Job openings for project: 

Assessment of the Air Quality Ecosystem in India

 

Project start date: 23rd Nov. '20

Position availability: Immediate 

(Position to close at the earliest discovery of suitable candidate)

Tacking the air pollution crisis hinges on alignment of government departments across sectors, geographies and scales (national, state, city) along with collaborations with private orgs., NGOs and civil society across aspects of finance, planning, data, policy, shifting demand, and interventions on ground. We are undertaking a 4-month intensive exercise for 'Assessment of the Air Quality Ecosystem in India', commissioned under the Edelgive Foundation - ICC Alliance.

 

There are 3 key aspects of the project. First is a bottom up assessment of current goals, priorities, on-going activities, and challenges of the diverse range of individual organizations in the eco-system and derive broad trends across sectors and geographies. This will be done via secondary research and one-on-one interviews.

 

Second, is to evaluate National and City level clean air action plans (CAPs) to understand the targets and actions being proposed to improve air quality. This is to understand how the plans compare with actions required to tackle air pollution and the current engagement/initiatives of organizations across India.

The third is to compare the eco-systems at the city/state/national level in India with those in other cities/countries globally which are making considerable progress is achieving/maintaining clean air. The idea is to essentially understand what does it take to ensure clean air. The final outcome here is to identify key pathways for collective action to improve India’s air quality alongside the roadblocks and opportunities within.

This research will be juxtaposed and distilled towards the following outputs:

1. Compendium of all the relevant data and insights about AQ actors and their work 

2. Digital portal that offers a comprehensive searchable online database of AQ actors and a systems view of the sector

3. Summary report of findings, insights and actionable recommendations

 

Opportunity of the project:

  1. Showcase diversity of the types of stakeholders and actions on-going and required to solve this complex issue

  2. The systems view of the sector is to act as a mirror to the ecosystem of organizations, to help fine tune their independent missions as well as uncover blind spots and opportunities for leapfrogging 

  3. Help identify strategic areas for funding and collaboration, that have the potential to drive real change

  4. Aid the ecosystem to progress in alignment by offering a vantage point to see how individual organizations' efforts translate to country’s actions towards actual emission reduction

(1) Senior Researcher (Air Pollution)

 

Position type: 4 months, Full-time

Start date: Immediate

No. of positions:

Experience level: 5 years experience

Job Summary:

We are looking for an independent, self-driven and highly motivated individual with an interest in Air Quality. The Senior Researcher (Air Pollution) must be an Air Quality Scientist with a minimum of 5 years of experience working in the domain of air quality. He/she may be a researcher and/or practitioner who has predominantly worked on air quality in the Indian context. 

 

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Project planning, management and coordination to document 200+ organizations

  • Manage a team of 2-3 junior researchers

  • Collate key information sets through secondary research: 

    • About the stakeholders working in the air quality sector 

    • Work done under NCAP and clean air action plans by cities across India

    • Comparative study of the Indian eco-system of actors with other countries who are forerunners in tackling Air Pollution like USA, UK, China, etc

  • Conduct in-depth interview of organizations and distil key information

  • Analyse interview information, secondary research to help develop pathways to improve India’s Air Quality 

  • Report writing and content writing for the website

 

Minimum requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Sustainable Development, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences or a related discipline and/or a Bachelor’s degree in environmental/chemical engineering, environmental sciences/studies/management or earth science 

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to lead, schedule, conduct and manage projects

  • Knowledge of the air pollution sector like clean air action plans, environmental regulations and reforms, governance systems, sources, best practices in the air quality solution space, organisations, etc. 

  • Experience in project management, MS Office, outreach and aptitude for problem solving required.

  • Demonstrated exceptional ability (through published work, articles, etc.) to write and comprehend effectively

  • Strong analytical research skills - ability to communicate complex concepts clearly, both orally and in writing, with fluency in English.

  • Ability to understand and transfer skills and knowledge to a breadth of specialty areas

  • Strong interpersonal skills; 

  • Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team 

(2) Junior Researcher (Air Pollution)

 

Position type: 4 months, Full-time

Start date: Immediate

No. of positions: 3-4 

Experience level: 0-3 years experience

 

Job Summary:

We are looking for an independent, self-driven and highly motivated individual with an interest in Air Quality. The Junior Researcher (Air Pollution) must be knowledgeable of the air quality sector in the Indian context and be up to date with ongoing initiatives and challenges. He/she may be a researcher and/or practitioner and/or a recent graduate. We are looking for candidates that may be from backgrounds directly related to air quality and/or allied sectors such as transport, public health, energy, industrial emissions etc. 

 

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Collate key information sets through secondary research: 

    • About the stakeholders working in the air quality sector 

    • Work done under NCAP and clean air action plans by cities across India

    • Comparative study of the Indian eco-system of actors with other countries who are forerunners in tackling Air Pollution like USA, UK, China, etc

  • Conduct in-depth interview of organizations and distil key information

  • Analyze interview information, secondary research to help develop pathways to improve India’s Air Quality

  • Report writing and content writing for the website

 

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental/chemical engineering, environmental sciences/studies/management or earth science. 

  • Master’s degree in Sustainable Development, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences or a related discipline is preferred.

  • Knowledge of the air pollution sector like clean air action plans, environmental regulations and reforms, governance systems, sources, best practices in the air quality solution space, organisations, etc. 

  • Experience in MS Office, outreach and aptitude for problem solving required.

  • Strong analytical research skills - ability to communicate complex concepts clearly, both orally and in writing, with fluency in English.

  • Ability to understand and transfer skills and knowledge to a breadth of specialty areas

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team. 

  • Demonstrated exceptional ability (through published work, articles, etc.) to write and comprehend effectively is preferred.