Climate and Energy Senior Research Analyst

Data Analysis & Technical Research Jakarta, Indonesia

Program Overview   

The Energy and Sustainable Business (ESB) program works to advance decarbonization among businesses, accelerating a just transition towards net zero emission in Indonesia while balancing the need for economic development. Supporting Indonesia’s pledge on Net Zero Emission, we are seeking to advance private sectors contribution towards net zero, at any scale of business. With our partners in KADIN Net Zero Hub, PLN, and key ministires, we instill the decarbonization journey framework through trainings and technical assistance with companies, including facilitating the development and implementation of decarbonization strategy for companies. This long-term effort requires both policy and technical knowledge, combined with WRI’s convening power, to ultimately move the key stakeholders to take actions and achieve the intended emission reduction.    


As the co-founder of Science-based Targets initiative (SBTi) and Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP), we utilize these framework and tool that facilitate ambitious companies for near to long-term climate targeting driven by research, as to reach net zero emission (NZE) commitments toward limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 C, within and beyond the companies’ value chain. SBTi provides global net zero standard that is implemented by WRI, among its partners, as think tank that provides best available guidance and quality assurance for net zero journey by businesses. By adapting the tools to the national context, WRI Indonesia aims to increase Indonesia industries’s competitiveness through strengthened standards and climate mitigation/adapation measures which ultimately significantly contribute to Indonesia emissions reduction.   


Specifically in the energy sector, one of our flagship initiatives is the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA). CEIA is an innovative public-private partnership initiative that advances policy and financing frameworks to meet the clean energy needs of commercial and industrial energy consumers. We believe that as the largest energy consumer group, the commercial and industrial sector could use their buying power to drive energy transition through policy advocacy, business model and technology adoption. The CEIA focuses on key emerging markets across the globe including Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Colombia, and Mexico. CEIA Indonesia established a Working Group, consisting of energy large buyers from industrial and commercial sectors, and has been holding a series of dialogues to identify and refine areas for public-private collaboration and advance optimal solutions for corporate procurement of renewable energy.    


In the next 5 years, we are advancing our expertise in decarbonization within manufacturing industries (e.g. F&B, chemical, iron &steel, etc.). WRI Indonesia aims to build our institutional knowledge on clean heat solution and energy efficiency measures to strengthen our impact in industry decarbonization issue. By focusing on several industrial subsectors, we will gain in depth understanding about each sector’s challenges, opportunities and pathway to maximize emission reduction from the energy use.    


WRI Indonesia believe that sustainable development highlights the need for integrated approaches to finding solutions that are aligned with the challenge of achieving economic, social and environmental goals that are often interlinked. This can be daunting task, as the interlinkages are complex and context specific and depend, inter alia, on the  issues under consideration, the geographic and temporal scales, sector of the industry, and the existing technologies. Therefore, the ESB program works across disciplines with the cities team, climate team and the ocean to combine low carbon technology systems, quantitative models, and other policy-making decision tools to achieve and support key national initiatives in Indonesia such as the acceleration of the achievement of national renewable energy targets and net zero ambition.   


Job Highlight   

The Climate and Energy Senior Research Analyst will play a leading role in building and strengthening research excellence of WRI Indonesia’s Energy and Sustainable Business Program that will contribute to achieve projects’ goals as well as the overarching WRI’s climate and energy goals and impact targets. Research scope will vary, depending on the scopes of projects, across topics such as corporate renewable energy technology and procurement, industrial decarbonization, grid integration, low-carbon technology (incl. clean heat), emission reduction pathway, modelling etc. In-depth understanding about climate and energy issue is a must, and should be combined with excellent analytical and critical thinking in demonstrating thought-leadership in the areas. On daily basis, he/she is expected to work closely with the Senior Manager for Energy and Sustainable Business, Senior Engagement Lead, and the ESB research team to strategize research target and workplan, identify research gaps and opportunities, organize team coordination for research execution, and ensure research delivery to match WRI’s quality standard. He/she will also co-lead with the WRI Southeast Asia team to strengthen research collaboration with WRI Global and other WRI’s country offices. He/she should have a great interpersonal skill and leadership to work in a team and to represent WRI in any external coordination for research implementation or dissemination purposes. The Climate and Energy Senior Research Analyst needs to have strong commitment to implement WRI’s mission and values – intergrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.    


What You Will Do   

In close coordination with the WRI Indonesia’s Energy and Sustainable Business teams, the Climate and Energy Research Analyst is responsible to:   



  • Lead the development and the execution of research pipeline under WRI’s energy and sustainable business programs
  • Provide strategic advice to Senior Manager for Energy and Sustainable Business , Senior Engagement Lead, and the rest of the research team within ESB portfolio regarding research gaps, opportunities, potential collaborations and resources management
  • Lead or organize techno-economic studies to produce policy recommendation or technical guideline in the field of (but not limited to) corporate renewable energy procurement, RE/EE for industrial estates, corporate/industrial decarbonization, green energy products, carbon market/policy
  • Oversee research quality and alignment across topics in the WRI’s energy and sustainable business portfolio
  • Develop and/or coordinate technical analyses to provide technical assistance to utility/corporates and relevant ministries
  • Lead energy team internal coordination and resource management for research implementation
  • Lead coordination with WRI’s RDI and  team and internal/external experts to ensure quality of research products
  • Lead coordination and work with subject matter experts (e.g. consultants/experts, universities, governments, research institutions) to produce research products
  • Lead/contribute in WRI’s strategic discussions relevant to the advancement of WRI’s research excellence and portfolio expansion of WRI Energy and Sustainable Business Programs


Project Management   

  • Provide leadership to the overall implementation of projects' research plan and ensure its achievement according to donor and WRI Indonesia standard and timeline
  • Monitor research results, disseminations, and impacts by working collaboratively with WRI’s monitoring and evaluation, and communication team
  • Develop the necessary staff planning to support the research works in coordination with manager, budget holder, and operations team.
  • Contribute in proposal writing and reporting to donors


Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement   

  • Support the engagement and partnership strategy with national government, local government, and private sectors to advance the implementation of Energy and Sustainability Business initiatives.
  • Contribute to develop WRI Indonesia’s communication product such as blogpost and brief writings to advance the impact of Energy and Sustainability Business initiatives in coordination with Communications team.
  • Represent WRI Indonesia in relevant national and international events whenever necessary.


Capacity Building   

  • Collective efforts in producing outreach materials, training modules, and other documents in relate to the implementation of general outreach and capacity building for various types of stakeholders.
  • Support the ESB team to provide capacity building to utility, government stakeholders, and corporates
  • Contribute to the capacity building of junior team members through various knowledge sharing mechanism


What You Will Need   

  • Master Degree in Energy Economics, Energy Engineering, Natural Resources Management or related field of study
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in the issue of renewable energy and power sector
  • Ability to contribute to designing a robust approach to collecting, cleaning, and analyzing data and consider impacts on people, climate, and nature, as appropriate.
  • Ability to define research questions and select a research approach that matches the questions, with limited manager guidance.
  • Ability to lead literature reviews, collect, evaluate, and synthesize the evidence.
  • Experience in ensuring data collection, cleaning, and analysis process is transparently documented, reproducible, and accessible to team members and reviewers.
  • Ability to communicate research approach and findings effectively to technical audience, both internally and externally. Develop skills to effectively communicate technical information to non-expert audiences, with manager support.
  • Ability to integrate research with other activities such as engagement and communications to achieve outcomes
  • Proven in-depth understanding and experience working in the issue of renewable energy and power sector
  • Excellent interpersonal skill, to maintain positive coordination within the team and with external counterparts.
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented personality with great time management skill to work on multiple projects.
  • Fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and English
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team;
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products;
  • Able to travel to other Indonesia provinces and international overseas for business purposes
  • Legally able to work in Indonesia. Preferably based in Jakarta


Contract Arrangement    

Full-time with fixed-term employment agreement for up to 31 March 2025 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 time), 30 April 2024. 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.