Monday, January 7, 2019

WRI Indonesia is looking for Research Assistant Sustainable Commodities

About WRI Indonesia

WRI Indonesia is a national entity (Yayasan) associated with the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. WRI work with various stakeholders in the natural resources sector to support policy and management that are both profitable and sustainable. WRI has worked with leaders in more than 50 countries for more than 30 years, with offices in the United States, Brazil, China, Europe, India, and Indonesia.

Launched in early 2014, WRI Indonesia builds on WRI’s 10-year history in the country focusing on forests and land use governance, and strengthens our impact on the ground. In the short-to-medium term, WRI Indonesia aims to expand its presence and portfolio to include climate, energy, as well as cities and transportation programs.

Overview about the position

One of WRI Indonesia’s key objective is to promote better land use management through One Map initiative. We believe that through an open, accountable, and participatory land use management, Indonesia can protect its remaining natural forests while allowing sustainable development of key land-based commodities.

WRI Indonesia commodities team work together with the government of Indonesia to improve plantation licenses database, thus allow government to monitor companies’ sustainability commitment, civil society to held companies accountable, and support the implementation of companies’ NDPE commitment (No Deforestation, no Peat, and no Exploitation).

Through continuous research and development with our partners, WRI Indonesia commodities team is actively improving global deforestation monitoring system to enable buyers & growers of key commodities—such as palm oil, pulp and paper, and rubber industries—monitor their supply chain to fulfil sustainability commitment. We work together with the government, CSOs, and private sectors in multistakeholder forums to better understand the challenges of implementing NDPE commitment and advocate better land-use policies that are environmentally and socially responsible.

The position offered in this Terms of Reference document is tasked to support WRI Indonesia commodities team in implementing its existing workplan, particularly on landscape monitoring and plantation license database improvement and researches related to sustainable commodities production. This role is also expected to provide support to the development of WRI Indonesia sustainable commodities portfolio.

The position will report to the Sustainable Commodities & Business Manager of WRI Indonesia, coordinate with WRI Indonesia One Map initiative team and WRI global sustainable commodities team. The work will span for 1 year with travel responsibilities, probability of an extension, and focusing on deliverables as agreed by WRI Indonesia.


Main areas of responsibility of this position will include the following:

Program administration (15%)
·       Support the administration of sustainable commodities projects and implementation of workplan in Indonesia, particularly on the One Map initiative;
·       Support the data collection for monitoring and evaluation purposes of sustainable commodities projects and ensure the timely delivery of projects’ output;
·       Coordinate with WRI Indonesia Operation team to ensure projects’ implementation are delivered in accordance with WRI Indonesia policies and regulations.

Outreach and stakeholders engagement (45%)
·       Engagement with key stakeholders (local government officials and private sector) to advance the adoption and implementation of landscape monitoring in priority provinces (Riau, South Sumatera, Papua, West Papua);
·       Support the commodities team in the development of WRI Indonesia sustainable commodities engagement strategy;
·       Develop training plans, materials, and conduct trainings for key stakeholders (mostly private sector and local government) on WRI Indonesia tools related to sustainable commodities (such as GFW Pro, Landscape Monitoring), as well as other relevant materials;
·       Support Sustainable Commodities & Business Manager in representing WRI Indonesia in relevant international, national, and local events related to sustainable commodities portfolio

Research (40%)
·       Conduct research and analysis to develop tree cover loss alerts prioritization; this includes but not limited to the curation methodology, protocol of alerts verification, alerts delivery system, as well as protocol on ground data collection;
·       Conduct research and analysis on issues related with sustainable commodities; this includes but not limited to deforestation, land use policies and regulation, supply chain management;
·       Actively contribute to WRI Indonesia’s research activities, in particular for topics related to sustainable commodities.


·       Legally able to work in Indonesia.
·       Bachelor’s degree in geography, geodesy, forestry, or any other related field.
·       Studies, interest or experience working on environmental issues and specifically forest or land use issues. Having experience in the palm oil sector is a plus.
·       Minimum 1-2 years of full-time work experience in GIS field.
·       Proven extensive experience in geospatial analysis using GIS software
·       Ability to communicate, coordinate, and well organized.
·       Ability to manage professional relationships to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various backgrounds.
·       Highly organized and systematic with strong time management skills and ability to juggle competing priorities and deadlines required.
·       Detail-oriented and organized thinker.
·       Excellent oral and written communication skills.
·       Professional fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English.
·       Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is imperative.

Preferred qualifications

·       Graduate’s degree or advanced course in related fields;
·       Good understanding of Indonesia’s land use issues and policies;
·       Familiarity with GFW platform.

Performance standard:

·       Responsibilities are expected to be carried out in timely and satisfactory fashion with minor supervision;
·       Must be capable of setting priorities;
·       Ability to work well with internal and external participants;
·       Good communication skills for correspondence purposes, reports, and knowledge products, both in Indonesian and English;
·       Ability to work well in group/team as well as working individually;
·       Ability & willingness to do business travel to meet project goals.
·       Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint and Salesforce a plus. 
Final candidates will be required to take a writing test. Also required to produce two writing samples

Salary:  Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.

Qualified applicants should apply online through WRI career portal in order to be formally considered. 

Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 25 January 2019. We will close the advert earlier when best candidates are identified at earlier dates. 

This is a locally engaged position; Indonesian nationals are encouraged to apply..


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