Consultant as Remote Sensing Assistant

Data Analysis & Technical Research Jakarta, Indonesia

Program Overview

From distant rainforests to neighborhood street trees, forests provide tremendous benefits to urban areas such as clean air and water, climate resilience and biodiversity, human health and well-being. Forests also provide jobs, recreation and a suite of nature-based solutions for city infrastructure.


Cities4Forests helps cities from around the world connect with and invest in inner forests (such as city trees and urban parks), nearby forests (such as green corridors and watersheds) and faraway forests (such as tropical and boreal forests). We encourage our cities to better conserve, manage, and restore these forests. And we provide technical assistance to align local policy, shared knowledge, peer-to-peer learning and communication activities in order to help cities take climate action together.


Jakarta is one of urban area in Indonesia that are growing in size and density. This growth brings opportunities for economic development but can also strain its natural resources and ecosystem services they provide. Urban forest provides as green infrastructure with careful planning and management, provide benefits from cleaning the air to calming our minds. A key to planning and managing urban forest is first understanding the quantity, quality, and distribution of the resources across the landscape. Tree inventory and urban tree canopy analysis is one of tools that helps us understand the structure and function of urban forests. Currently, WRI Indonesia and Cities4Forests are involved in urban forests activities in Jakarta. Our objective is to integrate urban forest planning and management to help policy and decision making. Therefore, it is important to have a baseline to know the quantity, quality and distribution of Jakarta urban forest assets.


Job Responsibilities

The consultant’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

  • Support establishment of tree inventory, tree cover and land cover maps in DKI Jakarta Province
  • Support development of internal and external communications and media such as presentations, blogs, articles, brochures, infographics, etc
  • Support research and technical documentation, including data collection, analysis, studies, and report needed to support urban forestry planning and implementation.



Daily-rate based consultant with maximum 18 working days per month










Conduct literature studies on Deep Learning application on tree counting in urban areas. 

Summary of studies/reports/other references on deep learning application on tree counting in urban areas.








Assist evaluation of deep learning application and provide recommendations.

Evalution report and recommendation on deep learning







Assist development of tree cover and land cover maps baseline 2020 with Earth Engine methods

Jakarta’s mangrove baseline in shapefile format







Assist development of tree cover and land cover maps baseline 2020 with Earth Engine methods



Kepulauan Seribu’s tree cover and land cover maps baseline in shapefile format








Assist development of tree cover and land cover maps baseline 2020 with Earth Engine methods


Jakarta’s tree cover and land cover report







Assist development of tree cover and land cover maps baseline 2020 with Earth Engine methods


Manual document for tree cover and land cover map establishment







Support development of knowledge product

Minimum of 1 blog/article published







Job Qualifications

Required qualifications:

  • Legally able to work in Indonesia.
  • Minimum bachelor's degree in a related field, preferably with coursework in GIS, Remote Sensing, Geospatial, Geoinformation, Geoinformatics, or any other relevant fields.
  • Understanding of, and experience in tree counting methods.
  • Understanding of, and able to operate ArcGIS Pro and Google Earth Engine, and to optimize tools for tree counting so that it has higher accuracy in counting trees, especially in urban area.
  • Professional working experience in the field of remote sensing field as well as abler to demonstrate skills and knowledge to perform this assignment professionally.
  • Having minimum six months of working experience in machine learning technology.
  • Fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and English.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Certified GIS Analyst.
  • Familiarity with machine learning algorithms.
  • Has experiences in partnership with Indonesia government institutions.


Period of Work

The works is expected to be conducted from June to October 2021



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), 8 June 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.



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 ( 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.