GIS Research Analyst

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World Resources Institute

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Jakarta, Indonesia

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30+ days ago

Program Overview
WRI Indonesia is an independent research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. At WRI Indonesia, we aim to bring innovations in research and business approaches in order to create the enabling conditions for Indonesia to achieve robust economic growth while respecting environmental and social values. We seek to contribute to the accomplishment of ambitious sustainable development goals through working with leaders in public and private sectors, as well as collaborating with civil society organizations, in turning big ideas into action.

Within our Agriculture, Forest and Land Use (AFOLU) Program, we envision critical ecosystems such as forests and peatland across Indonesia to be governed fairly and sustainably. We believe sustainable land use management is key for Indonesia to meet its climate goal, in line with keeping the global climate target below the 1.5 degree Celcius warming treshold, while providing sustainable livelihoods to forest-dependent communities and conserve biodiversity in the landscape. We intend to achieve this through safeguarding the remaining forest and peatland from deforestation, degradation, and fragmentation; maintaining forests and peatland quality through sound stewardship; and restoring degraded ecosystem to improve its productivity, conservation value, and ecosystem services.

Indonesia Intact Rainforest Partnership (IIRP)
Indonesia is the eleventh largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, and over half of these come from land use change and deforestation. Currently, the majority of the international climate finance to mitigate emissions from deforestation is directed towards jurisdictions with high deforestation rates, rather than supporting those which have kept their forests intact and are committed to continuing to do so. With the emerging global emphasis on nature-based solutions, there is also a growing understanding of the crucial importance of intact forests and their rich biodiversity and cultures. It is infinitely more beneficial and cost effective to preserve existing forest systems than to restore them after the trees have been felled, their communities dispossessed, and the biodiversity and ecosystems services damaged irrevocably.

Indonesia Intact Rainforest Partnership aims to catalyze the implementation of a low-carbon development plan in four intact forest provinces, namely Papua, West Papua, North Kalimantan, and Aceh. It consists of policies, programs, and investments that advance local economic development, improve resident well-being, and avoid deforestation.

Forest Monitoring
To effectively safeguard the remaining forest and peatland, WRI Indonesia champions the use of technology solutions such as our cutting-edge Global Forest Watch platform to strengthen forest monitoring through publicly-accessible and actionable forest data and insights. Global Forest Watch (GFW) is the only free online platform providing near real time information and analysis about when, where and why forests are changing around the world. GFW uses machine learning algorithms and expert analysis to distill satellite imagery, crowdsourced information, and hundreds of open datasets into actionable insights and policy-relevant information about forests worldwide. GFW’s online platform is simple to use, allowing anyone with an internet connection or a mobile phone to access data, create dynamic maps, and produce custom analyses with just a few clicks. Designed for action, GFW enables researchers, government officials, companies, civil society organizations, and concerned citizens anywhere to make better-informed decisions about managing and conserving forests.

GIS Research Analyst will be based in Jakarta. He/she will working under directions of IIRP Project Lead and Forest Monitoring Project Lead while also working collaboratively with other key personnel of both projects and AFOLU team within WRI Indonesia team.

Job Responsibilities
The GIS Research Analyst is responsible in leading WRI Indonesia AFOLU research efforts to develop spatial insights to inform key national policy-making processes as well as to support the capacity development program of AFOLU unit on spatial analysis research. The key responsibility of the GIS Research Analyst for IIRP and GFW projects is to develop the spatial research plan and lead the implementation of spatial research on IIRP and GFW projects in coordination with Project Leads.

For Indonesia Intact Rainforest Partnership (IIRP) project, the GIS Research Analyst is mainly responsible to produce basic spatial statistics of IIRP provinces, the development of internal dashboard that contains spatial statistics of IIRP provinces. This includes matrixed information on IIRP land cover information, concessions, spatial planning zones, and other legal designation of the area that is relevant for IIRP goals. The GIS research analyst is also responsible to provide GIS data, analysis, and advices for development of NBS Coalition Mapping Tool, a tool that is developed by NBS Coalition to leverage climate financing opportunity for intact rainforest protection and other nature-based solution in South East Asia.

In supporting the GFW, the GIS Research Analyst is responsible to improve the accuracy and quality of forest-related datasets, and develop spatial insights to inform key national policy-making processes. This includes conducting in-depth spatial analysis and statistics on forest dynamics, deforestation trend analysis, as well as the performance of community forestry in halting deforestation. The GIS Research Analyst will also be responsible in developing land cover map focusing on key commodities in Aceh, Riau, and West Sumatera.

Research (50%)
  • Carry out research and analysis to further develop insights on forest monitoring and sustainable forest management, this includes but not limited to the improvement of the data, improvement of the delivery platform, as well as developing other use cases for the data.
  • Conduct land cover mapping, including key commodities in priority provinces
  • Carry out the development of relevant dashboard application(s) as one of main products in related projects mentioned in the overview of this job description.
  • Actively contribute to WRI Indonesia's research activities, in particular, for topics related to AFOLU and sustainable forest management.
  • Liaise with WRI Indonesia RDI team for any research and knowledge products output of the project.
  • Support the Project Lead/s in research and analysis related with proposal development for fundraising purposes as necessary.

Program Management Responsibilities (30%)
  • Support the Project Lead/s in project implementation related with IIRP and forest monitoring.
  • Support the Project Lead/s in developing detailed implementation plan of the project particularly on GIS research component.
  • Provide administration support for project implementation (e.g. procurement of services, travel documentation, etc.), including arrangement of big events, such as workshop, focus group discussion, and kick-off meeting with project partners;

Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement (20%)
  • Develop outreach materials, training modules and plan, as well as implementation of general outreach and capacity building for national government, local government in priority provinces and private sectors as necessary.
  • Support the execution of the engagement and partnership strategy, in particular, manage project's relationship with key government partner (e.g. LAPAN), local government in priority provinces, and/or CSOs to advance the implementation of forest monitoring initiative.
  • Support the Project Lead in representing WRI Indonesia in relevant international and national events related to forest monitoring.
  • Contribute to blogpost & briefs writing, and conduct media interviews to advance the cause of forest monitoring towards sustainable forest management as necessary and in coordination with Project Lead/s.
  • Liaise with WRI Indonesia communication team for any communication-related products and events.

Required Qualifications:
  • Legally able to work in Indonesia;
  • Hold bachelor’s degree in geodesy, geomatics, informatics, geography or any other related field.
  • Minimum 1-2 years of full-time work experience in in geospatial analysis using GIS software.
  • Experience in operating Google Earth Engine is highly desirable
  • Knowledge in spatial analysis for forestry would be a strong point
  • Strong analytical research skills are required
  • Strong writing skills for both technical and general audiences. Oral presentation skills a plus;
  • Ability to communicate clearly, as well as express ideas in structured manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong team player with the ability to work across institutional departments/programs;
  • Ability to manage professional relationships to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various background.
  • Highly organized and systematic with strong time management skills and ability to juggle competing priorities and deadlines required.
  • Professional fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite is imperative.
  • Ability to travel.
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 produce analysis and research products
  • Ability to develop web map application
  • 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

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.

Remuneration is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a competitive and comprehensive benefit package.

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

Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time),
12 July 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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WRI Indonesia is 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 work with leaders in more than 50 countries for more than 30 years, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.

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

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