GIZ Indonesia for Sustainability and Value Added in Agricultural Supply Chains in Indonesia (SASCI+) Project: Senior Advisor in Kapuas Hulu

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations on behalf of the German Government.

The global program “Sustainability and Value Added in Agricultural Supply Chains” is part of the special initiative “ONE WORLD – No Hunger” (SEWOH). On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the program promotes the sustainability of selected agricultural supply chains in partner countries.

Agricultural commodities like coffee, cocoa, natural rubber, palm oil or soybean play an important role for rural development in many developing and emerging countries where they form the basis for the life of millions of households. However, their production and processing are accompanied by numerous ecological, economic and social challenges. Often supplied as unprocessed raw material into global supply chains, limited value is added in producing countries. Many farming households are struggling to meet their basic needs and invest in sustainable production practices. Furthermore, coffee, cocoa, palm oil and soybean are often perceived as drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. With consuming markets and multi-national companies strengthening their efforts to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuses from the supply chain, sustainability of raw material is becoming a precondition for market access.

To address these challenges the program implements the project “Sustainability and Value Added in Agricultural Supply Chains in Indonesia” (SASCI+). SASCI+ focuses on natural rubber, palm oil, cocoa and coffee in two biosphere reserves in West Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi. By increasing the sustainable production of agricultural commodities and strengthening downstream processing and market linkages, the project aims to increase the farmers’ incomes, safeguard natural resources and establish deforestation free supply chains. SASCI+ follows a jurisdictional approach to align relevant stakeholders on shared objectives for sustainable production as a means for long-term market access and security of supply.

SASCI+ is implemented together with the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, the political partner of the project, and in close collaboration with the bilateral GIZ portfolio on agriculture and forestry. The project furthermore cooperates with the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, regional and district governments in the targeted biosphere reserves, as well as stakeholders from civil society, research and the private sector involved in sustainable agricultural supply chains.

The project is recruiting a Senior Advisor on Sustainable Supply Chains to manage the planning and implementation of activities in Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan.

To support implementation of the project, we seek one (1) motivated and qualified Indonesian candidate for: 

Senior Advisor in Kapuas Hulu 

A.     Responsibilities 

·        Lead the strategic and operational planning of activities in Kapus Hulu

·       Supervise the implementation of activities in Kapus Hulu according to operational and financial plans

·        Lead a team of local staff and external consultants

·        Monitor and report progress regularly to SASCI+ management

·       Advise partners from the public and private sectors on sustainability and value-added in agricultural supply chains 

B.     Tasks 

Knowledge and advisory services

·        Provide technical and institutional knowledge to support strategic planning of the project in Kapuas Hulu

·        Observe relevant developments and initiatives on sustainable agricultural supply chains in Kapuas Hulu

·        Identify the needs for capacity development at the district, village, and farm levels

·        Advise local partners on sustainability in agricultural supply chains, land tenure, organizational development, business planning, market access, and value addition, focusing on the natural rubber and palm oil supply chains

·        Support the development and implementation of innovative partnership models along the supply chain

·        Advise multi-stakeholder initiatives to align on shared objectives for sustainable production and land-use planning in the Kapuas Hulu biosphere reserve

·        Provide professional inputs to trainings, workshops, seminars, and other events implemented by the project or partners in West Kalimantan

·        Contribute to the development of materials for capacity development - including guidelines, partnership agreements, training manuals, and procedures


Partnership management and coordination

·        Represent the project to local partners mainly from the private sector, civil society, research institutes and development agencies active on the district level in Kapuas Hulu

·        Engage partners on the local level in project planning and implementation as appropriate

·        Engage stakeholders from government, civil society, and the private sector in jurisdictional multi-stakeholder initiatives in Kapuas Hulu

·        Support the project and partners in the design and implementation of concepts for sustainable supply chains and public-private partnerships

·        Represent the project in relevant processes, fora, events, and meetings on the district and provincial levels

·        Participate in the planning and implementation of study tours, visiting delegations, missions from GIZ and German government institutions


Project management and coordination

·        Operational and financial planning of project activities in Kapuas Hulu, in close cooperation with SASCI+ team and cooperation partners from the private sector

·        Coordinate activities with other GIZ projects in Kapuas Hulu to achieve synergies

·        Supervise the work of local staff, mainly field advisors as part of a cooperation partnership with the private sector

·        Monitor the implementation of activities and ensure targets are met

·        Monitor budget plans and report to SASCI+ management

·        Commission and supervise the work of service providers at the local level in line with GIZ rules and regulations

·        Supervise the implementation of a monitoring system at the local level

·        Contribute to strategic planning of SASCI+ and to concept development for project acquisition

·       Provide information on project progress and local conditions in Kapuas Hulu for internal and external communication 

C.     Required qualifications, competences and experience

·        At least a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, business administration, natural resource management or a related field

·        10 years of professional experience, related to community development, agricultural commodities or natural resource management

·        5 years of experience in project management related to agricultural supply chains and/or sustainable forest management

·        Experience in leading small teams and external consultants

·        Knowledge about good agricultural and sustainability practices in the palm oil and natural rubber supply chains

·        Proven experience working in, or in close cooperation, with government agencies at the district level, preferably in Kapuas Hulu or other districts West Kalimantan

·        Work experience with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for extension services and progress monitoring

·        Work experience for, or in cooperation with, the private sector in agricultural supply chains strongly preferred; work experience in, or in cooperation with, an international organization is considered an advantage 

        Other knowledge, additional competences

·        Track record in successful project management at the local level

·        Strong local network with institutions working on natural resource management, agricultural commodities, and sustainability

·        Experience in conflict management and mediation between diverging interests desired

·        Knowledge of GIZ instruments, procedures, and rules is considered an advantage

·        Pro-active attitude, flexibility, and hands-on approach to problem-solving

·        Fluency in written and spoken English 

Duty Station: Putussibau, Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan

Joining Date: As soon as possible

Direct Supervisor:  Principal Advisor 

Please submit your motivation letter and comprehensive resume (including training and list of references) to by December 3rd, 2020 with subject line SASCI+ SA 

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)


Only short-listed candidates will be notified.