Consultant for Landscape Monitoring Program

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 threshold, 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 safeguard the remaining forest and peatland, WRI Indonesia champions the use of technology solutions such as our cutting-edge Global Forest Watch platform to strengthen forest monitoring through publicly-accessible and actionable forest data and insights. We also focuses on supporting the combat against illegal logging and other forest-related crimes through research and policy advocacy that aims to improve accountability of land use and forest-related data, and strengthen the use of existing legal framework to enforce laws on forest protection.


Landscape Monitoring Initiative

The Landscape Monitoring Initiative aims to advance forest conservation and deforestation reduction through an inclusive and collaborative approach in North Kalimantan, Riau and Aceh Province, Indonesia. This will enable multiple benefits of climate mitigation, forest conservation, and sustainability of commodity supply chains, with potential for scale across jurisdictions.


The Landscape Monitoring Initiative develops of a forest monitoring system and multi-stakeholder collaboration structure, involving local government agencies, supply chain actors, and civil society groups. This coordinated approach is developed to improve efficiency and maximize potential for impact and scalability, as compared to individual monitoring initiatives.


The Landscape Monitoring Initiative utilizes the Radar Alerts for Detecting Deforestation (RADD) system, a radar-based monitoring technology developed by Wageningen University and Satelligence, and facilitated by World Resources Institute (WRI). Using radar waves, the innovative system can penetrate cloud cover and gather forest change information without being affected by clouds or sunlight. The RADD database is publicly available on the Global Forest Watch platform and will augment optical-based satellite tools which can be delayed when clouds obstruct the view of forests.


Job Highlight

The Landscape Monitoring Program Consultant is responsible to lead the day to day implementation of Landscape monitoring project in priority districts in North Kalimantan and Riau, within the AFOLU program. The position is expected to lead the implementation of the project to achieve the desired goal of each projects in prudent, efficient, and timely manner. The initiative aimed to improve the capability & use cases of publicly accessible forest monitoring tool aimed towards more actionable data and insights. This position reports to the Project Lead for Forest and Landscape Monitoring, and work with the AFOLU Program team to support the implementation of WRI Indonesia AFOLU strategy. This position will also coordinate with WRI Global office Global Forest Watch Commodities Team to assist in the development of WRI Indonesia's Forest portfolio.


What You Will Do

Project Management (35 % of time required)

  • Lead and carry out the day-to-day implementation of Landscape Monitoring project in pilot districts (e.g. procurement of services, travel documentation, etc.), including arrangement of events, such as workshop, focus group discussion, and kick-off meeting with project partners.
  • Support on the data collection and develop the project report together with the supervisor for monitoring and evaluation purposes, as well as donor reporting of the project.
  • Coordinate with Project Operations Specialist and Project Assistant to ensure projects’ implementation are delivered in accordance with WRI Indonesia policies and regulations.


Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement (35% of time required)

  • Build and maintain strong relationship with key stakeholders, by working closely with Engagement Consultant and Forest and Landscape Monitoring Project Lead, to advance the adoption and implementation of landscape monitoring project in priority districts in Riau and North Kalimantan.
  • Carry out coordination and engagement with project partners and consultants to ensure project deliverables fulfillment.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of WRI Indonesia AFOLU outreach and stakeholder engagement strategy as necessary.


Research (30% of time required)

  • Conduct spatial analysis and satellite image data processing for implementation of Landscape Monitoring projects and relevant forest monitoring research.
  • Actively contribute to WRI Indonesia's research activities, in particular, for topics related to landscape monitoring, forestry, and forest legality.
  • Support the Forest and Landscape Monitoring Project Lead in producing research and communication products, in the form of modules, blogposts, journals, technical note or working paper with topics related to Indonesia to landscape monitoring, forestry, and forest legality.
  • Support in developing presentation and briefs with topics related with to landscape monitoring, forestry, and forest legality.


What You Will Need

This position is for someone eager to get involved in activities related to forest monitoring and spatial data analysis for land use research. This position requires ability to collaborate with government institutions, non-government institutions (NGOs), and private sector related to forest monitoring.


Required Qualifications:

  • Legally able to work in Indonesia.
  • Bachelor’s degree, in forestry, geography, environmental management/science, or other related field; Master’s degree is a plus.
  • 3+ years of full-time work experience on forestry or environmental issues, with work experience on mapping, and spatial data.
  • Working experience in spatial analysis using GIS software, with familiarity working with Remote Sensing data is a plus.
  • Experience in conducting engagement with local government, local CSOs, and/or private sector for the forest monitoring topic
  • Willing to travel to pilot districts where the project is located.
  • Experience in writing reports, both in Bahasa Indonesia and English.
  • Experienced to organize a training and act as trainer of spatial data analysis is preferred.
  • Good understanding of Indonesia's forest and land use issues and policies. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly, as well as express ideas in structured manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to manage professional relationships to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various background.
  • Highly organized and systematic with strong time management skills and ability to juggle competing priorities and deadlines required.
  • Business proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia and English.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite is imperative.
  • Highly responsible and self-motivated.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of, and experience in Landsat/Sentinel data processing for land use/cover monitoring.
  • Familiarity with WRI’s platforms, such as Global Forest Watch.


Performance Standard

  • Responsibilities are expected to be carried out in timely and satisfactory fashion with minor supervision.
  • Must be capable of setting priorities.
  • Ability to work well with internal and external participants.
  • Good communication skills for correspondence purposes, reports, and knowledge products, both in Indonesian and English.
  • Ability to work well in group/team as well as working individually.
  • Ability & willingness to do business travel to meet project goals.



Scope of Works

Key Deliverables

Due Date

  1. Develop implementation strategy and carry out activity to ensure project implementation, including oversee implementation partners as needed. 

Monthly activity progress reports that include activity description done by the Consultant (progress, updates, challenges, proposed strategies, etc)

Last day of each month

  1. Develop engagement strategy and stakeholder database (that includes local governments, private sectors, local CSOs, and local community, timeline of engagement, progress update of engagement).


Stakeholder mapping analysis, and maintain database of stakeholder;

As assigned

  1. Successfully initiate and maintain an effective communication and manage key stakeholder including but not limited to government officials, private sector, industry association, local CSOs and other key stakeholders relevant to WRI Indonesia landscape monitoring works.

Monthly progress reports (can be incorporated in monthly activity report)

Last day of each month

  1. Conduct spatial analysis for deforestation priority area to be distributed to the local stakeholders

Report on deforestation priority area and feedback compiled from stakeholders. 

As assigned

  1. Work with the project team in producing high quality research and written materials including but not limited to project’s progress report, terms of references for workshops and procurement services, engagement strategy, and internal workplan.

Engagement part for project reports, communication products or knowledge products.

As assigned



1 April 2023 – 31 December 2023


Terms of Payment

Daily rate consultant with maximum 18 working days per month. The Consultant will submit monthly timesheet and reports on the description of activities carried out on monthly basis.


The expenses for travel, transportation, communication, and other costs associated with the work will be covered by WRI Indonesia separately from the daily compensation.


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), 22 March 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:

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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, the LGBTQ+ community, 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.