Consultant as Wood ID Technologies and Law Enforcement Expert

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.


Based on Indonesian law system, the act of law violation done by perpetrators should be proven guilty at court. The use of science-based evidence, such as wood ID technologies result, cannot become a stand-alone evidence at court to proof an illegal logging crime. The evidence should contain high accuracy result to proof accusation and should be accompanied with expert judgement to come as a valid proof of crime. In contrast with court evidence, in field surveillance for timber traceability due diligence, a quick result of legal or illegal status of timber is preferred for pre-screening of illegal timber detection. Understanding various applications of wood ID technologies in different circumstances of timber traceability and illegal timber trade is required to strengthen law enforcement and prevent illegal timber trading.


Under the new NORAD Project on “Avoiding illegal deforestation through application of wood identification (ID) technologies in strengthening law enforcement in Indonesia”, Forest Legality Initiatives (FLI) team at WRI Indonesia will need to hire a Wood ID Technologies and Law Enforcement Expert to support project implementation in the first year. He/she will be based in Jakarta, with possibility to travel to relevant areas for data collection and conducting workshops. He/she will help develop strategies on how to integrate wood ID technologies to improve timber traceability system in Indonesia and strengthen law enforcement on illegal logging crimes. This expert will also identify: 1) which law enforcement agencies or relevant stakeholders to engage with to make the strategies work, 2) the challenges of strategies implementation, and 3) how to mitigate the challenges identified in point2. In doing so, the expert should work closely with FLI team at WRI Indonesia and IPB team, who are two entities implementing the project in Indonesia.

He/she reports to Peat and Forest Monitoring Senior Manager and work closely with Forest Legal Analyst at WRI Indonesia.


Job Responsibilities

The main areas of responsibility will include the following:


Developing strategies and a study to incorporate wood ID technologies into Indonesia legal framework to enforce law upon illegal logging crime and into Indonesian SVLK (Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu):

  • Identification of potential law enforcement agencies who will use wood ID technologies for law enforcement and timber traceability purpose;
  • Introducing different uses or applications of wood ID technologies for different law enforcement agencies (i.e. police, Dirjen Penegakkan Hukum, Judges, PPNS or Penyidik Pegawai Negeri Sipil, judges, custom offices and others) and SVLK related stakeholders (i.e. CSOs, JPIK or Jaringan Pemantau Independent Kehutanan, wood scientists, Certification Bodies, Dirjen PHPL or Pengelolaan Hutan Produksi Terpadu, Ministry of Environment and Forestry at national and sub-national level, and others) and identifying suitable applications of wood ID technologies for those institution;
  • Finding the best ways to integrate the technologies into Indonesia legal system to enforce law against illegal logging crime, this will include identification of the challenges for implementation and strategies to mitigate the challenges;
  • Working together with IPB University team and wood scientists consortium to develop the strategies;
  • Identify the best organizations, institutions, and agencies to work with to implement the strategies;
  • Finding the best way to deploy wood ID technologies experts to work with law enforcement agencies to avoid illegal timber trading, especially trans-national trading;
  • Identify enabling condition for implementation of the strategies;
  • Making a final comprehensive report to present all the findings and strategies mentioned above, and to work with FLI team in producing research products;
  • Engagement with relevant stakeholders and carrying out data collection for the strategies development, which may include conducting workshops, field work, and travels to remote areas.
  • Working closely with WRI Indonesia’s FLI team, especially Forest Legal Analyst, at WRI Indonesia to discuss how the work plan and the strategies will be developed;



  • Legally able to work in Indonesia.
  • Master degree in forestry, law, public policy, natural resources management, environmental studies, or a related field is required.
  • Good understanding about Forestry, Criminal and Criminal Procedural law in Indonesia. Good understanding on wood ID technologies is prioritized but not required.
  • A minimum seven years working experience in relevant field, with strong research and engagement capacity in the area of environmental/forest law enforcement.
  • Good communication with government officials, law enforcement agencies, universities, and Civil Society Organizations.
  • Good connection with law enforcement agencies (Dirjen Penegakkan Hukum, Dirjen PHPL, Bareskrim, Indonesian Police, and others) is a plus.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, and able to work with people with different backgrounds.
  • High attention to details, well organized, and strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and as a team player.
  • Ability to travel when needed.


Deliverables and Timeline

  1. Consultant should submit a workplan (six months timeline) and interim report. The workplan shall explain how to develop the strategies to incorporate wood ID technologies into Indonesian legal system to be applied as science-based evidence for illegal logging crime and timber traceability system. The workplan will include: 1) how to gather data and information, 2) who/which institution to contact for interview and data collection, 3) output of each component in the workplan. Interim report consists the results of interviews and data collection with half of identified stakeholders and institution. The interim report should assess the necessity of Wood ID technologies for assisting the work of law enforcement agencies in Indonesia
  2. Final report consisting of the strategies, stakeholders to engaged, follow-up actions, plans to be carried out in near future (the next 4 years) should be summited to WRI Indonesia



The duration of the service is 6 months (1 February – 31 July 2022).


Terms of Payment

Deliverable-based consultant with terms of payment as follow:











Work plan and Interim report

31 May 2022








Final Report

 31 July 2022







The consultancy fee will exclude travel expenses, workshop costs and other eligible expenses according to WRI Indonesia’s internal policy. The Consultant will be informed about the policy upon contract signing.



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), 23 January 2022. 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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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.


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