Consultant as Sustainable Supply Chain Analyst

Data Analysis & Technical Research Pekanbaru, 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.  


To effectively eliminate deforestation from key commodities production and provide robust stewardship for the remaining forest and peatland, we work together with various level of government, private sector, and civil society to mainstream the ethical supply chain principles, and support forest-dependent communities to secure their land rights. We aim to achieve this through research, policy advocacy, and creation of a community of practice to mainstream sustainable land use management.  


Smallholder Empowerment Program  

WRI Indonesia believes that empowering oil palm smallholders is key to producing sustainable palm oil in Indonesia. Empowered smallholders have the ability to control and manage their oil palm business properly and sustainably. With this capability, smallholders' welfare and the environment's quality are expected to improve. Therefore, increasing the inclusiveness of smallholders in sustainability and empowerment programs is indispensable to a better and greener palm oil supply chain in the country.  


Collaborating with Unilever, WRI Indonesia aims to improve the sustainable palm oil supply chain and the welfare of smallholders in Riau Province. This is done through a series of capacity-building and empowerment. In 2023, we aim to increase the knowledge and skills of at least 4,000 smallholders to implement oil palm Best Management Practices (BMP) in order to improve their productivity and knowledge on sustainable practices as well as increase traceability of palm oil supply chain in Riau Province.  


Job Highlight  

The Sustainable Supply Chain Analyst is responsible for conducting research and analysis on the sustainable palm oil, including, but not limited to, palm oil traceability and impacts on sustainability certification as well as engaging with palm oil mills and middlemen in improving traceability system in Riau Province.   


This position will be based in Pekanbaru, Riau Province. He/She will report to Smallholder Hub Project Lead as well as works with the other AFOLU Program teams to support the implementation of WRI Indonesia AFOLU strategy.  


What You Will Do  

Research (50%)  

  • Conduct research and analysis on the sustainable palm oil, including, but not limited to, palm oil traceability and impacts on sustainability certification.
  • Lead the assessment of deforestation risks at the farmer group level and develop reports on the results of the assessment.
  • Lead the assessment of fire risks at the district level and develop reports on the results of the assessment.
  • Work with the other research team in authoring or co-authoring knowledge products and other communication documents (e.g., reports, briefs, data products, tools, blog).
  • Develop and disseminate communications material, such as reports and presentations, and deliver presentations at public speaking events as needed.


Engagement (50%)  

  • Coordinate with WRI AFOLU team in providing training on Accountability Framework Initiative (AFI) and Training on Global Forest Watch Pro (GFW Pro) for palm oil mills.
  • Work in partnership with key stakeholders and facilitate meetings in the context of improvement of traceability of oil palm supply chain.
  • Lead the engagement with mills and their middlemen to implement traceability in their supply chains.


What You Will Need  

  • Legally able to work in Indonesia.
  • Minimum of master’s degree in environment, rural development, agriculture, or otherwise a technical qualification in the palm oil sector.
  • Proven practical experience working in the palm oil sector, preferably with smallholder producers, and familiarity with issues related to palm oil supply chain.
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressive professional work experience related to palm oil sustainability standards and certification, as well as palm oil supply chain.
  • Previous experience working with palm oil companies in Riau.
  • A clear understanding of environmental and social sustainability issues affecting the agricultural commodities.
  • A good understanding of Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Experience in building a network of relationships and partnerships with private sector, village communities, government/authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders engaged in environmental issues.
  • Ability to work independently and with confidence to take initiative and make decisions.
  • Strong communication, listening, and interpersonal skills, especially with local communities.
  • Strong leadership and project management skills.
  • Able and willing to travel and spend substantial amounts of time in the field as required.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and a logical thinker with an ability to multi-task and work well under pressure
  • Must good in English and Bahasa Indonesia, both verbal and written.
  • Good coordination ability and team working spirit.
  • Proficient with the usage of Microsoft Office applications, such as MS. Words, MS. Excel, MS and Power Point.
  • Good organizational skills, with strong experience in organizing and facilitating meetings and writing reports.



  1. Reports on the assessment of deforestation risks at the farmer group level
  2. Reports on the assessment of fire risks at the district level
  3. Reports on the results of coordination with palm oil mills and middlemen in identifying potential supply chain areas to be engaged for traceability implementation



This position is expected to start immediately with initial contract up to 31 March 2024 with possibility of extension subject to performance evaluation, project needs, and budget availability.   


Terms of Payment  

Daily rate-based consultant with maximum of 20 (twenty) 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), 31 January 2024. 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.