Abt Associates Job Vacancy: Land Dispute Resolution Specialist - NTB Areas, Indonesian

Abt Associates has been selected by the Millennium Challenge Account-Indonesia to implement the one-year Participatory Mapping and Planning (PMaP) 6 project. Through this project Abt Associates will help over 300 rural villages in fifteen districts throughout the country to delineate and demarcate their boundaries and map their resources to attract future investment in areas that will improve rural livelihoods in an environmentally sustainable manner. In this project, Abt Associates and its team of Indonesian specialists and subcontractors will implement the 21-step Village Boundary Setting/Resource Management (VBS/RM) methodology in collaboration with local communities and government through a participatory process.

Abt Associates is seeking a field-based Land Dispute Resolution Specialist to support and oversee work in assigned areas of NTB. The Land Dispute Resolution Specialist will report to the Land Tenure Advisor based in Jakarta and provide technical support to the technical teams implementing the VBS/RM process on the ground. The position requires a six-month posting commitment in NTB and extensive travel within the region. Living and quarter’s allowance will be provided by the project.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide expert support to the Kecamatan Technical Working Teams and the Village Participation Teams in regards to land tenure and dispute resolution issues which may arise during VBS/RM process;
  • Participate in the district and subdistrict level planning meeting and serve as a land use and tenure resource person in meetings as needed;
  • Plan for land-based dispute mediation and provide oversight during its application as needed; 
  • Monitor the land use and land tenure aspects of the VBS/RM process and provide input and support data for the preparation of reports and presentations; 
  • Coordinate directly with the Chief of Party, Land Tenure Advisor, Field Coordinators, and other personnel in the planning, coordinating and implementation of field work, data processing, and preparation of reports and presentations; 
  • Provide technical support to the Community Liaison/Coordination Specialist and Social and Communications Facilitators on the Kecamatan Technical Working Teams in the following types of activities: 
  • Investigating the land use and tenure issues of each district, subdistrict, and village in the assigned districts, including indigenous land (adat land) issues in coordination with the Stakeholders Engagement Specialist; 
  • Developing a willingness-based mechanism for mediation of disputes to be used in the case of land tenure, land boundary, and land use disputes;
  • Assisting the VBS/RM team and the Village Participation Team in the mediation of land-based disputes that arise during the VBS/RM process; and
  • Preparing data and materials on the fieldwork for use in for technical reports and presentations. 
Minimum Qualifications

  • Academic level degree in land tenure, geography, natural resource management or rural development;
  • Three years professional experience in land-related development projects or research;
  • Demonstrated technical understanding of natural resource management, land use and rural community development and land-based dispute mediation;
  • Demonstrated skill in coordination, communication, and interaction with local government and community representatives;
  • Strong knowledge of rural land issues, indigenous/customary (adat) land tenure, and territorial claims;
  • Ability to frequently travel to remote locations in Indonesia;
  • Fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and working knowledge of English;
  • Six month posting commitment in NTB; Lombok Island. Extensive travel within region is required.
Interested candidates may send a CV and cover letter to abt.pmap@gmail.com. no later than May 5,2017 with subject Land Dispute Resolution Specialist_your name, Only qualified candidates will be contacted.