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Job Description

RISE Fellows- Renewable Energy

Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

New Delhi

1. POSITION VACANT: RISE Fellows- Renewable Energy, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi (Two Vacancies)




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/.




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.




The RISE Fellows - Renewable Energy (RFRE) shall be responsible for engaging with stakeholders to create a large-scale impact in the renewable energy domain.


Key Roles and Responsibilities:

(1) Conduct research, and provide expert advice on the formulation, review, and implementation of policies related to renewable energy promotion and adoption;
(2) Assist in drafting and refining policy frameworks, incentives, and subsidies to encourage development of renewable projects;
(3) Conduct research, conceptualize new ideas and develop briefing notes on a range of topics, including solar/ wind energy policy, clean energy policy programme formulation, international policy developments in the solar/ wind energy domain, technology innovation, etc.;
(4) Provide support for the production of top-notch, upstream policy knowledge products, on energy, climate policy and related development issues;
(5) Establish performance metrics and evaluation mechanisms to assess the impact and effectiveness of solar, wind, wind-solar and hybrid policies;
(6) Develop clear and compelling presentations and written reports, for internal and external stakeholders;
(7) Track key sector developments, interventions of other actors, and international developments;
(8) Interact with a diverse set of stakeholders, and coordinate activities and initiatives.





Applicants must have a Masters’ degree, or equivalent, in Management, Economics, Energy, Engineering, or related streams from a reputed University or Institute.



(1) Minimum 8-10 years of experience in the areas of Renewable Energy or Electricity Distribution/ Regulation/ Markets;
(2) Understanding of Renewable and Power systems, Policy, Regulatory Frameworks;
(3) Prior experience of managing wind/ solar/ renewable energy projects, from conception to completion will be an advantage;
(4) Knowledge of climate change and renewable related policies, regulations, and programmes at the international, national, state and city levels;
(5) Proven record of interacting with policy, regulatory stakeholders, shall be an advantage;
(6) Good understanding of International developments and politics in the renewable and energy policy space, multilateral cooperation issues and a flair for strategic thinking and analyses;
(7) Experience of working with government agencies or international organizations on renewable energy initiatives, is desirable.


Essential Skills and Competencies:

(1) In-depth knowledge of renewable energy technologies, including photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, on-shore and off-shore wind energy, small-scale wind energy systems and energy storage solutions;
(2) Understanding of regulatory frameworks and policies governing the renewable energy sector in India, with the ability to propose strategic recommendations;
(3) Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to assess project feasibility, identify bottlenecks, and propose innovative solutions;
(4) 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;

(5) Excellent written, verbal communications, and presentation skills;

(6) Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to engage with teams at all levels;
(7) Comfortable working both independently, and in collaborative team settings, managing multiple roles simultaneously;
(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.




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




The duration of the RISE Fellowship Programme is three years starting from April 2024. The selected candidates 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








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




Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to urgently apply using the link https://bit.ly/Apply-RFRE-SSEF by or before March 25, 2024.


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