Policy Specialist

Program Management Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia

Program Overview

The Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) is a global public-private delivery mechanism that aims to tackle the most difficult challenges facing the global commons – plastic pollution of rivers, deltas and the ocean. By engaging with governments, regional bodies, international organizations, and business, as well as innovators and civil society organizations, the GPAP seeks to avert the growth in global plastic pollution by 2025.


The World Economic Forum has catalyzed the GPAP through its “Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy” (PACE) and in collaboration with the Friends of Ocean Action, whose secretariat is jointly managed by the Forum and the World Resources Institute.


In collaboration with World Economic Forum, and other members of the GPAP, WRI is seeking to recruit a Program Associate to support the work of the Global Plastics Action Partnership. The role will be based in Jakarta and will sit within WRI’s Sustainable Ocean Initiative and work alongside the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy and Friends of Ocean Action teams.


Job Summary

The Program Associate will be part of a global team and will support the GPAP Director and the Partnership in the implementation of the GPAP strategic plan, with a particular focus on leading the policy related analysis and stakeholder engagement. This will include the advancing policy related research, outreach and planning activities, and regular engagement with the GPAP key partners.  S/he will engage in the growing number of plastics initiatives to help find strategic synergies within and across geographies and sectors, and to galvanize widespread collaboration and provide support to the broad community of government, corporate and non-governmental organizations as GPAP evolves. The role will be based in Indonesia where the program launched its first national partnership. The initial focus will be on Indonesia policy then building more broadly to assist with the development of a global policy toolkit with emphasis on the greater ASEAN region.


This is a multi-faceted role requiring collaboration with external partners and colleagues across WRI and the World Economic Forum to support programmatic work. This role has a unique vantage point at a leading think tank and is an excellent opportunity for someone with a passion for the environment and development, superb people skills, excellent analytical, writing and communication skills and strong attention to detail to contribute meaningfully to advancing the mission of GPAP, the World Economic Forum, WRI Global, and WRI Indonesia.


Job Responsibilities

Engagement and Project Management (70%)

  • Assist in implementation of the GPAP strategy and related activities;
  • Assist activities of the Indonesia National Plastic Action Partner as needed;
  • Support the development of action roadmaps (particularly those focused on policy);
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with the GPAP partners, with a focus on engaging policy related stakeholders, NGOs, and academic institutions;
  • Work in close collaboration with other allies in order to maximize the impact of the GPAP’s efforts;
  • Contribute to the implementation of project activities that encompass a range of sectors and topics;
  • Identify gaps and opportunities to create synergies within existing plastics initiatives or research;
  • Work with other team members to support meetings, calls, and webinars.

Research (30%)

  • Track current plastics related initiatives, sharing knowledge and policy developments to facilitate collaboration and integration;
  • Track important media coverage of plastic-related activities (GPAP partners and others);
  • Advance policy analysis with GPAP to draw in partners, efforts, best-practices and identify gaps in shaping best-practice policy solutions to tackling plastic pollution.


Key Performance Indicator (KPI)

  • Co-author at least 4 blog posts/op-eds in FY19/20;
  • Co-author the policy action roadmap for the Indonesia National Plastic Action Partnership;
  • Co-author at least 2 knowledge products (e.g. working paper or policy brief) in FY 19/20
  • Organize at least 4 public discussions that help showcase marine plastic issues and how to tackle them in FY19/20;
  • Develop a database of plastics-related initiatives by all relevant stakeholders in Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries by the end of 2019
  • Addition to the number of GPAP partners in Indonesia/Southeast Asia, with 25% increase from existing number by the end of 2020


Job Qualifications

The successful candidate should be able to evidence the following specific experience:

Required Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree required in relevant fields associated with sustainability and/or environmentally related issues.
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience required.
  • Experience working within major international businesses institutions, leading university, and/or government settings is an asset.
  • Significant experience in dealing with senior and complex stakeholder interactions and engagement;
  • Demonstrable strong analytical and strategic skills;
  • A strong commitment to producing measurable results;
  • Proven ability to meet multiple deadlines while maintaining a high level of organization;
  • Demonstrable ability to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them; 
  • Ability to work in a fast-moving and changing environment, and in particularly collaborate within a team based across multiple organizations;
  • Politically astute, able to understand the needs and motivations of different individuals (particularly at the highest level of Government, business, and international institutions), and able to conceptualize scenarios to satisfy multiple agendas and stakeholders;
  • Strong oral presentation, facilitation and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project;
  • Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and international institutions;
  • Seasoned judgment, able to justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners; and
  • A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals


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.


Remuneration: Remuneration is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a competitive and comprehensive benefit package.


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


Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 23 July 2019. We will close the advert earlier when best candidates are identified at earlier dates. 


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.




Last Date Modified: 6-Nov-18

Modified By: TM. Utama