral stakeholders, strive for impact, and develop CEEW’s thought leadership.
  • Build and lead your team. Hone the team members to the best of their abilities. Stretch and strive and set leadership by example. 
  • Lead the strategic outreach of the programme. Lead external meetings, conferences, seminars and be the face of CEEW in your programme area, while also creating platforms for your team for public engagement. Strategise communication and outreach of research outputs along with the outreach team. Ensure implementation of developed strategic outreach plans. Build strong relationships based on trust and credibility with key policymakers and sector stakeholders.

Selection Criteria


  • PhD or Master's degree in public policy/ Governance / Climate Change / Env. Management/ Development/ agriculture /natural resource management/food systems/consumer behaviour/ sociology/ anthropology/ international relations or any other relevant field relevant for food system transformation and/or Climate Risk and Adaptation.

Professional experience

  • At least four years of relevant experience in undertaking and leading research, policy engagement, and project management, preferably in the areas of ecosystem services agriculture, food systems, Climate Risk and Adaptation biodiversity, forestry, sustainable production, and climate policy
  • Strongly preferred: Deep understanding of Institutional Arrangements and Governance processes and experience in institutional capacity assessment and policy analysis
  • Demonstrated history of publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Strong track record of team management and project management, including timely delivery of outputs 
  • Experience in building relationships with collaborators and government stakeholders
  • Experience in designing and leading interdisciplinary and inter-programmatic work
  • Significant field experience of working with on-ground stakeholders, including consumers, farmers, agriculture extension organisations, communities, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in raising research project grants
  • Have demonstrated thought leadership in the areas relevant to the ToR.

Main skills 

  • Project management and stakeholder management skills 
  • Strong proficiency with various quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Strong analytic skills and quantitative research skills, including proficiency in R, Stata, SPSS, Python, GIS or other relevant software
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge to varied socio-cultural, ecological and political contexts
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to write coherently and concisely emails, opinion pieces, policy briefs, and reports
  • Strong oral communication skills as well as an interest in public speaking
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and confidence to engage with political and business leaders
  • Strong interest and ability to lead teams, to empathise with younger researcher, and to guide them


  • Ambitious. Curious. Adaptive. Proactive.
  • Leader. Comfortable with uncertainty. Strategic and deliberate.
  • Striving for rigour and impact at scale
  • Detail-oriented, while always keeping the larger picture in mind
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • Strong interest and flexibility to travel and be on the ground
  • Flexibility towards long work hours when the situation demands

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, ethnicity, religion, or caste. 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: PL/PM – Sustainable Food Systems/Climate Risk and Adaptation’ as the subject line.  We review applications on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are advised to apply latest by 15 June 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We appreciate your interest.