World Resources Institute
Senior Research Specialist (Urban Energy Transition), Energy program
Research Analysts, Research Associate, Research Assistant
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Dec 03 2021


About the Organization

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, non-profit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on building sustainable and livable cities and working towards a low carbon economy. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, World Resources Institute puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being.

WRI India has the capacity to convene key stakeholders, and forge strategic partnerships with governments, business, foundations, civil society organizations, institutes and NGOs, to scale-up solutions that can bring game-changing results for the sustainable management of natural resources in India.

Job Description

WRI India’s energy program engages national and subnational stakeholders to accelerate energy efficiency in buildings. The program also works with states and cities on the clean energy transition. The program has ongoing work on buildings efficiency and urban energy transition in two states- Tamil Nadu and Kerala. WRI India is also leading a consortium of partners on a new multi-year, trans-sectoral initiative to assess energy transition preparedness and progress in Indian states through regular and systematic analysis of electricity and allied sector institutions, processes, and outcomes. Building sector is one of the sectors covered in this initiative. In the past the program has implemented the activities under the UN SE4All Buildings Efficiency Accelerator, clean energy demand aggregation in residential buildings action plans to promote Zero Carbon Buildings transition in Indian cities and behavior-focused interventions to encourage energy conservation among residential consumers.

The position will support the implementation of the India energy program’s strategy. This would involve leading new efforts to understand energy transition in the buildings sector and implementation of cross-sectoral clean energy actions in cities, in collaboration with other WRI programs and centers.

Job Responsibilities

Project and strategy implementation (40%)

  • Explore and identify strategic opportunities to engage with states on mainstreaming building efficiency, including cooling and clean energy interventions across different sectors, review national-subnational policy and program linkages and inform design and development of policies, regulations, and schemes to accelerate urban energy transition. Provide national perspective and integration opportunities to subnational action. Identify key change-agents in national ministries and agencies to disseminate experiences from the program’s work at the subnational level and to inform policies to promote energy transition in cities including clean energy for buildings. It would be important for the candidate to be updated on the national and state-level electricity regulations to apply urban energy transition linkages.

  • Guide and support the implementation of existing clean energy and energy efficiency workplans in cities. This would involve working closely with colleagues located in partner cities and states, guiding engagement with relevant stakeholders in cities and at the state level and ensure timely progress on activities and identification, and support to emerging needs of cities and states and finally the monitoring and evaluation of impacts of WRI’s work in partner cities and states.

  • Advise the identification of states to study and monitor progress on energy transition indicators for the buildings sector in India.

Research and stakeholder engagement (40%)

  • Conduct and design research to support development of knowledge products. This would include identifying new research topics, questions, research methods and writing publications at WRI or for external platforms.

  • Guide and develop high quality technical analysis to inform policies and programs to advance energy transition and buildings efficiency at the national and subnational level

  • Identify and engage with right stakeholders at the national and subnational level to disseminate findings from research and find entry points for the research outputs in policy design and implementation.

Convening and Communications (20%)

  • Raise profile of WRI’s work at the national level through regular in-person meetings, outreach, participation in important events and meetings.

  • Represent WRI and its work at key platforms and forums

  • Documentation/writing of reports or other types of materials as needed by stakeholders for project implementation and informing policies and programs.

  • Help build WRI’s partnership with relevant CSOs and think-tanks at the national and subnational level identified by as strategic by the program. Also maintain existing relationships with partners under different projects.

  • Contribute to communications products and engagement with media as guided by the energy program’s communications team.

Education Qualification/Required Skills & Experience

  • Post graduate degree in science, engineering, policy, or related fields

  • At least 8-10 years of relevant experience in energy efficiency or building efficiency or demand side management and clean energy

  • Good knowledge of governance in the buildings sector including of cooling, clean energy transition and resilience. Knowledge of the energy/electricity sector, national and state electricity regulations, policy development processes, stakeholders, barriers, and opportunities are necessary

  • Experience working at the subnational level- particularly with states and cities convening and engaging stakeholders, building partnerships and relationships with government agencies, CSOs, academia and private sector is necessary.

  • Technical and quantitative skills and training in research methods are preferred. Strong research skills with a willingness to contribute to developing high quality knowledge products

  • Willingness to travel on short notice, when needed by the project/program to partner cities and states.

  • Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively in conversation and writing, including professional quality writing for policy and communications products

  • Being pro-active in researching and pitching ideas, maintaining connections within the policy domain with national government and state government agencies and media contacts

  • Ability to respond to urgent requests from stakeholders and to requests from other WRI program teams.

  • Strong ability to brainstorm and think creatively about all elements of their work

  • Ability to work cooperatively with others; to demonstrate flexibility in fulfilling assignments

  • Fluency in English and Hindi is a must. Proficiency in other Indian languages is desirable.

Salary and Benefits: 15,00,000 to 18,00,000 CTC PA

Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

How to apply

List of Documents to be attached:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose.

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