Consultant as Research Assistant for South Sumatera

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World Resources Institute

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Palembang, Indonesia

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14 days ago

Program Overview
WRI Indonesia seeks to support the government, private sector, and communities in Indonesia to reduce its GHG emission through better management of its forest and land use, business operation, and livelihoods. We utilize new technology, multi-stakeholder approach, and research to provide the most up-to-date, accurate, and reliable tools, methodology, and data so that key stakeholders can take part in sustainable development. To advance this cause, WRI Indonesia is championing an ambitious program to transform land use planning and management to be more inclusive and sustainable through several projects, one of which is Designing and Establishing a Successful Jurisdictional Public Private Partnership (PPP) to Improve Legal, Transparent, and Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative at Banyuasin District, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Through this project, we will support a district level governance for sustainable palm oil. The project will focus on two main activities such as the establishment of PPP and the framework development on sustainable palm oil supply chain. This will also promote the improvement of sustainability, legality, and transparency at any aspects of palm oil management. At the end, at least a district level policy such as the making of RAD KSB (Regional Action Plan for Sustainable Palm Oil) would be drafted by the PPP series forum, adopting the framework as the main component.

Job Highlights
The Research A ssistant will be responsible for providing technical and operational aspects, notably for research-based activities in implementing and managing WRI’s key initiatives/portfolios in the prioritized sites and districts. The main responsibility will include implementing project plan; conducting and facilitating discussions; data collection-analysis and writing both communication product and knowledge product.

The Research Assistant will focus on four (4) main activities related to research and training. For instance, conducting stakeholder mapping using SNA (Social Network Analysis); conducting Gap Analysis using AFi (The Accountability Framework initiative), Terpercaya Indicators, and FGI (Forest Governance Indicators); conducting series of training on Land Use Planner including preparing the materials; and developing framework of sustainable palm oil supply chain as well as the draft-making of RAD-KSB. The coverage areas would be in provincial level and Banyuasin District.

In terms of administration, the Research Assistant will be based in South Sumatra Office in Palembang, with frequent field travel within South Sumatra province and its prioritized districts, as well as other places as may be assigned. He/she will report to South Sumatra and Aceh Senior Program Lead/Sustainable Commodity Expert and coordinate to Supply Chain and Livelihood Transformation Senior Manager.

What You Will Do

The Research Assistant main areas of responsibility will include the following:
Technical Works and Research (70%)
  • Desk studies and field visits to collect relevant information and data on the PPP monitoring framework and the supply-chains of forest-risk commodities especially palm oil, originating from the district(s), including on challenges to comply with sustainability principles.
  • Conduct a series of focus groups discussions and interviews to support stakeholder mapping and gaps analyses.
  • Write a variety of knowledge and communication products and conduct events to promote district-level PPP and supply chain transparency on sustainable palm oil.
  • Utilize tools and approaches, such as the Land-Use Planner, GFW Pro, SWOT, AFi (The Accountability Framework initiative), Terpercaya Indicators, STDB, and FGI (Forest Governance Indicators) as appropriate.
  • Develop consensual objectives and roadmap, including common, measurable goals for the district in legal and sustainable supply chains of forest-risk commodities notably palm oil as well as an action plan specifying timeline and the task of each stakeholder.
  • Train local facilitators and other relevant stakeholders with the Land-use Planner tool, develop training materials as well as provide backstopping/technical support to users to promote inclusive land-use planning at the district or village level.
  • Support and assist Sustainable Commodity Expert as well as Forest and Land Use Governance Specialist in preparing training/ workshop report, a working paper and a brief detailing the development of the multi-stakeholder platform, a brief detailing best practices and lesson learned, a working paper and a brief on the development PPP monitoring framework, brief of from developed PPP, and relevant communication materials (e.g social media, blog, videos).
  • Support drafting of district-level regulations to support the PPP.

Project Management and Communication (30%)
  • Collaborate with program/project lead and regional team to actively communicate relevant programs and activities, and liaise closely with key government agencies, the partners implementing similar programs as well as civil society organization.
  • Planning and designing program/project by translating project logical framework into strategies and work plans in the Provincial and district level, including the risk management for the programs/projects’ successful outcome.
  • Support and assist Sustainable Commodity Expert as well as Forest and Land Use Governance Specialist in preparing monthly updates, quarterly report, and final report.
  • Support the development of ToR for research activities and/or procurement during project implementation.
  • Develop minutes of meeting, BTOR (Back to Office Report), and other relevant documents to support the implementation of program/project’s activities.
  • Support the project implementation to keep it in line with the expected timeline of the project.

What You Will Need
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, preferably with coursework in agribusiness, environmental science, social studies, forestry, and other relevant subjects.
  • Minimum three years of work experience in relevant field, preferably in South Sumatera.
  • Writing ability and strong quantitative and analytical research skills
  • Experience working on environmental issues and specifically forest or land use issues, value chain commodity especially on palm oil.
  • Professional and/or research experience in one or more of the following topic areas is preferred: sustainable supply chain management, land use profitability.
  • Experience in developing training materials and conducting in relevant topics.
  • Familiarity with land use issues faced by key stakeholders, such as land use planning, commodity-driven deforestation, smallholder issues, analytics related to environmental performance of a jurisdiction
  • Professional and/or research experience in one or more of the following topic areas is preferred: sustainable supply chain management, international climate policy.
  • Good communication skills in an organized, clear, and articulate manner for a wide range of audiences, including local governments, local private sector, smallholders, NGOs, and local communities.
  • Good oral and written in English.
  • Ability to travel when needed.
  • Familiarity with forest, land use, and commodities issues in Indonesia.
  • Experience working within and managing intricate communication among multi-stakeholder / inter-sectoral groups such as government, private, civil society, local community, and other stakeholder engagement in South Sumatera province.
  • Familiarity with RTRW, RPJMD, RAD–KSB, peat land management, ISPO/RSPO and other oil palm certification, social forestry, and other land use issues
  • Research activities and program management are expected to be carried out timely and satisfactory with minor supervision.
  • Must be capable of setting priorities and working under pressure.
  • Must be able to multi-task and planning several events simultaneously.
  • Ability to work well with internal and external participants is essential.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is imperative.
  • Effective teamwork and communication.

and Timeline



Project Activity Implementation
Monthly updates and quarterly month report

Last day of each month and quarterly month

Project Administration

Monthly time sheet and deliverable report.

Last day of each month

Stakeholder mapping for identifying prospective Public Private Partnership (PPP)

A district-level stakeholder map
September 2022

Reviewing and identifying gaps in existing approaches, interventions, and activities that have been developed to help advance legal and sustainable palm oil production and trade in the district
A brief detailing the result of gap analysis

September 2022

Establishment of PPP forum

A working paper and a brief on the development of PPP

October 2022

Training and workshop
Training material and report of training session

October-November 2022

Best practices and lesson learned of the PPP and monitoring framework of sustainable palm oil

A brief detailing best practices and lesson learned of the PPP and monitoring framework of sustainable palm oil
December-January 2022

Communication product

Three (3) communication products ( e.g blog, social media, videos,etc)

September 2022 | November 2022 | February 2022

Initial contract up to May 2023 with possibility of extension subject to performance evaluation, project needs, and budget availability.

Terms of Payment
Daily rate-based consultant with maximum 14 (fourteen) working days per month.

Contract Arrangement
Individual consultancy contract (Part-time, limited term)

What we offer
  • Consultant rate that is commensurate with experience and skills
  • 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 ), 30 September 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.

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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.