Sustainable Land Use Development and Stakeholder Expert, Jakarta based

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for the position of Sustainable Land Use Development and Stakeholder Expert to be stationed in the USAID LESTARI office in Jakarta. The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the position description.

GENERAL:
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.

SALARY & BENEFITS:
The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.

APPLICATIONS:
Applicants should go to www.winrock.org to the Jobs link and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Sustainable Land Use Development and Stakeholder Expert by December 29, 2017.
Winrock would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
POSITION TITLE: Sustainable Land Use Development and Stakeholder Expert
DEPARTMENT: Forestry and Natural Resource Management
REPORTS TO: Program Officer

LESTARI BACKGROUND
USAID LESTARI supports the Government of Indonesia (GoI) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and conserve biodiversity in carbon rich and biologically significant forest and mangrove ecosystems. Built on the strong foundation of USAID’s IFACS project, LESTARI applies a landscape approach to reduce GHG emissions, integrating forest and peatland conservation with low emissions development (LEDS) on other, already degraded land. This is achieved through improved land use governance, enhanced protected areas management and protection of key species, sustainable private sector and industry practices, and expanded constituencies for conservation among various stakeholders. LESTARI is implemented under the leadership of Tetra Tech and a consortium of partners including WWF-Indonesia, Winrock International, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Blue Forests, Yayasan Sahabat Cipta, PT Hydro South Pole Carbon, Sustainable Travel International (STI), Michigan State University, and the FIELD Foundation. LESTARI runs from August 2015 through July 2020.

LESTARI activities are targeted in six strategic landscapes on three of Indonesia’s largest islands, where primary forest cover remains most intact and carbon stocks are greatest. In northern Sumatra, the Leuser Landscape comprises significant portions of Aceh Selatan, Gayo Lues, Aceh Tenggara, and Aceh Barat Daya districts, and includes the Aceh portion of Leuser National Park and Singkil Wildlife Sanctuary. In Central Kalimantan, LESTARI works in the Katingan-Kahayan Landscape, comprising Pulang Pisau, Katingan, and Gunung Mas districts; Palangkaraya municipality; and Sebangau and Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Parks. LESTARI also works in four landscapes in Papua. Sarmi and Cyclops Landscapes are located along the northern coast and comprise Sarmi district as well as Jayapura district and municipality. The Lorentz Lowlands Landscape, comprising Mimika and Asmat districts plus a large portion of Lorentz National Park, and the Mappi-Bouven Digoel Landscape are located along Papua’s southern coast. LESTARI is managed from its headquarters in Jakarta, with offices in each landscape as well as the provincial capitals of Aceh, Central Kalimantan, and Papua.

Overall Results of LESTARI are:
1. At least 41% of total CO2-equivalent emissions reduced from land use, land use change and deforestation averaged across all landscapes within the project scope;
2. At least 8.42 Million hectares of primary or secondary forest, including orangutan habitat, under improved management;
3. Management of at least six conservation areas improved, resulting in the conservation of valuable orangutan and other key species habitat, and the reduction in poaching of threatened and endemic species;
4. At least ten public-private partnerships (PPPs) promoting low-emissions conservation oriented development established;
5. Funding leveraged from public and private sources, representing co-investment in project outcomes;
6. Increased commitment of key private sector, government, and community stakeholders regarding the positive benefits of conservation and sustainable use of forests and the species they encompass;
7. Policies, laws, regulations, and procedures in support of low emission development and forest conservation and management increased, promulgated, and enforced at all levels; and
8. Models for successful integration of district, provincial, and national low emissions development and forest conservation strategies developed and shared at all levels of government and with other key stakeholders.

POSITION SUMMARY
The Sustainable Land Use Development and Stakeholder Expert is responsible for leading the development of a series of innovative web based spatial analysis tools that are intended to improved licensing and permitting of concessions in Indonesia to supporting effective forest and land use governance, reduce deforestation, and improve environmental sustainability.  The three-key qualification for this job are: 1) skilled at stakeholders engagement, organization and consensus building among subnational government staff, government agencies from the land use sector, NGOs, and private sector; 2) experience and in-depth knowledge of land use governance in Indonesia; and 3) experience in the management and development of web based spatial analysis tools including GIS applications and web development.

The Sustainable Land Use Development and Stakeholder Expert will work for the USAID funded project, LESTARI. The spatial analysis tools that are being developed are called the Sustainability Screening Toolkit (SST). The intention of the SST is to help government agencies and private companies improve the processing, monitoring and approval of land use concession permits, and improve the screening of those permits to meet environmental standards that will help improve sustainable land use practices, reduce deforestation and reduce GHG emissions.  The SST is currently being developed in 3 of the LESTARI ‘landscapes,’ Central Kalimantan, Papua, and Aceh with a strong focus on coordinating between provincial and district government agencies, including the One Stop Service and the Bappeda office.  However, the work will also require an understanding of National policy and how that policy is influencing sub-national institutions, policies like One Map, and institutions like BIG.  The Sustainable Land Use Development and Stakeholder Expert work will focus on coordinating with stakeholders in all three landscapes and help lead the development of the SST in each landscape to meet stakeholder needs.  As such the position will require strong skill in coordinating with government agencies, a clear understanding on land use issues and concession regulations and processes in Indonesia, and a technical understanding of GIS systems and web based development.  The Sustainable Land Use Development and Stakeholder Expert will work closely with a team of GIS programmers to develop the SST.  Therefore, the candidate must be able to communicate effectively between government stakeholders and technical developers to facilitate the efficient development of the SST.  Preference will be given to candidates that are adept at government stakeholder engagement and have technical skills in land use and GIS web development.

Together with the LESTARI team, Winrock’s home office technical staff and web developers, the Sustainable Land Use Development and Stakeholder Expert will manage the design and development of the web-based GIS tools. The candidate should be ready to help develop web based GIS tools that will examine the social, greenhouse gas, hydrological, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services impacts of various potential policy and land management decisions. The Sustainable Land Use Development and Stakeholder Expert will also work to compile local and national spatial data.

The Sustainable Land Use Development and Stakeholder Expert will need to be fluent in both Bahasa Indonesian and English, they will need to show strong understanding of land use policy in Indonesia and its impacts on deforestation and environmental sustainability, they will need to have technical skills in GIS and web based programming, and they will need to be able to contribute to writing, reviewing and editing technical materials for project deliverables and tool development.

The position will require significant travel, around 1 week of travel every month.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
In close collaboration with the Project Directors, Program Officers and other staff, the Sustainable Land Use Development and Stakeholder Expert will:
1. Coordinate with government stakeholders in all three of LESTARI landscapes;
2. Coordinate with LESTARI staff at the central office and in each of the three landscapes;
3. Be able to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders from high level national leaders to local farmers about the issues of land management, deforestation, GHG emissions, and other environmental issues and policy in Indonesia;
4. Be able to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders from high level national leaders to local farmers about GIS applications, web map development and how these tools can help stakeholders;
5. Be able to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders from high level national leaders to local farmers about the laws, regulations, and issues surrounding licensing and permitting of concessions in Indonesia;
6. Clear technical understanding of GIS and web tool development and the ability to both communicate that to stakeholders and technical developers.  Act as a bridge between the local stakeholders and the technical developers;
7. Gain in-depth knowledge of the GIS tools and provide suggestions for improvement based on GIS knowledge and stakeholder engagement in order to improve land management decisions in Indonesia;
8. Work with and identify strategic partners and help to develop collaborative initiatives to address evolving issues in land use management in the priority landscapes in Indonesia;
9. Provide technical assistance on GIS development, land use issues, licensing and permitting, deforestation and GHG emissions;
10. Prepare and contribute to presentations of methods and results at public and private fora, from high-level national stakeholders to community members;
11. Maintain knowledge of evolving issues in the global climate change and environmental fields;
12. Conduct literature reviews and background document research;
13. Facilitate communications with project directors, team members and partner organizations;
14. Prepare periodic reports and written deliverables for institutional partners, donor agencies and Winrock;
15. Run spatial analyses using ArcGIS and export data for project use;
16. Prepare project deliverables including spatial information analysis, database development, and publishing online maps with ArcGIS Online.

QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND

Education:
* Master’s degree required with demonstrated coursework in the environment and application of GIS techniques to issues in ecosystem ecology, forestry, soils, biodiversity, natural resource management or a closely related field.  Bachelor’s degree with extensive work experience will be considered as equivalent.

Experience:
a) 5+ years of experience collaborating with public and private sector stakeholders required;
b) 5+ years of experience in GIS applications related to natural resource management required;
c) Experience in analysis and design of projects using information technology and GIS required;
d) Knowledge and experience with the spatial datasets developed, spatial analysis and cataloged for Indonesia at local, regional, national, and international desired;
e) Familiarity with Indonesian government agencies associated with land use, environment, concession process, spatial and non-spatial information services desired;
f) Knowledge of the licensing and permitting process for land use in Indonesia;
g) Familiarity with climate change mitigation and greenhouse gas emission accounting;
h) Familiarity with development and sustainability policies and pledges by government and private sector desired;
i) Familiarity with technical aspect for palm oil and forestry especially applications of GIS for private sector desired;
j) Experience with databases using SQL including construction and macro development is a plus.

Skills:
a) Written and oral fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English required;
b) Ability to work and train using ESRI software (ArcGIS 9.x, ArcInfo Desktop, ArcSDE, ArcIMS ArcView 3.x, Arc Server);
c) Highly developed presentation skills with ability to lead discussions within a diverse group setting to achieve consensus and results;
d) Personal computer applications including Microsoft Word, Excel spreadsheets, email, presentation, and database software;
e) Excellent organization and management skills essential, including ability to coordinate a variety of tasks, meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure;
f) Demonstrated strong analytical capability and excellent interpersonal skills are required;
g) Good oral and written communication skills required;
h) Self-motivated and able to work independently;
i) Familiarity in programming in related languages is a plus.

Other:
* Must be willing to travel, potentially to remote locations in Indonesia. Host-country nationals are encouraged to apply.

 

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