Consultant as Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) Southeast Asia Senior Coordinator
World Resources Institute
15 days ago
One of WRI Indonesia’s key objective is to shift the country toward safeguarding and maintaining its natural forests while restoring a significant portion of its lost and degraded forests and allowing sustainable production of key commodities. We promote no deforestation, no peat, and no exploitation policies (NDPE) throughout all major commodities supply chains such as palm oil, timber, rubber, and cocoa. To further strengthen the cause, WRI Indonesia intends to build capacity of supply chain actors especially upstream companies that pose high, medium or unknown risk; promote the adoption of robust monitoring tools by supply chain actors and key stakeholders; and develop narratives that promote support towards sustainable commodities and their supply chains.
WRI Indonesia is currently supporting the implementation of the Accountability Framework initiative (AFi) as well as other sustainability tools (i. e. Global Forest Watch (GFW)) to accelerate the mainstreaming of sustainable commodity production and trade in South East Asia. As the host organization of AFi Secretariat, WRI Indonesia seeks to (1) clarify the alignment and complementarity of various tools, standards and guidance relevant to the region that promote responsible supply chains; (2) engage priority stakeholders to consult and co-develop contextualized elements of the Accountability Framework as it relates to the commodities and geographies of the Southeast Asia region; (3) support the application of this guidance by supply chain companies in priority jurisdictions; (4) develop an analysis of results and lessons learned to further build capacity for the implementation of the Accountability Framework's content by regional stakeholders; and (5) support the coordination of the AFi Southeast Asia (SEA) coalition to implement collective engagement strategies, share information and define key learning from joint implementation.
In 2022, WRI and partners will implement targeted engagements and support with upstream companies in priority production landscapes in Indonesia especially those at the beginning stages of their sustainability journey in line with the AFi Southeast Asia coalition engagement strategy through a ‘Clinic’ approach. The ‘Clinic’ will include: 1) orientation workshops; 2) consultation and baseline assessments and; 3) recommendations to address gaps and action planning; and 4) technical assistance phase through coordination of coalition members. The project will help strengthen this nexus between supply chain-led action and jurisdictional action by its work to support uptake by producer/processor companies within the bounds of three key jurisdictional initiatives in Indonesia.
The AFi SEA Senior Coordinator will mainly focus on two key functions to support the AFi Southeast Asia coalition growth and implementation of collective engagement strategy:
- Manage and support the implementation of ‘Clinic’ activities. This scope of work will support the collaboration between WRI Indonesia, Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari (LTKL), USAID Sustainable Environmental Governance Across Regions (SEGAR) Activity and local partners in targeted jurisdictions to drive improved understanding and performance of upstream companies on responsible supply chain practices in line with district sustainability agendas on forest-risk commodities (e.g., palm oil, rubber, cocoa, coffee).
- Become the focal point and lead coordination of the AFi SEA Coalition and its relevant processes.
The consultant will report to Sustainable Commodities Supply Chain Project Lead and/or Senior Manager of Supply Chain and Livelihood Transformation, and closely coordinate with AFi global Backbone Team (BBT) and other organizations within AFi Southeast Asia coalition.
Company uptake - 45 %
- Support overall uptake efforts of upstream companies according to the SEA engagement strategy and in line with the ‘clinic’ approach, including implementation of the AFi Clinic program.
- Implement activities related to the AFi Clinic program by managing the processes alongside partners including orientation workshops, consultation sessions and baseline assessments, action plans to address gaps and coordination of the technical assistance phase.
- Maintain and manage relationships, coordination and communications with key uptake stakeholders as part of the clinic process, including partners, companies, and local government actors.
- Engage and identify areas of alignment and collaboration with other actors that can support the mainstreaming of responsible supply chain best practices with companies such as industry associations, multistakeholder platforms and government actors.
- Support the production of any technical or communication outputs for internal or external purposes as defined by the project team.
- Organize coordination meetings, workshops, trainings, conferences and other outreach activities when necessary to promote the adoption of AFi.
Coalition Coordination - 45 %
- Lead the planning, execution and facilitation of AFi SEA Coalition quarterly meetings based on the key components of the coalition collective engagement strategy including developing agendas, facilitation plan, preparing other materials needed to carry out the meetings successfully and the necessary follow ups.
- Upkeep the existing SEA Engagement Strategy and Worksheet tracker to document and store information on ongoing uptake efforts of coalition members and decisions taken in coalition meetings.
- Produce meeting notes or summaries and follow up with coalition members on action points.
- Activate the use of AFI SEA information sharing platform by coalition members and support analysis of compiled information for coalition purposes including through database subscription (e.g., Palmoil.io).
- Provide key relationship management functions with AFi SEA coalition members through regular bilateral meetings as necessary and other backstopping as necessary.
- Maintain connectivity and coordination with AFi global BBT on strategic decision points and touchpoints with the global coalition as necessary.
- Provide Inputs to fundraising proposals and Inputs towards communication outputs in collaboration with AFi Communications Manager.
Program management - 10%
- Develop and track workplans and targets across the project team for the successful implementation of all uptake activities, including the Clinics.
- Track and document learning from uptake in an effective manner.
- Provide input to the adaptation of uptake activities, including the Clinic’s work plan based on emerging circumstances and support periodic monitoring and evaluation alongside partners to keep in line with expected timeline and intended outcomes.
- Continue to consult the AFi SEA coalition on the development and refinement of the collective engagement strategy based on emerging opportunities and circumstances.
- Ensure that production of engagement and training materials are effective and meets program needs.
- Work with the project team and AFi BBT to secure personnel and resources needed to sustain the work in the region.
- Organize, track and support the development of necessary materials, agreements, Terms of References (ToR) and other documentation necessary to support successful implementation of company uptake, the Clinics and coalition coordination.
- Bachelor’s degree required in relevant fields, such as communications, environmental management/ studies, sustainability, or climate change. An advanced degree is preferred.
- Minimum 6+ years of relevant, full-time work experience.
- Exceptional writing, communication, engagement, and interpersonal skillsas well as ability to manage professional relationships to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various backgrounds
- Strong analytical skills and keen on conceptual thinking.
- Experience working in an international team environment is a plus; must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, with a diverse staff, across multiple time zones, and within tight and often parallel deadlinesAbility to quickly build strong working relationships in the complex landscape of actors working on driving sustainable commodities and supply chains in the region.
- Ability to quickly digest complex and new information and keen on conceptual thinking; able to take notes that identify key decisions and follow-up actions
- Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities.
- Ability to travel when needed.
- Professional fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English.
- Passionate commitment to WRI’s mission and goals
- Experience in convening and partnership building or has held secretariat function roles. Proficiency in virtual facilitation tools is a plus.
- Familiarity with forest, land use and commodity supply chain issues in Indonesia.
- Familiarity with the Accountability Framework and/or other voluntary sustainability frameworks, tools, guidance and standards including certification schemes.
- Existing network with stakeholders working on sustainable commodities and supply chains in the region.
- Professional and/or research experience in one or more of the following topic areas: sustainable supply chains, corporate responsibility, land use policy, accountability (monitoring, verification and reporting) systems.
- Effective team work and communication;
- Must be capable of setting priorities and working under pressure.;
- Must be able to multi-task and planning several tasks simultaneously;
- Ability to work well with internal and external stakeholders is essential;
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is imperative.
Summary of clinic consultation process supported by assessment profiles for each participating company.
- Concept note of technical assistance phase of the clinic
- Q3 2022 SEA Coalition meeting successfully carried out.
- AFi SEA information platform actively used by the coalition.
Summary of results and recommendations, and action plans to address identified gaps for each participating company.
- Q4 2022 SEA Coalition meeting successfully carried out.
- Analysis of trends and learning based on the engagements with upstream companies.
- AFi SEA information platform development and improvement plan
Q1 & Q2 2023 SEA Coalition meeting successfully carried out.
- Company uptake and Clinic Workplan for 2023 (replicate Clinic process in new jurisdictions)
- Summary of technical assistance process and results between companies and coalition members
- AFi SEA information platform is improved and refined based on coalition needs
Q3 & Q4 2023 SEA Coalition meeting successfully carried out.
- Summary of uptake efforts and clinic consultation process supported by assessment profiles for each participating company.
Q1 & Q2 2024 SEA Coalition meeting successfully carried out.
- Summary of results and recommendations, and action plans to address identified gaps for each participating company.
Process documents such as terms of references for workshops, engagement strategy, minutes of meetings, presentations and internal workplan.
- Technical, knowledge and/or communication products including but not limited to reports, blogpost, and guidance documents.
The above deliverables are the overall expected outcomes to be delivered throughout the project period (2022 – 2024), specific deliverables for the initial contract will be discussed further upon contract signing.
12 (twelve) months of initial contract from July 2022 until June 2023 with high possibility of extension up to project period subject to performance evaluation, project needs, and budget availability
Terms of Payment
Daily rate consultant with maximum 18 working days per month on average.
Must have authorization to work in Indonesia to be eligible for this position.
Final candidates might be required to take a writing test and to produce two writing samples when needed.
Consultant rate: Consultant rate is commensurate with experience and skills.
Qualified applicants should apply online through WRI career portal in order to be formally considered.
Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 22 June 2022 . We will close the advert earlier when the best candidates are identified at earlier dates.
This is a locally engaged position; Indonesian nationals are encouraged to apply.
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