WRI Indonesia is looking for Spatial/GIS Consultant for Low Carbon Development Initiative

Program Overview

The Low Carbon Development Initiative (LCDI) is a major undertaking by Indonesia’s Ministry of Planning (BAPPENAS) aimed to mainstream principles of sustainable development in policy making. It relies on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA or KLHS), a methodological framework that pursues a change of paradigm away from an old unsustainable model of utilization of natural resources and of reliance on high carbon emission sources of energy; and into a new sustainable model that preserves the country’s vast natural capital base, while shifting towards renewable, low carbon sources of energy. The LCDI provides analytical inputs to Indonesia’s Medium-term Development Plan, RPJMN 2020-2024, under what is known as the Technocratic Process; and to the country’s long-term development vision (Indonesia Vision 2045). Inputs are presented in the form of low carbon, sustainable development policies, interventions and investments, based on the understanding of the feedback relationships between climate systems, the environment and the socio-economy.

The analytical work of LCDI has offered insights not only on the actions for moving into a path of low carbon development, but also on the expected co-benefits derived from climate action. Results of the analysis show unequivocal gains in terms of value addition, employment, and welfare indicators, associated with a transition to low carbon systems and a growth model that preserves the country’s natural capital, including forests, biodiversity and water resources. Moreover, such gains can be expected to occur even in the short to medium term, in as much as actions identified under the LCDI are applied efficiently and with sufficient force and coherence, so that no trade-offs are generally expected from embracing low carbon policies.

Lessons and insights from LCDI must now be transmitted to and embraced by a large group of stakeholders at the national and at the provincial level; so that Indonesian society at large becomes not only aware of, but also motivated to contribute to the LCDI agenda. This is with the understanding that a successful transition to a low carbon development paradigm requires bold action not only from the national and regional government, but also from private sector and individuals across the country. This is particularly important considering the substantive effort required to move into a low carbon development path that is consistent with the Paris target to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius and aiming for 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Looking ahead, there are multiple modeling analysis using system dynamics approach to be carried out for the next 18 months, including:

1)    Develop analytical input that are relevant for LCDI policy implementation, including policy sectoral analysis and financing schemes as well as investment needed at national level;

2)    Enhance the carrying capacity component of the model to incorporate environmental economics accounts, biodiversity sector, blue carbon data, air pollution and water resources;

3)    Develop capacity for modeling low carbon development policies at provincial levels (such as West Papua, Riau, and South Sulawesi)

Job Responsibilities

The consultant will work under the New Climate Economy work funded by the UK Climate Change Unit (UKCCU), Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), and World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia and in support of the Low Carbon Development Initiative (LCDI) in Indonesia.

The aim of the work to be done by the Consultant is to contribute to the LCDI Initial Implementation Phase during the period January 2020 until May 2021, by means of supporting technical spatial dynamics modeling work to BAPPENAS Director for Environment, NCE and WRI Indonesia as part of the technocratic process that supports RPJMN 2020-2024 and its implementation; and of contributing to the LCDI policy implementation at LCDI target provinces. In addition, the Consultant will contribute in the process of communication and capacity building of Government officials from the Provincial level and other stakeholders, in order to improve their understanding and capabilities to assess LCDI actions for policy implementation


The following activities will be carried on by the Consultant, in close consultations with BAPPENAS Environment Directorate and LCDI secretariat team:

1)    Support the review of existing LCDI Spatial Model, baseline, and LCDI scenarios, and assess the relations between the economy and carrying capacity of the environment;

2)    Assist the refinement of Spatial Analysis Model to complement with the LCDI System Dynamics Model with tools and methods for integrated climate – development policy analysis and supporting BAPPENAS in the process of generating policy scenarios to implement RPJMN 2020-2024, including:

Incorporating sectoral analysis at national level;
Incorporating Environmental Economics Accounts;
Enhance biodiversity sector, blue carbon data, and water resources element;
3)    Lead the development of spatial and carrying capacity analysis LCDI Model at LCDI target provinces to include LCDI policy scenarios into the development planning;

4)    Participate in selected LCDI workshops at national and provincial levels;

5)    Provide regular updates to BAPPENAS Director of Environment, WRI Indonesia and NCE about of the status of the process of developing tools and methods for integrated climate – development policy analysis;

6)    Contribute to preparation of capacity building materials and workshops on Spatial Dynamics to be conducted at provincial level;

7)    Leads the team in the collection, processing and evaluation of geographic data, to include vector, raster and thematic data to enhance LCDI Spatial Model;

8)    Coordinate and collaborate with other teams working on LCDI model, including system dynamics, dashboard, and other provincial modelers.


1.     Monthly written reports on national LCDI spatial model refinement;

2.     Participation in activities referred to in item 4 and 6 in the Activities section above including related presentation materials;

3.     Materials referred to in item 2, 3, and 6 in the Activities section above;

4.     Presentation of enhanced spatial dynamics model.

Job Qualifications

Required qualifications:

·         Bachelor's Degree or Master’s Degree in geography, geoinformatics or directly related field

·         Minimum of two years’ experience in using Tableau, Python, ArcGIS/QGIS and R

·         Expertise in conducting spatial analyses and modeling, developing and managing databases, conducting quantitative analyses (e.g., acreage calculations) using geospatial and tabular data, and efficiently creating professional maps

·         Strong background in detailed and attractive map production

·         Proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)

·         Interest in and commitment to environment and international development issues

·         Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products

·         Strong commitment to WRI’s mission and values

·         Legally able to work in Indonesia

Preferred qualifications:

·         Familiarity in Systems thinking, Systems Dynamics and Spatial Dynamics Modelling in Analytics or Data Science, Technical Operations, or other relevant fields

·         Experience in supporting development of new spatial representation models or applied spatial analysis oriented towards policy recommendations and/or economic analysis

·         Interest and experience in forestry, energy, or other natural resources-related issues in Indonesia

·         Fluency in English

Period of Work

12 months (February 2020 – February 2021)

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 https://jobs.jobvite.com/wri/job/ouXjcfwG in order to be formally considered. 

Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 5 March 2020. We will close the advert earlier when best candidates are identified at earlier dates. 

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