Consultant as Endowment Fund and Climate Economy Research Assistant
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) underscores a critical directive: humanity must unite in its efforts to keep global warming below the 1.5-degree Celsius threshold for our survival. This urgency necessitates a transformative approach to our economic frameworks to nurture growth and welfare in harmony with the sustainable stewardship of our natural environment and societal well-being. With these fundamental objectives in mind, WRI Indonesia seeks to address two critical questions: (1) How can economic systems and development at scale align with the protection of natural resources and societal welfare, and (2) how can we effectively mobilize both domestic and international finances to foster a nature-positive and people-centered economy?
These question are particularly relevant for the forest-rich provinces of Tanah Papua—a globally recognized biodiversity hotspot. The rich forest ecosystems of Tanah Papua, essential for carbon storage, are of global importance for climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts (Nurhasan et al., 2022; Parsch et al., 2022; Murdiyarso, 2015). Yet, these provinces are among the least affluent regions in Indonesia and are confronted with persistent pressures from industrial activities such as plantations, mining, and infrastructure projects, often pursued in the pursuit of economic advancement (Glorya et al., 2022; Austin, 2017; Obidzinski et al., 2012; Rifai-Hasan, 2009; Sloan et al., 2019). Initiatives like the Manokwari Declaration and Papua Vision 2100 exist to protect forest cover, reduce poverty, and support Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs). However, the recent administrative reorganization of Papua into 6 provinces has led to the redistribution of administrative functions, which could present challenges to existing sustainability efforts.
The challenges also include major restructuring of the provincial economic landscape and revenue composition stemming from the expansion. As provinces that depend on national government transfer schemes for nearly 90 percent of their financing capacity, the reorganization of Papua into six provinces necessitates a reallocation of fiscal transfer revenues and a reorganization of sectors contributing to economic growth. Hence, it becomes crucial to understand the impacts of the recent provincial expansion and the associated administrative changes, on the economic outlook for Papua's provinces, and their ongoing sustainability efforts. This is particularly critical as the Papuan provinces have been developing alternative financing models, such as endowment funds, following the enactment of Intergovernmental Fiscal Law number 1 in 2022 and Special Autonomy Regulation number 107 in 2021.
Careful optimization of this moment of provincial change can be pivotal to shifting economic systems and financing models towards poverty alleviation, natural resource protection, and sustainable, inclusive economic growth in Tanah Papua, Indonesia. The goal is to understand how such changes can be feasibly implemented, which underpins the objectives of this initiative. Moving forward, all the data and knowledge acquired are expected to contribute to integrating the objectives of nature, climate, and people into strategic development planning, financing, and licensing decisions at both national and sub-national levels.
Under the supervision of WRI Indonesia’s Political Economist, the Research Assistant will be responsible for supporting research and policy advocacy components within two key initiatives: (1) the Endowment Fund for Sustainability and (2) Developing New Provincial Pathways for Sustainability. His/her main responsibilities will include supporting data collection and conducting literature reviews for research related to the two initiatives. This also encompasses the responsibility to support engagement and advocacy activities for dissemination purposes. As part of a high-functioning research team, the Research Assistant will assist in integrating, documenting, and transforming a variety of data, research findings, and expert input into high-quality policy recommendations, knowledge products, and advocacy materials. In close collaboration with the WRI Papua Regional team, he/she will be based in Jakarta with office-flex working arrangement and will travel for research, engagement, and advocacy purposes to the provinces of Papua, Indonesia.
What You Will Do
Endowment Fund for Sustainability:
- Support lead researchers in the development of research manuscripts on endowment fund for sustainable development in Tanah Papua
- Conduct data collection and performed analysis as necessary to support the achievement of project research goals
Economic Outcomes for the New Provinces Pathways:
- Supporting lead researchers for qualitative research and economic modelling activities at national and sub-national levels, including but not limited to collection of primary/secondary data and information, and stakeholder interviews
- Mapping or Identification of development interventions, building policy scenarios, and producing research communication
- Support lead researchers in the development of research manuscripts pertaining to system dynamic modeling for district sustainable development planning
Cross project parts:
- Literature and reference reviews
- Participating in discussions/meetings with partner, experts, and other key stakeholders
- Conduct coordination as necessary with Endowment Fund, New Provinces Pathways, local/regional teams in target districts and province in relate to project and/or research activities implementation
- Assist in planning and implementation of workshops/FGDs/seminars related to the initiatives
- Support the development of research publications and WRI knowledge products
- Support the development of communications products in coordination with Communications team
What You Will Need
- A Bachelor’s degree in Economics, International Relations, Public Policy, or Sustainability Science
- A minimum of 1 year of relevant research work experience, high-quality university-level experience will be an advantage
- Familiarity and experience with climate and sustainability, particularly forestry, peatland and plantation issues in Indonesia.
- Ability to support discrete elements of research projects with manager support, e.g. systematically reviewing and synthesizing existing literature; collecting, cleaning, organizing, analyzing and visualizing data.
- Strong interests in sustainable development, sustainable financing, and green economy topics.
- High attention to details and strong analytical skills.
- Excellent communications skill both verbal and written in Bahasa Indonesia and English.
- Extremely well organized and efficient.
- Self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as part of team.
- Flexible and highly responsible.
- Prior exposure to econometrics and statistical tools such as STATA/R/SPSS is an asset.
- Strong inter-personal skills, good sense of humour, and able to work with people from a variety of backgrounds.
- High integrity, a passion for sustainability and sub-national development, and a good sense of humor are preferred.
- Ability to travel when needed.
- Legally able to work in Indonesia
- Monthly progress updates (can be in the form of report drafts, meeting/workshop notes, data collections, presentations, etc, depending on the activities done during the previous months)
- Reports and documentations of workshops/FGDs/seminars/meetings/stakeholder discussions for selected districts
- Research documentations and reports to support the completion of knowledge products including but not limited to research results for development interventions, policy scenarios, and stakeholder mapping
- Communication product of research results are produced in a timely and satisfactory manners
- Produce data analysis, knowledge products, and presentation materials as assigned (in report and/or presentation form)
February – December 2024 with possibility of extension subject to the project needs, performance evaluation, and budget availability.
Terms of Payment
Daily-rate based consultant with maximum of 198 (one hundred and ninety-eight) working days for the whole contract period or 18 (eighteen) working days per month on average.
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), 25 February 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.
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