Consultant as Technical Writer for Integrated Sustainability Planning and Financing using System Approach

Data Analysis & Technical Research Jakarta, Indonesia


Program Overview

The project intends to integrate development planning, financing, and licensing in land-based sector and to assess the needs for capacity building for the integration at a sub-national (district) level in Indonesia. Actual practices for planning, financing and licensing remain isolated, siloed processes at different level government including those at district level. This disintegration is critical for impacts in addressing development and sustainability in emerging jurisdictional initiatives at local level such as green, conservation or sustainable districts. After declaring themselves as green, conservation, or sustainable jurisdictions, these initiatives need to define sustainability issues and address these issues in ways that are integrating development planning, development financing, and licensing.

 

WRI Indonesia will initiate and achieve intended integration through, among others, workshop with local stakeholders about development planning, finance (public, private, blended), licensing in land-based sector and about system thinking and sustainability in restoration and conservation; training, series of FGDs, and working together in model building and use; dialogue with local leadership and key agencies; and needs assessment for capacity building of local stakeholders. Two jurisdictions which respectively represents conservation and restoration circumstances, that is Sintang in West Kalimantan and Sorong Selatan in West Papua, serve as the target districts of the project.

 

The anticipated outcomes of the project are threefold. First, increased ability of district stakeholders in the public sector to understand linkages – such as impacts, trade-offs, synergies – from aligning planning for development, financing for development, and licensing in land-based sectors in achieving sustainability vision of their jurisdiction. Second, initiated use of integrated approach and tool to develop and assess district development planning programs and interventions, financing allocation, and licensing decision. Third, improved understanding about areas and needs for capacity building required by district stakeholders to be able to design and implement integrated development planning, financing and licensing.

 

Job Responsibilities

  • Producing knowledge products and communication materials to support research activities at select districts that use system dynamics approach that include, but not limited to:
    1. Aggregating and translating existing system dynamics model results into knowledge products and communication materials for local stakeholders
    2. Secondary data collection, identification of development interventions, building policy scenarios, and research communication materials based on models produced by the system modelling research team
  • Coordinating with and supporting the system dynamic modelling research lead and team
  • Coordinating with other research activities at selected districts, including but not limited to capacity building need assessment, to ensure integration of different knowledge products within the program
  • Assisting the research team on conducting workshops and/or focus group discussions that support program outcomes
  • Writing and finalizing research publications and knowledge products
  • Assisting WRI Indonesia’s national and international teams for related deliverables

 

Deliverables

  1. Monthly progress report (can be in the form of report drafts, meeting/workshop notes, data collections, presentations, etc, depending on the activities done during the previous months)
  2. Co-authored research manuscripts for scientific and/or WRI peer-reviewed publications (e.g. issue brief, working paper) with national and international teams
    1. Draft manuscript on system dynamics for green economy (model results are already available, only report writing is required)
    2. Draft manuscript on system dynamics at select districts in West Kalimantan and West Papua (models are already available, only results translation and report writing are required)
    3. One working paper or WRI technical note
  3. Workshop reports related to system dynamic model building for selected districts
  4. Communication materials for local stakeholders

 

Job Qualifications

  • Preferably Master’s or Ph.D. degree in social science and sustainability science with minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Familiarity and experience with land-based sector particularly forestry, peatland and plantation;
  • Able to think and write in English at the academic/professional level proficiency, proven by writing samples
  • Experience in publishing peer-reviewed papers into reputable journals
  • Able to cooperate and communicate, in English and Bahasa Indonesia, with specialists, experts, and scientists coming from the different disciplinary background
  • High attention to details and strong analytical skills
  • Extremely well organized and efficient
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as part of team;
  • Flexible and highly responsible
  • Strong inter-personal skills, good sense of humour, and able to work with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Ability to travel when needed

 

Period of Work

18 January 2021 – 24 September 2021 with possibility of extension according to the project needs, performance evaluation, and budget availability

 

Terms of Payment

Consultant will receive a compensation based on deliverables submitted throughout the project period with terms of payment as follow:

No.

Deliverables

Submission Timeline

(Tentative)

Payment

1.

Draft manuscript on system dynamics for green economy (Deliverable 2a)

March – Week 2

20%

2.

Workshop reports (Deliverable 3)

April – Week 4

15%

3.

Communication and visualization materials for local stakeholders (Deliverable 4)

May – Week 4

15%

4.

Draft manuscript on system dynamics for target districts (Deliverable 2b)

June – Week 4

25%

5.

Final draft of working paper / technical note (Deliverable 2c)

September – Week 3

25%

 

 

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.

 

Consultant rate: Consultant rate is commensurate with experience and skills.

 

Qualified applicants should apply online through WRI career portal in order to be formally considered. 

 

Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 29 December 2020. 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.

 

 

WRI Overview

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.

 

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.