WRI Indonesia is looking for Consultant as Government and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist

 Program Overview

WRI Indonesia is an independent research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. At WRI Indonesia, we aim to bring innovations in research and business approaches in order to create the enabling conditions for Indonesia to achieve robust economic growth while respecting environmental and social values. We seek to contribute to the accomplishment of ambitious sustainable development goals through working with leaders in public and private sectors, as well as collaborating with civil society organizations, in turning big ideas into action.

Within our Agriculture, Forest, and Land Use (AFOLU) Program, we envision critical ecosystems such as forests and peatlands across Indonesia to be governed fairly and sustainably. We believe sustainable land use management is key for Indonesia to meet its climate goal, in line with keeping the global climate target below the 1.5 degrees Celcius warming threshold, while providing sustainable livelihoods to forest-dependent communities and conserving biodiversity in the landscape. We intend to achieve this by safeguarding the remaining forest and peatland from deforestation, degradation, and fragmentation; maintaining forests and peatland quality through sound stewardship; and restoring degraded ecosystems to improve their productivity, conservation value, and ecosystem services.

To effectively eliminate deforestation from key commodities production and provide robust stewardship for the remaining forest and peatland, we work together with various levels of government, the private sector, and civil society to mainstream the ethical supply chain principles and support forest-dependent communities to secure their livelihood and land rights. We aim to achieve this through research, policy advocacy, and the creation of a community of practice to mainstream sustainable land use management.

Policy Accelerator Indonesia
WRI Indonesia and WRI Global are partnering to deploy a tailor-made Policy Accelerator in Indonesia.  This work contributes directly to the Shifting Incentives workstream under the Climate Solutions Partnership. The Climate Solutions Partnership (CSP) is a 5-year initiative that aims to remove barriers to finance projects that tackle climate change and bring them to scale. Together HSBC, WRI and WWF are supporting the transition to a net zero global economy that protects and restores nature, whilst helping HSBC deliver to its own net zero strategy. 

The Policy Accelerator is a peer-to-peer capacity-building program led by world-class and the participation of policymakers that have demonstrated the motivation and authority to champion innovative improvements in public incentive programs. The project will build upon the Landscape Policy Accelerator’s experience in Latin America, where it has supported three cohorts of policymakers across nearly ten countries. 

The policy accelerator aims to shift public incentives and unlock capital flows for the decarbonization of Indonesia’s Palm Oil Supply Chain through a peer-to-peer capacity-building program led by world-class mentors. Participants are mainly policymakers that have demonstrated the motivation and authority to champion innovative improvements in the public sector. 

Job Highlight
The Government and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist will be based in Jakarta. He/she will report to Senior Manager of Supply Chain and Livelihood Transformation and coordinate with Policy Accelerator Project Lead to support the uptake and capacity-building strategy of relevant tools and frameworks, which covers the following main components:  

1.     Develop understanding on the landscape of the palm oil industry in relation to climate change issues, through: 

·         Desk review to stock-take policy instruments that incentivize or impede investments in decarbonization that can be addressed by policy accelerator, identify challenges and areas of opportunity, key stakeholders.  This will provide a bird’s-eye view of the policy in the country in the form of a systematically cataloged inventory of policy instruments and an explanation of their relevance to decarbonization. 

·         Consult with key stakeholders to confirm the initial findings with key policymakers and identify the potential policymakers to be included in the cohort. Aside from government officials, consultation needs may also include palm-oil projects, investors/funders, and other key stakeholders to share the inventory and obtain feedback on whether there are policy instruments that are missing, as well as insights on which instruments have the greatest potential, how they function in practice and ways in which they can be improved.  

2.     Deploy Policy Accelerator workshop, including a series of mini workshop to discuss the design of incentive policies; socioeconomic and ecological considerations; monitoring and evaluation; amongst others. A series of modules need to be developed and presented dynamically and interactively, serving as a foundation that the cohort can draw upon for knowledge and inspiration as they identify priority policy bottlenecks within their context. The main objective is for the policymakers to work hand-in-hand with the mentors through a methodology that allows them to narrow the scope of their bottlenecks, identify targeted areas of opportunity, and cocreate a roadmap of innovative solutions 

3.     Follow-up technical assistance to tackle the priority policy bottlenecks 


What You Will Do
Research and Development (20%)
  • Perform desktop analysis of the existing policies, incentive schemes of palm oil sustainability, and key government actors related to the sustainable palm oil topic.
  • Facilitate consultation with stakeholders/experts to understand the impedances of selected policy implementation including key challenges and areas of opportunity.
  • Provide insight into the best available method of policy acceleration through effective learning models and capacity-building programs for key government officials and stakeholders.

Program Implementation (organizing community, mentoring, coaching, etc) (30%)

  • Support the project lead in developing an actionable work plan throughout the project period.
  • Perform the team in organizing meetings, workshops, and discussions required for preparing and implementing the policy acceleration.
  • Perform the development of booklets and modules required for the implementation of the project together with the other team members.
  • Perform the design of the capacity-building program for relevant government officials and stakeholders to accelerate the policymaking or implementation of existing policies.
  • Support deployment of the workshop, including the development of modules and identification of facilitators and mentors.
  • Follow-up technical assistance to tackle the priority policy bottlenecks when necessary.
  • Monitor and evaluation of overall project implementation.

Stakeholders Engagement (50%)

  • Facilitate engagement with relevant policymakers and government officials to be included in the cohort.
  • Perform the process of engagement with key stakeholders to gain meaningful support and enabling environment.
  • Coordinate with other team members / experts in the process of stakeholder engagement.


What You Will Need

  • Legally able to work in Indonesia
  • Minimum bachelor’s degree, or otherwise a technical qualification in a relevant subject area.
  • Minimum 5-6 years of progressive professional work experience related to the palm oil industry in the context of governance and natural resource management.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in high-level government engagement in the relevant subject area.
  • A clear understanding of environmental and social sustainability issues affecting agricultural commodities and familiarity with issues related to palm oil production upstream and downstream.
  • Strong leadership and project management skills
  • Experience in building networks of relationships and partnerships with government/authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders engaged in environmental issues
  • Ability to work independently and with confidence to take initiative and make decisions.
  • Strong communication, listening, and interpersonal skills.
  • Candidate must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and a logical thinker with an ability to multi-task and work well under pressure.
  • Flexibility and willingness to explore unfamiliar issues are all qualities that will be looked upon in the hiring process


Preferred qualifications

  • Having basic knowledge and working experience in public policy making.
  • Having knowledge and working experience in organizing high-level capacity-building events.
  • Professional fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English.
  • Ability to work well with internal and external participants is essential;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is imperative.


Scope of Works

Key Deliverables

Due Date

  1. Stakeholder analysis in the issue of decarbonization in the palm oil sector.
  2. Support project lead and policy analyst in stocktaking of policy instruments that incentivize or impede investments in decarbonization

Report on stakeholder analysis most notably key government actors related to policy instruments that incentivize or impede investments in the decarbonization of palm oil


1st month

3.   Initial engagement with strategic government actors and assess the needs for policy acceleration

4.   Stakeholder consultation and partnership with priority stakeholder

Report on stakeholder consultation including guiding questions and methods used for consultations; minutes from meetings; data/inputs obtained from consultations; updated report of findings on the state of public incentives

2nd month

5.   Support project lead in the development of policy acceleration workshop / training program

  • Recommendation on effective learning models and capacity-building programs for key government officials and stakeholders.
  • Content of booklets and modules required for the implementation of the project together with the other team members.

3rd month

6.   Deployment of peer-to-peer learning and capacity building for policy acceleration (series)

  • Report on periodic mini-workshops FGD with stakeholders and key government actors
  • Support the project lead in documenting the minutes of meetings, the progress of policy discussion, and recommendation.

8th month

7.   Deployment of the capacity building for policy acceleration (main workshop)

  • Report on the involvement of targeted participants in the training workshop
  • Support the project lead in documenting the minutes of the workshops, the progress of policy discussion, and recommendation.

8th month

8.   Follow-up technical assistance on the priority policy bottlenecks

  • Follow-up on post-workshop technical assistance
  • Final report on the roadmaps toward decarbonization of palm oil, including recommendations and lessons learned.

9th month

July 1, 2023 until March 31, 2024

Terms of Payment
Daily rate consultant with maximum of 90 working days for the whole contract period or 10 working days per month in average

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 World Resources Institute Careers - Consultant as Government and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist (jobvite.com)

Application close: 17.00 (DKI Jakarta local time), 12 June 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, gender diverse communities, 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.

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

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