Internship for Air Quality Research

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Program Overview
WRI’s air quality program is a global initiative that seeks to identify, build awareness of, and eliminate the root causes of air pollution that damages climate, human, and ecosystem health. The program has three main areas of work: (i) engagement with city stakeholders to use participatory science to diagnose and develop targeted, cost-effective clean air solutions to protect human health and climate, (ii) working with the science community to convert innovative methods into tools and products that communities and policymakers can use to better manage their impact on the atmosphere, and (iii) working with national governments and business networks to design and implement broader regional-to-global air quality governance. It is a part of the WRI Ross Center on Sustainable Cities, with additional oversight from the Data Lab and engagement with Climate, Governance, Energy, and other programs at WRI. The team is global, with senior experts distributed across WRI’s network of international offices

WRI Indonesia air quality program is growing along with the new U.S. Department of State (USDOS)-funded program by Strengthening Stakeholders Network on Clean Air through the Community of Practice (CoP) initiative. CoP brings together air quality practitioners from Southeast Asia by strengthening relevant existing air quality forums in the region. The outcomes of this initiative consist of: (1) strengthened knowledge, technical capacity, and a network for air quality experts, practitioners, and stakeholders in the context of air quality awareness, monitoring, modeling, and management in the three focused countries within Southeast Asia; (2) cross-border sharing of experience on air quality management and (3) guidance on the use of already available and successfully implemented tools for enhanced action on clean air solutions by stakeholders. This initiative includes Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines as the main beneficiaries at the country level, while the secondary beneficiaries include other Southeast Asia countries, for example, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.

What You Will Do
The Intern will support the Southeast Asia Air Quality Community of Practice Program through active involvement on:
  • Supporting influence mapping and engagement to establish the Southeast Asia Air Quality Community of Practice:
  • Assist, Identify, and conduct the mapping of a current regulatory and technical framework for air quality in key countries.
  • Assist the literature review and desktop-based need assessment on the principal stakeholders in key countries that are responsible and in charge of air quality policies.
  • Develop a survey or questionnaire that is needed to assess the capacity gaps and needs prioritization for key countries.
  • Engagement with key stakeholders in Southeast Asia, which is not limited to ASEAN Secretariat, EANET, and UNEP Asia Pacific.

  • Supporting the implementation of Southeast Asia Air Quality Community of Practice:
  • Support the team to develop an Air Quality community of practice learning content for educating various stakeholders in Southeast Asia
  • Assist the implementation of experience-sharing forums series and policy master classes that involve practitioners from key countries.
  • Support coordination and communication with corresponding managers and/or lead to make sure product is aligned with project objectives

The Intern will report directly to the Project Manager for Air Quality and Cities, and work closely with the Air Quality team, and global team coordination.

What You Will Learn
  • Broader and deeper knowledge of Southeast Asia context on air quality regulatory and technical framework, as well as its key stakeholders.
  • Enhanced skill in writing and/or co-creating a knowledge product
  • Enhanced critical and analytical thinking skills
  • Enhanced coordination, communications, and engagement skills with relevant stakeholders

What You Will Need
  • Bachelor or Master Student or fresh graduate in Public Policy, Communication, Environmental Science/ Environmental Engineering/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Geophysics & Meteorology/ Climate Science/ Atmospheric Sciences or a related field.
  • Basic knowledge of regional policy and key stakeholders related to air quality and climate is a plus.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to Jakarta for project activities if needed; Proximity to Jakarta is desirable
  • A detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities;
  • English ability in both oral and written communication skills;
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and as a team player;
  • Professional fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English.
  • Legally able to work in Indonesia

6 (six) months

Internship Terms
Full-time, Paid internship

What we offer:
  • Internship standard wages
  • 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 the 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: To be formally considered, please submit an updated resume and cover letter through the
WRI career portal.

Application close: 1700 (
DKI Jakarta local time ), 18 December 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.

About Us:
Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environmental and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

Our mission and values:
WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, and Respect.

Our culture:
WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, gender diverse communities, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.

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 works 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.