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

Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Research Analyst (Air Quality)

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Designation Offered: Research Analyst

Team/Focus area: Air Quality

Location: New Delhi, India

Reporting to: Programme Associate


CEEW’s 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 in north-western India and air quality management in India. The ideal candidate must have prior knowledge of agricultural policies in India, interlinkages between agriculture and air pollution as well as the current air quality policy ecosystem.

The successful applicant will assist the team members in undertaking extensive field research including stakeholder engagement, and 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


  • Independently manage allocated workstreams on quantitative and quantitative applied research on agricultural and air quality issues in North-western states of India.
  • Identifying key research question(s), designing the research approach/framework, collection of data and data analyses using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative, and presenting the analyses in a coherent narrative in different formats such as journal publications, reports, op-ed articles, and consultation meetings.
  • Travel to field sites, whenever necessary, to conduct fieldwork including focus group discussions, interviews, meetings, training, and gathering primary information.
  • Regularly track policy measures taken by the government and their 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 audiences 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.

Programme assistance

  • Support the senior researchers in conceptualising new projects, development of high-impact research proposals, stakeholder engagement events and applications for research and general donor funding..
  • upport 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, and training programmes for a comprehensive understanding of developments relevant to the agriculture and air quality sector.

Selection Criteria


  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in engineering, environmental policy, agricultural economics, and related streams.

Work experience

  • 1-2 years experience in policy research.
  • Relevant research experience in the domain of agriculture and/or air quality management.
  • Experience in dealing with stakeholders (farmers, grassroots workers, government, etc.).
  • Experience in field research, for data collection/training of enumerators/sampling of households/pilot testing/monitoring activities (preferred).
  • Familiarity with Punjab’s contribution to India’s agriculture sector, the state’s agricultural policy framework, and crop residue management is desirable.

Key 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 using statistical software – R/Stata/Python.
  • Must have strong research skills – the capability to carry out systematic literature review, familiarity with research methods is a bonus.

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 crop residue burning problem requires both short-term management through existing solutions and long-term policies. If you are passionate about cleaning India’s air and empowering its farmers’ then we would definitely consider hiring you! If you can collaborate closely with others to make this happen, 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.


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.