Consultant as Editor for Independent Peatland Monitoring Platform
World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent national research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. WRI Indonesia is affiliated with World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental research organization that works with various stakeholders to support policies and practices that are sustainable and profitable. WRI works with leaders in more than 50 countries for more than 30 years, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, Africa, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. Launched in early 2014, WRI Indonesia builds on WRI’s 20-year history in the country and the official establishment of WRI Indonesia office has strengthened our impacts on the ground in recent years. Our current work primarily focuses on forest and land-use, climate, energy, ocean, and city. It is important for the organization to identify and put in place the research building blocks for achieving the vision of WRI Indonesia supporting science- and data-driven decision making at national and sub-national level.
Since 2016, WRI Indonesia participates in an independent monitoring initiative called Pantau Gambut (www.pantaugambut.id) that provides knowledge and learning about peatland to enable a meaningful public participation in peatland restoration. Initiated by 19 Civil Societies Organizations (CSOs), the initiative stems from shared concerns about government performance and the fulfillment of government pledges or commitments related to the restoration of peatland ecosystems. The objective of the platform is to monitor the restoration commitments from both government and private sector in achieving the restoration targets. Pantau Gambut aims to be a go-to independent platform for peatland restoration information and a collaboration hub for research and activities to increase public participation to monitor peatland restoration. In this project, WRI Indonesia has been working with various local CSOs, universities, and communities across Sumatera, Kalimantan, and Papua to conduct research and campaign activities that contribute to increase public participation in peatland restoration monitoring. Through this project, WRI Indonesia seeks to ultimately improve better management of Indonesia’s peatland to reduce GHG emission from peatland degradation and fires while promoting equitable land use practices to enhance local livelihoods.
As our Editor, you will provide significant support in planning and developing writing pieces (e.g. op-ed, blog post) related to peatland restoration in close coordination with the team in Jakarta. You will be expected to excel in science communication especially on peatland restoration to help the team in developing laymen-friendly style publications. Also, you will be responsible in coordinating regular articles development by our local contributors in peatland provinces across Indonesia. This includes briefing or giving strategic direction to local contributors on writing topics, reviewing local contributors’ writing plan, adjusting local contributor’s writing plan with national team’s campaign plan, and editing local contributors’ article drafts in accordance with WRI Indonesia’s publication guideline.
In this independent peatland monitoring project, WRI Indonesia works with various local CSOs, universities, and communities across Sumatera, Kalimantan, and Papua to increase public participation in peatland restoration monitoring. Through this project, WRI Indonesia seeks to improve better management of Indonesia’s peatland to reduce GHG emission from peatland degradation and fires while promoting equitable land use practices to enhance local livelihoods. We work in daily basis to increase public awareness of the importance of peatland restoration and protection, as well as to promote sustainable management of peatland that will contribute significantly to Indonesia’s low carbon development, both environmentally and economically.
It is expected that this individual to manage routine processes to ensure the smooth functioning of the project with a high level of engagement and attention to detail. The candidate for this position should have excellent communication and management skills, a can-do attitude and strong interpersonal skills, as well as ability to work independently yet maintain a good communication among the team.
Research & Writing (70%)
- Develop publication plan for Pantau Gambut’s (pantaugambut.id) blog posts and op-eds in coordination with Pantau Gambut research team, media campaigner and local contributor.
- Develop Pantau Gambut’s writing products as planned in accordance with the internal publication guideline.
- Improve and maintain Pantau Gambut’s style of writing to adjust with laymen audience through providing writing guideline, training, or other ways as necessary.
- In close coordination with the research team, contribute in the development of Pantau Gambut’s regular analysis product for the website.
- Actively participate in campaign and research discussion with the team.
Stakeholders Engagement (30%)
- Brief or give strategic direction to local contributors on writing topics which should be align with Pantau Gambut’s campaign plan and most pressing peatland issues in the given province.
- Supervise local contributor’s articles plan and review their drafts in accordance with the internal publication guideline. This includes active coordination with WRI’s Science and Research team and communication team.
- Build and maintain regular communication with local contributors to identify existing issues and opportunities related to peatland restoration research and campaign.
- Actively coordinate with the team in Jakarta regarding local contributors’ writing progress.
- Support administrative matters related to local contributors and writing process, as required.
- Produce 3 in-depth articles (e.g investigation, op-ed, feature stories, etc) for the whole contract period. Publication plan will be determined further with Pantau Gambut Team.
- Editing articles submitted by the local contributor, minimum 2 articles per month.
- Produce minimum 3 regular publications for Pantau Gambut’s website for the whole contract period
- Bachelor’s Degree in communication, forestry, social science, international relation, or other relevant majors. Master’s degree is preferred.
- At least 3 years’ full-time work experience in communication field.
- Excellent knowledge and experience in collaborating with CSOs and local communities.
- Strong communication and writing skills.
- Organized and detail-oriented.
- Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), web-based communications (e.g., Skype, GoToMeeting, etc.).
- Comfortable working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural workplace.
- Adaptable and flexible to shifting opportunities, priorities and needs.
- Should be able to deal with high levels of ambiguity and work with team members to find practical solutions.
- Flexible individual who can work independently, with little direction and supervision.
Period of Work
This works are expected to be conducted from 1 August 2021 – 31 October 2021.
Terms of Payment
Daily rate consultant with maximum 45 (forty-five) working days for the whole contract period or 15 (fifteen) working days per month in average
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), 21 July 2021. 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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