Job Opportunity at the University of Chicago Urban Energy and Environment Lab

November 25, 2016

Location: University of Chicago Center in Delhi, New Delhi, India
Start Date: ASAP

Energy and Environment Lab
The University of Chicago Urban Energy and Environment Lab focuses on identifying and testing ways to solve the world's most urgent energy and environmental problems through cost effective and scalable programs or policies. Our goal is to assemble a portfolio of knowledge (using a variety of empirical methods ranging from "big data" and machine learning tools to randomized controlled trials) to generate new evidence about what works, for whom, and why, and to conduct benefit-cost analyses of different interventions to enable policymakers to prioritize resources for the combination of strategies that achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent.

Recently, in a first-of-a-kind partnership, the University of Chicago and the Delhi government launched the Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi—a unique competition that crowdsourced the best local ideas to cut pollution in Delhi and meet the city’s future energy needs. The Challenge is a project of the Tata Centre for Development, which is supported by Tata Trusts. The three winners were chosen from nearly 250 citizens, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, non-profit, and for-profit organizations from across India and around the world who submitted ideas for the Challenge. Together, the winners received more than Rs. 2 crores ($300,000). The winners will now work with the University of Chicago Urban Energy and Environment Lab, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago’s India team (EPIC-India), and the Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission to implement and test their ideas. To know more about the winners and the Urban Energy and Environment Lab go to: urbanlabsdelhi.uchicago.in

The Role
The Energy and Environment Lab is seeking a research manager based in Delhi to support the social policy research projects designed to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of promising energy and environmental interventions. In specific, the research manager will work on the three winning projects of the Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi.

Primary responsibilities include:

• Contributes to research design, and manages day-to-day implementation of social policy evaluations
• Travels to program sites to monitor and assess implementation and study fidelity
• Conducts and manages the data collection and analysis to evaluate program progress and feasibility
• Conducts thorough and critical reviews of relevant literature
• Develops and disseminates necessary project materials to research team to inform all members of project activity
• Prepares memos, spreadsheets, and presentations targeting both policymakers and academic researchers
• Assists with the coordination of research activities, communications with partner agencies, and managing project deliverables
• Builds and maintains strong relationships with researchers, participating partner organizations, government agencies, nonprofits, and other relevant stakeholders

The research manager may also perform other duties as assigned. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading policy makers, and practitioners in the energy and environment community, and policy researchers at the University of Chicago. The position will be full-time, and is available to start now. Our office is located at DLF Capitol Point, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi, 110001.

Qualifications         

Education
• Bachelor’s degree in public policy, economics, statistics, environmental science, engineering or a similar field is required; advanced degree is preferred

Experience
• A minimum of three years of relevant work experience required; advanced academic degree may count towards work experience
• Experience working in a research organization and managing research projects preferred
• Experience with quantitative data analysis to support the research design required
• Experience working with Stata, SAS, R or other programming languages required
• Previous fieldwork experience preferred

Competencies
• Knowledge and understanding of energy and environmental policy literature is required; work/research experience in the area is strongly preferred
• Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision
• Strong project management skills with exceptional attention to detail required
• Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment required
• Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to maintain positive relationships with diverse stakeholders required
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required

To Apply
Interested applicants must submit a resume, unofficial transcripts, and cover letter briefly summarizing relevant experience and interest in the position to Anna Agarwal, annaag@uchicago.edu