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

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

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
Research Analyst

Focus area
Air Quality

New Delhi, India

Reporting to
Programme Associate


We are looking for a curious researcher for our Delhi office who has the ability to ask the right questions, conduct stellar research on the nexus between agriculture and air quality, build trusted relationships with government stakeholders, farmers and other relevant organisations, and support the advancement of the research and policy engagement for air quality. S/he should be a structured thinker and effective communicator with a strong research background.

About the focus area

The Clean Air programme at CEEW is committed to reducing particulate concentrations in the Indo-Gangetic Plain by 60 per cent by 2030. Backed by rigorous data analysis, integrated research and strategic communications and stakeholder engagement, our work is geared towards strengthening data-driven air quality management in the country. The three pillars guiding our work are:

  • Data and integrated analysis
  • Technical assistance to state and local governments
  • Building agency among communities through strategic outreach

Job Duties and Accountabilities


  • Undertake robust qualitative and quantitative research to solve for agricultural residue burning in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. This include but are not limited to (i) conducting a systematic literature review, (ii) framing research questions, (iii) devising questionnaires for key informant interviews/stakeholder consultations, (iv) conducting relevant analyses using appropriate qualitative or quantitative methods and (v) summarising the arguments in a coherent narrative in different formats.
  • Regularly track policy measures taken by the government and their implementation status related to air quality, bioenergy and the agricultural sector
  • Write high-quality research reports, publish in leading peer-reviewed journals and generate other knowledge products such as blogs, policy briefs for different audiences at regular intervals
  • Participate in relevant conferences, workshops, and training programmes for a comprehensive understanding of air quality management in India and globally.
  • Work with senior researchers on conceptualising new projects (as and when needed)

Programme Assistance

  • Assist with project implementation, including help with preparing presentations, factsheets and other communication material
  • Support efforts to use media platforms for the wide dissemination of CEEW's work and, in turn, closer engagement with the wider community
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and assist with preparing minutes
  • Accompany the other team members for meetings with other stakeholders; prepare minutes of the meetings and assist with relevant follow up

Stakeholder engagement

  • Travel to field sites, whenever necessary and if feasible, to conduct fieldwork including focus group discussions, interviews, meetings, and training
  • Candidate must be willing to travel to Punjab (or other states) for a minimum of 4-5 days every month
  • Support coordination and collect relevant data from relevant stakeholders (government officials, farmers, civil societies and others) in Punjab

Shortlisting Criteria


  • Master’s degree with a specialisation in Environmental Science/Environmental Engineering/Environmental policy/Agriculture/Agricultural Economics. A (under) graduate degree in other disciplines, but credentials showcasing an understanding of environmental challenges, specifically air pollution, is a must.
  • Should have a strong background in data analytics and an inclination toward analytical research
  • Experience in dealing with environmental data sets is preferred

Work Experience

  • 1-2 years of relevant experience in policy research and engagement, preferably in the areas of air quality management or Punjab’s agricultural systems.

Key skills

  • Must be proficient in English and Hindi. Language proficiency in Punjabi is preferred.
  • Proficient in data analytical tools like Python or R
  • Strong proficiency with various quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge to varied socio-cultural, ecological, and political contexts
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to write coherent and concise emails, opinion pieces, policy briefs, and reports
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and confidence to engage with administrative, political, and business leaders

"Millions of people living in Punjab bear the brunt of declining air pollution in the state. It is evident that improving the state’s air quality would require actionable data, significant coordination between institutions that are tasked to monitor and control emissions and empowering citizens to advocate for clean air. If you are passionate about cleaning India’s air and improving the efficiency of key institutions 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.

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.


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