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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi

Research Analyst – ISC (MSME)

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Designation offered Research Analyst – ISC (MSME)

Reporting to Programme Associate

Location Delhi

Duration Full time


CEEW seeks to hire a Research Analyst for its Industrial Sustainability and Competitiveness (ISC) team. The ISC team leads a wide range of focus areas related to energy transition, technology development, innovation, critical mineral resources, circular economy, and carbon management. Within the energy transition focus area, we are actively seeking to engage with the MSME sector to look for options to decarbonise and improve their energy efficiency. The challenge, however, is limited awareness, technical know-how, financial ability, and priority for this largely informal sector. The decarbonisation of MSMEs also has an air pollutions implication with most of the enterprises using the dirtiest of fuels such as coal, pet-coke, furnace oil, and diesel, all of which are significant air pollutants. Energy efficiency is another area where MSME lag behind their larger formal sector peers. CEEW is looking for an experienced hire to develop our energy transition and energy efficiency work in the MSME space.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct a full mapping of the cluster to develop energy (power+thermal) and load emissions footprint
  • Conduct an onsite assessment of options for energy transition, including rooftop solar, distributed renewable, natural gas, biomass, etc.
  • Develop a techno-economic analysis of the potential for distributed energy requirements with backup (electrification, natural gas, biomass, etc.)
  • Evaluate the potential for deploying solutions at scale and identifying the policy mechanisms that can be utilised to scale up the deployment of solutions
  • Develop innovative solutions to energy transition and energy efficiency in the MSME sector. This includes developing business and finance models, policy support, and incentive mechanisms for deployment of solutions in the sector.
  • Developing and deploying pilots as proof of concept for decarbonising the sector for power and thermal needs
  • Capacity building within the MSME sector for scaling up energy transition measures
  • Develop training modules for generating awareness and technical capability of MSME employees
  • Work with senior researchers on developing research outputs in various forms such as publications, journal papers, reports, op-eds, and articles
  • To participate in relevant conferences, workshops, training programmes as necessary to communicate research findings and gain thoughts on new research in focus areas
  • Support efforts to use new media platforms for the wide dissemination of CEEW’s work and, in turn, closer engagement with the wider community

Selection Criteria


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s (preferred) degree in engineering
  • Experience in energy efficiency and energy audits across industrial sectors
  • Technical knowledge of industrial processes and equipment; must have knowledge of emerging technology solutions and automated tools
  • Experience with relevant software to develop analyses as necessary; proficiency in Excel is must
  • Minimum 3-4 years of relevant work experience


  • Candidate must be willing to travel to MSME locations where CEEW is collaborating with enterprises.

Main skills 

  • Must have strong technical expertise and interpersonal skills
  • Must have deep understanding of how MSME sector operates and how decisions are made
  • Proficiency in English & Hindi is a must
  • Willingness to work on multi-disciplinary projects
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in dealing with stakeholders outside of MSMEs, including central and state government official, vendors, and researchers is essential
  • Experience working in Excel is essential. Experience with software programmes such as Python a plus.


  • Willingness to learn new research and project management skills. 
  • Ability to identify creative solutions to vexing challenges in taking policy to action\
  • Ability to adapt 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.
  • 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.


Competitive compensation – commensurate to the experience and matching the best of standards adopted by industry or other similar organizations 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.

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.