#JAKARTA – Call for Writer – Mercy Corps Indonesia

Posting Job


September 8, 2014

Expired Job


June 5, 2020




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
  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
  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
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