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Senior Program Associate (Energy efficiency), Energy program

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

About the Organization:
World Resources Institute (WRI) India, an independent charity legally registered as the India Resources Trust, provides objective information and practical proposals to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable development. WRI India’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, WRI India puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being. We are inspired by and associated with WRI, a global research organization. Currently over 300 researchers are working with WRI India in our offices at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Program and Position Overview
WRI globally, has deep experience in the energy sector and on climate change across several topic areas and is widely recognized as a leader on energy and climate issues. In India, we have a multi-pronged energy strategy that looks strategically at directing our tools, research, expertise, and partnerships to support India’s clean energy transition across varied economic activities like extraction, production, distribution, consumption and waste management; in ensuring universal access to reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity and minimizing energy losses and thereby contributing to energy planning and policy analysis.
The objective of WRI India energy program is to inform and guide India’s clean energy transition. Through strong research, ground-level implementation experience, partnerships with key stakeholders and communicating our work, we seek to achieve impact at scale.
The Energy program at WRI India is seeking a Manager (Energy) to work with and support research focused on state’s overall energy transition efforts.
How your day will unfold:
· Review policy documents and other relevant government documents to understand the state of play on energy efficiency program and policy implementation in Karnataka.
· Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data related to Karnataka’s energy sector; conduct advanced analysis using the data to build a comprehensive picture of state’s supply and demand side sectors. Develop questionnaires, collect data, facilitate interviews and focused group discussions for qualitative and quantitative assessments.
· Identify and engage with partners in the state representing different sectors. Identify partner priorities based on the discussions and meetings and report to the SDA and program team.
· Build a nuanced understanding of decision making, financing or funding of energy efficiency, projects, barriers to change and partner engagement needed.
· Support and help the SDA, conduct regular meetings with different partners groups to build dialogue around energy efficiency, cooling, clean energy and other relevant topics as deemed important to the agency and guided by colleagues.
· Deliver training to partners, partners on clean energy, energy efficiency, cooling and other topics. This also includes identification of topics, development of training materials and resources (in consultation with SDA).
· Support in collating information and knowledge about major policy reform processes, consultations and measures on states’ energy and development sector policies and identify opportunities for the team to provide inputs to the processes, consultations and measures.
· Ensure communication with the department officials to provide updates on project progress and seek assistance in data collection and other related project activities as agreed upon.
· Represent WRI or the state department to present the project work and analysis at multiple forums as directed by the project manager.
· Under the guidance of the project manager, help track deliverables, coordination with funders, monitoring and evaluation activities and any other daily task management activities.
· Contribute to communications and engagement activities of the program including writing content for social media, print and other types of media.
· Participate in research activities to produce policy /issue briefs, and other publications and reports (online and print) as determined by program leadership.
· Support the team in conducting policy research of existing and emerging programs, policies and regulatory areas related to energy and electricity.
· Perform other tasks as assigned by the program leadership and colleagues, including support on research on other energy program projects.
· Travel to the main project sites based on the project needs.
Qualification and Requirements we seek:
· Graduate or post graduate degree in science, engineering, architecture, policy, or related fields
· 4-7 years of relevant experience in energy efficiency or clean energy.
· Interest and knowledge of energy efficiency policies and programs at the subnational and national levels in India
· Knowledge and interest in national and international policy discourse around sustainable cooling, energy-related climate actions, and energy efficiency are necessary.
· Experience working in Karnataka -particularly with state government agencies, CSOs, academia, and the private sector is necessary.
· Prior experience in providing technical support to any state departments through a project management unit will be considered an asset.
· Technical and some training in research methods are necessary. Experience conducting cost-benefit analysis.
· Communicate clearly and effectively in conversation and writing, including professional-quality writing for research and communications products.
· Willingness to travel on short notice when needed by the project.
· The ability to respond to urgent requests from the team is an asset.
· Fluency in English and Kannada. Proficiency in other languages is desirable.
Salary & Benefits: INR 1100000 to INR 1300000 CTC Per Annum
Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Location: Bengaluru

Duration: 1 year as term hire (extendable based on performance and project requirements)
List of Documents to be attached:
  • Cover letter explaining how your academic background and skills meet the requirements of this position.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing samples
  • Reports
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) @WRI India
WRI India values and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion across all areas of our work and workforce. Integrating these values into our actions fosters a progressive and collaborative culture and can also enhance our impact. It is our responsibility to create a welcoming working environment for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experience to learn together. We are responsible for fostering a safe and inclusive workplace where questions, concerns and information about diversity, equity and inclusion are part of our ongoing dialogue and development.
Learn more about WRI India’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Click Here

People-centric to the core:

We keep our people at the centre of everything we do - from a welcoming work environment to benefits and a culture that encourages staff to stay healthy, happy, engaged, and growing.
Some of the non-monetary benefits that our staff get:

Health benefits:
We cover health insurance for you and your loved ones for up to INR 8 lakhs
Term Insurance: Our term insurance policy covers life coverage of 50 lakhs per staff member
Employee Assistance program: Promoting mental well-being and supporting staff in achieving a satisfying work-life balance
Health & Nutrition: Personalized diet recommendation from a certified dietitian based on the physical health condition and lifestyle
Flexible work schedule: Alternative work arrangements for all who are eligible by nature of their job
Learning culture: Workshops and trainings to empower staff, encourage new learning opportunities
Rest and Recharge weeks: We encourage staff to take time off to rest, rejuvenate, upskill, and pursue their interests.
Our leave policy: Avail personal time off at 36 per year, along with public holidays, maternity, paternity, and adoption leaves.
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Equal employment @WRI India
We believe in equal employment, it is our policy to recruit, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to caste, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual preference, parental status, or disability.