Economic Researcher for Low Carbon Development Initiative

Data Analysis & Technical Research Jakarta, Indonesia


Program Overview

WRI Indonesia is a 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 works 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 the United States, Brazil, China, Europe, India, and Indonesia. 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 Low Carbon Development Initiative (LCDI) is a major undertaking by Indonesia’s Ministry of Planning (BAPPENAS) aimed at mainstream principles of sustainable development in policymaking. It relies on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA or KLHS), a methodological framework that pursues a change of paradigm away from an old unsustainable model of the utilization of natural resources and of reliance on high carbon emission sources into a new sustainable and low carbon development pathway. The LCDI policies now have been incorporated in the National Medium Term Development Plan, so-called RPJMN 2020-2024.

 

The analytical work of LCDI has offered insights not only on the actions for moving into a path of low carbon development but also on the expected co-benefits derived from climate action. Results of the analysis show unequivocal gains in terms of value addition, employment, investment, and welfare indicators, associated with a transition to low carbon systems and a growth model that preserves the country’s natural capital, including forests, biodiversity, and water resources. Such gains can be expected to occur even in the short to medium term as actions identified under the LCDI is applied, so that no trade-offs are generally expected between economy and environment from embracing low carbon policies.

 

New Climate Economy (NCE) and WRI Indonesia with funding support from the Government of United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (UK-FCDO) have been supporting BAPPENAS since 2018 by providing expertise in analytics, engagement, and communications on the economic-social-environmental nexus. The project collaborates with a variety of partners in Indonesia as well as internationally. The LCDI project is now entering the new phase with the objective to ensure the smooth implementation of LCDI as well as continuously providing qualified research and analytical works based on the latest development situation.

 

Therefore, we are hiring Economist Researcher who will provide advisory and technical know-how on scientific research and analytical works to support the project in producing high-quality knowledge products and documents, and closely engage BAPPENAS and other related line ministries and partners.

 

Job Summary

In this position, the Economic Researcher will contribute with research and engagement inputs for delivering inputs to LCDI during the Interim Phase (September 2021 – March 2022) and an expected Phase-2 starting that would start on April 2022. The researcher will contribute analytical inputs and economic analysis to LCDI research products, including drafting of key documents to support the advancement of the climate policy agenda in Indonesia. The researcher will help to grow and maintain WRI’s strategic partnerships to support a transition towards low-carbon, more resilient economic systems. The researcher will work in collaboration with BAPPENAS and other key team members from WRI Indonesia, other WRI global and international offices, NCE, and LCDI Secretariat.

 

Job Responsibilities

Research, Knowledge, and Communications (70%)

  • Conduct research and contribute or lead the drafting of documents that are required to advance the LCDI agenda. This includes drafting economical perspectives on low carbon sectoral policy reports, policy notes, and technical documents such as sustainable energy, land-use and sustainable natural capital, waste management, and circular economy consistent with a pathway to low carbon development
  • Get acquainted, participate, and contribute to empirical modeling exercises and other economic analyses that support climate and environmental policies in Indonesia. In particular, the researcher will be part of a team that contributes developing tools, methods, and research products based on integrated modeling principles, using system dynamics tools, spatial analyses, and other approaches, to inform low carbon policies in the country
  • Work in a team to contribute to knowledge products and other communication documents (e.g., reports, briefs, data products, tools, blog) to raise the profile of WRI Global and WRI Indonesia’s works on low carbon development
  • Provide expert advice and assistance for ensuring research quality of team members, partners, and consultants
  • Identify and advance new lines of research and analysis relevant to the program’s influence strategy and objectives
  • Develop and disseminate communications materials, such as reports and presentations, as well as communicating works to stakeholders including delivering presentations at public speaking events as needed.

Project Management (20%)

  • Manage project deliverables, in many cases together with key personnel in WRI Indonesia, WRI Global, and its partners
  • Work in partnership with stakeholders (government agencies, private sector, and NGOs) to develop collaborative approaches for strategy development and project implementation both in national and sub-national levels.

Fundraising (10%)

  • Contribute to proposals development
  • Develop research project proposals and concept note
  • Provide expert advice and assistance with strategies for approaching donors for priority projects.

 

Job Qualifications

  • Legally able to work in Indonesia
  • A master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Economics or in Environmental Science/Engineering with economics/business specialization
  • Minimum seven years of work experience in relevant field and preferably with project management experience
  • Knowledge of empirical methods used in economics and environmental science, including integrated modeling (e.g., System Dynamics), statistical analysis, econometrics, spatial analysis, CGE, Input-Output is a plus
  • Outstanding and proven skills of writing in English
  • Analytical capacity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Highly organized and systematic with time management skills and ability to juggle competing priorities and deadlines required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as ability to manage professional relationships to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various backgrounds
  • Ability to travel when needed.

 

Key Performance Indicator

  1. Research, knowledge, and communications:
  • Publish at least 1 policy paper and 2 commentaries (30%)
  • Research quality control (30%)
  • Produce at least 2 policy briefs/ policy notes relevant to LCDI sectoral policies (20%)
  • Contribute economic analysis/perspective on LCDI (10%)
  • Represent WRI Indonesia in public events and media (10%)
  1. Project management
  • Supervise work (30%)
  • Project deliverables/leadership quality (70%)
  1. Fundraising

Participate in at least two funding proposals (100%)

 

 

Must have the 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 benefits package.

 

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

 

Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 30 November 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. 

 

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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.

 

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