Consultant as Legal Analyst for Endowment Fund

Legal & Risk Management Jakarta, Indonesia

Program Overview

The position will support research and works of One Map Initiative under the Performance-Based Fiscal Transfers for Forest Conservation and Endowment Fund (Workstream 2, Output 2.6.6) require 1 (one) researcher to accomplish an analysis of regulatory frameworks for various types of funding that exist in Indonesia. 


One Map Initiative

The overall objective of the One Map Initiative is to accelerate low emissions development in Indonesia through sustainable land use management and improved forest governance. One of the expected outcomes from the initiative relates to accountable, inclusive, and sustainable land use decision making processes in priority provinces. WRI Indonesia will achieve this through catalyzing a unified and transparent land use planning and monitoring system that is accessible to all land use stakeholders. Through partnership with local governments, civil societies and the private sectors, WRI Indonesia will develop a model of engagement that could help address conflict on the local level and could be scaled-up into the National One Map Initiative. The work will span five years, focusing on priority provinces of Riau, South Sumatra, Papua and West Papua provinces. One of the expected outputs to achieve this outcome is by means of improved sub-national government land use management infrastructure, including institutions, business processes, data infrastructure, and laws and policies, all of which are likely to further transform governance through jurisdictional approach. Part of these expected outputs are related to financing aspects that specifically aim at policy recommendations to support emerging sub-national initiatives to understand and establish innovative source of finance. For this purpose, the province is currently exploring funding scheme in form of an endowment fund for sustainable development and similar schemes under Trust Fund arrangements. Financial sources from public, private, and civil society, from international to local, for the endowment/trust fund are expected to bridge financing gap for sustainable development measures to be carried out in this province of global significance for climate and biodiversity. The anticipated outcome is an improved understanding about endowment/trust fund to meet strategic objectives for sustainable development. This includes in thematic areas related to forest conservation, biodiversity, and climate change as well as potential revenues created in these areas, their goals, and investment approaches. Portion of this understanding is related to possibilities and limitations, as well as challenges and opportunities of endowment/trust fund in the context of intact forest jurisdictions. The understanding gained are expected to feed into the preparation of academic manuscript (Naskah Akademik) and regulatory drafting for endowment/trust fund in the target province.


Job Responsibilities

The main areas of responsibility of the researcher will include the following:

Research and Knowledge (75% of time required)

  • Conducting legal research and analysis of financial regulatory framework, specifically issues related to policy and governance (laws and regulation, government reform, state and non-state agencies relationship) related with ecological sustainable development
  • Support the development of governance strategy for sustainable financial mechanism implementation in the sub-national level, designed to achieve both sectoral and governance-related outcomes
  • Preparing and co-authoring legal memo, legal drafting, policy review/recommendation, knowledge products and other communication documents (e.g., reports, briefs, data products, tools, blog, white paper, position paper, memo policy brief, case study, opinion editorial, presentation, etc.)

Program Management & Stakeholder Engagement (25% of time required)

  • Support the One Map Initiative program related to improving sustainable financial development through effective fiscal transfer mechanism
  • Coordinate with associated managers, researchers, partners, and regional teams related to these projects and initiatives;
  • Support the documentation of progress from the activities, and the development of project documents, presentations, reports, and proposals.


WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, you may be expected to support attention to gender where appropriate.



  1. An analysis of regulatory framework related with sustainable development on various kind of existing financial mechanism in Indonesia and financial modelling for West Papua using endowment/trust fund
  2. Research manuscript for scientific and/or WRI peer-reviewed publications (e.g., issue brief, working paper) on endowment/trust fund for sustainable development in West Papua
  3. Research documentations, data analysis, reports, and presentation materials as necessary to support the completion of knowledge products including but not limited to research results for development interventions, policy scenarios, and other assessments


Job Qualifications

  • Legally able to work in Indonesia;
  • A master’s degree law with keen interest in science.
  • Minimum 5 (five) years research experience in relevant field;
  • A good understanding of Indonesia’s legal framework, especially on land-based sector particularly forestry, peatland and plantation, a sustainable development and sustainable financing issues;
  • Strong inter-personal skills, good sense of humour, and experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds;
  • Excellent analytical skill, well organized and maintain high attention to details;
  • Excellent communication and writing skill both bahasa and english;
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and as a team player; and
  • Ability to travel when needed.


Performance Standard

  • Timely and satisfactory delivery of program management and research activities;
  • Effective team work and communication;
  • Must be capable of setting priorities;
  • Ability to work well with internal and external participants is essential.



The works by this Consultant will be conducted from May until September 2021 with possibility of extension upon performance, project structure and budget availability.


Terms of Payment

Research Consultant will receive a compensation based on deliverables submitted throughout the project period. Please refer to the table below for the expected deliverables, deadlines, and payment plan.







Final research design for completing knowledge product and publication plan underway.

June week 4



1st draft manuscript submitted, and monthly progress report (month 1-2)


2nd draft manuscript submitted, ready for reviews and monthly progress report (month 3)

July – Week 4



Final manuscript on endowment/trust fund for sustainable development in West Papua

August – Week 4





Final report and/or presentation, and monthly progress report (month 4-5)

Sept Week 4




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), 29 April 2021. We will close the advert earlier when best candidates are identified at earlier dates. 

This is a locally engaged position; Indonesian nationals are encouraged to apply.



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