Monthly Archives: February 2012

JOB: Mercy Corps – National Liaison

Mercy Corps helps people turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team in 41 countries is improving the lives of 19 million people.

Mercy Corps Indonesia is currently seeking to fill the post through external candidates:

1. National Liaison and Replication (Jakarta)
Project Officer – Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) Program

The National Liaison & Replication Project Officer will work directly to ACCCRN Program Coordinator and will be responsible to approach government structure at national level to support climate change adaptation mainstreaming, approach government structure at different levels to channel additional resources, assist and facilitate replication workshops on Urban Climate Change Resilience (UCCR) at local, regional and national level, assist the liaison and network of existing ACCCRN cities with new urban areas and contribute to overall urban program development and future proposals for ACCCRN or other urban development follow-on activity.

Qualifications:
1. 3+ years of experience in Indonesia climate change initiatives and/or urban development
2. Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
3. Experience in networking and project implementation, and documentation related to Indonesian climate change issues, and Indonesian government climate change initiatives and actors.
4. Familiar with Indonesian government structures and institutions, and their interactions.
5. BA/S or higher in environmental sciences, or similar field.
6. Fluency in English verbal and written communication is essential.
7. Ability to multi-task, follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members essential.
8. Strong familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel are mandatory.
9. Candidate must be willing to travel regularly to the two selected cities outside of Jakarta.

2. Team Leader – Asian Cities Climate (Lampung)
Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) Program

The Team Leaderwill work directly with the Project Coordinator to complete a robust and demand driven process of Indonesian city selection, and will then work directly with the Project Coordinator and two regional Project Officer to build the capacity of selected Indonesian city networks to develop, plan, budget, and identify potential funding for participatory, city level, climate change resilience strategies; to assist and ensure all of local adaptation action goals and objectives are met; to identify, develop, local climate action, document, and disseminate successful Indonesian city network climate change activities within Indonesia and throughout ACCCRN regional network.The Team Leader will be required to work with a wide range of project partners spanning civil society, private sector, government, international donors, etc. Additional responsibilities will include liaising with Mercy Corps other Urban Programs to identify potential follow-on or complementary urban programming in the two selected Indonesian cities, and participation in project training and knowledge-sharing activities.

Qualifications:
1. 5+ years of experience in Indonesia climate change initiatives and/or urban development
2. Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
3. Experience in networking and project implementation, and documentation related to Indonesian climate change issues, and Indonesian government climate change initiatives and actors.
4. BA/S or higher in environmental sciences, or similar field.
5. Fluency in English verbal and written communication is essential.
6. Ability to multi-task, follow procedures, meet deadlines and works independently and cooperatively with team members essential.
7. Strong familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel are mandatory.
8. Candidate must be willing to travel regularly.

Please send your CV with position applied on the email subject to: hrd@id.mercycorps.org. Vacancy will be closed 4 March 2012.

We look forward to hearing from those who are interested in taking this opportunity to grow and develop with us.

Link : http://ngo-vacancy.blogspot.com/2012/02/open-vacancy-at-mercy-corps-national.html

Community Engagement Field Officer

Source : Mailist – February 23, 2012

CARE International Indonesia (CII), as an international NGO, has carried out large scale operations in Indonesia, encompassing emergency operations, transitional activities centered on agriculture and nutrition and a range of development initiatives in such areas as water and sanitation, health and micro-credit.

CARE Indonesia in Kapuas is currently recruiting the following position for its project:

Job title : Community Engagement Field Officer
Departement/Project : Project/KFCP
Reports to : Project Officer

JOB SUMMARY
The Community Engagement Field Officer will play a key role in community engagement as the interface between the project and villagers. With the support from the Project Officers, they will build engagement with the local communities to ensure high levels of collaboration and involvement in KFCP village level activities. The Community Engagement Field Officer will be assist (mentor village facilitators and/or facilitate) the village in analyzing village needs in general and through the framework of REDD and KFCP activities and benefits and develop village plans. The Community Engagement Field Officer will then collaborate with KFCP specialists in the implementation of KFCP activities (such as livelihood development, fire preventions, reforestation and canal blocking) and will also manage the delivery of KFCP and REDD messages to communities and local government (village and sub-district levels) to raise awareness, although this is a non supervisory role.

TheCommunity EngagementField Officer will spend the majority of their time in the villages they are allocated to. They will return to to Palangka Raya once a month for meetings and coordination with other CARE and KFCP staff. They will report directly to the Project Officer.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS
Project implementation
a. Develop strong linkage between village government and communities in all KFCP activities and contract and provide capacity building to village goverments as requested.

b. Facilitate the development or review of village planning (Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Desa/RPJM-Desa dan Rencana Kegiatan Pembangunan Desa/RKP-Desa).

c. Promote and facilitate the implementation of alternative livelihoods which contribute to reduce GHG emission, monitor and evaluate the implementation accordingly.

d. Provide capacity building interventions to village groups, organizations, and government.

e. Undertake consultation activities with communities and act as liaison for the community in the area of responsibility for canal blocking, peatland forest restoration and protection, and reforestation of degraded areas, based on research and restoration strategy.

f. Assess the REDD impact on livelihood, poverty reduction, and gender aspects.

Coordination
a. Coordinate CARE International Indonesia and KFCP initiatives with village and sub-district governments, and NGO’s operating within project location.

b. Develop strong linkage between village government and communities in all KFCP activities and contract and provide capacity building to village goverments as requested.

c. Assist the Program Officers and Community Engagement Specialists collaborate with sub-district and district governments.

d. Coordinating with KFCP Specialists, promote and facilitate the implementation of fire prevention awareness, capacity development, and behavior modification incentives.

Project administration
a. Submit administrative and project-based report to Project Officer regularly.

Perform additional assignments that will contribute to the basic function as requested by supervisor.

CONTACTS/KEY RELATIONSHIPS
This section may include both internal and external relationships
Key Relationship Position Relationship
Internal Project Officer Direct Supervisor
TPOs, Coordination
CES & Program Manager Next Supervisor
External Sub district Government Coordination
KFCP Specialist Coordination

QUALIFICATIONS
a. Familiar with CARE system is highly desirable.

b. Able to work in a team as well as on an individual basis with limited supervision.

c. Ability to make effective oral presentations.

d. Good interpersonal communication.

e. Willing to live and work in a remote location.

f. Local speaking candidate is preferable.

WORKING CONDITION : Project Area 90 % ; Travel 10 %

TERMS OF OFFER
CARE is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive salary and benefits package, and a collegial working environment.

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above positions, and detailed curriculum vitae, with names and addresses of three referees (including telephone, fax numbers and email address). Please DO NOT attached academic transcripts and Diplomas and state clearly the applied position code in the email subject.

Please submit your applications before February 29, 2012 to CARE International Indonesia, Human Resources Unit: recruit_579@careind.or.id

“Only qualified applicants will be shortlisted”

FRA Claims Protecting Indigenous Rights is Vital to REDD+ Scheme

Source : Your Story – February 22, 2012

FRA claims that the REDD+ project is more than just about preventing deforestation and has backed a statement from a high profile member, who talks about the importance of helping those living in and around the forests.

Bainbridge Island, WA, February 21, 2012 – Forestry Research Associates (FRA) claims that the REDD+ project is more than just about preventing deforestation and has backed a statement from a high profile member, who talks about the importance of helping those living in and around the forests.

Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, one of the leaders of the REDD+ task force in Indonesia, has spoken out to highlight the fact that the campaign should be just as much about safeguarding the rights of indigenous people as preventing deforestation.

He stated, “It’s not as simple as the destruction of forests by logging companies. That certainly happens, but the real issue in REDD is poverty, and we must link the two together.”

FRA, which is a research and analysis consultancy, and Mangkusubroto, agree that poverty has become rife in some regions that have experienced a high level of deforestation due to the failure to recognise indigenous peoples’ land rights.

FRA also points out that these kinds of land rights issues can occur as a result of REDD+ measures. Mangkusubroto points out an example that occurred in Sumatra, where an indigenous population were told to move away from their homes as the forest land they lived in was designated a conservation area. Mangkusubroto was keen to point out that he intends to avoid these kinds of measures being introduced. He stated, “We will not implement a ‘father knows best’ approach, but instead we’ll do this cooperatively.”

FRA supports sustainable forestry investment schemes that help to safeguard valuable forests in developing countries. An example is the non-native forestry plantations grown by Greenwood Management in Brazil. The growth of non-native trees for use as charcoal by the domestic steel industry, can help reduce the reliance on native trees. Peter Collins, AAA’s analysis partner explained, “This kind of scheme helps local people realise the value of their standing forests.”

Contact:
Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 316 8394
info@forestry-research.com
http://www.forestry-research.com

Link : http://your-story.org/fra-claims-protecting-indigenous-rights-is-vital-to-redd-scheme-310627/

JOB: IAFCP – Translators and Interpreters

Source : Mailist – February 20, 2012

Selected individuals and institutions will work with the project in Jakarta, Central Kalimantan and possibly Sumatera.

The Indonesia Australia Forest Carbon Partnership
(IAFCP) Facility is funded by Australian Aid – managed by IDSS Pty. Ltd. and Euroconsult Mott MacDonald on behalf of AusAID.

The Indonesia Australia Forest Carbon Partnership (IAFCP) is a partnership between the Government of the Republic Indonesia and the Government of Australia to assist Indonesia in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Under this partnership, AusAID and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) are working with the Ministry of Forestry, and other Indonesian government agencies to demonstrate how REDD+ can contribute to global efforts to mitigate climate change.

The Kalimantan Forest and Climate Partnership (KFCP) is a key activity under IAFCP. The goal of KFCP is to demonstrate a credible, equitable, and effective approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, including from the degradation of peat lands, that can inform a post-2013 global climate change agreement and enable Indonesia’s meaningful participation in future international carbon markets.

Background:
The Indonesia Australia Forest Carbon Partnership
(IAFCP) requires the periodic services of:

1. Translatorsto translate documents from Indonesia into English and from English into Indonesia; and

2. Interpretersto provide Interpretationduring seminars, workshops, conferences and official visits.

IAFCP aims to create a panelof translators andinterpreters from which it can draw upon to fulfil a variety of short-term, freelance assignments

Nature of the Assignment
1. Indonesia-English and English-Indonesia translators are required to translate a variety of materials including documents, speeches, press releases, brochures, and reports produced by and for the use of IAFCP. Assignments for the translation of documents may be carried out remotely and work will be submitted via email.

2. Indonesia-English / English-Indonesia Interpreters are required to provide interpretationduring seminars, workshops, conferences and official visits organized by IAFCP. Assignments will be conducted at the site of the event.

Competencies:
Translation Skills:
1. Educational qualifications preferred,but must have excellent English and Bahasa Indonesia writing skills;

2. Excellent analytical abilities and editing skills;

3. Attention to detail and ability to maintain an adequate volume of output.

4. Able to detect and understand nuances in the original text; and

5. Understandcultural references that may need to be explained, including colloquialisms and slang as well as other expressions that may not be able to be translatedliterally.

Interpretation skills:
1. Educational qualifications preferredbut must be fluent
in English and Bahasa Indonesia;

2. Attention to detail along with understanding what is being communicated in both languages;

3. Able to clearly express idea and thoughts;

4. Understandcultural references that may need to be explained, including colloquialisms and slang as well as other expressions that may not be able to be translatedliterally.

5. High level of concentration.

General
1. Planning and Organizing:Ability to establish
priorities, plan, coordinate and monitor own work and to deliver work on time within agreed deadlines.

2. Teamwork: Good coordination with others to ensure consistency of terminology and style; anddemonstrated ability to gain the support and cooperation of others in a team environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

3. Knowledge: Knowledge in the areas of Governance, Environment, Climate Change as well as experience are advantages. Experience in using word processing and other computer applications.

Interested individuals or organisations must submit the following documents/information and demonstrate that they are qualified:
1. A resume and cover letter; and For Translator- Three (3) examples of recent, relevant translation work. Each should be no longer than five pages. Interpreter- Three (3) recent examples of interpretation worknoting where,when, nature of the event,and audience.

2. A list of three references;

3. Financial offer: For Translator:Rate per page (A4 paper, average 550 words, font 11pt. Tenderer to note rate and currency for translation from English to Indonesia, and from Indonesia to English.

Interpretation:Rate per hour.Tenderer to note rate in Rupiah for translation from English to Indonesia, and from Indonesia to English.

Note: Applications without financial offer will not be considered. IAFCP reserve the right to negotiate rates that are deemed too high.

Note: Please note that only short-listed candidates will be notified. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Evaluation of proposals:
The following criteria will be used during the
evaluation:
a) Completeness of the proposal;

b) Responsiveness to the TOR;

c) Quality of provided translation work samples;

d) Price

Submission requirements:
Proposal should be submitted in a sealed envelope at
the following address:

Indonesia Australia Forest
Carbon Partnership
World Trade Centre 8th Floor,
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav.31
Jakarta 12920, Indonesia

Attention: HR Unit Or by email to tender@iafcp.or.id no later than 26 February 2011.

IAFCP reserves the right to accept or reject proposal received
after this date

ATTENTION:Please indicate on the envelopeor on e-mail subject the following reference Translationand / Interpretation.Candidate can aply to both Translation and Interprer but must submit in a separate proposal.

IAFCP will not be responsible for postal delays, if any, in the delivery of the bid documents or non-receipt of the same. Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic means, to the address indicated above.

JOB: REDD Advisor

Source : Mailist – February 21, 2012

ZSL Indonesia is looking for a qualified and committed candidate to take the lead in developing both our REDD Berbak Carbon Initiative Project (BCI) in Indonesia and our overall REDD strategy. We are exploring using market-based mechanisms to tackle the joint challenges of conservation and emission reduction, whilst allowing for sustainable development, and are looking to work in the future in emerging climate finance projects and in wider climate finance strategy. The post-holder will initially focus on progressing the BCI, and later on expand activities in order to participate in developing other REDD and Blue Carbon possibilities in ZSL’s programme.

Main responsibilities Indonesia
1. To oversee relations with key stakeholders, mainly in the national government, and key strategic partners and potential investors, ensuring relationships are maintained and supporting knowledge transfer and capacity building to ensure long term sustainability of the BCI project.

2. To lead on the coordination of the BCI project design document for submission to applicable standards including CCBA.

3. To contribute to the development and implementation of the project and of ZSL’s Indonesia programme’s wider goals.

ZSL Wide
1. To lead the development, representation, promotion of ZSL’s REDD strategy at both national (mainly Indonesia) and international levels

2. To undertake analytical work on REDD+ issues, including those at regional and global scales.

3. To provide technical advice on REDD, carbon and natural capital to ZSL as a whole.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and experience;
1. A post graduate qualification (M.Sc or PhD in a related subject)

2. Good knowledge of forestry and nature conservation sector including a sound working knowledge of REDD, Carbon financing and potential markets, ideally with knowledge of the implementation of UN-REDD and REDD implementation in Indonesia

3. A minimum 5 years experience working in the forestry and nature conservation sector including previous experience working at a senior level, or equivalent combination may be considered.

4. Ability to think analytically, strategically, and programmatically.

5. Experience in mainstreaming climate change in development/sector policies, strategies and programmes ideally in conservation organizations.

6. Strong scientific and policy level background

7. Proven experience, knowledge and understanding in developing an REDD in country project, including compiling a project design document for submission to applicable standards, especially CCBA Gold Standards and voluntary markets

8. Proven experience in the use of climate change related financing mechanisms (CDM,

9. REDD+, LDCs Fund, etc)

10. Experience in management of GIS tools (ArcGIS, IDRISI), and / or economic modeling and / or forest carbon stocks;

11. Proven history of managing complex or multiple projects.

12. Excellent communication and presentation skills in English

13. A willingness to travel

The post holder will ideally be based initially in Indonesia, but may also travel to the UK and other ZSL project countries as the role develops.

Please submit your CV and covering letter to ZSL’s Human Resources Department at hr@zsl.org . Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

Clsoing date: Sunday 4 March 2012

Only short listed candidates will be contacted and invited for interviews in the week commencing 12th March 2012.

Indonesia Counters Climate Change, Carbon Emissions

Source : Kuna – February 20, 2012

ndonesia entered a new phase in countering climate change and limiting carbon emissions after the authorities approved a new approach to improve the conditions of forests and lands, known as the “project of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)”.

The head of the project said, in press remarks Monday, that this project does not only aim to finance investors, but is also preparing the government to discover opportunities for improving the management of forests out of commitment to protecting the environment and commercial growth.

Indonesia has the world’s third largest forestland, which emits 60 percent of the country’s overall greenhouse gasses.

This project has a sustainable strategy, supported by a team of officials from various ministries, institutions, and international organizations interested in environment preservation.

This project made a number of achievements last year including extinguishing forest fires, and improving management of forests.
The local authorities are exerting all possible efforts to counter climate change with the unique and strategic geographical location of the country in southeast Asia in mind.

The Indonesian authorities also established communities to support the nations of the region in decreasing the carbon emissions through the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The project of decreasing the carbon emissions comes in harmony with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang’s pledge at the G-20 summit in 2009 to reduce carbon emissions by 26 percent.

REDD is a set of steps designed to use market/financial incentives in order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation. Its original objective is to reduce green house gases but it is claimed that it can deliver “co-benefits” such as biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation. (end) aab.lb KUNA 201303 Feb 12NNNN

Link : http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2222492&language=en

REDD Task Force Calls for More Indigenous Rights

Source : Jakarta Post – February 20, 2012
By Fidelis E. Satriastanti

Indonesia has its work cut out in efforts to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, the presidential adviser entrusted with overseeing the effort said on Friday.

One of the key challenges facing REDD, as schemes to reduce forest carbon emissions are known, is poverty among communities living in and around forests, said Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, a former minister who now leads the president’s REDD task force.

“It’s not as simple as the destruction of forests by logging companies,” he said. “That certainly happens, but the real issue in REDD is poverty, and we must link the two together.”

The issue of poverty relates to a failure to recognize indigenous land rights, he said.

As an example, he cited the case of a conservation forest on Siberut island in West Sumatra that is home to a clan of indigenous people who want to continue living there.

“But the central administration wants them out because the area has been designated a conservation area,” he said. “These sorts of anomalies must be handled properly. Forests are not just woods, but people’s livelihoods.”

Kuntoro hopes to establish a precedent of all REDD schemes involving local communities from the start.

“We will not implement a ‘father knows best’ approach, but instead we’ll do this cooperatively,” he said. “There won’t be programs handed down from Jakarta.”

REDD is not just about counting carbon emissions but also about sustainable forest management, he said.

“We are also talking about biodiversity,” Kuntoro said.

When the task force’s mandate expires in December, he said, its work could continue through an independent body or a task force attached to the Forestry Ministry.

“Whatever form it takes, the organization must report directly to the president, must enjoy ministerial level status, and be beholden to no other institution,” he said.

Link : http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/nvironment/redd-task-force-calls-for-more-indigenous-rights/499128