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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Research Analyst – Agricultural Research 

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Designation offeredResearch Analyst – Agricultural Research

Reporting toProgramme Associate

LocationPunjab (Ludhiana)

Purpose

Millions of people living in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) bear the brunt of decades-old stubble burning practice in Northern India. It is evident that the long-term and permanent solution for stubble burning that gets to its root cause is to switch away from paddy and adopt sustainable agriculture practices in Punjab.

The Risks and Adaptation team seeks to hire a Research Analyst position in the Air Quality team to expand its capacity to conduct field research in the area of agricultural residue burning and sustainable agriculture in Northern India. The ideal candidate for this role should have prior knowledge of agricultural policies in India and experience/interest in stakeholder engagement.

The successful applicant will assist the team members in undertaking extensive field research including stakeholder engagement, robust quantitative and qualitative analysis. In addition to the duties and responsibilities outlined below, the Research Analyst should be prepared, as and when necessary, to take on additional responsibilities and respond to events and developments that cannot be anticipated easily.

Job Duties and Accountabilities

Research

  • Independently manage allocated work-streams on quantitative and quantitative applied research on agricultural issues in Northwestern states of India, with a special focus in Punjab. Such workstreams include but are not limited to (i) identification of research question(s), (ii) designing the research approach/framework (iii) development and execution of primary surveys (this includes designing the questionnaires, survey monitoring, coordinating with field staffs and analysis of the survey data), (iv) systematic literature reviews (v) conducting stakeholder consultations, (vi) conducting the relevant analyses using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative (econometric/statistical) tools, and (vii) presenting the analyses in a coherent narrative in different formats such as journal publications, reports, op-ed articles, dissemination and consultation meetings.
  • Travel to field sites, whenever necessary, to conduct fieldwork including focus group discussions, interviews, meetings, training or gather primary information
  • Regularly track policy measures taken by the government and its implementation status that connects sustainable agriculture and air quality in India and globally
  • Write high-quality research reports, publish in leading peer-reviewed journals and generate other knowledge products for the different audience such as blogs, policy briefs in regular intervals
  • Establishing and managing relationships with diverse stakeholders ranging from research organisations, experts in agricultural finance and insurance, grass-root organisations and government departments

Project/Programme Assistance

  • Support the senior researchers in conceptualising new projects, development of high-impact research proposals, and applications for research and general donor funding
  • Support effective outreach of research outputs through coordination with the outreach team, engagement with a broader network of stakeholders, and concerned policymakers
  • Participate in relevant conferences, workshops, training programmes for a comprehensive understanding of developments relevant to the agriculture and air quality sector
  • Support senior team members for important meetings and sessions, prepare notes, and conduct follow-ups, as required
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and assist with preparing minutes and chairing the weekly meetings.

Selection Criteria

Education and experience

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree with a specialisation in Agricultural Economics, Agri-business, Farm management and production economics or related field.
  • At the minimum, one year of relevant research experience in the domain of agriculture, nutrition, environment is preferred.
  • Familiarity with Punjab’s contribution to India’s agriculture sector, the state’s agricultural policy framework and crop residue management is desirable

Main skills 

  • Must be proficient in Punjabi, Hindi and English
  • Must have strong communication skills for effective, efficient, and adaptive verbal and written communication, and active listening
  • Experience in dealing with stakeholders (farmers, grassroots workers, government, etc.) (preferred)
  • Experience in engaging on field activities, for data collection/training of enumerators/sampling of households/pilot testing/monitoring activities (preferred)
  • Experience in using statistical software – R/Stata/Python
  • Must have strong research skills – capability to carry out systematic literature review, familiarity with research methods is a bonus

Personality

  • Willingness to learn new research and project management skills
  • 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 personal and professional front, at a rapid pace with a steep learning curve
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.

CEEW operates in a dynamic environment, and the candidate will be required to show flexibility in undertaking a variety of tasks.

Compensation

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, ethnicity, religion, or caste. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates may send their CV and cover letter (in one pdf) to jobs@ceew.in with 'Application: Research Analyst – Agricultural Research (Punjab)' as the subject line. Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. The last date to send applications is 31 January 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are advised to apply at the earliest possible.

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