WRI Indonesia is looking for Consultant as Senior Scientist for Low Carbon Development Initiative (LCDI)

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 policies now has been incorporated in the National Medium Term Development Plan, so called RPJMN 2020-2024.

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.

New Climate Economy (NCE) and WRI Indonesia with funding support from the UKCCU has been supporting BAPPENAS since 2018 by providing expertise in analytics, engagement and communications on the economic-social-environmental nexus. The project collaborates with a variety of partners in Indonesia as well as internationally. The LCDI project is now entering the new phase with the objective to ensure the smooth implementation of LCDI in the first year of RPJMN.

Looking ahead, there are multiple research and analytical works to be conducted to support BAPPENAS at sector level for the next 9 months. Therefore, we are hiring Senior Scientist whom will provide advisory and technical know-how on scientific research and analytical works to support the project in producing high-quality knowledge products and documents, and closely engage BAPPENAS and other related line ministries and partners.

Job Responsibilities

In this position, the consultant will contribute with research and engagement inputs for delivering on LCDI projects led locally by WRI Indonesia, including those with participation of other WRI offices and initiatives, such as the New Climate Economy. The consultant will work closely and liaise directly with Director of Environment BAPPENAS, WRI’s Global and Indonesian teams to bring analytical inputs to LCDI, and to pro-actively contribute with engagement activities, including drafting of key documents to support the advancement of the climate policy agenda in Indonesia. The consultant will help to grow and maintain WRI’s strategic partnerships to support a transition towards low-carbon, more resilient economic systems. The consultant will work in collaboration with other key team members from WRI Indonesia, other WRI global and international offices, NCE and LCDI Secretariat.

The Senior Scientist for LCDI’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Research (70%)

·         Get acquainted, participate, and contribute to empirical modeling exercises and other economic analyses that support climate and environmental policies in Indonesia. In particular, the consultant will be part of a team that contributes developing tools, methods and research products based on integrated modeling principles, using system dynamics tools, spatial analyses and other approaches, to inform low carbon policies in the country;

·         Contribute or lead the drafting of LCDI sectoral policy reports, policy notes and technical documents summarizing outcomes from research work on areas of economic policy as related to climate and environmental sustainability issues;

·         Contribute in the process of identification, organization and use of social, economic, environment and climate related data and other relevant research information;

·         Preparing TOR for research activities in the LCDI project, identifying appropriate candidates for experts, providing review and substantive inputs for the work of the experts and ensure that the results of research activities are align with the guidance from BAPPENAS, WRI and NCE.

Engagement (10%)

·         Participate in brainstorming activities, calls, videoconferences and meeting with BAPPENAS, partners, donors and other stakeholders in order to advance work by WRI Indonesia and NCE;

·         Contribute drafting terms of references, concept notes, presentations, periodic reports and other documents for the advancement of the research work as well as for reporting to BAPPENAS and donor on results of WRI Indonesia and NCE work on LCDI project;

·         Facilitate WRI’s engagement with donor and partners to inform the results of LCDI research and insights.

·         Develop and execute strategies to engage partners in mutually beneficial relationships, including potential funding opportunities and impact-focused programming.

·         Provide support and guidance on developing strategies to engage high level champions including LCDI Commissioners to communicate the findings of the research in a way that inspires further actions with political decision makers

Communications and Stewardship (10%)

·         Represent WRI in relevant local and international fora and events where donor and partners are actively engaged. This could include participation at the events where the LCDI will be showcased;

·         Maintain regular personal and written communications with Director of Environment BAPPENAS, donors, and other stakeholders;

·         Ensure close coordination between WRI Global Offices, IOs, and in-country partners to support execution of WRI’s strategy.

·         Provide guidance on timely communication related products and deliverables including op-eds, media engagements, blogs etc.

Contribute to institutional priorities, organizational capacity development, and global network collaboration (10%)

·         Strengthen collaboration and realize synergies across all WRI programs in the country.


1.     Policy briefs on LCDI, Build Back Better and Sector levels (energy, waste, industry, forest and peatland, agriculture and blue carbon)

2.     Review and inputs on Six LCDI Sectoral Studies

3.     Co-author on Synthesis Report of LCDI Sectoral Studies

4.     Blog post/ draft op-eds that reflects the results of LCDI analytical works conducted by experts, modelers and that have already gathered inputs from BAPPENAS

5.     Co-author on LCDI updated report/ working paper generated from LCDI modeling works that includes COVID scenario

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

·         Master's degree in Economics, Environmental Sciences, or Political Sciences (PhD preferred). Good technical understanding of environment, climate change and development policy issues at national and international level are essential

·         Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience working on climate and development issues, within a bilateral or international development organization or in a role fundraising from government agencies and foundations

·         Knowledge of empirical methods used in economics and environmental science, including on integrated modeling (e.g. System Dynamics), statistical analyses, econometrics, spatial analyses and others, are a plus

·         Experience in developing and organizing complex proposals for government and foundation audiences

·         English fluency required; additional language skills a plus

·         Comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment, with a diverse staff, across multiple time zones

·         Ability to take initiative, work independently, and be flexible on changing priorities

·         Exceptional writing, proofreading, and presentation skills. Publication track record will be a plus

·         Ability to travel across Indonesia and Internationally

·         Commitment to WRI’s mission and values

Required Competencies:

·         Diplomacy: Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills; a demonstrated ability to diplomatically and effectively guide peers and directors through strategy conception to concrete proposed deliverables focused on impact at global scale; effectiveness negotiating with persons in government, business, academia, NGOs, and the media

·         Cross-cultural communication: Ability to represent our programs and projects in a wide variety of international settings

·         Management:  Comfortable working with a number of development and environment issues and partners; able to establish priorities and communicate these effectively within WRI and to partners and funders

Period of Work

November 2020 – July 2021 (9 months)

Terms of Payment

Daily-rate consultant with maximum 162 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/ob9HdfwY in order to be formally considered. 

Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 20 Oktober 2020. 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.

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