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

Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Programme Lead/Senior Programme Lead - Climate Risks

Terms of reference
At CEEW, we are deliberate about what we stand for (and what we don’t stand for!) as an employer. So, if the below description strikes a chord, we would love to hear from you!

At CEEW, we build careers in public policy

  • We offer strong visionary leadership – with emphasis on research and impact at scale
  • We actively promote leadership by initiative
  • We celebrate talent and ambition
  • You will be surrounded by smart people who will challenge you and help you grow
  • You will learn faster than your peers in other organisations
  • Curiosity and irreverence, as well as responsibility, come together at CEEW
  • You will get above-market remuneration
  • We provide a safe space for all
  • At CEEW, your life is your example for others

Designation offered
Programme Lead/Senior Programme Lead

New Delhi

Reporting to
Fellow, CEEW

CEEW seeks to hire a Programme Lead/Senior Programme Lead to drive its work in the area of  climate risks assessments and develop a cutting-edge climate risks atlas for India first and then potentially other countries in the Global South. The Programme Lead would conduct quantitative and qualitative research, including  data analysis, statistics, survey design, stakeholder interviews and engagement, modelling and would support the  advancement of the research and policy engagement for risks and adaptation. The Programme Lead will be responsible for:

  • (i) developing and managing CEEW’s programme on climate risks                                            
  • (ii) motivating, guiding and mentoring the climate risks team of researchers 
  • (iii) spearheading State and District-level engagement across targeted States
  • (Iv) managing the relationship and being a trusted advisor to key donors for the programme 

Job duties and accountabilities
Primary responsibilities

  • Conceptualize new research ideas that are aligned with programme objectives. 
  • Develop climatological models using big data analytical tools. 
  • Drive CEEW’s research on sectoral risk assessments. 
  • Develop a series of publications including policy briefs, reports as well as publish in high quality  peer reviewed national and international journals. 
  • Extrapolate and verify data provided by Research Analysts/Programme Associates, evaluate, organise  and refine the data into comprehensive standard report forms.  
  • Review surveys and questionnaires and to collect, collate and analyse responses using different  data analysis software and tools. 
  • Keep a track on the latest policy developments in India and across the world for the latest insights in this space.  
  • Travel to various State and District sites, when required, to conduct primary and secondary research for the atlas.

Research Management 

  • Take ownership of specific projects under the umbrella programme, and ensure that activities and deliverables are being delivered as per the defined programme strategy. 
  • Proactively manage project deliverables, resources to international quality standards, within time and budget constraints. 
  • Be responsible for the financial reporting and budgeting for  specific projects. 
  • Support effective communication of research outputs, through close coordination with outreach team, engagement with wider network of stakeholders, and concerned policymakers.
  • Support members of the Leadership Group and the CEO, for important meetings and sessions, prepare notes, and conduct  follow-ups, as required. 
  • Motivate, guide and mentor  junior team members to help them deliver at their best. 


  • Present research to key constituencies at a Central, State and District level, advisory bodies, conferences & research institutes. 
  • Be an “ambassador” for the organisation in relevant conferences, workshops, training programmes; Be seen as a  thought-leader in the area of climate risks. 
  • Develop research networks locally, nationally and internationally in support of research  programmes. 
  • Develop strong relationships with donors and strategic partners. 


  • Budget for programmatic fund requirement
  • Raise funds as needed for sustenance of the programme 
  • Develop strong relationships with donors. 

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s or PhD degree with specialisation in engineering, economics, public policy or related field.
  • Should have a strong research background, including an understanding of experimental and analytical research.
  • Familiarity and a high degree of comfort with quantitative skills and analyses. 

Work experience

  • At least ten ears of relevant work experience in the field of research, policy engagement and  project management, preferably in the area of climate policy for Programme Lead position. Candidates with significant experience may be considered for a Senior Programme Lead position.
  • Strong track record of project assistance and timely delivery of outputs.
  • Experience in dealing with public and private institutions.
  • Building relationships with collaborators and government stakeholders.
  • Track record of successful programme and people leadership.  

Key skills

  • Deep understanding of the climate risks space in India. 
  • Significant field experience  of working with relevant stakeholders.
  • Strong analytic skills including quantitative research skills (use of R, Stata, SPSS, Python, GIS or such  software) 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Strong interest and ability to lead teams, to motivate and guide younger researcher, and to provide them with a ground for accelerated learning and high-performance. 

If you believe that institutions, infrastructures, economies and people can be better protected from the risks of changing climate and broadening participation in the climate risk assessment process (beyond climate science) we would like to speak to you. If you are passionate about developing a world-class climate risks atlas and getting this adopted by decision-making authorities at a National, State and District level, we would love to speak to you. If in addition to this you strongly believe in the value of institution building and “first of its kind” impactful work, you are probably the candidate we are looking for!  

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 organisations 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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified by us. We appreciate your interest.