SNV Netherlands Vacancy: Coordinator Oil Palm Best Management Practices for Smallholders - Jakarta, Indonesian

SNV Netherlands Vacancy: Coordinator Oil Palm Best Management Practices for Smallholders - Jakarta, Indonesian
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Coordinator Oil Palm Best Management Practices for Smallholders
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in 39 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

By sharing our specialist expertise in our four focal sectors: Agriculture, Renewable Energy, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene and Climate Change we contribute to solving some of the leading problems facing the world today – helping to find local solutions to global challenges and sowing the seeds of lasting change. To specifically address the issues related to sustainability, SNV Indonesia has established a Commodities and Climate Change program.

“REDD+ Energy and Agriculture Programme’’ (REAP)

The REAP is designed to advance understanding of the interface between agriculture and energy use across different forest landscapes in order to support low emission, pro-poor development pathways. By developing knowledge across the landscape the REAP Programme is providing knowledge products, working with governments, businesses and local communities across the landscape to support sustainable development. One of the interventions under the REAP is supporting intensification in existing plantations. Although the selection of sites has to be done carefully to ensure reducing the impact of commodities on forests, yield improvement is a key strategy to promote sustainable development. One of the commodities in which yield increase will be promoted is palm oil.

Yield increase through promoting BMP

The debate concerning sustainability of oil palm production is ongoing, as problems with deforestation, loss of biodiversity and social issues are still associated with oil palm cultivation and expansion. Improving yields is a key aspect of sustainability, as higher yields per hectare improve land use efficiency and decrease the need for expansion into pristine natural areas to meet demands. However, in the last years oil palm yields have stagnated or declined, in the face of an increasing demand of oil palm for food and biofuel. Smallholder farmers often achieve yields of only 10-15 t/ha, roughly half the 20-25 t/ha achieved by large plantations.

Best management practices for yield improvement have been developed and implemented in the last decades. The BMPs are in general designed for large commercial plantations. Smallholders work under highly varied circumstances, with different objectives and constraints. There is an urgent need to adapt and introduce BMPs to smallholder farmers.

Coordinator Better Management Practices programme

To address the need for such guidance, a consortium of Wageningen University, and SNV have developed a stepwise guidance for smallholders on BMP in the oil palm sector. This guidance was developed based on existing material and tested in two case studies, one in West Kalimantan and one in Jambi. As we are currently aiming to upscale our programme, we are looking for experts with experience and understanding of oil palm agronomy that can coordinate the implementation of our training programme. In this position there will be opportunities to further develop the materials and overall programme, like including additional topics such as institutional development and environmental impacts, RSPO/ISPO certification etc. In addition, we would like this person to represent/support SNV at key stakeholder and client meetings.

  • Coordinating the implementation of SNV’s Better Management Practices training programme
  • Support strategy development for oil palm and integration with other REAP work
  • Train trainers on Better Management Practices
  • Prepare offerings for clients 
  • Streamline offerings with SNV’s inclusive business tools
  • Coordinate development of additional modules on institutional development and environmental impact
  • Review and refine existing materials
  • Business development
  • MSc. Or equivalent in Agronomy, Biology or related field
  • Knowledge of palm oil agronomy
  • Experience working on yield improvement
  • Experience in training trainers
  • Understanding of RSPO P&C
  • Understanding of ISPO P&C
  • Knowledge of HCV
  • Proficient in English and Bahasa
Duty station: Jakarta
Contract duration:  1 year contract with the possibility of extension

Desired start date: As soon as possible.

How to apply?
Please send your application letter describing how you meet the candidate profile and CV, together with an indication of your current salary and compensation package with “Coordinator BMP” in the title to by 26 August 2014.