Peatland Restoration and Monitoring Project Lead

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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 threshold, 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.

In achieving the overall goals of AFOLU portfolio, the sub-cluster peat and forest monitoring seek to encourage better governance and management of the Indonesia's forests, peat and degraded land to enhance socio-economic growth and opportunity, improve ecosystem services, and mitigate the drivers and effects of climate change. The sub-cluster consists of multiple initiatives focusing on forest monitoring, landscape restoration, and forest legality.

First, the forest monitoring initiative focuses on ways to improve capability and use cases of publicly accessible forest monitoring tool, like Global Forest Watch, aimed towards more actionable data and insights. Second, the landscape restoration focuses on supporting the government's restoration target through improving degraded lands restoration monitoring tools and mechanism. While, forest legality initiative focuses on combatting illegal logging through strengthening law enforcement related to forestry crime and supporting technology for timber legality. We work with national and local government, CSOs, private sectors, and local community to enhance transparency of forest management information to support better forest governance.

Job Summary
The Project Lead is responsible to oversee the implementation of peatland restoration and monitoring, as well as RESTORE+ projects within the AFOLU program, to achieve the desired goal of the project in prudent, efficient, and timely manner.

WRI Indonesia has been supporting the development of restoration planning document in South Sumatera and monitoring peatland restoration, working with Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), local government, and local CSOs. The Peatland restoration and monitoring project seek to improve and scale up various tools and mechanism to conduct restoration planning, implement and monitor restoration progress.

Furthermore, WRI Indonesia is part of RESTORE+ consortium that supports the development of a participatory monitoring platform, called, in order to acquire critical and timely land-use information on degraded land from citizen-sourced data collection campaigns. We work with national and subnational government, as well as the general public, who will help ensure public oversight over land use governance and influence policymaking on issues related to the Indonesia’s degraded land.

This position reports to the Senior Manager for Peat and Forest Monitoring, and work with the AFOLU Program team to support the implementation of WRI Indonesia AFOLU strategy. This position will also coordinate with Forest and Landscape Restoration Team at WRI Global office to assist in the development of WRI Indonesia's Forest portfolio.

Job Responsibilities
Main areas of responsibility of this position will include the following:

Program Management Responsibilities (50%)
  • Provide leadership to the overall implementation of the project that includes project's planning, budgeting, implementation monitoring, and reporting.
  • Develop detailed implementation plan of the project in coordination with Peat and Forest Monitoring Senior Manager.
  • Monitor budget spending of the project to ensure an efficient and timely use of the available funding, supported by the Financial Coordinator of the project.
  • Coordinate the necessary internal documentation for project implementation with WRI Indonesia Operation team, in accordance with WRI Indonesia policies and regulations (e.g. procurement of services, travel documentation, etc.).
  • Develop the necessary staff planning in coordination with Peat and Forest Monitoring Senior Manager, and provide direction to project's staff to ensure prudent and timely delivery of the project.
  • Coordinate the data collection and develop the project report together with the project's staff for monitoring and evaluation purposes, as well as donor reporting of the project.

Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement (20%)
  • Develop stakeholder engagement strategy as necessary in coordination with Peat and Forest Monitoring Senior Manager.
  • Lead the execution of the engagement and partnership strategy, in particular, manage project's relationship with national government, local government in priority provinces and private sectors to advance the peatland restoration and monitoring.
  • Provide leadership to the development of 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.
  • Represent WRI Indonesia in relevant international and national events related to peatland restoration and monitoring in coordination with Peat and Forest Monitoring Senior Manager.
  • Support the development and implementation of WRI Indonesia AFOLU outreach and stakeholder engagement strategy as necessary.
  • Contribute to blogpost & briefs writing, and conduct media interviews to advance the cause of peatland restoration and monitoring towards sustainable peatland management as necessary and in coordination with Peat and Forest Monitoring Senior Manager.
  • Liaise with WRI Indonesia communication team for any communication-related products and events.

Research (20%)
  • Coordinate any research and analysis to further develop insights and use cases of peatland restoration and monitoring towards sustainable peatland 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.
  • Provide advice for research and analysis on issues related with development of peatland restoration and monitoring, and other relevant research topic as necessary.
  • To supervise junior staff working on analysis on issues related with development of peatland restoration and monitoring, and other relevant analysis as requested
  • Actively contribute to WRI Indonesia's research activities, in particular, for topics related to peatland restoration and monitoring and sustainable peatland management.
  • Liaise with WRI Indonesia RDI team for any research and knowledge products output of the project.

Fundraising (10%)
  • Support the Peat and Forest Monitoring Senior Manager in developing strategy and proposal development for fundraising purposes as necessary.

Job Qualifications
Required qualifications:
  • Legally able to work in Indonesia.
  • Master’s Degree in forestry, environmental science, natural resources management, agriculture, public policy, or other relevant field required. Or Bachelor’s Degree in lieu of experience.
  • Studies, interest or experience working on environmental issues and specifically forest or land use issues. Having experience in the palm oil sector is a plus.
  • Minimum of 3-4 years of full-time work experience in sustainable peatland management or forestry.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in project management role.
  • Familiarity in spatial analysis is desirable.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, as well as express ideas in structured manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize project documentations, including project's plan, implementation progress, reporting, and other necessary documents & data.
  • 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.
  • Strong writing skills for both technical and general audiences. Oral presentation skills a plus;
  • Ability to travel.

Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience in spatial data analysis is preferred.
  • Good understanding of Indonesia's forest and land use issues and policies.
  • Familiarity with WRI Indonesia programs and platforms.
  • Experience in managing more than one project with prudent and timely delivery of project's goals.

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 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
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint and Salesforce a plus.

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),
11 February 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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