Consultant as Southeast Asia Lead for Air Quality

Program Management Jakarta, Indonesia

Program Overview

WRI Indonesia is seeking a Southeast Asia Lead for Air Quality. WRI’s air quality program is a global initiative that seeks to identify, build awareness of, and eliminate the root causes of air pollution that damages climate, human, and ecosystem health.  The program has three main areas of work: (i) engagement with city stakeholders to use participatory science to diagnose and develop targeted, cost-effective clean air solutions to protect human health and climate, (ii) working with the science community to convert innovative methods into tools and products that communities and policymakers can use to better manage their impact on the atmosphere, and (iii) working with national governments and business networks to design and implement broader regional-to-global air quality governance. It is a part of the WRI Ross Center on Sustainable Cities, with additional oversight from the Data Lab and engagement with Climate, Governance, Energy, and other programs at WRI. The team is global, with senior experts distributed across WRI’s network of international offices.


About the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

The decisions that national leaders, local officials, developers, and planners make today will determine how billions of people in urban centers will thrive over the next century. Already, half the global population resides in cities. That figure is set to increase to 70 percent by 2050. 


Traditional models of city development can lock us into congestion, sprawl, and inefficient resource use. However, compact, connected, and efficient growth can help ensure more competitive cities, and provide a better quality of life for citizens. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI Ross Center) works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth. 


Our analysis and tools allow cities to effectively manage their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Working across our network, we develop and support the implementation of research-based solutions in sustainable mobility, urban development, as well as urban efficiency & climate that reduce pollution, improve health, and create safe, accessible public spaces for all people to thrive. 


WRI Ross Center builds on WRI’s global and local experience in urban planning and mobility and uses proven solutions and action-oriented tools to increase building and energy efficiency, manage water risk, encourage effective governance and make the fast-growing urban environment more resilient to new challenges. Aiming to influence 200 cities with unique research and tools, WRI Ross Center focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in selected megacities on two continents, and targeted assistance to additional 50 urban areas, bringing economic, environmental, and social benefits to people in cities around the globe. 


Job Summary

The role of the Southeast Asia Lead for Air Quality is to anchor WRI’s air quality research, engagement, and technical support on air quality management in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. He or she would work with the global air quality team and WRI Indonesia Cities, Energy, and Climate program directors to develop and implement the regional strategy for building awareness of air quality sources, catalyzing momentum for reducing health and climate-damaging emissions, and supporting policy, business, and community leaders in implementing effective clean air solutions. Formal scientific training is not mandatory, but he or she would be expected to maintain a fluent understanding of available scientific evidence on air quality levels, sources, and impacts and to identify ways in which WRI’s capacities can help reduce pollution sources, particularly those that affect the most vulnerable populations and those that have multiple impacts on health, climate, and ecosystems. He or she would be responsible for identifying, building, and managing robust working relationships with local scientific, community, policy, private sector, and other partners to collaborate within developing the air quality program.


Job Responsibilities

In the interim, The Southeast Asia Lead, Air Quality will work, in particular, on three initiatives:

  1. (70%) The USAID-funded Clean Air Catalyst consortium that WRI is leading with EDF and other partners.  The consortium includes 7 global atmospheric science, public health, media, and policy partners and will work in three pilot regions with WRI international offices and local partners to test and refine a three-part data to action methodology for improving air quality and delivering climate co-benefits. The Head, Air Quality would be responsible for:
    • coordinating and potentially participating in the design and execution of scientific analysis to identify priority pollution sources;
    • managing engagement with local partners to build source awareness
    • overseeing root cause analysis and engagement with stakeholders involved in pollution-producing sectors, supported by WRI teams and local sectoral partners.
    • Mapping and engaging with stakeholders required to support clean air interventions.
    • Publicly representing the CAC project in regional events. 
  2. (15%) CityAQ: The Air Quality Program has convened a global group of cities to be beta testers for new scientific approaches to understanding and predicting air quality and health impacts. The Head, Air Quality would be responsible for:
    • Engaging with air quality managers in participating cities to understand their needs and capabilities.
    • Expand city AQ cohort regionally – engage with cities to extend this
    • Working with the global AQ team to deepen the CityAQ strategy and priorities – capacity building and training content/engagement will be largely centrally run under BC
    • Publicly representing the CityAQ program in regional events.
  3. (15%) Overall Development and positioning: The Head, Air Quality will work with the global team to define network-wide strategy and opportunities for collaboration across the WRI network. He or she will:
    • Contribute to proposal development
    • Scan and report on regional priorities and opportunities for WRI to contribute to cleaner air.
    • Identify regional collaborators


Job Qualifications

  • Subject matter knowledge of climate and air quality issues or professional experience at an environmental or scientific organization. Emphasis on AQ preferable.
  • Advanced degree in sustainable development.
  • Strong organizational, coordination, and project management skills, including experience managing complex, time-sensitive donor reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated creativity in conveying complex science to a non-expert audience in compelling ways.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and teams
  • Ability to work with peers and managers in a matrixed environment.
  • Knowledge of AQ landscape in the region required
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across organizations, practice areas, disciplines


Contract Arrangement

The successful candidate will be appointed as a consultant for a year period. Upon successful completion of one year consultancy period, based on performance review by WRI Indonesia, he/she might be considered as a Full-Time employee for more year period under a Fixed-Term contract arrangement.



The candidate must have the 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.


Remuneration: Remuneration is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.


Qualified applicants should apply online through the WRI career portal in order to be formally considered. 


Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 11 January 2021. 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.



WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of the environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect. 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.


We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions. 


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.


WRI Indonesia is a 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 works 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.


The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experiences enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.