Livelihood Specialist

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30+ 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, namely The Enhancing Community Forest Tenure & Sustainable Livelihoods in Indonesia and One Map Initiative.

The Enhancing Community Forest Tenure & Sustainable Livelihoods in Indonesia Initiative supports national and subnational government agencies to implement and monitor social forestry agenda in reducing GHG emission and improving climate resiliency through sustainable and inclusive forest management, while simultaneously supports indigenous and local communities to secure tenurial security and develop sustainable livelihoods and business models. The One Map Initiative supports national and subnational governments as well as private sector and local communities to enhance forest and land use governance through improved technical capacity and processes, policies, and geospatial databases.

Social Forestry
The overall objective of the One Map Initiative is to transform land use decision-making processes to be open, accountable, and participatory. WRI Indonesia will achieve this through catalyzing a unified and transparent land use planning and monitoring system that is accessible to all land use stakeholders. Through partnership with local governments, civil societies and the private sectors, WRI Indonesia will develop a model of engagement that could help address conflict on the local level and could be scaled-up into the National One Map Initiative. WRI Indonesia is also committed to provide support to the Indonesian Government's social forestry initiative that exists as an approach to overcome poverty problem in villages inside and around forest area while also ensuring that the forests will be managed sustainably. WRI Indonesia supports particularly in understanding the indicators or success criteria for social forestry schemes, assessing the challenges and enabling factors of social forestry initiative, and examining the effectiveness of social forestry indicative maps.

Through these initiatives, we aimed to build a movement among government agencies, companies, NGOs, communities, and society to enhance sustainable and equitable forest and land use management in Indonesia. The role of the Livelihood Specialist is to provide technical and operational aspects of livelihood and economic analysis, research, and consultation in the priority provinces and support the Program Leads and Managers at WRI Indonesia to manage program/projects within the scope of WRI Indonesia’s strategy

Highlig h ts
The Livelihood Specialist will be based in Banda Aceh with possible travel to priority districts in South Sumatera and Aceh and other priority provinces. Main responsibility is to undertake the economic and livelihood analysist in technical and operational aspects to strengthen the implementation of social forestry and customary forest schemes in province and district level. He/she will assist local government of South Sumatera and Aceh, and other priority provinces in governing land use towards sustainable landscape. He/she will also support on project management and stakeholder engagement under The Enhancing Community Forest Tenure & Sustainable Livelihoods in Indonesia (NICFI – IPLC), particularly on issues of social forestry and customary forest.

Reporting to the Sumatera Selatan and Aceh Senior Program Lead, and the Sumatera Regional Senior Manager of WRI Indonesia, he/she will contribute to the development of sustainable livelihood options for communities, livelihood development strategy, and business plans for communities. He/she will also support the institutional setting, stakeholder engagement, community facilitation, and project coordination required to accelerate its livelihood development strategy to strengthen the implementation of social forestry and customary forest schemes in priority districts and site level.

He/she will should coordinate with the regional team and other key personnel of the projects, and will liaise closely with the partners implementing similar programs as well as relevant agencies of the Government, local authorities, and civil society.

Job Responsibilities
The main areas of responsibility will include the following:
Research and Technical Works (70%)
  • Provide expertise on policy, social and economic analysis as well as livelihood assessment in technical and operational aspects to strengthen the implementation of social forestry and renewable energy portfolios in priority provinces and its districts.
  • Provide expertise on economic analysis and livelihood assessment in technical and operational aspects to strengthen the implementation of social forestry and customary forest schemes in province and district level as described above.
  • Conduct livelihood assessment to produce sustainable livelihood options for communities by considering socio-economic and cultural characteristics of the communities.
  • Design communities’ livelihood development strategy synergized with government strategic plan on community empowerment and natural resources management.
  • Develop business plans for communities to strengthen the implementation of social forestry and customary forest schemes in priority districts and site level.
  • Support the institutional setting, stakeholder engagement, community facilitation, and project coordination required to accelerate livelihood development strategy in South Sumatra and Aceh province and its priority districts.
  • Design and conduct capacity strengthening program for communities, civil society organization, and relevant governments’ agencies to support the implementation of livelihood development strategy.
  • Work with the other research team in authoring or co-authoring knowledge products and other communication documents (e.g., reports, briefs, data products, tools, blog).
  • In collaboration with IT/IMS of Regional South Sumatra team, maintenance and develop Social Forestry Database Management System of South Sumatra and Aceh.
  • Design and conduct capacity strengthening and technical assistance for social forestry groups in implementing sustainable forest management and livelihood development in the priority provinces and its distrcts.
  • Conduct studies on market value chain, social forestry groups (KPS), social forestry business-based groups (KUPS), and evaluation of social forestry in the priority provinces and its distrcts.
  • Contribute to development of funding proposals

Project Management and Communication (30%)
  • Develop workplan, budget, and term of reference (TOR) to implement economic and livelihood research, and other relevant project activities in South Sumatra province and its priority districts.
  • Develop and maintain communication and coordination with key stakeholders to ensure successful project implementation.
  • Assist the Senior Program Lead to organize and facilitate periodic reviews, monitor activities, and ensure that the project delivers its outputs and outcomes.
  • Support the Senior Program Lead and Program Managers to actively communicate and liaise closely with the partners implementing similar programs as well as relevant agencies of the Government, local authorities, and civil society.
  • Facilitate workshop, meetings and trainings for various stakeholders on WRI Indonesia’s research tools and knowledge products; and
  • Facilitate workshop, meeting, and discussion, as well as other events conducted by WRI Indonesia.
  • Other duties that may be assigned by line managers to support WRI Indonesia program.

Required Qualifications
  • Legally able to work in Indonesia.
  • Master’s degree in economy, agrobusiness, agronomy, environmental policy/law, natural resource study, sustainable development, development study or similar is required, forestry, natural resource Management, small and medium business management, or a related field required;
  • A minimum 5 (five) years of work experience in community facilitation/empowerment, small and medium business entrepreneurship, livelihood and market analysis.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive professional work experience related to land, environmental or natural resource management, sustainable development with relevant program implementation and project management experience.
  • A good understanding of geospatial and remote sensing will be an advantage.
  • Previous experiences in conducting comprehensive stakeholder mapping. Familiarity in WRI’s Social Landscape assessment framework is preferrable.
  • Previous experience designing and implementing field trainings and capacity-building workshops.
  • Experience in building network of relationships and partnerships with governments, civil society, and other stakeholders engaged in forest management
  • Significant field work or experience building capacity among civil society groups, law enforcement, and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge to perform the assignment professionally.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, working with people from a variety of backgrounds;
  • High attention to details, well organized, and strong analytical skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and as a team player; and
  • Ability to travel when needed.
  • Strong team player with ability to work across institutional departments/programs.
  • Strong communication and writing and research skills
  • Candidate must be self-motivated, detail-oriented and organized thinker with an ability to juggle multiple priorities, handle assignments independently, and work under tight deadlines.
  • Fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in communication with communities, civil society, and regional government officials;
  • Effective team work and communication;
  • Execution of planned activities 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 manage several project activities simultaneously;
  • Ability to work well with internal and external participants is essential;
  • Experience in managing and supervising field/remote team; and
  • Fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English.

Contract Arrangement
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 local t ime), 16 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.

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 in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect. 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.

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