GIS Consultant

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World Resources Institute

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Jakarta, Indonesia

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18 days ago

Program Overview
The New Food and Land Use Economy (FOLU) initiative by WRI aims to support the Indonesia’s Low Carbon Development, by the elaboration of sustainable food system. In FOLU Phase 1, the research in West Papua showed a dietary transition from traditional food consumption to more “Java-based” food. Nurhasan, et al (2022) compares consumption data from SUSENAS for 2008 and 2017. They found that in over a decade, local communities in West Papua increase their consumption of rice and wheat-base staples, avian meats (dominated by broiler chicken), dairy foods and beverages, vitamin A-rich vegetables, vitamin A-rich fruits, processed legumes, processed ingredients, caloric snack crackers, and sugar sweeten beverages. In contrast, traditional staple foods consumption has decreased over the same period of time. Additionally, consumption of processed food also increases, indicating the increasing consumption of Ultra Processed Food (UPF) and ready to eat (RTE) type of food in local communities in West Papua.

However, West Papua still suffers from severe malnutrition, especially for children under 5 years old. Compared to other Indonesian provinces, the prevalence rate of stunted children under 5 years old in West Papua is 26.2% (SSGI, 2021); it was higher than the national level of 24.4%. This means, on average 1 of 4 children in West Papua (roughly 25 thousand children) is stunted. Alarmingly, in several regencies, such as Tambrauw, Sorong Selatan and Maybrat, the prevalence rate is even higher, between 39% and 44% (Kemenkes, 2019). High stunting prevalence rates are caused by several health-related conditions, such as breastfeeding duration, low birth weight, low mother’s BMI, and diarrhoeal episodes. Most of those conditions are identified as related to the community’s dietary consumption behavior (Tahangnacca, 2020).

Therefore, looking at the West Papua case, there seems to be a nexus between health conditions and people's dietary patterns. It is important to find the best policy approach to tackle the malnutrition problem that will heavily impact the growth of a child. The first approach is to know why there has been a change in the local communities’ dietary patterns in West Papua. There could be several factors causing these: the land use change, government policy, and market penetration.

Job Highlights
GIS Consultant will support the first stage of this study where the objective will be focusing on the mapping of selected locally available food crops to support local governments in planning their public policy, especially to acknowledge the significance of local food variety. The mapping will specifically analyze which land and conditions are suitable for selecting locally available food crops in West Papua. This study will also include a list of various food crops originally grown in West Papua and to indicate the nutrients contained in the food crops. The mapping and listing of food crops will be the main reference for future works.

This position will report directly to FOLU Manager while working collaboratively with GIS Analyst and the rest of the project team. The office based for this position is Jakarta, Indonesia. Flexible working arrangement remain applicable (Teleworking) by referring to WRI Indonesia policy and procedure with possibility of conducting a duty travel when required.

Job Responsibilities
  • Source, process, and analyze remotely sensed data, particularly aerial photos and satellite imagery, to support land suitability analysis;
  • Develop innovative, intuitive remote sensing/GIS tools and automate task where possible;
  • Provide decision support for geospatial data curation, validation and visualization;
  • Engage key stakeholders including governments and academic institution to gather data to enrich the developing report;
  • Collaborative teamwork with multi-disciplinary research & development and technical staff;
  • Prepare reports or presentations of relevant remote sensing/geospatial project information.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in geography, geodesy, forestry, or any other related field. Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Minimum 3 years of full-time work experience in in geospatial analysis using GIS software;
  • Experience with remote sensing image interpretation;
  • Experience in analyzing land suitability and produce land suitability mapping especially in food crops;
  • Having experience in producing a presentation, report, maps related to land suitability of food crops;
  • Experience with open-source geospatial data;
  • Experience in presenting the research analysis to government and other relevant stakeholder in efficient and systematic manner;
  • Experience in managing tasks autonomously;
  • Strong attention to details;
  • Ability to perform an effective communication and maintain coordination through various channel to keep the initiatives on track.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Relevant working experience on sustainable agriculture, forest, and land use issue in Indonesia;
  • Experience using Google Earth Engine.

The works are expected to be conducted up to December 2022

Deliverables, Timeline, and
Terms of Payment
Consultant will receive a compensation based on deliverables submitted throughout the project period (deliverable-based) with deliverables, timeline, and terms of payment detail as follow:


Payment (gross)

  • Data Collection: Climate data from BMKG, Balai Tanah, etc
  • Input to spatial data system with details as follows:
  • Biophysics variables in Papua Barat/National
  • Climate variables in Papua Barat/National
  • Food distribution/ food commodities variables in Papua Barat

End of October 2022


Land Suitability Analysis

End of November 2022


Land Suitability Report

End of December 2022


Contract Arrangement
Individual consultancy contract (Part-time, limited term)

What we offer:
  • Consultant rate that is commensurate with experience and skills
  • Travel insurance for both domestic and international for any travel duty as assigned by WRI Indonesia
  • Access to the WRI global network
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work

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.

How to apply:
In order to be formally considered, please submit an updated resume and cover letter through WRI career portal.

Application close: 1700 (Jakarta
local time ), 23 August 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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