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

Research Intern – Climate Risks (Urban Planning)

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Designation offered Research Intern – Climate Risks (Urban Planning)

Reporting to Programme Lead

Location New Delhi

Duration 2 months

Project Description – Developing a Climate Risk Atlas

Background & Context

As per recent studies 800 million people are at risk due to climate change only in India. These numbers are likely to increase by four-fold if an integrated approach is not adopted. Climate change will contribute to making rainfall erratic, thereby leading to rising seas which will further intensify the weather events to extreme levels. As a result, an increase in the occurrence of floods, drought and heat waves will be witnessed. From a risk perspective, climate change is primarily a risk management problem and ideally, climate change policies should target limiting the probability of a very bad outcome to an unacceptably small value (GAR, 2019). In a recently released report by CEEW, more than 75 percent of the Indian districts are extreme events hotspots.

Many studies are commissioned to look at understanding the nature of impacts across sectors under climate change scenarios but what it lacks is quantifying the risks, so that effective management of these risks can be phased into policy planning, designing and implementation there by optimizing the resource allocation. Until now disaster preparedness is based on corpus allocation of the public expenditure under extreme weather events.

The Climate Risk Atlas (CRA) is a risk informed decision-making toolkit and will try to answer the underlying questions pertinent to climate risk management by quantifying the impact of climate change on various sectors in the form of a risk index.

The CRA will help in addressing the following underlying perspectives 
i) Understanding the perception of “Risks” and identifying the underlying risk drivers across sectors which can provide a strong rationale for pursuing development pathways. 
ii) Estimate and project the degree of disaster risks associated with different kinds of hazards faced by specific sectors by the national economies in India through regional downscaling (South Asia). 
iii) Understanding the components of critical infrastructure.

The project is aimed to develop a region-specific climate risk atlas with specificity to India for specific hazards like flood, drought, cyclones and heat waves through a climatology interfaced risk model to predict the degree of risk (quantifying the losses) for an effective risk informed decision-making process. This will also lead to the creation of a robust database on the vulnerability index of the elements at risk across regions there by estimating the probable minimum and maximum loss.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Research, Analysis and Research Writing  

  • Contribution towards systematic literature reviews using relevant tools and software for climate proofing of critical infrastructure (CI) and sectoral mapping of CI.
  • Contribute in desk-top research for exhaustive review of available spatial information and data on climate risks across various sectors of CI.
  • A coalition of the ancillary data on CI and assistance in preparation for stakeholder engagement meetings
  • Support to research outputs  and in developing concept notes and research proposals 

Programme Assistance

  • Respond to research requests from senior researchers, discuss research needs, and prepare responses that synthesize and analyse information. 
  • Assist with programme implementation, including help with preparing presentations.
  • Assist with building a database and relationships with a wider community of experts, scholars, institutions and potential donors in the energy, environment and water domains.
  • Assist with planning and executing events such as report launches, consultation workshops, round table discussions, etc.
  • Contribute to reports and other research products as part of the research team.
  • Participate constructively in weekly team meetings. 

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

Selection Criteria

Education

  • Bachelors/Masters in Urban Planning/Urban Regional Planning/Environmental Planning/ Transport Planning/Physical Planning/Urban Development and Management/ environmental science and resource management/ climate science policy and other allied fields. Candidates pursuing Bachelors/Masters can apply. 

Technical and Software Skills 

  • Qualitative and Quantitative analytical skills
  • Hands on experience with analytical tools and software- MS Office/ArcGIS/SPSS/Advance Excel

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 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.

Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and cover letter (in one pdf) to [email protected] with 'Application: Research Intern- Climate Risks (Urban Planning)’ as the subject line.  The last date to send applications is 15 June 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.