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 to create the enabling conditions for Indonesia to achieve robust economic growth while respecting environmental and social values. We seek to contribute to accomplishing ambitious sustainable development goals through working with leaders in the public and private sectors and collaborating with civil society organizations to turn big ideas into action.
Within our Agriculture, Forest, and Land Use (AFOLU) Program Cluster, we envision that critical ecosystems such as forests and peatlands across Indonesia will be governed fairly and sustainably. We believe sustainable land use management is key for Indonesia to meet its climate goal, keeping the global climate target below the 1.5-degree Celsius 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 productivity, conservation value, and ecosystem services. Within WRI Indonesia, the AFOLU Cluster is implementing its activities under four Sub Clusters:
KONEKSI Research Project
WRI Indonesia, partnered with a few other organizations, was recently selected by KONEKSI, Australia’s knowledge and innovation flagship program in Indonesia, as 1 out of 38 knowledge partnerships as the inaugural recipients of Environment and Climate Change Collaborative Research Grants. The grants are provided for the selected partners in recognizing their expertise, equitable partnerships, and impact on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.
The proposed research will focus on ‘Conserving Ridge to Reef: Integrated and Innovative Approach to Enable Sustainable Financing in Supporting Inclusive Climate Change Projects in Indonesia’, and it will be implemented in Southwest Papua Province as soon as possible. The Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) approach presents a holistic approach to conservation and sustainable development, taking into account the vital interconnectivity between forests, land use, and mangrove ecosystems, whereby the conservation of upstream areas significantly impacts downstream ecosystems.
This project proposes pathways for an integrated and innovative sustainable financing mechanism and a decentralized governance framework that allows stakeholders a greater say in decision-making and minimizes the imbalance of power’ to support inclusive ridge-to-reef climate change projects in Indonesia. Several methods will be employed to achieve the desired research outputs, including the co-development of baselines and tools for managing, integrating, and monitoring upland forests, watersheds, and mangrove forests, as well as the co-development of ridge-to-reef architecture that incorporates Gender Equality, Disability Inclusion, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) indicators. Additionally, the study will incorporate GEDSI indicators to identify enabling conditions and mechanisms that facilitate equitable ridge-to-reef implementation.
This position will be based in Sorong or Manokwari with frequent travel to Sorong and Raja Ampat to support KONEKSI research implementation by referring to research plan and engaging with various stakeholders on the ground. The Consultant will report to the Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Research Senior Program Lead, who will also serve as KONEKSI Project Lead. She/He will also report to Senior Manager Regional Papua and work collaboratively with Papua Regional teams and other project-related personnel.
What You Will Do
Research Framework and Baseline
Under the guidance of the Project Lead, contribute to sharpening the research framework by providing the following information:
Data Collection and Analysis
Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement
What You Will Need
Comprehensive monthly report that consists of achievement, work progress, and lessons learned, including but not limited to:
This position is expected to start as soon as possible for an initial contract up to 31 July 2024.
Terms of Payment
Daily rate-based consultant with a maximum of 18 working days per month.
Individual consultancy contract (Part-time, limited term)
What we offer:
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 res