About the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)

Established in 1976, the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) is a premier institute of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, for research and capacity building for the urban sector in India. NIUA’s broad objective is to bridge the gap between research and practice on issues related to urbanisation.  For more than 40 years now, NIUA has been the vanguard for contributing to and building the urban narrative for a fast-evolving urban India.

The Institute has been actively working on bringing forth key areas of concern for urban India in order to build the urban discourse at various urban scales. It has utilised its competencies in research, knowledge management, policy advocacy and capacity building to address urban challenges and continuously strive to develop sustainable, inclusive and productive urban ecosystems in the country. It has emerged as a thought leader and knowledge hub for urban development in India and is sought out by both Indian and international organisations for collaborations and partnerships in India’s urban transformation journey.

About the Climate Centre for Cities

The Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube) has been established at NIUA with support from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to create synergy across all climate actions which are being undertaken in Indian cities by various stakeholders. Our Vision “To Build Climate Action in Cities”. Urban development informed by climate resilience is important for not only steering the growth towards a 5 trillion economy but also improving the quality of life of urban residents. The centre plays a pivotal role in developing partnership networks, building the capacities of city managers and key decision-makers, co-creation of policy frameworks and strategies documents, designing tools, assessment frameworks, and data observatories, and developing solutions for planning and implementation of climate-resilient project interventions at cities and advocating for local actions.

Job Description:

The selected candidate is expected to be involved with various projects of the C-Cube, including leading and managing particular processes within the Centre. Particularly, supporting the vertical on capacity building ​​which focuses on developing capacity amongst urban practitioners and public officials for applying a climate change perspective to projects and decisions aimed at reducing future risks and enhancing urban resilience. The ideal candidate would be comfortable working under the vertical of capacity building and would have prior experience in developing and delivering training. Experience in managing training programs (physical and virtual) will be preferred. The candidate should be comfortable working in a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment and be able to manage multiple projects and deadlines. The ideal candidate should be providing cutting-edge and integrated solutions to India’s urban development challenges by bringing together expertise across diverse domains of knowledge and practice; exposing learners to real-life problems and integrating the practice into academics and research.


The Program Associate will coordinate and support the day-to-day activities including data collection and operational tasks. The responsibilities of the incumbent shall include, but will not be limited to:

  • Drive the activities under the capacity building vertical to achieve outputs and outcomes on time;
  • Supporting all activities in the capacity building component, including Capacity Building Strategy and Action Plan, implementing systems and procedures;
  • Contributing to the preparation of training material for different training target segments including government officials, key stakeholders, etc.;
  • Coordinating with the thematic coordinators for content creation/curation and managing quality assurance of the content;
  • Identifying and interfacing with prospective training institutes;
  • Building strategic relationships with training institutes in the best interest of the institution;
  • Creating a range of outputs (proposals, presentations, briefs) for the proposed programmes;
  • Overall coordination for the collection and collation of primary and secondary data from different state and city government departments;
  • Qualitative research pertaining to the thematic areas of the ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework;
  • Support the internal team in reporting, monitoring and coordinating requirements of the project;
  • Effective stakeholder management and coordination with ULBs, Parastatal Agencies, SPVs and other Partner Agencies;
  • Providing support to other activities including academics, research, training, practice, operations and others.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Post-graduate degree preferably in Urban Planning, Management, Environmental Sciences, Development Studies or any related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in projects specialised in sustainable urbanization, climate resilience and action research.
  • Knowledge and experience in green building, mobility or air quality will be preferred.
  • Experience in managing training programmes, both physical and virtual and including developing MOOC courses.
  • Should also have experience working in multi-disciplinary teams, good people management and facilitation skills, and significant competency in documentation and coordination.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications and presentation skills, including the ability to speak persuasively and to present ideas clearly and concisely to authorities.
  • Ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments showcasing strong teamwork and collaboration and adjust to a variety of complex and evolving tasks to meet deadlines.

Term of position: The position will be on a contractual basis.

Location: This position is based in Delhi and may entail travel to other locations in India.

Reporting: The selected candidate shall report to the head of C-Cube and Lead-Training & Capacity Building.

Remuneration: As par with the industry standards, depending on experience and skills and fitment with project remuneration structures. Proof of past remuneration (last received salary/monthly contract payment) would be required.

No. of Positions: 1

How to Apply: Online Application

Last Date to Apply: Sunday, 21 August 2022

Official Information available at: NIUA_Senior Associate (Capacity Building)