Consultant as Data Visualization Designer

Data Analysis & Technical Research Jakarta, Indonesia

Program Overview

WRI Indonesia is seeking for a full-time Data Visualization Designer with excellent design, web skills, as well as communication skills to support the Indonesia Forest Outlook. The Indonesian forest outlook, which will be packaged in the form of a digital report, is a collection of WRI Indonesia's research related to forest issues. This digital report is expected to provide the latest information on forest conditions in Indonesia, such as the extent of forest cover, and forest loss. In addition, it is hoped that it can provide an interesting perspective on what drives forest cover changes such as forest fires and illegal logging. It also displays the latest news related to several policies related to forest resource protection, such as moratorium policies, social forestry, SVLK, and is not limited to the impact of forest cover loss on emission reduction targets, and recommendations on what policies can be taken. This research will be engaged in a deep dive effort to support Indonesia government efforts to conserve its tropical forest. Candidates will be responsible for producing new ideas, concepts and interactive designs for Indonesia Forest Outlook digital report. Through an attractive infographic display, interactive web, simpler language but still densely informed, it is hoped that designers will be able to provide interesting views on the latest forest conditions.


As one of the first environmental-economic think-tanks in the country, WRI Indonesia offers a singular opportunity to create impacts in promoting data-driven decision-making process in the public, private, as well as civil society sectors. This position will specifically entail working with relevant government agencies in Indonesia to improve Indonesia's NFMS in order to address the need for robust monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) system for Indonesia. Project activities include desk study on drivers of deforestation, field verification based on sampling data, support WRI Indonesia’s forest team in conducting research related to forest issues, including assistance in project implementation, as part of development of WRI Indonesia Forest portfolio.  Through these activities and beyond, WRI Indonesia aims to assist Indonesia to implement its commitment to unconditionally reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent against its business-as-usual scenario in 2030 and combat climate change.


Job Responsibilities

The Data Visualization Designer main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Program & Project Management (70% of time required)

  • Build out data visualization needs for longer term forest projects
  • Acquire, process, parse and occasionally combine diverse datasets while creatively looking for opportunities to tell stories in new and different ways by visualizing data
  • Understand data visualization techniques and libraries and their applicability in business problems
  • Suggest and build static and interactive data visualizations and novel ways of telling stories
  • Use key drivers to create concepts for new approaches to visual stories

Research & Knowledge (20% of time required)

  • Identify interesting datasets and stories, and report and write them
  • If needed, provide support for Ad-Hoc data visualization task upon the approval of Manager or Supervisor.

Administration (10% of time required)

  • Fulfill individual administration tasks (e.g. timesheet submission, Back to Office Report, and others) as
    required by WRI Indonesia.



  1. Interactive data visualization in a modern web environment
  2. Wireframe to deliver the data visualization concepts
  3. Static visualization such as infographic to highlight the key findings on our forest outlook report
  4. Main report and key findings


WRI Indonesia Activity Description









Develop an extended outline for their assigned topic








Provide wireframe to create stunning interactive web








Building an interactive forest outlook within web








Project Report, Git Version Control







Job Qualifications

This position is for someone eager to get involved in activities related to web design and visual storytelling in forest issues. In this role, you will be working with a forest team of remote sensing scientists, forester, engineers, communications; creating cutting-edge data visualizations for WRI Indonesia.


Required Qualifications:

  • Legally able to work in Indonesia;
  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree, in journalism, communication, computer science, graphic design, or other related field;
  • Proficiency in English and Bahasa Indonesia;
  • Minimum 2 years of hands on data journalists experience;
  • Minimum 1 years of experience designing and building data visualizations with an understanding of the appropriate chart types to use to highlight patterns in the data;
  • Minimum 1 years of experience using Tableau, Power BI, Flourish and/or data visualization tools;
  • A generalist with working knowledge of data visualization libraries and packages used today: Python (Seaborn, Bokeh,, R (ggplot2, r2d3) and JavaScript (D3.js, Vega, Plotly) etc.;
  • Fluency with a Git/Github version control workflow as you’ll work closely with developer.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong attention to detail and details;
  • Proficiency in web fundamentals: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Proficiency in JavaScript framework such as Vue or React to develop interactive web dashboard


Period of Work

The consultant is expected to provide the services for 3 months from 9 November 2020 – 31 March 2021. Detailed work plan will be discussed with WRI Indonesia team following signing of the consultancy contract.


Consultant Fee and Terms of Payment

The consultant will be compensated according to the completion of each deliverables (deliverables-based).



Must have authorization to work in Indonesia to be eligible for this position.


Final candidates might be required to take a writing test 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), 9 November 2020. 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.