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RFIR-SSEF - RISE Fellow- International Relations, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi
[NEW DELHI, DL, 1100..,  New Delhi,  India | Posted - 12/03/2024

1. POSITION VACANT: RISE Fellow- International Relations, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi

2. ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (Shakti) works to facilitate India’s transition to a cleaner energy future, by aiding the design and implementation of policies that promote solutions across energy (clean power, industry, buildings, sustainable transport), non-energy (agriculture, food systems and land) and cross-cutting themes of climate policy, climate finance, and climate insights.  Over the last many years, Shakti has become a trusted partner of many policymakers who have requested the organization’s input. Shakti is funded by global and Indian philanthropies with a strong interest in preventing climate change and mitigating harmful carbon emissions.

For more information about Shakti, please visit https://shaktifoundation.in/.

3. THE RISE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME:

With the objective of supporting policy and practice for high Renewable Energy pathways, Shakti has designed a programmatic solution, the Research Innovation Shakti Expert (RISE) Programme, comprising the provision of multiyear support to the policy host [Ministry of New and Energy Renewable Resources (MNRE)] and other key affiliates. The programme aims at harnessing the synergies of industry and academia, for driving innovation on cross-thematic strategic interventions.

The RISE Fellowship is a programme launched by Shakti to provide in-depth research support on a range of issues, vital for India’s energy transition towards 500 GW non-fossil fuel electricity by 2030.

The RISE Fellowship seeks to bring together some of the best, inquisitive minds to closely aid policymakers with options and decision support research and analysis. The fellows shall provide research support and be based in New Delhi. The initiative provides a unique platform for outstanding energy professionals to engage with policymakers, and influence meaningful change in the Renewable Energy domain.

RISE Fellows are based at the office of the MNRE in New Delhi. S/he will report to the designated officer at MNRE and coordinate with relevant contact persons and other team members at Shakti.

4. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

The RISE Fellow - International Relations (RFIR) shall be responsible for engaging with stakeholders to develop and maintain relationships with key international stakeholders, including government agencies, multilateral organizations, and foreign embassies, to promote collaboration and cooperation in the field of renewable energy.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

(1) Conduct research, conceptualize new ideas and develop briefing notes on a range of topics, including international policy developments in the clean energy domain, technology innovation, policy, etc.;
(2) Develop clear and compelling presentations and written reports for internal and external stakeholders and support international dialogues (G20, CEM, IRENA, etc.);
(3) Keep track key of sector developments, including interventions of other actors, international developments, etc.;
(4) Identify opportunities for strategic partnerships and alliances with international counterparts to advance India's renewable energy objectives, including technology transfer, investment facilitation, and capacity building;
(5) Conduct analysis and research on international trends, developments, and policy frameworks related to renewable energy and climate change, providing strategic insights and recommendations to the Ministry;
(6) Develop clear and compelling presentations and written reports, for internal and external stakeholders;
(7) Interact with a diverse set of stakeholders, and coordinate activities and initiatives.

5. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification:

Applicants must have a Masters’ degree, or equivalent, in International Relations, Political Science, Environmental Studies, Energy Policy, or related streams from a reputed University, or Institute.

Experience:

(1) Minimum 8-10 years of experience in the areas of international relations, diplomacy, or related fields, with a focus on energy and environmental issues;
(2) Experience of working in government agencies, international organizations, or diplomatic missions, is desirable;
(3) Knowledge of climate change and renewable-related policies, regulations, and programmes at the international, national, state and city levels;
(4) Good understanding of international developments and policies in the Renewables and Energy policy space, multilateral cooperation issues and a flair for strategic thinking and analyses;
(5) Experience of working with government agencies and/or international organizations on renewable energy initiatives, is desirable.

Essential Skills and Competencies:

(1) Understanding of diplomatic protocols, practices, and etiquette, with the ability to effectively represent MNRE in international settings;
(2) Familiarity with renewable energy policy frameworks, international climate agreements, and energy transition strategies, with the ability to analyze their implications for India's renewable energy sector;
(3) Strong networking and relationship-building skills, with the ability to establish and nurture contacts with key stakeholders in the international renewable energy community;
(4) Flexibility and adaptability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, with the ability to adjust priorities and strategies in response to changing circumstances;
(5) Ability to interact with a diverse set of external stakeholders including senior officials, and representatives from the private sector, civil society organizations, and national and international think tanks and research institutions;
(6) Passion for renewable energy, climate change mitigation, and sustainable development goals, with a commitment to advancing India's leadership in the global transition to clean energy;
(7) Excellent written, verbal communications, and presentation skills;
(8) Personal Qualities: Climate Optimist with a ‘Can Do’ spirit. A self-starter, and team-player, with intellectual curiosity, flexible mindset, and a passion to make a positive impact in the climate change domain.

6. COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Gross compensation budgeted for the position is attractive. Please note that the offer made to the selected candidate shall be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and salary history.

7. CONTRACT:

The duration of the RISE Fellowship Programme is three years starting from April 2024. The selected candidate will be appointed on a Consultancy Contract, initially for one year, renewed thereafter for period(s) based on mutual consent. The start date is flexible, with a preference for candidates ready to begin work as soon as possible.

8. LOCATION: New Delhi

9. NUMBER OF VACANCIES: One

10. REFERENCE: RFIR-SSEF

11. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Team SAMS
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 4081 9900; 4165 3612

12. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to urgently apply by or before March 25, 2024.

Interviews with promising candidates are scheduled to start immediately. Candidates who apply first shall be at an advantage.