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 treshold, 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.
To effectively eliminate deforestation from key commodities production and provide robust stewardship for the remaining forest and peatland, we work together with various level of government, private sector, and civil society to mainstream the ethical supply chain principles, and support forest-dependent communities to secure their land rights. We aim to achieve this through research, policy advocacy, and creation of a community of practice to mainstream sustainable land use management.
Smallholder Empowerment Program
WRI Indonesia believes that empowering oil palm smallholders is key to producing sustainable palm oil in Indonesia. Empowered smallholders have the ability to control and manage their oil palm business properly and sustainably. With this capability, smallholders' welfare and the environment's quality are expected to improve. Therefore, increasing the inclusiveness of smallholders in sustainability and empowerment programs is indispensable to a better and greener palm oil supply chain in the country.
Collaborating with Unilever, WRI Indonesia aims to improve the sustainable palm oil supply chain and the welfare of smallholders in Riau Province. This is done through a series of capacity-building and empowerment. In 2023, we aim to increase the knowledge and skills of at least 4,000 smallholders to implement oil palm Best Management Practices (BMP) in order to improve their productivity.
The Smallholder Hub Project Lead is responsible for leading the smallholder empowerment program in Riau Province. This includes leading the coordination with donor(s), monitoring the progress of the activities on the ground, and supervising District Coordinators, Group Facilitators, and WRI subgrantee(s) assigned in Siak, Kampar, Rokan Hulu, Rokan Hilir, Pelalawan, Indragiri Hulu, and Indragiri Hilir Districts.
This position will be based in Pekanbaru, Riau Province. He/She will report to Supply Chain and Livelihood Transformation Senior Manager and work collaboratively with Sumatera Regional Senior Manager and other AFOLU Program teams to support the implementation of WRI Indonesia AFOLU strategy.
What You Will Do
Project Management (50%)
- Provide leadership to the overall implementation of the Smallholder Hub program, including, but not limited to, program planning, budgeting, program monitoring, and reporting.
- Develop an annual implementation plan in coordination with relevant AFOLU team members.
- Monitor budget spending periodically to ensure efficient and timely use of the available funding in coordination with the Project Coordinator and Project Assistant.
- 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 relevant AFOLU team members and provide direction to program staff to ensure prudent and timely project delivery.
- Coordinate data collection with team members and lead the development of reports, including, but not limited to, donor reporting and monitoring and evaluation reports.
Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement (50%)
- Develop annual stakeholder engagement strategy as necessary in coordination with relevant AFOLU team members.
- Establish strategic engagement and communication with the donor in coordination with the national project team.
- Establish strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders in the provincial government, district governments, private sectors, and NGO partners.
- Lead the implementation of Smallholder Hub Program activities with team members and coordinate periodically with the regional team.
- Lead the development of outreach material, training modules, and implementation of general outreach and capacity building as necessary.
- Liaise with the WRI Indonesia communication team for any communication-related products and events.
What You Will Need
- Legally able to work in Indonesia
- Minimum master’s degree in rural development, agriculture, or otherwise a technical qualification in the smallholder development subject area.
- Proven practical experience working in the palm oil sector, preferably with smallholder producers, and familiarity with issues related to palm oil production.
- Minimum 7 years of progressive professional work experience related to palm oil sustainability standards, auditing, smallholder certification, agribusiness, rural community, sustainable commodities certification, plantation business permit, environment, and farmers GAP improvement-related activities.
- Previous experience working with local communities in Riau.
- A clear understanding of environmental and social sustainability issues affecting agricultural commodities.
- A good understanding of Geographic Information System (GIS).
- Experience in building a network of relationships and partnerships with village communities, government/authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders engaged in environmental issues.
- Ability to work independently and with confidence to take initiative and make decisions.
- Strong communication, listening, and interpersonal skills, especially with local farmers.
- Ability to track and monitor project progress, expenses, budgets, deadline, and project deliverables by using various monitoring tools.
- Ability to develop budget and financial report using funder or internal templates
- Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of smallholder development experience.
- Able and willing to travel and spend substantial amounts of time in the field as required.
- Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and a logical thinker with an ability to multi-task and work well under pressure
- Business proficiency in English and Bahasa Indonesia, both verbal and written.
- Good coordination ability and team working spirit.
- Proficient with the usage of Microsoft Office applications, such as MS. Words, MS. Excel, MS and Power Point.
- Good organizational skills, with strong experience in organizing and facilitating meetings and writing reports.
Full-time with fixed-term employment agreement for 1(one)year period with 3 (three) months of consultancy contract apply before the fixed-term employment agreement started.
What we offer
- 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 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 localtime),31 October 2023.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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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.