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

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  • 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 ambitious people who will challenge you and help you grow​
  • You will learn faster than your peers in other organisations​
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  • You will get above-market remuneration​
  • We provide a safe space for all​
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Designation offeredResearch Analyst

Reporting toProgram Associate

LocationNew Delhi, India

Purpose

Distributed renewables are critical to India’s transition to clean energy. Accelerated deployment of DRE requires action on three fronts – nudging the consumer to adopt new technologies, identifying solutions with equitable incentives for stakeholders and facilitating the process with conducive policies and regulations.

CEEW seeks to hire a suitable candidate for the position of Research Analyst in the Renewable Energy (Distributed Renewables) team to expand its ongoing research work on grid-interactive distributed technologies. We are looking for a self-starter and impact-oriented researcher to bring out issues in accelerating renewable energy deployment from margin to mainstream. The candidate should possess a comprehensive understanding of tariff mechanisms, state-level policies and regulations pertaining to distributed renewables, preparing and executing large surveys, profound understanding of consumer behaviour, and the power market. CEEW offers an intellectually challenging and conducive work environment focusing on research rigour, innovative thinking, and consensus-building.

The Renewable Energy team is one of the seven focus areas at the CEEW. Our work supports India’s - and the world’s - clean energy transition. It does so through timely, research-based interventions based on extensive policy, regulatory, market analyses and consumer-centric surveys. The team works on designing fit-for-purpose solutions that bring RE from the margins to the mainstream of power sector planning, operations and governance. We recommend applicants visit renewable energy team page on CEEW website for more details about our projects.

The successful applicant will assist fellow researchers in undertaking robust quantitative and qualitative analysis. In addition to the duties and responsibilities outlined below, the candidate 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

  • Conduct regular reviews, monitor and analyse day-to-day regulatory and policy changes in the renewable energy markets, especially on grid-connected distributed renewable energy (DRE)
  • Design quantitative and qualitative research frameworks to better understand issues related to scaling up grid-connected DRE technologies in India and develop solutions to address these issues.
  • Conceptualise new research methods, innovative ideas on market solutions, policy interventions and market design that can support the scale of DRE technologies
  • Conduct research around policy, regulatory, institutional reforms and market-based mechanisms to increase supply and demand for distributed renewable energy
  • Lead development and execution of surveys. This would involve questionnaire design, training of enumerators, and survey monitoring
  • Analyse the survey data from the household surveys
  • Assist in carrying out optimisation studies for grid-connected distributed renewable energy technologies 
  • Travel to project sites, whenever necessary, to conduct meetings/interviews/training or collect primary information.
  • Review large amounts of data using a variety of software tools and methodologies
  • Publish quality research outputs as peer-reviewed papers/reports, blogs, opinion pieces
  • To work with senior researchers on conceptualising new projects (as and when needed).
  • Assist in understanding regulatory interventions developed or demonstrated in emerging and developing countries for enabling higher shares of renewables

Programme Assistance

  • Assist in project implementation by contributing towards preparing detailed activity plans and timelines, resource planning, stakeholder management, and donor engagement
  • Contribute to the team’s outreach efforts including organising webinars/physical events, representing CEEW in industry events, and writing op-eds, briefs and reports.
  • Write memos, briefs and issue notes which could be circulated among senior Government officials and other internal and external stakeholders
  • Building stronger ties with government, industry and institutional partners

Selection Criteria

Education

  • Strong academic credentials, preferably a Master’s degree with a specialisation in power systems, renewable energy technologies, economics, public policy or related field
  • Sound understanding of India’s energy markets (specifically grid-connected DRE markets) and policy and regulatory environment
  • Should have a strong research background with an adequate understanding of research methods and quantitative skills

Business Experience

  • 1 – 3 years of experience in the field of research, policy/industry engagement and project management, preferably in the area of electricity policy, renewable energy, energy systems
  • Prior experience in writing white papers, articles, policy briefs and research reports
  • Strong track record of project management and timely delivery of outputs
  • Experience in dealing with public and private institutions within and outside India

Main Skills

  • Superior analytical abilities, effective oral and written communication skills are a necessary prerequisite
  • Ability to learn new tools to manage, process and drive insights from acquired data is key to this role
  • Ability to organise, process, and analyse large data sets that are used to inform power/energy models, or resulting from power/energy models
  • Sound understanding of programming languages, and software for quantitative analysis
  • Modelling skills in software like PyPSA, GridPath and coding skills in Python, R would be a plus
  • Comprehensive understanding of India’s renewable energy landscape, including policy and regulatory environment (specifically solar markets). 
  • Experience in technical aspects of energy systems and working with the state would be preferred.
  • Ability to effectively work in a team while being able to independently drive research with minimum assistance, when time demands
  • Effective time management to work on multiple research projects at the same time
  • Willingness to show initiative in order to handle unforeseen challenges
  • 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–RA-Renewables (Distributed RE)’ as the subject line. The last date to send applications is 31 December 2021. 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.