Consultant as Communications Specialist for Forest and Peat Monitoring

Communications & Engagement Jakarta, Indonesia

Program Overview

Land & Carbon Lab (LCL) is WRI’s premier hub for geospatial data, analysis, and monitoring of the world’s land and its natural ecosystems. Our data and monitoring solutions, which include the Global Forest Watch platform, exist to help accelerate implementation and financing of nature-based solutions worldwide. LCL has three main offers: (1) innovation in open geospatial data for land and carbon monitoring, (2) spatial intelligence to support NBS policy and target tracking, and (3) tailored tools that help businesses, governments, civil society organizations, and local communities make data-driven decisions. The program partners with leading scientists and technologies to curate best-in-class geospatial data on land use, land use change, and associated carbon stocks and flows. It also partners with decision-makers and local organizations that support a transformation of the complex geospatial data into actionable information.


Land and Carbon Lab’ objectives are to 1) Create, curate, and serve as concierge to the world’s most trusted source of geospatial data and analysis about global land cover and land use change and associated carbon emissions and removals; and 2) Design, deploy, and scale monitoring solutions for target end “users” (i.e., those whose decisions & behaviors we aim to influence to advance Produce, Protect, Restore strategies). At WRI Indonesia, the Land & Carbon Lab program falls under the Agriculture, Forest, and Land Use (AFOLU) cluster, Forest and Peat Monitoring sub-cluster.


Job Highlight

The Communications Specialist for Forest and Peat Monitoring will support AFOLU cluster at WRI Indonesia, focusing on projects under Forest and Peat Monitoring sub-cluster by implementing communications strategies, managing multiple communications channels (such as website, blog, publications, media relations, and events), and engage with relevant stakeholders. The Communications Specialist will play a crucial role in the implementation of aspects of strategic, disciplined communications and engagement campaign to achieve the goals and objectives of the Forest and Monitoring sub-cluster as well as the Land & Carbon Lab program. The Communications Specialist will utilize media, marketing, technical and persuasive writing, among others, to develop, execute and manage social and traditional communications strategies that advance the goals of WRI Indonesia. 


The ideal candidate will have exceptional communication skills, sharp analytical thinking, and be able to demonstrate their ability to effectively engage with various national, sub-national, and international stakeholders.


What You Will Do

  • Coordinate with the Senior Communications Coordinator for AFOLU, Communications Manager, Forest and Peat Monitoring Senior Manager, and work closely with Land & Carbon Lab Communications team in Washington D.C. and other parts of the globe.
  • Implement communications strategies pertaining to the forest and peat monitoring. The implementation of communication strategies comprises of but is not limited to communications materials development, events management, media engagement, conferences, video development, news opportunities, writing, and social media engagement.
  • Support the Senior Communications Coordinator and Program Managers in responding to program needs, identify strategic communications feedback to advance project’s impact;
  • Support in the development of narrative and messaging that WRI Indonesia delivers at the program and project levels
  • Support the Senior Communications Coordinator, Program Managers and other relevant staff in developing clear advocacy/ campaign strategies for each thematic sector at all levels and ensure that advocacy plans throughout the program are compatible, consistent and effectively delivered.
  • Develop and implement creative campaigns to increase awareness and improve stakeholders’ participation towards Land & Carbon Lab and WRI Indonesia’s Forest and Peat Monitoring initiatives.
  • Develop ideas, write, and edit a variety of internal and external materials, such as blog posts, media materials, newsletters, op-eds, website content, and more.
  • Support the maintenance of WRI Indonesia’s website
  • Provide communications support for events that fall under the Land & Carbon Lab and Forest and Peat Monitoring initiatives at WRI Indonesia.
  • Take photographs and videos of local events and work with professional photographer or videographer as needed.
  • Support media engagement opportunities including press releases, media briefings, and media enquiries.
  • Monitor news coverage.
  • Documentation for all communications activities under the Forest and Peat Monitoring sub-cluster.
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders including government officials, local NGOs, and the Global team.
  • Engage with third-party vendors and consultants.
  • Travel if needed.


What You Will Need

  • Ideal candidate will have bachelor's or master's degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or other relevant fields;
  • Professional experience of min. 3 years in communications;
  • International experience or prior work in a global organization preferred;
  • Experience in social media management and how to use it to impact audiences;
  • Experience in working with reporters or members of the media (and established media contacts) preferred;
  • Experience and proven ability to communicate effectively with Indonesian government officials preferred;
  • Interest and experience in forestry, energy, or other natural resources-related issues in Indonesia preferred;
  • Articulate, versatile, highly skilled writer with professional writing experience (professional clips or writing samples preferred);
  • Ability to work effectively within a tight deadline in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team;
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices, and partners;
  • Experience in working with a content management system (CMS) preferred;
  • Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work;
  • Visual skills, such as photography, graphic design, and Adobe Photoshop are desirable;
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products;
  • Business proficiency in both Bahasa Indonesia and English, with a strong emphasis on written and spoken communications (additional language skills are welcome);
  • Legally able to work in Indonesia.



Monthly consolidated report on delivery, achievement and lessons learned. Other deliverables include but not limited to:

  1. Project's communications strategies development and implementation report
  2. Project's activities implementation including the analysis report of each activity.
  3. Minutes of Meeting from the stakeholders’ engagements undertaken during the course of the project
  4. Communications materials development such as video (in coordination with third party), press release, blog, op-eds, website content, slide deck, as assigned
  5. Draft social media content, as assigned



This position is expected to start immediately with contract period span up to 31 December 2023.


Terms of Payment

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


Contract Arrangement

Individual consultancy contract (Part-time, limited term)


What we offer

  • Consultant rate that is commensurate with experience and skills
  • Travel insurance for both domestic and international for any travel duty as assigned by WRI Indonesia
  • Access to the WRI global network
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work



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.


How to apply: In order to be formally considered, please submit an updated resume and cover letter through WRI career portal.


Application close: 1700 (DKI Jakarta local time), 23 April 2023. 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.



About Us

Founded in 1982, 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 to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  


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.


Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.


Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect. 


Our culture:

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. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, gender diverse communities, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.


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.