Deputy Programme Manager for Renewable Energy Programme

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), founded in 1980, is a public-interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi. It has been influential in shaping policies of Government of India and many state governments, as well as been a global influencer and thought leader in the science of environment, climate change, transportation, industrial and economic growth and governance. CSE has participated proactively in global climate negotiations, and advised several governments on environmental regulations and use of equitable resources and just governance. 

CSE plays a critical role of analysing developments and challenges in the fast-changing sector of renewable energy. Transition to clean and renewable energy is critical to increasing energy access and nurturing sustainable growth and is the primary solution to mitigate the grave impact of climate change. 

We are building a team that would track the various technologies of renewable energy and its end-use applications, state policies, energy accessibility and the use of equitable resource. 

About the Programme 

CSE’s Renewable Energy Programme (REP) is committed to championing the study of the most pressing issues related to the renewable energy development primarily in India and with an international perspective, as well as the international and domestic interventions that characterizes our response to energy access, energy security and sustainable development. Keeping this principle in mind, the team conducts and disseminates research on emerging renewable energy technologies and its commercialization / adoption in practice and help in developing capacities of various stakeholders through trainings and workshops to create multipliers. 

Acknowledging our roles as an organisation and members of the global community, we are the change-makers who work to raise awareness about resources, technologies, and practices beyond financial justification. 

Roles and Responsibilities 

We are looking for an individual who would be an integral member of the team, proactively undertake research and advocacy to push renewable energy especially in the context of broad electricity market reforms, equitable access and distributed generation. The candidate will report to Programme Director, who will give overall research direction to the team. 

The candidate, as a part of the team, will carry out research through both primary data collection and secondary literature studies. H/she will be responsible for the team’s research output including reports, policy briefs and articles in media. 

The candidate will lead the team’s advocacy effort through various channels. He/ she will be responsible for dissemination of the team’s research through active engagement with policy makers, think tanks and civil society. As an avid writer the candidate will actively participate in day to day blogs and articles for Down To Earth (DTE) web and print editions and will represent CSE at meetings / conferences and communicate with the press, television and electronic media. He / she will need to follow regulatory and technical developments in India as well as in other countries, critique policy changes for internal discussions and give feedback to the relevant stakeholders including the Government. 

The candidate will assist CSE’s efforts to promote renewable energy in emerging countries in Asia, Africa and other Global South Countries. 

Job Profile: 

The primary responsibilities will include but are not limited to: 

  • Providing timely, factual information and data, as well as in-depth analysis on renewable energy, emerging technologies and innovations, and the link between energy and climate.
  • Supporting CSE’s key role as a convener of stakeholder meetings and industry–government dialogue. These would lead to deeper and up to-the-minute understanding of the sector, technology markets, policies, and regulations. The eventual outcome is to prove policy, regulatory advice and development of strategies to address the evolving crisis of resources depletion and climate change.
  • Writing for the fortnightly magazine Down To Earth and using multimedia and social media to disseminate information and data that emerges.
  • Producing daily reports, news stories, analyses, and features with the ultimate goal of compiling a comprehensive State of Renewable Energy report. Additionally, the team will actively participate in the creation of annual industry reports, particularly focusing on the State of Renewable Energy in India.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise, is willing to learn from others; places the agenda of the team before personal agenda.    

Qualification and Experience 

  • A Master’s or PhD degree in renewable energy technology / natural resource management / environmental sciences / sustainable development or other relevant fields.
  • A minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience, including in-depth knowledge and understanding of renewable energy technologies, policies, programmes, good practices and issues.
  • Candidates with relevant work experience of 3 years will be considered for the position of Programme Officer.
  • Ideally experienced in the policy research, analysis and writing.
  • Experience in the developing country perspective. Experience of working in an international organization will be considered an asset.
  • Substantial record of research and publications with an emphasis on energy access, energy security and sustainable development, including non-scientific communications.
  • Excellent demonstrated writing & communication skills with fluency in English.
  • Must have proficiency in MS-Excel and MS-Office suite.
  • Must be a team player, open to travel, take initiatives and has a good network in the sector. The position requires time bound deliverables.

Application deadline: November 11, 2023. 

CSE pays a competitive salary that will be commensurate with qualification and experience.

Application procedure: 

To apply for the above position, please visit and choose ‘PO – REP’

Or post it to:

Ms. Jagdeep Gupta
Executive Director- Planning & Operations
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area,
New Delhi – 110062
Tel: 011-29955124/5125; Fax: 29955879

NB: Only short-listed candidates will be informed.