I. BACKGROUND

Clean Air Asia has focused on emissions of stationary sources since 2018, in line with the organization’s overall goal of achieving better air quality for cities through reduction of all emission sources. Coal-Fired power plants (CFPs) are some of the biggest pollutant emitters in Asia, which warrants more stringent operation, approval, and control of these facilities through science-based policy development.

Clean Air Asia analyzed the CFP situation and policies in 2020 in five countries in South and Southeast Asia – Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam – which together comprise 31% of global planned coal capacity expansion. The report, entitled “Coal-Fired Power Plant Emission Standards in South and Southeast Asian Countries Policy Analysis,” reviewed and summarized emission standards for CFPs per country, as well as the existing and planned policies on the following: CFP application processes, emissions monitoring and control, CFP data collection and reporting, coal handling, and national policies related to CFP dependence. The findings of the study, which were disseminated in partner countries and published online (https://cleanairasia.org/our-resources), emphasized the need for continuous work on emissions data analysis and policy development.

All over Asia, polluting industries and heavy reliance on coal for power generation continue to be common issues in many countries which also face the highest health burden from air pollution. The establishment of a Community of Practice on Emissions Reduction from Coal-Fired Powerplants and Heavy Industries was led by Clean Air Asia to foster co-learning from member countries and the Experts Advisory Council, helping countries achieve their emission reduction goals.

Each country is unique in their situation and capacities, yet there are also common challenges and solutions that can be learned not only from international best practice but also from peer learning. In addition to country-level strategies, Clean Air Asia aims to integrate the Guidance Framework Towards Clean Air and Clean Energy in Asia in policy development of partner countries through the Community of Practice. In line with this, Clean Air Asia’s local and international work on CFPs will continue to focus on analysis of emissions, science-based policy development, and capacity building of stakeholders.

 

II. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE OF WORK

Under the direct supervision of the Air Quality Specialist, the primary duties of the Research Assistant (Consultant) will include:

  1. Data research, organization, analysis, and synthesis
    • The Research Assistant will provide support in the (a) research, compilation, organization, QA/QC, and analysis of data files per country partner, (b) emissions-related policies and information to support the review of emission standards and implementation of policies, and (c) other relevant information on the CFP and industry sector in Asian countries. The Research Assistant will also translate the compiled data to visualization outputs and in forms suitable for policy briefs and public communication materials.
  2. Stakeholder coordination
    • The Research Assistant will conduct stakeholder mapping and consolidation of information on stakeholders, and will participate in all meetings, webinars, and workshops with stakeholders that range from government agency department heads and academia, to community leaders and residents. Necessary pre- and post-meeting/engagement preparations will also be completed by the Research Assistant in coordination with relevant Clean Air Asia team member(s).
  1. Documentation and report writing
    • The Research Assistant will be responsible for the documentation of methods of analysis, proceedings of meetings and other project-related activities. Further, the Research Assistant will support the project team on the drafting, completion, and finalization of workshop and analysis reports.

III. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND CRITERIA

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as environmental science, engineering, and other related studies; or work experience in the field of air quality management, emissions control and monitoring, sustainable development, and policy development and evaluation.
  • Extensive experience in (1) handling and analyzing data, (2) stakeholder coordination and engagement, (3) comprehensive written outputs, and (4) team-based delivery of outputs (experience in working with a team).
  • Competence in the use of Microsoft Excel or any other programming language (e.g., R); experience in using ArcGIS or QGIS is a plus.
  • Excellent research and oral and written communication skills.
  • Has great attention to detail; follows a systematic and organized approach towards work.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multicultural and multidisciplinary team.

 

IV. DURATION, REMUNERATION and OTHER BENEFITS

The Research Assistant (consultant) will be appointed for one (1) year under a full time, fixed-term consultancy contract, with possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of project funding. The remuneration is competitive but may vary subject to the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience.

All applicants must clearly state in their cover letter how they meet the job specification above, as well as contact details of three referees.

 

We encourage early applications as applications will be processed as they arrive so the recruiting process may end earlier than closing date. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.