Consultant as Energy Research Assistant

Data Analysis & Technical Research Bandung, Indonesia

Program Overview

Launched in early 2014, WRI Indonesia builds on WRI's global 20-year history in the country and the official establishment of WRI Indonesia office has strengthened our impacts on the ground in recent years. Our current work primarily focuses on forest and land-use. Over time WRI Indonesia aims to expand its portfolio to include climate, energy, and city and transportation. In the last four years, WRI Indonesia is working with the demand side of the renewable energy sector and establish an initiative called the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA).


CEIA is an innovative public-private partnership initiative that aims to address barriers and scale up renewable energy (RE) deployment for commercial and industrial consumers in emerging markets. CEIA is jointly led by the World Resources Institute (WRI), Allotrope Partners, and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and is supported by bilateral and philanthropic donors. Under the Climate Solution Project (CSP), on October 7th, 2022, CEIA Indonesia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the West Java Provincial Government to decarbonize West Java's industrial area including the Rebana Metropolitan.


Rebana Metropolitan is a national strategic industrial area planning mandated by the President under the President Regulation No. 87/2021. Rebana is located in the North/Northeast part of West Java that includes seven strategic regions, namely Sumedang, Majalengka, Cirebon, Subang, Indramayu, Kuningan, and Cirebon City. It is projected to be the driving force for West Java's economic growth in the future through the development of industrial areas that are integrated, innovative, collaborative, highly competitive, and sustainable.


In the MoU, one of our assistances covers a low-carbon development strategic analysis through industrial energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) technology, including electricity, heat, cooling, and steam, in one of the Rebana's industrial area namely Cipali Subang Barat. The knowledge products expected from our scope of assistance are a marginal abatement cost curve (MACC) for at least one of the most prominent sub-sectors of industry, technology mapping for the planned industrial sub-sector, investment analysis, and potential of financing scheme options and business models. Additionally, we're going to cover low-carbon technology mapping to building and transportation sector in the area.


Under the CSP as well, the CEIA has an on-going technical assistance to an apparel multinational brand on helping its supply chain partners to convert their coal boiler into sustainable biomass-sourced feedstock. The on-going project then escalated to a collaboration with Directorate of Bioenergy from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) under the Directorate of Bioenergy Letter B-1156/KS.02/DEB.K/2023. To ensure the sustainability of the impact, we aim to create a biomass conversion guideline for industry, taking our project of the apparel brand as a study case, and a policy recommendation related to sustainable biomass indicator.


Job Highlight

As Energy Research Assistant, you will report to the Energy Manager and play a supporting role in the successful implementation of a project under the CEIA called: Low-Carbon Development of Rebana Metropolitan Area. You will perform as CEIA’s secondment in Dinas Penanaman Modal dan Pelayanan Terpadu Satu Pintu (DPMPTSP) Jawa Barat office and will intensely communicate with and provide assistant for Badan Pengurus (BP) Rebana. This position will be based in Bandung.


What You Will Do

Research (50%)

  • Collect data relevant to research topics.
  • Support research needed on clean energy, industrial decarbonization, policy development, metropolitan area development, urban planning, and other topics that are relevant and needed for BP Rebana.
  • Develop BP Rebana’s knowledge capacity on clean energy solutions for decarbonizing the industry such as: energy efficiency, material efficiency, green electricity (e.g., REC, green tariff), fuel switching (e.g., biomass), CCUS, and other solutions.
  • Support the formulation of BP Rebana and CEIA collaboration knowledge product.
  • Assist BP Rebana’s CEO and team to coordinate with relevant stakeholders during the implementation of Rebana Metropolitan’s development stage.
  • Contribute in proposal development, technical, and other administration support that as needed from BP Rebana.

Management support (50%)

  • Coordinate internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences, capacity buildings, and other activities to support BP Rebana.
  • Assist BP Rebana in indentifying and maintaining communication with key stakeholders in government, private sectors, investors, and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Report intensely with the CEIA team to give updates on BP Rebana’s progress.
  • Contribute ideas to expand BP Rebana’s position and leadership in clean energy area for industrial estate.
  • Consult with the CEIA team in giving any strategic decision for BP Rebana.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with staff across CEIA and BP Rebana.


What You Will Need

  • Bachelor Degree in Urban Planning, Economics, Law, International Relation or related field of study from a reputable institution required.
  • Knowledge on clean energy, urban and regional planning, policy methodology and development, development economics, microeconomics, and other related field.
  • Experience in working with government institutions/personnel and organize meetings
  • Familiarity on Indonesia’s energy issue will be a plus point.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, ability to work with people from a various background
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across organizations, practice areas, disciplines
  • High attention to details, well organized, and strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to do desk research, write reports, and reviews related to the topics mentioned above
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both Bahasa Indonesia and English
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and as a team player.
  • Ability to travel when needed.



  1. Produce data analysis, knowledge products, meeting notes, proposals, report writing, and presentation materials of Rebana’s project as assigned;
  2. Regular report on the research and development progress of the BP Rebana team;
  3. Final Report at the end of contract period that includes the accomplishments, including constraints experienced and any recommendation for improvement (lesson learned);
  4. Biweekly verbal or written review or discussion on the research progress conducted by the team.



1 June 2023 – 31 August 2023 (3 months)


Terms of Payment

Daily-rate based consultant maximum of 18 (eighteen) working days per month.


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: 17.00 (DKI Jakarta local time), 31 May 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:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.


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.