Packard Endowment Fund Project Lead

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World Resources Institute

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Jakarta, Indonesia

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30+ days ago

Program Overview
The project intends to respond to recent developments on Endowment Fund/EF or Dana Abadi in Indonesia. Especially, the developments in light of the newly enacted legal frameworks on EF, that is, the law on intergovernmental fiscal relations ( Undang-Undang Hubungan Keuangan Pemerintah Pusat dan Daerah, UU HKPD 1/2022) and the Government Regulation on special autonomy in Papua (PP 107/2021). These legal frameworks offer concrete and functioning proposals for an endowment fund. The two existing legal arrangements remain broad and consequently are still in need of further elaboration on what the endowment fund model and its management mechanism would look like at a more operational level in sub-national with special autonomy, like the Province of West Papua, Indonesia.

Papua stands as the world’s most floristically diverse island that is home to a variety of endemic fauna (e.g. bird species; birds of paradise) and carbon-rich mangroves possessing some of the highest carbon values in Indonesia. As sub-national jurisdictions with special autonomy status, provinces in Papua are granted with authority to manage their own development agendas, including their ambition for sustainability as declared in the Manokwari Declaration in 2018. Nonetheless, the arrangement of special autonomy is under an asymmetrical decentralization with the relationship between national and sub-national level government often pulling to different directions (such as special autonomy fund comes with earmarking regulations that limit Papua’s ability to manage its allocations flexibly according to its development needs). Preserving such unique and rich biodiversity and ecosystem features may require more flexible but reliable sources of funding beyond state budget funds.

The concept of an endowment fund (EF) has gained a notable spotlight over the last decades. The capital in an EF is invested and only the interest rates are used for financing any chosen activities. As a financing instrument, EF has been advocated as a solution to help meet recurrent and long-term funding needs for various purposes, with its most distinguishing feature being the ability to operate like a funding pool that can tap onto diverse – and beyond public – financial resources. A further feature of an endowment fund, unlike the conventional public financial channels, is that it is not limited by any fiscal year constraints, showcasing some degree of flexibility.

In Indonesia, EF begins to gain traction in form of legal arrangements, as reflected in recently enacted laws and regulations. The sub-national government can develop its endowment funds as stated under Article 164 in the intergovernmental fiscal relations law, the UU HKPD No 1 in 2022. For Papua, the 2021 Government Regulation 107 on special autonomy also encourages the two provinces in Papua to develop their EFs by sourcing their funding from natural resources and shared revenues from the central government. The drive to establish an endowment fund in Papua is there, yet there is a critical gap that needs to be addressed, which underlies the objectives of this project.

Job Highlig h ts
The Project Lead will manage the Endowment Fund for Sustainability’s project implementation and ensure all outputs are delivered at the highest of quality by the end of the project timeline. The Project Lead will report to the WRI Indonesia Lead Economist and Deputy Program Director for Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use (AFOLU), and coordinate with the WRI Indonesia project and regional teams and WRI Global Office. The position will require close communication with leaders and dignitaries of local government and development partners in our policy engagement in West Papua, Indonesia, where the Project Lead is expected to show leadership capability to make decisions asides from managing the team as supervised under the WRI Indonesia Lead Economist.

What You Will Do
Project Management and Administrative Works (60%)
  • Work closely with the Lead Economist to lead Endowment Fund for Sustainability research portfolio and program planning, involve in budgeting and monitoring, including risk management for the program’s successful outcome.
  • Actively leading a team in coordination with managers, researchers, and regional teams
  • Manage partnership building and technical assistance with government agencies, academic institutions, the private sector, NGOs, and the wider public to develop strategies associated with the project
  • Supervise teams of researchers and consultants to achieve various project deliverables
  • Document progress of activities and contribute to ongoing institutional M&E and reports
  • Support Lead Economist to develop and present project documents, decks, reports, and proposals.

Research (30%)
  • Work with other research and communication teams in authoring or co-authoring knowledge products (e.g. peer-reviewed reports and publications) and other engagement documents (e.g. method briefs, data products, background information, and/or concept notes)
  • Identify and advance new lines of strategic research and timely analysis relevant to the program’s influence, strategy, and objectives
  • Develop and disseminate knowledge products, such as blogs, opinions and platforms, and deliver presentations at public speaking events as needed
  • Facilitate meetings and deliver training for various stakeholders and clients on WRI Indonesia’s research tools and knowledge products.

Engagement and Outreach (10%)
  • Engage with national and local stakeholders related to select districts and thematic areas of the project
  • Strategically identifies potential new partners and advocates the project’s progress and outcomes for expansion purposes

What You Will Need
  • Legally able to work in Indonesia
  • Master’s degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Economics, Environmental Science, International Relations, or any related fields with 2-3 progressive experience in project management within the public policy realm
  • Leader and strategist to ensure high-quality project deliverance, evident with having worked with/engaged closely with the sub-national or national government in drafting legislations/influencing policy decisions
  • Fluency in communicating in English and Bahasa to serve as the project’s representative and talk to a wide range of audience
  • Exceptional understanding of the value of money in managing projects, with the capacity to produce and maintain a highly functioning team
  • Prior substantial engagement in research and/or advocacy with relevant stakeholders in West Papua, Indonesia.
  • Exceptional research and writing skills for co-authoring peer-reviewed publications (scientific journals, policy briefs), and leading the writing of donor reports, donor proposals, and overall program’s communication materials for public dissemination purposes.
  • Understanding the context of West Papua, Indonesia; policies for Climate, Forest, and Biodiversity, Sustainable Development; and national and sub-national development planning, financing, and licensing systems in Indonesia.

Performance Standard
  • Carry out program management tasks proactively and timely with minor supervision.
  • Lead decision-making process by providing project information, status, and content to decision-makers.
  • Develop and demonstrate substantial knowledge associated with the achievement of intended outcomes of the program.
  • Build partnerships with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries and continually manage project expectations with team members and other stakeholders.
  • Promote a culture of teamwork that balances individual initiatives with team accomplishments.

Contract Arrangement
Full-time with fixed-term employment agreement for 1 (one) year period

What we offer
  • A salary that is commensurate with experience and skills
  • Competitive and comprehensive benefit package
  • Access to the WRI global network
  • Opportunity to join and/or get involved in different working groups
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work
  • A chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission-driven organization

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

Application close: 1700 (
DKI Jakarta local t ime), 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.

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