Consultant as Sustainable Commodities Specialist

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World Resources Institute

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Jakarta, Indonesia

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30+ days ago

Program Overview
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 promote the adoption of robust monitoring tools by supply chain actors and key stakeholders, capacity building to supply chain actors and develop narratives of sustainable palm oil supply chain.

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 create a sustainable palm oil commodity supply chain in South East Asia. As the regional engagement lead, WRI Indonesia seeks to (1) clarify the alignment of tools and the positions of existing regional relevant initiatives; (2) engage priority stakeholders to consult and co-develop elements of the Accountability Framework and other existing tools, as related to the commodities and geographies of the Southeast Asia region; and (3) support the application of this guidance by first mover companies and develop an analysis of results to build capacity for the implementation of the Framework's content by regional stakeholders.

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. Our key partners include Palm oil supply chain actors, NGOs and Initiatives (e.g. CGF, TFA, RSPO, landscape initiatives, AFI, etc.), commodities buyers in potential leakages market (e.g. China, India), Ministry of Agriculture, and association of commodity producers.

Job Summary
The Sustainable Commodities Specialist will be based in Jakarta, and he/she will assist the team in providing strategic support for the implementation of WRI Indonesia commodity programs described above, particularly to develop capacity building strategies, technical materials for training, workshops, and other communication requirements to support the adoption of sustainability frameworks by the private sectors with ties to land-based industry and smallholders of key commodities on the pilot landscapes (Riau, South Sumatera, Papua, West Papua).

The consultant will report to Sustainable Commodities Supply Chain Project Lead, coordinate with AF, GFW, and SBTi global secretariat and other consultants within AFI, GFW, and SBTi Southeast Asia regional engagement team.

Job Responsibilities
Project Implementation - 60 %
  • Develop comprehensive understanding on sustainability framework tools (e.g. AFI, RSPO P&C, etc.) and identify strategic use cases of these tools to improve NDPE adoption and implementation in WRI Indonesia priority jurisdictions.
  • Develop capacity building strategy to improve their awareness on NDPE principles, uptake of NDPE principles, and adoption of sustainability framework as tools for improving supply chain monitoring among these key corporate actors.
  • Develop technical materials for training / workshops / other communication requirements to support the adoption of sustainability frameworks by the private sectors
  • Organize interviews, focus group discussions, coordination meetings, workshops, trainings, conferences and other outreach activities when necessary to promote the adoptions of the sustainability frameworks while coordinating with the global secretariat of relevant sustainability tools (e. g. AFI, GFW, SBTi, etc);
  • Support research on key supply chain actors of palm oil and timber in priority jurisdictions (Riau, South Sumatera, Papua, West Papua),
    • Conduct analysis on small and medium scale supply chain actors in priority jurisdictions to develop capacity building strategy to support the adoption of robust sustainable supply chain monitoring tools
    • Co-author analysis results to be published as WRI publication output when necessary.

Engagement - 30%
  • Establish contact and engage with targeted supply chain actors in priority jurisdictions, in particular, palm oil supply chain actors, NGOs and initiatives (such as CGF, TFA, RSPO, landscape initiatives, AFI, etc.) and association of commodity producers, to better understand their NDPE status as well as increase adoption and implementation of NDPE principles;
  • Engage priority stakeholders to consult and co-develop elements of the Accountability Framework and other existing tools
  • Coordination with government officials from relevant agencies, private sectors, and other CSOs when necessary;

Program management - 10%
  • Support the development of progress report document when necessary;
  • Support the development of ToR for workshops or procurement of research and/or communication services;
  • Coordinate with PC on budget and workplan related tasks;
  • Support the project implementation to keep it in line with the expected timeline of the project.

  • Bachelor’s degree required in related field, such as urban planning, climate change or environmental studies/engineering.
  • Minimum 3+ years of relevant, full-time work experience.
  • Exceptional writing ability and strong quantitative and analytical research skills.
  • Good communication, engagement and interpersonal skills.
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities.
  • Professional and/or research experience in one or more of the following topic areas is preferred: sustainable supply chain management, climate transparency, international climate policy, national reporting system.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel when needed.
  • Professional fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English.

Preferred qualifications
  • Familiarity with forest and land use issues in Indonesia;
  • Experience in dealing with sustainability certification schemes, such as ISPO, RSPO, FSC, ISCC or other similar schemes;
  • Effective team work and communication;
  • Research activities and program management are expected to be carried out timely and satisfactory with minor supervision;
  • Must be capable of setting priorities and working under pressure.;
  • Must be able to multi-task and planning several events simultaneously;
  • Ability to work well with internal and external participants is essential;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is imperative.

Scope of Works

Key Deliverables

Due Date

  • Training & outreach materials

Training materials & training curriculum incorporating AFI’s core principles & guidelines, and assessment tools in Bahasa Indonesia.
2nd month of the contract

  • Stakeholder identification

List of priority supply chain actors to be included in the training plan, and engagement strategy

3rd month of the contract

  • Capacity building for supply chain actors, industry association, government officials, and other key stakeholders

Workshop reports (at least 5)

8th month of the contract

  • Knowledge and/or communication product including but not limited to project’s progress report, terms of references for workshops and procurement services, engagement strategy, and internal workplan.

Knowledge and communication products (working paper, blogpost and/or poster presentation)

As assigned

initial contract up to 31 December 2022 with possibility of extension 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),
15 March 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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