World Resources Institute Job Vacancy: Climate And Low Emission Development Director - Jakarta, Indonesian

Program: WRI Indonesia
Location: DKI Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
Position Type: Regular full-time

About WRI Indonesia
WRI Indonesia is a national entity (yayasan) associated with the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. WRI work with various stakeholders in the natural resources sector to support policy and management that are both profitable and sustainable. WRI work with leaders in more than 50 countries for more than 30 years, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Ethiopia, and the United States.

Launched in early 2014, WRI Indonesia (or Yayasan Institut Sumberdaya Dunia) builds on WRI’s 20-year history in the country, and strengthens our impact on the ground. Most of the works were on forest and land use, and in the short-to-medium term WRI Indonesia aims to expand its presence and portfolio to include projects in the climate, energy, as well as city and transportation programs.


Indonesia is world’s fourth most populous country as well as Southeast Asia’s biggest democracy and economy. It hosts the planet’s third largest tropical rain-forests and one of its most expansive peat lands, making it home to a wealth of biodiversity and a significant carbon storage. On top of this, the country possesses one of the biggest geothermal, solar, as well as hydro-power potentials in the world, while posed with the issue of dramatically increasing energy demand. Over half of its 250 million people reside in urban areas, and more than 60 million others depend their livelihoods on forests. Yet 11% of Indonesia’s population still live under the poverty line, and the archipelago still ranks as the 6th largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, mostly coming from forest conversion and peat degradation.

Highlights of issues and opportunities which will be oversee by the Director of Climate and Low Emission Development are the following:
  • Renewable Energy Targets and Development of Indonesia’s Sustainable Energy One Map: National Energy Policy targets 23% of renewable energy in the national primary energy mix by 2025 (currently 6%) as well as electrification ratio to almost 100% by 2020 (currently at 80.1%) with emphasis on not sacrificing economic growth. The rationale lies on the fact that Indonesia has huge geothermal, solar, ocean, and hydropower potentials, while very little of this had been developed. While strong interests have been coming from various stakeholders to expand renewable energy projects in Indonesia, the information on where government programs, investments, and public finances are best targeted is not yet available. WRI Indonesia therefore aims to provide a heat map of reliable national as well as sub-national data and analysis relevant to clean and renewable energy development, the foundational work that could enable more rigorous investment and political will in the sector. WRI Indonesia has been tasked by the MoEMR to lead the establishment of Indonesia Clean Energy Center of Excellence which put us in a unique position to mainstream sustainability measures in energy sector. With WRI global’s strong expertise in the sector as well as through EGI and CHARGE initiative, we believe that such initiative could largely contribute in the achievement of this renewable energy and electrification target.
  • Safeguarding Bio-fuel Policy and World Resources Report: An additional policy to the aforementioned renewable energy target is the 15% biofuel mandatory program by 2025. Recent analysis conducted by WRI Indonesia in cooperation with WRI global’s experts found that achieving such goal requires a significant growth in the palm oil industry, and might hence create a risk of not only land competition between food and fuel, but also forest conversion that result in increased emissions from expansion. We plan to further expand our work on sustainable land use into this piece of renewable energy target, particularly guiding the government to either focus on yield improvement or—in cases where there is an inevitable expansion—utilization of degraded lands while promoting other more sustainable renewable energy resources.
  • Indonesia’s Climate Action Commitment and TRAC Policy: The government of Indonesia has just recently submitted its post-2020 climate commitment of 29% unconditional emission reduction against 2030’s business-as-usual scenario, in addition to its existing 2020 emission reduction target of 26%. Despite the magnitude of this pledge, there has not been any domestically-developed platform that allow public monitoring of the implementation of these commitments. WRI Indonesia sees the potential of developing a CAIT-like platform particularly for Indonesia’s emission and climate action information, on top of supporting research and analysis that could ensure the government be held accountable for their promises.
  • Low-Carbon Development and New Climate Economy: As an umbrella to address the above issues, there is an urgent need for country-specific work under the New Climate Economy initiative that could provide foundational insights as well as framework to encourage the Indonesian government to move into a low-carbon development path. Since a consistent buy-in is key in ensuring climate transformation, WRI Indonesia could promote reports and analyses done under the New Climate Economy to Indonesia’s key stakeholders. A preferred step forward is to mainstream the New Climate Economy ideas into the country development planning in collaboration with this initiative's proponents currently operates in Indonesia.
WRI Indonesia is looking for a Director of Climate and Low Emission Development (CLED) who will oversee climate and low emission development portfolio and also support various works across the WRI Program. This position coordinates and collaborates with Director of Sustainable Land Use and reports to WRI Indonesia Country Director.

Recently, WRI Indonesia started to engage in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) related initiatives and also landed a sizable grant which contains activities on climate and low emission development and consequently Director of CLED will oversee and manage those two as strategic portfolios within the directorship.

Research (20%)
  • Identify knowledge gaps and influence opportunities where WRI Indonesia research can produce meaningful improvements in the climate and low emission development practices at level of national, jurisdictional and landscape.
  • Identify the data and methods needed to produce robust, unbiased research that addresses knowledge gaps and informs CLED’s influence strategies.
  • Cultivate relationships that expand the audiences for CLED’s knowledge products and their uptake of tools and research produced by the directorship.
  • Author or co-author knowledge products and review and provide constructive feedback on knowledge products produced by other WRI Indonesia and global initiatives.
Fundraising (20%)
  • Actively cultivate and manage relationships with existing donors to secure renewals.
  • Identify and cultivate new donors to expand CLED’s funding base.
  • Leverage existing relationships with foundations, governments, and individual donors.
  • Write, develop, and review fundraising proposals with staff from CLED and other parts of WRI Indonesia.
  • Mentor staff to broaden their fundraising skills, help them engage effectively in fundraising, and cultivate new funding prospects.
Management (30%)
  • Attract, motivate, and retain national-class CLED staff.
  • Manage CLED staff members, ensuring they are effective and supported, and that planned deliverable and results are achieved.
  • Oversee overall budgetary performance of CLED.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with staff across WRI Indonesia’s programs, as well as global WRI centers and other international offices, and external partners to advance the interests of CLED and of WRI Indonesia as a whole.
  • Review draft publications, blogs, press releases, and other research and communications materials developed by CLED staff to ensure they meet WRI’s high standards of quality.
  • Serve as member of WRI Indonesia Executive Team.
Leadership (15%)
  • Ensure WRI Indonesia’s CLED has a compelling vision, strong research foundation, clear priorities, and coherent strategy.
  • Lead CLED strategic planning, including development and planning of a major cross-institutional Signature Initiative, on sustainable land use and management.
  • Ensure CLED activities lead to meaningful results that promote sustainable development, and lead reporting on impacts and successes to internal and external audiences.
  • Lead CLED’s strategy development, partnership development, and fundraising efforts.
  • Foster a culture of excellence in the work within the directorship and across WRI Indonesia.
  • Promote close and effective collaboration with relevant programs and center at WRI as well as with other International Offices.
Outreach (15%)
  • External representation of WRI Indonesia’s CLED.
  • Develop and give presentations at public speaking events, international fora, one-on-one meetings, and within WRI.
  • Write briefs, publish blogs, and conduct media interviews in order to set public and private sector agendas, influence decision-maker perspectives, and communicate findings and recommendations from CLED’s work.
Required Qualifications:
  • Minimum 10-12 years of progressive professional work experience related to climate resilience, mitigation and adaptation, with relevant program implementation and project management experience.
  • Degree in he natural or social sciences with relevance to climate resilience and adaptation (e.g. sustainable development, development studies, climate science, environment policy). Master’s or PhD preferred.
  • A good understanding of Indonesia’s climate policy and sustainable development will be an advantage.
  • Strong network of relationships and partnerships with governments, donors, civil society, and other stakeholders engaged in sustainable development policy and practice.
  • Recognized expertise and track record of publication in sustainable development or low emission development in the context of Indonesia or similar geographical setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully motivate and manage teams to reach their full potential and achieve on-the-ground results.
  • Strong team player with ability to work across institutional departments/programs.
  • Proven ability to provide vision and superb strategic thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated capability to secure funding from donors.
  • Outstanding ability to communicate clearly, passionately, and compellingly to a wide range of audiences, especially high-level decision-makers from government, the private sector, and civil society.
  • Strong analytical research skills are required.
  • Strong writing skills for both technical and general audiences are essential. Oral presentation skills a plus.
  • Candidate must be self-motivated, detail-oriented and organized thinker with an ability to juggle multiple priorities, handle assignments independently, and work under tight deadlines.
  • Flexibility, sense of humor, breadth of interests, and willingness to explore unfamiliar issues all are qualities that will be looked for during the hiring process.
  • International experience is an advantage. Foreign language skills are a plus.
  • Position requires some international travel.
Final candidates will be required to take a writing test. Also required to produce two writing samples

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI Indonesia offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.


Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 15 February 2017. We will close the advert earlier when best candidates are identified at earlier dates. 

This is a locally engaged position; Indonesian nationals are encouraged to apply.