#JAKARTA - Call for Writer - Mercy Corps Indonesia


The agriculture industry in Indonesia consists of a large number of complex product-specific value chains, which in turn involve many different market actors. The government of Indonesia (GOI) recognizes that the development of the Indonesian agriculture sector faces dynamic domestic and international challenges, and requires increased partnership among different groups, including NGOs, Donors, local Community Social Organizations, and the Private sector, to obtain competitive advantage in global markets and to improve livelihoods for farmers. To increase its competitiveness, the Indonesian agriculture industry needs improved production system efficiency, increased quality control management for sustainable production, and improved product promotion for local and export markets.

The New Zealand Aid Program, acting through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has approved the Concept Note for the design and implementation of an economic development activity in Eastern Indonesia that was submitted, and will be implemented, by Mercy Corps Indonesia (MCI). The program will initially focus on Maluku and North Maluku with the ultimate aim of scaling up to other areas of Eastern Indonesia (e.g. West Papua ) using a market development approach.

The 4 years program’s objectives are:
  1. 30,000 farmers in the spices (nutmeg and cloves), fisheries and seaweed value chains will increase their net income by 40% by the end of 2017 
  2. Increased growth in overall trade by 30% in the spice, fisheries and seaweed sectors in Maluku and North Maluku
To achieve the goal, MCI will conduct rigorous sector study that will be carried in the design phase, on the first six months of the program. The study will adopt Making Market Works for the Poor (M4P) approach with the objective to: 1) Understand the sector profile and dynamic of Spices, fisheries, and Seaweed, 2) Understanding the underlying causes that hindering the benefit for farmers in Spices, fisheries, and seaweed sector, 3) Identifying potential intervention area.

The output of the study will be: 1) Draft result framework diagram, 2) Activity Design Document (ADD) and final costed work plan. MCI will then employee the Activity Design Document produced during design phase to fully implement the activity in 3,5 years.

To develop the activity design document (ADD), MCI is currently looking for :

1. Writer

The writer is based in Jakarta or Ambon, and reports to economic development program director and research team leader. The writer is responsible for writing and editing activity design document which is based on research conducted by MCI team. The assignment will require 30 days over a period of 4 months, starting in September 2014 with the bulk of work concentrated on September and November 2014.

  1. Good understanding on popular economic development activities, INGO background is desirable; 
  2. Ability to compile, manipulate, interpret and analyze data or information from many sources. Accuracy and attention to detail is a must;
  3. Experience in proposal writing and editing is desirable
  4. Exceptional English
  5. Knowledge of current trends in spice, fisheries or seaweed sector is an advantage.
Consultants who are interested in this post should submit expression of interest or cover letter and CV before 14 September 2014 to rtoisutta@id.mercycorps.org.