World Resources Institute Job Consultant for Sustainable Ocean Economy Reseracher, Indonesian

About WRI Indonesia and the program

WRI Indonesia is 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 the United States, Brazil, China, Europe, India, and Indonesia.. Launched in early 2014, WRI Indonesia builds on WRI’s 10-year history in the country, and strengthens our impact on the ground. In the short-to-medium term, WRI Indonesia aims to expand its presence and portfolio to include more projects in the ocean, climate, energy, as well as city and transportation programs.

WRI acts at the Secretariat of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Members of the High Level Panel include world leaders (i.e. serving heads of government) who recognize that economic production and Ocean protection must be mutually supporting if we are to “produce, protect and prosper”. President Joko Widodo of Indonesia is a member of the Panel.

The objective of the High Level Panel is to build a new, shared understanding of the current and potential future state of Ocean economy and ecology, and generate a set of policy, governance, technology and investment solutions aimed at catalyzing a truly Sustainable Ocean Economy.

The Panel will produce a final report in 2020 and suite of bold but pragmatic recommendations that are a roadmap for aligning robust economic development – especially in the developing world – with protecting the vital natural capital of the Ocean. To produce these, the Panel and the Secretariat work with the Expert Group and the Advisory Network. In advance of the final report, World Resources Institute will publish a series of “Blue Papers” exploring specific themes of the Sustainable Ocean Economy. These papers will summarize the latest science, synthesize state-of-the-art thinking about innovative Ocean solutions, and focus particularly on implications for the economic development and social welfare of developing countries, including Indonesia.

As part of the Secretariat, WRI Indonesia is committed to support the work of the Panel and the Expert Group from Indonesia, especially in the development of certain themes of the “Blue Papers”. Building on the latest research, analysis and debates from Indonesia and the region, the “Blue Papers” will demonstrate that sustainable Ocean management is key to achieving the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs as well as Indonesia’s vision as a maritime axis of the world.

The researcher will work on the preparation and production of certain “Blue Papers”. The work will include writing, analysis, and dissemination of results. The researcher will become part of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative team at WRI Global and WRI Indonesia and provide support to the Indonesia-based key stakeholders of the High Level Panel, e.g. the Country’s “Sherpa”, Co-chair of the Expert Group, and Expert Group members. The researcher will also play some project coordination and management role.


Research and Communications (70% of time required)
  • Assisting in preparing and organizing activities to develop method, data collection, analysis, and presentation in relation to the Blue Papers and maritime issues in Indonesia and the region.
  • Working with the other research team to contribute to knowledge products and other communication documents (e.g., reports, briefs, data products, tools, blog) to raise the profile of WRI Global and WRI Indonesia’s works on sustainable ocean initiative, which include the development of “Trends in Indonesian Marine Resources and Fisheries Management”.
  • Preparing and writing components of the Blue Papers, reports, working papers, and blogposts either independently or alongside co-authors.
  • Developing and disseminating communications materials, such as reports and presentations, as well as communicating works to stakeholders including delivering presentations at public speaking events as needed. 
Program/Project Management (30%)
  • Assisting the manager to ensure project deliverables together with other key personnel in WRI Indonesia, WRI Global, and its partners;
  • Assisting the manager in developing project documents and contributing to presentations, concept notes and proposals;
  • Carrying out administrative tasks as necessary;
  • Documenting progress of activities regularly and contribute to ongoing institutional Monitoring and Evaluation, and donor reporting;
  • Working in partnership with stakeholders (government agencies, private sector and NGOs) to develop collaborative approaches for Blue Papers development and any follow-up implementation.

  • Legally able to work in Indonesia.
  • Masters degree in environmental economics, maritime law, marine science/studies, aquaculture/fisheries, environmental science, international development, international relations, public policy, political science, or other relevant fields.
  • Minimum three years of work experience in relevant field and preferably with some project management experience.
  • Familiarity with and interest in Indonesian maritime/marine resources issues.
  • Outstanding and proven skills of writing in English.
  • Analytical capacity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Highly organized and systematic with time management skills and ability to juggle competing priorities and deadlines required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as ability to manage professional relationships to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various backgrounds.
  • Ability to travel within Indonesia when needed.

  • Weekly report of the project’s progress
  • Monthly report of the project’s progress
  • Strategic recommendations by the end of the project
  • Draft “Blue Paper” on certain thematic issues
  • Draft sub-chapter as part of “Trends in Marine Resources and Fisheries”
  • Draft blogposts on marine-related issues

Reports to: Sustainable Ocean Initiative Manager at WRI Indonesia

Final candidates will be required to take a writing test. Also required to produce two writing samples

Consutant rate: Consultant rate is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.

Qualified applicants should APPLY ONLINE

Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 28 February 2019. 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.