Director / Senior Programme Manager - Urban Water and Sanitation Programme Support Unit

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
Lucknow, India
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), an established research and advocacy institute, is looking for Programme Director / Senior Programme Manager for its State Programme Support Unit in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The programme aims to establish policy principles, innovative technologies and implementation strategies for water and wastewater management. These efforts have been directed towards meeting the twin goals of laying foundation for water prudent society and adapting to climate resilience.

A major part of the programme focus is on effective septage / faecal sludge management in the state and target cities aimed at achieving citywide sustainable water and sanitation. 

This involves technical programme support to the Department of Urban Development and other line agencies in the state of Uttar Pradesh for planning, designing and implementing effective faecal sludge/ septage and liquid waste treatment management systems in town/ cities across state. This includes preparing / implementing the City Sanitation Plans (CSPs), pilot faecal sludge treatment / co- treatment and management systems and interventions across sanitation value chain  in three target cities - Allahabad, Bijnor and Chunar as model learning centres for other urban local bodies and establishing a ‘Forum of cities those manage Septage in the state of Uttar Pradesh / Ganga basin’. 

This is a senior position that involves leading and coordinating a 4-5 member core team based at Lucknow office and supported by 2-4 member team in each target city. This entails closely working with Uttar Pradesh state government departments, urban local bodies and implementing agencies like Jal Nigam. The Director / Senior Programme Manager will report to Senior Director and will be the lead and key contact at CSE Programme Support Unit (PSU) based at Lucknow and the city level Technical Support Unit (TSU) in Allahabad (Prayagraj), Bijnor and Chunar.  

Qualification and Experience: 

We would prefer Civil Engineers, Planners/Architects or Post-graduates in Environment/Wastewater Engineering orany related field with at least 10-12 years of work experience. 

Candidate with prior similar experience of working in Uttar Pradesh or any other state government will be preferred.  

Candidates should have experience of applied research and on-site technical field support, advocacy and training. He/she should also have a sound understanding of other organization groups and individuals in the water and sanitation sector including government policies/reforms in urban and rural water sector. 

The candidate should be able to work in a tight-knit and dynamic team that works on a wide range of issues related to urban water and sanitation management. He/she should have strong networking and liasoning skills, willingness to travel and be fluent in both written and spoken English and Hindi. The position is based in Lucknow and involves frequent travel to target project towns/cities.  

Please note that the candidates who have applied before need not apply again. 

Application procedure and deadline:

To apply for the above position, please visit and choose ‘SPM – Lucknow’. Please submit your application latest by March 25th, 2021.

Or post it to: 

Ms. Jagdeep Gupta
Executive Director- Planning & Operations
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area,
New Delhi – 110062
Tel: 011-29955124/5125; Fax: 29955879

PS:Only short listed candidates will be informed for an interview.