Climate Policy Initiative Job Vacancy: Program Assistant - Berau, East Kalimantan

CPI works to improve the most important energy and land use practices around the world. With deep expertise in policy and finance, our mission is to help governments, businesses, and financial institutions drive growth while addressing climate risk. We work in places that provide the most potential for impact, including Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, and the U.S.
In Indonesia, CPI supports the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and sub-national governments in Central and East Kalimantan. CPI's analysis covers topics such as climate finance – both private and public, fiscal policy, and sustainable natural resource management.  At sub-national level, CPI is partnering with local university and NGOs to support government's work in promoting sustainable land use and transition to green economy.
Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), is developing a program focusing on sustainable oil palm in East Kalimantan with a district-level focus on Berau. The program is funded by the German Ministry of Environment (BMUB), and focuses on designing a jurisdictional-approach pilot program to shift the region towards more environmentally sustainable standards of agricultural practice.
The program seeks to address economic incentives/disincentives to reduce pressure to convert or degrade tropical forests, while meeting regional economic development goals by developing key local commodities such as palm oil.
CPI’s approach to meeting the program objectives revolves around three strategies:
  • Strengthening fiscal capacity to support the region’s green growth and sustainability goals.
  • Increasing the productivity and efficiency of the palm oil value chain, from upstream to downstream, where opportunities for significant improvement exists.
  • Extracting the maximum economic values of oil palm-based products along and beyond the palm oil value chain (i.e. developing the downstream sector, utilizing oil palm and oil palm by-products into new and innovative products, etc.).
Our approach requires intensive engagement with partners and stakeholders in East Kalimantan on a regular basis.  CPI is seeking a Program Assistant to be based in East Kalimantan and help manage the project on the ground.
Position Summary
The overall objectives of the position of Program Assistant are to:
  • Build and maintain relationships and partnerships with local stakeholders (local governments, local researchers, local CSO partners and media):
    • Maintain close coordination with TNC’s team in Berau, Samarinda, and Balikpapan to ensure strong work synergies between CPI and TNC;
    • Actively seek out engagement and follow up communications with key government officials, university researchers, CSOs and other stakeholders relevant to CPI’s work;
    • Attend seminars, discussions, events and workshops as a CPI representative and competently describe CPI’s work when needed.
  • Program facilitation and logistical management
    • Facilitating the activities of CPI and its subcontractor(s) in East Kalimantan at village, district, or provincial level;
    • Coordinating with CPI operations staff in managing logistical and travel arrangements for the activities of CPI and its subcontractor(s);
    • Managing administrative needs and letter correspondences with local government officials, university researchers, CSOs and other stakeholders.
  • Other
    • Other tasks and errands required to support the Program in Berau, Samarinda, Balikpapan, and other corresponding districts if the need arises.
Qualifications and Professional Attributes
  • Bachelor degree in any field.
  • Two (2) years of work experience as a program officer/assistant, administrative manager, event organizer, or similar work position requiring expert management of engagement and logistics.
  • Is sociable and has an extensive network in Berau and /or Samarinda.
  • Able to adequately understand and verbally communicate in English.
  • Is hardworking, disciplined, independent, works comfortably in a team and is able to communicate effectively.
Compensation and Benefits
The position is available for immediate appointment.  The position will be based in Berau, East Kalimantan, with frequent travel required to Samarinda, Balikpapan, and other districts in East Kalimantan.  Travel to CPI’s office in Jakarta will also be required from time to time.  The position is a part-time position of at minimum 10 (ten) days per month, and CPI is open to discussing flexible working day arrangements.
CPI offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.
To  submit an  application,  please  send  a  cover letter,  your  CV and the contact  details of  two referees  to  before 15 June 2017.  Only short  listed  applicants  will  be contacted.
Climate Policy Initiative is an equal opportunity employer.