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Researcher – India (Consultancy Service)

Researcher – India (Consultancy) 


Background to Clean Air Fund 

Clean Air Fund is a new and rapidly growing organisation whose mission is to use philanthropic grants to catalyse a reduction in air pollution, and thereby improve people’s health and simultaneously mitigate climate change. 

Launched at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in 2019 and with more than $50m in unrestricted funds raised to date, the Clean Air Fund is a global philanthropic initiative that works to achieve clean air for all.  

The Clean Air Fund makes grants to reduce air pollution – to monitor the state of the air, to develop policies for clean energy and transport, to mobilise the public and to run campaigns. It is well resourced and scaling fast; funded by a growing partnership of leading foundations with interests across health, climate, children and mobility. It brings these and other organisations together to identify and create best practice, to share learnings and connect people, and ensure solutions are rapidly scaled up and replicated around the world.  

90% of the world’s population – approximately 6.8 billion people – live in places where the air they breathe is damaging their health. Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million deaths worldwide – more than from malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS combined. The causes of climate change are often the same as the causes ofairpollution, so tackling air pollution will not just save lives, but can also inject urgency into the climate changeagenda. Improving air quality is a win for our planet, as well asitspopulation. 

We believe in a world where everyone breathes clean air. 

Further information is available on our website 

Context for the Consultancy 

The Clean Air Fund has piloted the Clean Air Readiness Diagnostic tool for three cities:  Delhi, London and Sofia.  The tool analyses readiness for action in six areas: 

  • Data. Transparent and accessible data is needed to understand the sources of pollution and the impact that it has. 
  • Impacts. Understanding who is affected and how will help to protect people and to make the case for change. 
  • Awareness and Comms. Greater awareness will motivate individual and collective action and will raise the issue up the global agenda. 
  • Politics and Policies. Policy makers need clarity on which solutions have the biggest impact for local circumstances. 
  • Implementation. New and existing solutions need to be quickly and widely taken up. 
  • Strength of the field. People need to be connected across geographical and thematic silos, and to have places and ways to share the growing knowledge base. 

This tool is designed to support cities to understand where opportunities for improvement are based on the insights gathered for the 6 areas of focus described above. 

As the Clean Air Fund starts to deepen its – work in four cities in Uttar Pradesh (UP) – we seek to assess the readiness of Agra, Lucknow, Ghaziabad and Kanpur cities to take action on air pollution. The assessment will follow the methodology piloted by CAF which includes both desk-based research and interviews with relevant stakeholders. 

CAF sense checked the usefulness of such an assessment with our partners Swaniti and CEEW who have started to implement CAF funded projects in UP.  Both partners have identified a lack of coordinated efforts to track progress for air quality action in these cities and have supported the idea of the CARD tool to fill this gap.   

In order to conduct the assessment, CAF is looking to hire a consultant who can conduct the assessment and develop concise reports for the four cities.   


Objectives and Deliverables of the Assignment 

General Objective 

To conduct the Clean Air Readiness Diagnostic (CARD) assessment in Agra, Ghaziabad, Kanpur and Lucknow in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. 


  • Use the assessment module for the 4 cities 
  • Review the existing template of the CARD tool assessment module to determine feasibility for each city. 
  • Desk Based Research 
  • Conduct deskbased research to gather information on the 6 dimensions for each city to input into the assessment modules. 
  • Stakeholder Interviews 
  • Identify and interview (either in person or remotely dependent on COVID restrictions) 5 stakeholders in each city to input into the assessment modules. 
  • Diagnostic Report for 4 cities 
  • Produce city level readiness report for each city.  

The Consultant appointed will have to be able to demonstrate: 

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent (required), with preferably a post-graduate qualification or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline. 
  • At least 5 years of research and programme assessment background in air quality, climate and/or environmental issues in India – past experience working in any of the four focus cities is an advantage. 
  • At least 5 years of experience in the technical aspects of air quality management in Indian cities and states is desirable. 
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills. 

Expected Timeframe 

The consultancy period is 45 days over proposed start date is 15 June 2021 and end date 15 November 2022. 


  • Insight report for each of the 4 cities (not longer than 15 page per city excluding references and citations) and in the format of the current CARD Assessment reports 
  • Assessment tool outcomes sheet for each city (use of CAF CARD Assessment Tool Module) 
  • Presentation of findings to city departments, CAF partners, and the CAF team. 

Application Process 

Individuals should send a CV, along with a letter outlining their motivationrelevant experience, and expected daily rate to 

Applications close:  15 June 2021