Internship for Air Quality Research

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World Resources Institute

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Jakarta, Indonesia

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30+ days ago

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 USAID-funded program called “Clean Air Catalyst”, which will be implemented by a global consortium that WRI is leading with EDF and other partners. The consortium includes six additional partners: Clean Air Toolbox for Cities (Columbia University), Climate and Clean Air Coalition, Internews Network, MAP-AQ, OpenAQ, and Vital Strategies. The program will work in three pilot regions with WRI international offices and local partners to test and refine a three-part data to action methodology for improving air quality and delivering climate co-benefits. We plan to work with local partners in three pilot regions – one of which is Jakarta, Indonesia – to test and refine a three-part data to action methodology for improving air quality and delivering climate co-benefits.

What You Will Do
The Air Quality Research Intern will support the CAC Jakarta office through an active involvement on:
  • Supporting research or science-related activities
  • Emission inventories, source apportionment, personal exposure, air dispersion modelling, large-data set analysis and root cause analysis of air pollution.
  • Support large-AQ data set management both from CAC’s and partner’s monitoring station, and maintaining CAC’s AQ instruments.
  • Ensure high-quality data inputs by providing feedback and supervise the data collection process and analysis

  • Supporting knowledge product development
  • Co-creating research framework, concept note, proposal, and report
  • Support a coordination and communication with corresponding managers and/or lead to make sure research product are align with project objectives

Research Intern will report directly to the Project Manager for Air Quality and Cities and work closely with the Air Quality Lead and the local and global science teams for research plan, data collection, analysis and coordination.

What You Will Learn
Broader and deeper knowledge on air quality issues as well as science-related activities
Enhanced skill in writing and/or co-creating a knowledge product
Practical knowledge on conducting research with high quality methods
Enhanced critical and analytical thinking skill
Enhanced coordination, communications and engagement skills with relevant stakeholders
Enhanced skill on analysis, management, and interpretation of air quality large dataset

What You Will Need
  • Bachelor or Master Student or fresh graduate in Environmental science/ Environmental Engineering/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Geophysics & Meteorology/ Climate Science/ Atmospheric Sciences or a related quantitative field.
  • Basic background in atmospheric chemistry and physics, and/or air quality research including sampling, monitoring analysis, and reporting is a plus.
  • Having experience in handling and processing large data sets; and in using air dispersion modeling tools such as WRF, WRF-Chem, AERMOD, CALPUFF, CALROADS or others is a plus.
  • Experience with knowledge and use of air quality instruments either reference grade or low-cost sensor is desirable.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to Jakarta for project activities if needed; Proximity to Jakarta is desirable
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities;
  • English ability 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 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 (DKI Jakarta local time), 10 October 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 environment 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, 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, the LGBTQ+ community, 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 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.