Consultant as GIS Analyst

Data Analysis & Technical Research Jakarta, Indonesia

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.


To achieve Indonesia’s climate goal while at the same time improving the livelihood of the communities and protecting biodiversity, we work together with partners to mainstream nature-based solutions (NbS) as an approach to address global climate challenge. We aim to achieve this through research, policy advocacy, and creation of a community of practice to develop new financing model for forest conservation, advocate regulatory framework that are conducive for NbS approach, and development of multi-stakeholder platform to amplify and accelerate NbS approach in Indonesia and South East Asia region.


WRI Indonesia has joined with 7 other NGOs to form the Southeast Asia Climate and Nature-based Solution (SCeNe) Coalition in recognition of the scale of action required, the time-bound opportunity for impact and the risks to people and nature if we do not act collaboratively to speed up and scale up design and implementation of high-integrity and high-quality NbS. The extensive experience of these environmental NGOs in the development and execution of NbS offers a powerful, shared platform to inform and influence this rapidly growing sector.


The SCeNe Coalition is aimed to develop Web-based Tool and Website for Southeast Asia Climate and Nature-based Solution (SCeNe) Coalition. The tool will help to identify high impact future NbS opportunities, ensuring a targeted pipeline of NbS supply that focus on geographies with the highest conservation, social development and carbon potential. This tool will also help to validate triple benefit quality, giving the projects additional scientific credibility; to ensure finance is flowing transparently; and to increase ecosystem participation


Job Highlight

The GIS research analyst is also responsible to provide GIS data and spatial analysis for development of Web-based tool for SCeNe Coalition. The GIS data include baseline mapping and is related to the triple benefit (biodiversity, climate, and social) for NbS Project. This position will be based in Jakarta, reporting directly to NBS Financing Senior Program Lead while working closely with GIS Research Analyst and the rest of project team.


What You Will Do

Research (80%)

  • Conduct rigorous, methodical spatial analysis related to measurement of triple benefit (biodiversity, climate and social) for NbS projects; 
  • Conduct analysis, and data management on issues related with spatial analysis and remote sensing, and other relevant research topic as necessary;  
  • Provide advice in development of relevant dashboard application(s) as one of main products in related projects mentioned in the overview of this job description; 
  • Actively contribute to WRI Indonesia's research activities, in particular, for topics related to Nature-based Solution project development and financing;  
  • Liaise with WRI Indonesia RDI team for any research and knowledge products output of the project. 


Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement (20%) 

  • Support the execution of the engagement and partnership strategy, in particular, manage project's relationship with national government, local government in priority provinces, and CSOs within the regions;
  • Contribute to blogpost & briefs writing, and conduct media interviews for topics related to Nature-based Solution project development and financing as necessary and in coordination with Project Lead/s; 
  • Liaise with WRI Indonesia communication team for any communication-related products and events. 


What You Will Need

  • Legally able to work in Indonesia; 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in geography, geodesy, forestry, or any other related field; 
  • Studies, interest or experience working on environmental issues and specifically spatial plan issues; 
  • Proven extensive experience in geospatial analysis using GIS software; 
  • Familiarity with functions of GIS software; 
  • Experience in land use land cover classification using remote sensing platforms (e.g. ERDAS, ENVI, GEE); 
  • Experience in operating Google Earth Engine; 
  • Ability to communicate, coordinate, and well organized; 
  • Ability to manage professional relationships to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various backgrounds; 
  • Highly organized and systematic with strong time management skills and ability to juggle competing priorities and deadlines required; 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Masters’s degree in geography, geodesy, forestry, or any other related field; 
  • Experience in coursework of forestry, land use management, social issues, and sustainable development; 
  • Familiarity with spatial modelling under Python programming language;
  • Familiarity with working system and culture within local government. 



  1. Spatial Data products stored and managed using Google Earth Engine and other cloud platform;
  2. Research manuscript for scientific and/or WRI peer-reviewed publications (e.g., issue brief, working paper) on spatial analysis for topics related to Nature-based Solution project development and financing;  
  3. Documentation of technical and comparative analysis of data processing to measure triple benefit of NbS projects.


Period of Contract

This position is expected to join immediately for an initial contract period up to 31 December 2023 with possibility of extension subject to individual performance evaluation, project needs, and budget availability.


Terms of Payment

Daily-rate based Consultant with maximum 18 (eighteen) 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: 17.00 (DKI Jakarta local time), 28 May 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.



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.  


Our mission and values: 

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.  


Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.   


Our culture:  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, gender diverse communities, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification. 


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.