Consultant as Senior Lead for Low Carbon Development Initiative (LCDI) Stakeholder Engagement
The Low Carbon Development Initiative (LCDI) is a major undertaking by Indonesia’s Ministry of Planning (BAPPENAS) aimed to mainstream principles of sustainable development in policy making. It relies on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA or KLHS), a methodological framework that pursues a change of paradigm away from an old unsustainable model of utilization of natural resources and of reliance on high carbon emission sources of energy; and into a new sustainable model that preserves the country’s vast natural capital base, while shifting towards renewable, low carbon sources of energy. The LCDI policies now has been incorporated in the National Medium Term Development Plan, so called RPJMN 2020-2024.
The analytical work of LCDI has offered insights not only on the actions for moving into a path of low carbon development, but also on the expected co-benefits derived from climate action. Results of the analysis show unequivocal gains in terms of value addition, employment, and welfare indicators, associated with a transition to low carbon systems and a growth model that preserves the country’s natural capital, including forests, biodiversity and water resources. Moreover, such gains can be expected to occur even in the short to medium term, in as much as actions identified under the LCDI are applied efficiently and with sufficient force and coherence, so that no trade-offs are generally expected from embracing low carbon policies.
New Climate Economy (NCE) and WRI Indonesia with funding support from the UKCCU has been supporting BAPPENAS since 2018 by providing expertise in analytics, engagement and communications on the economic-social-environmental nexus. The project collaborates with a variety of partners in Indonesia as well as internationally. The LCDI project is now entering the new phase with the objective to ensure the smooth implementation of LCDI in the first year of RPJMN.
Lessons and insights from LCDI must now be transmitted to and embraced by a large group of stakeholders at the international, national and sub-national levels; so that all actors are motivated to contribute to the LCDI agenda. This is with the understanding that a successful transition to a low carbon development paradigm requires bold action not only from the national and regional government, but also from private sector and individuals across the country.
To enhance visibility and acceptance of LCDI at high-level Government officials and partners, we are hiring Senior Stakeholder Engagement Lead for LCDI whom will provide technical support in engagement activities, including to gather support from high-level prominent person and champions at international and national level.
In this position, the consultant will lead the engagement and outreach of LCDI project to the high-level Government officials, including to share research and analytical works of LCDI project. The consultant will work closely and liaise directly with Director of Environment BAPPENAS, WRI’s Global and Indonesian teams to pro-actively contribute with engagement activities, including formulation of LCDI communication products for policymakers to support the advancement of the climate policy agenda in Indonesia. The consultant will help to grow and maintain WRI’s strategic partnerships to support a transition towards low-carbon, more resilient economic systems. The consultant will work in collaboration with other key team members from WRI Indonesia, other WRI global and international offices, NCE and LCDI Secretariat.
Senior Stakeholder Engagement Lead’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:
- Lead and actively engage Government officials at national and sub-national level, donors and other partners to inform low carbon policies generated from LCDI work
- Maintain good partnerships and relationships with BAPPENAS, line ministries, local government, donor institutions and other partners by providing regular updates about LCDI.
- Lead and participate in brainstorming activities, calls, videoconferences and meeting with BAPPENAS, line ministries, local government, partners, donors and other stakeholders in order to advance work by WRI Indonesia and NCE;
- Lead in developing strategies to engage high level champions including LCDI Commissioners to communicate the findings of the research in a way that inspires further actions with political decision makers
- Lead and facilitate WRI’s engagement with donor and partners to inform the results of LCDI research and insights.
- Participate and contribute to the modeling exercises and other sectoral analyses that will be used as a tool, methods and research products based on scientific research, to inform low carbon policies in the country;
- Develop and execute strategies to engage partners in mutually beneficial relationships, including potential funding opportunities and impact-focused programming.
- Contribute in identifying appropriate candidates for experts, providing review and inputs for the work of the experts and ensure that the results of research activities are align with the guidance from BAPPENAS, WRI and NCE.
- Contribute drafting terms of references, concept notes, presentations, periodic reports and other documents for the advancement of the research work as well as for reporting to BAPPENAS and donor on results of WRI Indonesia and NCE work on LCDI project;
- Contribute in the drafting of LCDI sectoral policy reports, policy notes and technical documents summarizing outcomes from research work on areas of economic policy as related to climate and environmental sustainability issues;
- Contribute in the process of identification, organization and use of social, economic, environment and climate related data and other relevant research information;
Communications and Stewardship (10%)
- Represent WRI and/or LCDI Secretariat in relevant local and international fora and events where donor and partners are actively engaged. This could include participation at the events where the LCDI will be showcased;
- Maintain regular personal and written communications with Director of Environment BAPPENAS, donors, and other stakeholders;
- Ensure close coordination between WRI Global Offices, IOs, and in-country partners to support execution of WRI’s strategy.
- Lead in delivering a high quality communication related products including op-eds, media engagements, blogs etc.
Contribute to institutional priorities, organizational capacity development, and global network collaboration (10%)
- Strengthen collaboration and realize synergies across all WRI programs in the country.
- Monthly consolidated report on delivery and achievement and lessons learned.
- Strategic document on how to engage partners in mutually beneficial relationships, including potential funding opportunities and impact-focused programming
- Other communication and engagement products such as op-eds, blogs, policy briefs, etc, on LCDI that will be determined further by BAPPENAS and WRI Indonesia
- A compilation of lessons learned of LCDI engagement process that should be submitted at the end of the contract.
- Master's degree in Environmental Sciences, Communication, or other relevant Social Sciences. Good technical understanding of environment, climate change and development policy issues at national and international level are essential
- Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience working on climate and development issues, within a bilateral or international development organization or in a role fundraising from government agencies and foundations. Having experience working with Government institution such as BAPPENAS is an advantage.
- English fluency required; additional language skills a plus
- 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
- Exceptional writing, proofreading, and presentation skills. Publication track record will be a plus
- Ability to travel across Indonesia and Internationally
- Commitment to WRI’s mission and values
- Diplomacy: Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills; a demonstrated ability to diplomatically and effectively guide peers and directors through strategy conception to concrete proposed deliverables focused on impact at global scale; effectiveness negotiating with persons in government, business, academia, NGOs, and the media
- Cross-cultural communication: Ability to represent our programs and projects in a wide variety of international settings
- Management: Comfortable working with a number of development and environment issues and partners; able to establish priorities and communicate these effectively within WRI and to partners and funders
Period of Work
November 2020 – July 2021 (9 months)
Terms of Payment
Daily-rate consultant with maximum 162 working days for the whole contract period or 18 working days per month in average.
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), 20 Oktober 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.
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