Job Description

Location Delhi, India
Reports to Country Head
Amount of Travel Required 20%
On-site Requirement Hybrid


NRDC India Private Limited is an independent organization based in New Delhi founded to build a healthier and more prosperous future for all Indians.

To attain a healthier and more prosperous future, NRDC India and its partners work with governments and stakeholders at all levels to deliver transformative solutions across the organization’s focus areas. The approach is to collaborate on pilot projects that offer the potential for tangible environmental and public health benefits. NRDC India has a strong proof of concept to bring solutions to scale at the state level – with the goal of informing national policies and unlocking the public investments needed to implement them.

NRDC India also partners alongside Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in the United States, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. NRDC was founded in 1970 and their people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. NRDC uses law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. In India for over 10 years now, NRDC has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to the partners within the country to tackle climate change and implement energy solution. Since 2009, the India Initiative has combined scientific research and policy acumen to produce game-changing results.


NRDC is seeking a highly motivated and collaborative individual to join our India team. In this role, the individual will support execution of our energy efficiency and cooling projects in India.

The Specialist will work closely with the rest of the India Program team, as well as our experts in the US and China. The individual will conduct research, data analysis, and other tasks to prepare high quality outputs such as reports, memos, and presentations that support the advancement of India’s transition to a climate friendly, sustainable, and affordable cooling solutions. The individual should have technical and analytical experience in urban planning and building design.

The position involves working closely with civil society partners, government officials, and other stakeholders and will be on a full-time basis.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified individual with disabilities to perform the following essential functions:

  • Conduct research on various aspects of building energy efficiency, thermal comfort, net zero buildings, building heat resilience and urban cooling strategies such as cool roofs and other cool surfaces. These include technology trends, market dynamics, policy frameworks, infrastructure requirements, and impact assessment of building energy efficiency and urban cooling practices.
  • Review existing building energy efficiency policies, national and state building codes, urban planning programmes etc.
  • Prepare clear and concise research reports, policy briefs, whitepapers, and presentations summarizing research findings and policy recommendations.
  • Engage with industry stakeholders, academia, government officials, academia, peer research organizations, think tanks, financiers, and other stakeholders to support evidence-based policy formulation on space cooling and urban heat island reduction within the broader sustainable urban cooling practices ecosystem.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, partners to ensure project milestones are met in a time bound manner.
  • Work with internal & external stakeholders (such as government, industry, private players and academia) on effective dissemination & outreach strategies.
  • Support team activities including project implementation, planning and work area expansion strategies.
  • Participate in workshops, conferences, and seminars to present research findings and contribute to discussions on cooling.

The above list of duties is not comprehensive but generally demonstrates the types of matters under the position’s responsibility. Other duties may be assigned.

REQUIREMENTS Minimum Education & Experience


  • 3-5 years of experience in the field of building architecture and urban planning or energy efficiency, cooling or clean energy, sector in India.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study such building science, urban planning or architecture, energy, or other related fields. Prior work or understanding on buildings and urban planning will be preferred.
  • Research and analytical skills, including the ability to gather, synthesize, and interpret data from various sources.
  • Knowledge of policies and programs related to: building energy codes, cool surface. technologies and other urban heat mitigation strategies or other related areas.
  • Relevant network among key buildings, heat resilience and urban planning stakeholders.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.


  • Post-graduate is a plus.
  • Experience of working with government agencies at national and state level, public sector undertakings and international organizations is a plus.
  • Knowledge on Indian urban planning, cooling and green building norms including on technology, policies and city management, and experience in policy and regulatory framework is a plus.

Skills, Abilities, Competencies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Research and analytical skills.
  • Capability to handle multiple tasks, work well under pressure and be detail oriented.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
  • A strong interest in climate and clean energy and a curiosity to learn.
  • Knowledge of the Indian political system, economic structures, and socio-cultural landscape, and a network of professional contacts in India.
  • High degree of proficiency with Microsoft office including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point.
  • Ability to stay updated with the latest developments in buildings and urban cooling, technological advancements, and policy changes, both nationally and internationally.
  • Experience with any data analysis software (such as Python) and social media tools is a plus
  • Ability to travel (20 %) domestically and internationally for meetings and conferences while adhering to the prevailing local and international public health guidelines.
  • Ability to communicate by video calls, emails, and meetings with teams in various international locations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this position successfully. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position within the described work environment.


Perform desk-based computer tasks


Ability to interact and communicate with employees and others as necessary


Ability to attend events and activities in the office or offsite

Work is sometimes performed primarily in the office.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in office settings and moderate in other situations.  Hours of employment may sometimes require working flexible and/or longer hours, including nights and weekends, when necessitated by projects. The job includes work-related situations such as those involving challenging, important, urgent, time-sensitive, or multiple matters.

This job description is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee's ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and NRDC India expressly reserves the right to change this position description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as NRDC India may deem appropriate.


NRDC India is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by National, state, or local laws. We offer competitive compensation and a pleasant working environment. Compensation for the Building and Urban Cooling Specialist is on a non-profit scale and commensurate with experience.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Compensation for the Building and Urban Cooling Specialist is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience.

Please send your latest curriculum vitae and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and working with NRDC India at Kindly send your application by June 26, 2024. Please include ‘Application for position of Buildings and Urban Cooling Specialist’ in the subject line of the email.

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