GIZ Indonesia for the Climate and Biodiversity Hub Indonesia Project: (Senior) Advisor – Biodiversity

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Indonesia plays an important role in achieving the targets set in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and in the Convention of Biological Diversity. The country is one of the ten largest greenhouse gas emitters worldwide with emissions continue to rise until 2030 according to the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Moreover, Indonesia is considered to be one of the 17 mega-diverse country, with 2 of the world’s 25 hotspots, among other ranks of the world’s center of flora and fauna diversity. Prior to CBD ratification, in 1993, Bappenas and KLHK introduced the Biodiversity Action Plan for Indonesia, followed by several revised documents known as the Indonesia Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (IBSAP).    


Indonesia suffers from biodiversity loss and species extinction, due to the impact of climate change. Besides, being an archipelagic state, Indonesia is severely impacted by the consequences of climate change. The rich and unique biodiversity of the country is threatened by unsustainable practices.  Committed to tackle these challenges, the Indonesian government has been developing a climate and biodiversity policy framework.


However, it´s successful implementation requires the harmonization with national development planning, a coordinated approach of relevant actors at all levels as well as sufficient capacities and funding. An additional challenge is the Corona pandemic and the necessary measures to enable a "new normal". Since 2010, main elements of IBSAP are integrated into RPJM and RKP. In RPJM 2020-2024, climate and biodiversity policy is further emphasized as national development priority.  


Against this background, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) with the Indonesian Ministry for Development Planning (BAPPENAS) and the Ministry for Environment and Forestry (KLHK) have agreed to jointly implement the Climate and Biodiversity Hub Indonesia Project. The project aims to support the Indonesian government in strengthening the mainstreaming and implementation of its climate and biodiversity policy.  Policy advice, capacity building and inter-ministerial exchange will support the advancement of climate and biodiversity policy planning and implementation as well as mainstreaming with national development planning. This is accompanied by the improvement of capacities in transparent planning and reporting, strengthened resource mobilization and the sharing and exchange of knowledge with the international community. Also, the project will function as the interface of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the BMU in Indonesia facilitating networking and communication between project implementers and with the Indonesian government.


To support implementation of the project in Indonesia, particularly for the project component under KLHK, we seek one (1)


(Senior) Advisor – Biodiversity


A.  Main Responsibilities

  • coordinate the work area on Biodiversity for the KLHK Component (Work Package III.2) under the Climate and Biodiversity Hub Indonesia Project
  • provide advisory services on biodiversity policy, support the improvement of institutional capacity for knowledge management of the Clearing House Mechanism (CHM) of biodiversity in KLHK and other related ministries/institutions.  
  • provide advice for the development of an implementation strategy for the conservation of high biodiversity areas.
  • liaise with Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), and other relevant ministries in regard to the project implementation related to the Biodiversity Component
  • support the work related to the development of policy papers on biodiversity
  • ensure the synergy and coordination process among relevant actors at national and subnational level related to biodiversity policies and initiatives
  • provide professional advice to partners and cooperate with important stakeholders
  • provide innovation, knowledge management and communication of innovative approaches to partners and important stakeholders and coordinate with GIZ communication/knowledge management officer at Country Office Indonesia 


In this context, the position holder fulfils the following tasks:


B.  Tasks


1.    Professional advisory services 

  • advises partner institution(s) on identifying needs, developing concepts and strategies, and provides technical input related with the KLHK Component (Work Package III.2).
  • participates in drafting policy papers related to biodiversity
  • prepares, organizes, and facilitates trainings, seminars and other events including event organisation, programme development, input preparation and participant selection and outreach, among others
  • participates in identifying needs for external support and advice, works on policy recommendations and develops a strategic approach
  • formulates terms of reference, selects and supervises of external support (consultants) assignments to act as trainers/experts for selected research studies, workshops and/or training events
  • monitors the development and implementation of plans and activities in close consultation with counterparts
  • deals with the design, preparation and implementation of workshops, seminars and other events on issues related to the activities within the working areas under his/her responsibilities
  • monitors project progress and the activities of components, review reports and documents on the progress of joint programmes, identifies bottlenecks and recommends alternative management options to the manager
  • supports project management including providing inputs to annual operational planning in close consultation with project partners and/or implementing agencies


2.   Networking and cooperation 

  • liaises closely with Directorate General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (DG-KSDAE), KLHK, in the implementation of the activities
  • ensures coordination and regular communication with the project team, particularly with the project advisor for biodiversity under the Bappenas component (Output 3.1)
  • ensures cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the project and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships
  • communicates local interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the project 
  • communicates regularly with other GIZ projects on specified topic(s) related to low carbon development policy, climate change, communication, and digitalization 


3.   Knowledge management

  • compiles information related to the biodiversity component (Work Package 3.2)
  • develops ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures
  • draws up reports and presentation documents related to working areas under his/her responsibilities
  • formulates appropriate input for project reports
  • formulates relevant information to feed into the IKI Hub Component (Output 4) as needed


4.   Coordination tasks

  • assists with general project planning and develops project concepts including preparation, organisation and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation
  • coordinates relevant project activities at local level in consultation with the superior and in cooperation with the partners, both as regards implementation and preparing organisational aspects 
  • compiles the relevant information for joint activities and assignments
  • uses GIZ’s Capacity Works to manage the projects


5.   Other duties/additional tasks

  • performs other duties and tasks at the request of the superior
  • shares proactively information about the project with other relevant projects and seeks synergies across activities


C.  Required qualifications, competences and experience


  • A postgraduate degree (MSc or higher) in a subject related to Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity/Conservation Management, and Environmental Sciences, Development Studies or related discipline.


Professional experience

  • minimum 10 years professional experience related with environmental/climate policy
  • strong knowledge of international, national, and local policies related to biodiversity.
  • strong knowledge of the Sustainable Utilization of Natural Resources approach to Conservation Management.
  • strong knowledge of actors and experience with the development of national policies and planning documents related to Biodiversity is an advantage.
  • professional experience in communication, implementation, and documentation of policy making processes at national and subnational levels are assets
  • professional experience in writing policy papers are expected
  • familiarity and proven experience in providing technical assistance to governments, national and/or sub-national organizations
  • excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills and ability to liaise and communicate effectively with governments
  • networks into both public and private sectors in Indonesia regarding biodiversity issues are assets
  • experience in international cooperation and/or German cooperation
  • experience in developing and facilitating capacity development programs, tools and training modules, ideally linked to the biodiversity topic 


Other knowledge, additional competences

  • very good working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet), computer applications (e.g. MS Office) 
  • excellent written and oral knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia and English 
  • willingness to up skill as required by the tasks to be performed –corresponding measures are agreed with management
  • strong organisational competence with good communication and coordination skills
  • ability to work in an intercultural environment


Duty Station: Jakarta

Joining Date: a.s.a.p.

Direct Supervisor:   Deputy Principal Advisor of Climate and Biodiversity Hub Indonesia Project/ Team Leader for KLHK Component

Please submit your motivation letter and comprehensive resume (including training and list of references) to by July 21st, 2021 with subject line Climate & Biodiversity Hub Indonesia – (Senior) Advisor.


Please name your file as follow format:

[Your Complete Name]_[Motivation Letter/CV/Latest Education Certificate] (i.e: Nakula Sadewa_CV or Nakula Sadewa_Motivation Letter or Nakula Sadewa_Reference) – the attachments are not more than 300 KB.


Only short-listed candidates will be notified

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