Consultant for Forest Financing Research

Data Analysis & Technical Research Jakarta, Indonesia


Program Overview

WRI Indonesia is an independent research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. At WRI Indonesia, we aim to bring innovations in research and business approaches in order to create the enabling conditions for Indonesia to achieve robust economic growth while respecting environmental and social values. We seek to contribute to the accomplishment of ambitious sustainable development goals through working with leaders in public and private sectors, as well as collaborating with civil society organizations, in turning big ideas into action.

 

Within our Agriculture, Forest and Land Use (AFOLU) Program, we envision critical ecosystems such as forests and peatland across Indonesia to be governed fairly and sustainably. We believe sustainable land use management is key for Indonesia to meet its climate goal, in line with keeping the global climate target below the 1.5 degree Celcius warming treshold, while providing sustainable livelihoods to forest-dependent communities and conserve biodiversity in the landscape. We intend to achieve this through safeguarding the remaining forest and peatland from deforestation, degradation, and fragmentation; maintaining forests and peatland quality through sound stewardship; and restoring degraded ecosystem to improve its productivity, conservation value, and ecosystem services.

 

Indonesia Intact Rainforest Partnership (IIRP)

Indonesia is the eleventh largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, and over half of these come from land use change and deforestation. Currently, the majority of the international climate finance to mitigate emissions from deforestation is directed towards jurisdictions with high deforestation rates, rather than supporting those which have kept their forests intact and are committed to continuing to do so. With the emerging global emphasis on nature-based solutions, there is also a growing understanding of the crucial importance of intact forests and their rich biodiversity and cultures. It is infinitely more beneficial and cost effective to preserve existing forest systems than to restore them after the trees have been felled, their communities dispossessed, and the biodiversity and ecosystems services damaged irrevocably.

 

Indonesia Intact Rainforest Partnership aims to catalyze the implementation of a low-carbon development plan in four intact forest provinces, namely Papua, West Papua, North Kalimantan, and Aceh.  It consists of policies, programs, and investments that advance local economic development, improve resident well-being, and avoid deforestation.

 

Forest Financing Researcher will be based in Jakarta and working under directions of Project Lead while also working collaboratively with other key personnel of AFOLU and LCDI team within WRI Indonesia.

 

Job Responsibilities

The Forest Financing Researcher is responsible to lead research and engagement activities for Indonesia Intact Rainforest Partnership (IIRP) Project. Th researcher will mainly contribute on developing research plan and economic analysis for knowledge product including policy brief, technical report, working paper and/or journal article. The researcher will also work in collaboration with Project lead  and IIRP’s  partner organization to conduct engagement activities (e.g., workshop, seminars, conferences) for  stakeholders across IIRP’s targeted provinces (Papua, West Papua, North Kalimantan, and Aceh)

 

Research (70%)

  • Develop policy brief for mainstreaming safeguarding on NBS Carbon Credit to inform decision makers
  • Develop technical analysis that contribute to advancing sustainable financial mechanism options and implementation in North Kalimantan, Papua and West Papua
  • Develop Regulatory impact assessment on carbon tax regulation against land-based industry
  • Develop a prospectus/investment plan for pilot projects and proposals in West Papua and Papua that can utilise international financing mechanisms
  • Actively contribute to WRI Indonesia's research activities, in particular, for topics related to AFOLU and sustainable forest management.
  • Liaise with WRI Indonesia RDI team for any research and knowledge products output of the project

 

Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement (30%)

  • Engage provincial governments to ensure low carbon development planning is integrated into provincial plans
  • Conduct series of workshop to introduce Low Carbon Development Initiative to IIRP targeted provincial government
  • Conduct outreach activities to communicate and mainstraim the endowment fund study in West Papua to key stakeholders
  • Support the execution of the engagement and partnership strategy, in particular, manage project's relationship with national government, local government in priority provinces, and CSOs to advance the implementation of IIRP project
  • Contribute to blogpost & briefs writing, and conduct media interviews to advance the cause of forest financing towards sustainable forest management as necessary and in coordination with Project Lead/s.
  • Liaise with WRI Indonesia communication team for any communication-related products and events
  • 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.

 

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Legally able to work in Indonesia
  • A master’s degree (PhD preferred) in Economics or in Environmental Science/Engineering with economics/business specialization
  • Minimum five years of work experience in relevant field and preferably with project management experience
  • Knowledge of empirical method used in economics and environmental science, including on integrated financial modeling, statistical analysis, econometrics, and other financial assessment tools
  • Analytical capacity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional writing, proofreading, and presentation skills. Publication track record will be a plus
  • 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
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment, with a diverse staff, across multiple time zones
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and be flexible on changing priorities
  • Ability to travel across Indonesia

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working on policy analysis and recommendations with Government institution
  • Ability to work with a number of development and environment issues with various stakeholders, including Government institutions, donors, NGOs, and academia
  • Professional fluency and well-structured in writing, both in Bahasa Indonesia and English
  • International experience or prior work in global organization is preferred

 

Deliverables

  1. Engage provincial governments to ensure low carbon development planning is integrated into provincial plans
  2. Conduct series of workshop to introduce Low Carbon Development Initiative to IIRP targeted provincial government
  3. Conduct outreach activities to communicate and mainstraim the endowment fund study in West Papua to key stakeholders
  4. Develop technical analysis that contribute to advancing sustainable financial mechanism options and implementation in North Kalimantan, Papua and West Papua
  5. Develop Regulatory impact assessment on carbon tax regulation against land-based industry
  6. Develop a prospectus/investment plan for pilot projects and proposals in West Papua and Papua that can utilize international financing mechanisms

 

Period of Contract

Initial contract up to December 2022 with possibility of extension subject to individual performance evaluation, project needs, and budget availability.

 

Terms of Payment

Daily-rate based Consultant with maximum 18 (eighteen) working days per month.

 

 

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), 26 April 2022. 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.

 

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