WRI Indonesia is looking for Consultant as Urban Forestry Coordinator

Program Overview

Trees and forests are immensely valuable to cities and their residents. They provide multiple health benefits, sustain water resources, help to combat climate change, and protect global biodiversity. In return, cities can provide immense value to forests.  Urban areas, with high concentration of dwelling and supporting economic activities, have shown emerging public policies and procurement practices of cities that have enormous potential to support the conservation, restoration, and sustainable management of forests. Many cities already support forests in some way, from parks and urban forest to “green infrastructure” and watershed management programs. Fewer, if any, have efforts to support the faraway forests that are vital for combating climate change.

Taking such opportunities, WRI Indonesia, funded by Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI), takes part in global Cities4Forests movement to catalyze political, social, and economic support among city governments and urban residents to integrate the inner, nearby, and faraway forests into city development plans and programs. The cities4forests in Indonesia is a 28 months program, commencing in July 2019 which will be implemented in Jakarta and Manokwari (with possibility of replication in Pekanbaru, Palembang, and other cities). This project hopes to contribute to outcomes and outputs that relate to:

·         Developing an evidence-based narrative about the benefits of inner and nearby forests;

·         Increasing public awareness on the importance of inner and nearby forests, especially for city’s parks;

·         Providing policy support and technical assistance for forest restoration and sustainable management in inner and nearby forests.

WRI Indonesia is therefore seeking a City4Forest (C4F) Urban Forestry Coordinator. The consultant will be based in Jakarta and reports to Sustainable Land Use Manager of WRI Indonesia. The consultant will have responsibilities in project research and knowledge, management and coordination, and communication and outreach functions. Specifically, the consultant will lead the technical works in developing and implementing sustainable urban forestry management, such as developing trees inventory, supporting urban forestry governance, and building local government capacity. The consultant will liaise closely with C4F Account Managers in Jakarta and Washington DC, City Government Agencies, as well as other key partners.

The candidate should have strong track record leading research and technical work in urban forestry, managing development project in cities level, and stakeholder engagement and facilitation. He/she needs to possess advanced spatial analysis with strong writing and presentation skills. He/she should be able to envision and execute plans and programs related to urban forestry and green infrastructure. He/she should be self-motivated, interdisciplinary thinker with a passion for urban resilience and sustainability. He/she should be comfortable in facilitating knowledge sharing and coalition building. He/she should be energetic and agile, willing to learn and respond quickly, outcome-oriented, team player, willing to travel at short notice and able to engage with a variety of partners and stakeholders.

Job Responsibilities

WRI is seeking a multi-talented candidate for position of Urban Forestry Coordinator. The consultant will have below responsibilities: 

1.     Project Implementation and Coordination (50%):

·         Work together with C4F Account Managers to assist in overall day to day project management and process delivery.

·         Facilitate project planning and implementation with internal and external stakeholders, particularly cities government agencies.

·         Manage project coordination, consultations, and technical meetings as well as capacity building and technical assistance activities.

2.     Communication and Outreach (30%):

·         Work together with WRI Indonesia’s Communication teams and partners in delivering public outreach, education, and engagement activities.

·         Manage engagement in nurturing partnerships and building coalition among government agencies, NGOs, private sector, universities, and other key stakeholders.

·         Facilitate working groups, forums, peer-to-peer learning, and knowledge sharing among participating cities governments and partners.

3.     Research and Knowledge (20%):

·         Support urban forestry research consultant in conducting data collection and analysis to support urban forestry planning and implementation.

·         Lead/support research works for the purposed of development of blogs or knowledge products


1.     Relevant project documents, such as research reports, ToRs, travel report, surveys, memos, presentations, brochures, infographics, etc.

2.     At least 2 published blogs for the whole contact period

3.     Minutes of meeting and weekly reports on project coordination, consultations, and technical meetings as well as capacity building attended by government and other related stakeholders, and technical assistance activities.

4.     Project reports approved by WRI Indonesia and DC submitted in June 2021 and Oct 2021

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

·         Legally able to work in Indonesia

·         Minimum five years of relevant work experience, specifically project management with stakeholders at national and cities level.

·         Minimum bachelor’s degree in environment and sustainability, such as environmental management, urban planning, landscape and forestry, etc.

·         Familiarity with Indonesia’s cities urban development paradigms, policies, deep awareness of environment and climate change.

·         Demonstrate skills, knowledge, and network to perform the assignment professionally.

·         Ability to work both individually and alongside a team; also, ability to enthusiastically work under short deadlines and deliver quality work.

·         Strong research and writing skills and able to present complex information in a clear and concise manner

·         Fluent in Bahasa and English.

·         Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

·         Willing to travel extensively.

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree on urban forestry/urban planning OR possess 5 years of full-time work experiences in relevant field, with proven experiences in project management, outreach and engagement, and research will be advantaged.

·         Possess work experiences and network with Jakarta government and other cities.

Period of Work

This works is expected to be conducted from December 2020 to October 2021.

Terms of Payment and Work Timeline

Daily-rate based consultant with maximum 189 working days for the whole contract period or 18 working days per month in average.

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/o3XFdfwC in order to be formally considered. 

Application close: 17.00 (Jakarta Time), 16 October 2020. 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.

WRI Overview

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 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 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.

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