Programme Associate, Jharkhand (Just Transition)

iFOREST is inviting applications for the position of a Senior Research Associate for the organization’s flagship initiative on Just Transition. The candidate will specifically work on issues of land assessment, policy and regulatory reforms, and any such matters related to just transition of fossil fuel sectors and industries.

Location: Ranchi, Jharkhand 

Working arrangement: Hybrid

About iFOREST and Just Transition initiative

iFOREST, is an independent non-profit environmental research and innovation organisation. Started by a group of renowned scientists and environmentalists, it seeks to find, promote and scale-up solutions for some of the most pressing environment–development challenges.

Just Transition is a core initiative of iFOREST, complementing our work on energy and climate change. The initiative is designed to support achieving the Paris Agreement goals and an accelerated climate change action that is socially responsible, equitable, and economically viable. In 2021, India’s first comprehensive platform to work on just transition—India Just Transition Centre (IJTC)— was launched by iFOREST. The Centre endeavors to build the just transition discourse in India, and enhance its understanding from the perspective of the global South.

Our work is based on a multipronged approach, including research, policy engagement, public outreach, technical support and capacity building, and building alliances. Our engagement spans across sub-national, national and international levels, and involves a range of stakeholders. The team had published some of the most seminal works on just transition in the context of India’s fossil fuel economy and regions.

About the Role

The successful candidate will work alongside the State lead in Jharkhand on all matters related to Just Energy Transition in the state. S/he will have the following responsibilities: 

  • Conduct impactful research on various matters related to just energy transition  in the state of Jharkhand.
  • Undertake indepth quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Prepare high-quality reports, research papers, policy briefs, articles, etc. 
  • Prepare communication materials to communicate with stakeholders as necessary.
  • Engage with a diverse group of stakeholders (including government officials, public representatives, industry representatives, labour unions, researchers, non-government organizations, media etc.) for undertaking research, dissemination of research outputs and building stakeholder engagement.
  • Contribute to developing stakeholder networks 
  • Organize/convene physical and virtual meetings and workshops as per requirement of the programme. 
  • Organize and conduct capacity building programmes at the state and district levels.
  • Travel periodically, including in remote areas.
  • Remain flexible to work around stiff deadlines. 
  • Contribute to any other related assignments as may be entrusted by the reporting authority.

Qualification and Work Experience

  • Candidates must have a background in Public Policy, Economics, Development Planning, or related disciplines. Engineers (B Tech) with a Masters in any of the above areas or related disciplines as also encouraged to apply.
  • A minimum of 4-5 years of relevant work experience is required.


  • Experience in policy research. 
  • Ability to undertake quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Ability to comprehend interdisciplinary matters.
  • Excellent writing skills, with proven track record.
  • Excellent communication and networking skills.
  • Proven ability to engage with a diverse group of stakeholders (including government officials, public representatives, industry representatives, labour unions, researchers, non-government organizations, media etc.)
  • Proficiency in both English and Hindi, including ability to write short documents in Hindi. 


Competitive salary as per candidate’s experience and proficiency. Final designation of successful candidate will be based on qualification and experience.

Application deadline & instructions

Please send your applications by December 22, 2022. Position open until filled.

We prefer the candidate to submit an online application at In case of any difficulty, you may also send your application to Applications must be accompanied by a CV and a Cover Letter.

Applications must be accompanied by a CV; a Cover Letter (no more than 500 words) and list of referees (at least 2) with contact details. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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