The ASEAN region is a crucial site for peatlands, covering approximately 23.6 million hectares which represents 56% of global tropical peatlands. According to the UN Environment Programme, peatlands store twice as much carbon as the world’s forests. Over the last decade, human activities of draining and burning peatlands in Southeast Asia have turned peatlands from functioning as carbon storages into significant carbon emitters. Transboundary haze has become an annual event with severe implications on the climate crisis. The UN equates the carbon emissions from drained and burned peatlands at 10% of all fossil fuel emissions.
Responding to the above, the European Union (EU) awarded a grant to the Peat for Peat (PFP) coalition, consisting of World Resources Institute Indonesia (WRI), Yayasan Inisiatif Dagang Hijau (IDH) and Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre (TRCRC).
The SUPA programme consists of two components; the PFP coalition has been awarded under Component 2, comprising the Non-State Actor (NSA) scheme. PFP will collaborate over a period of three years with a budget totaling to €5 million with the goal to improve the ability of non-state actors (NSAs) such as local communities, private sector entities, CSOs/NGOs, research institutions, and financial institutions, to move towards sustainable peatland management practices that will reduce fires and haze in the ASEAN region.
PFP will serve as a platform to coordinate sustainable peatland use, management, and haze mitigation efforts across ASEAN countries. The activities will revolve around three pillars of data and information, business and investment, and outreach and advocacy.
The results of this collaboration will include:
● Enhanced and mainstreamed knowledge on sustainable peatland management through reliable data utilization, promotion of actionable research, and best practices implementation at a local level;
● Catalyzed investment and business model transformation of sustainable peat commodities; and
● Improved awareness, stewardship, and capacity of NSAs and communities to collaborate and be mobilized for sustainable peatland management and protection.
The Business Research Consultant hired from the participating ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Lao, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines and Cambodia) will work directly with the PFP coalition in Indonesia and Malaysia to research existing and design innovative business models of sustainable use of peatland and haze mitigation involving partnership with private sector supply chain companies, local communities (including smallholders). CSOs/NGOs, and public entities in the ASEAN region. As the PFP programme management office selects each cohort batch on an annual basis through an open call for proposal, the consultant will be responsible to provide business support to the selected cohorts. PFP aims to roll out three cohort cycles under the EU SUPA Component 2 programme. Pipelined projects in the prioritized region will require innovative business solutions and the consultant is required to collaborate effectively within a multi-stakeholder platform; in assisting the programme management office to identify, verify, document, and publish these business solutions; with the objective of improving economic, environmental, and social aspects of the respective business.
● Research the region’s socio-economic factors required to accelerate innovative business model for sustainable peat restoration
● Conduct stakeholder mapping on targeted peatland areas, identify project gaps and current sustainable business and agricultural practices
● Research existing and design innovative business models of sustainable use of peatland
● Work closely with PFP team members to implement selected PFP Business Hub’s activities with focus on preparing business models based on research findings (i.e. project gaps, current agriculture business practices, stakeholder needs and business proposal preparation for PFP implementation
● To connect PFP and cohort members to the consultant’s network of experts that may have expertise in fields that include but are not limited to peatland ecology, sustainable peatland management, peatland restoration, agroforestry, paludiculture, sustainable businesses, innovative financing and environmental accounting
● To provide updated reports on relevant and contemporary issues related to the sustainable use and management of peatland and relevant businesses, as well as governance and guideline related matters
● To work in unity with other independent consultants, country coordinators and cohort members to reduce the turn-around time of business documents sent to PFP for review
● Assisting the programme management office to identify, verify, document, and publish the PFP Business Hub’s solutions
The above deliverables are the expected outcomes to be delivered within the EU SUPA project periode (2019 – 2022), specific deliverables for the initial contract will be discussed further upon contract signing
Period of Work
3 months of initial contract from 1 August – 30 October 2020 with possibility of extension subject to individual performance evaluation, budget availability and program needs.
Terms of Payment
Daily rate consultant with maximum 40 (forty) working days for the whole contract period. WRI will provide travel tickets and Consultant is entitled to per diem payment relevant to such travels which will be paid according to EU’s rules and regulations upon invoice submission.
Must have authorization to work in Indonesia to be eligible for this position.
Final candidates might be required to take a writing test and to produce two writing samples when needed.
Consultant rate: Consultant rate is commensurate with experience and skills.
Qualified applicants should apply online through WRI career portal in order to be formally considered.
Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 29 June 2020. We will close the advert earlier when the best candidates are identified at earlier dates.
This is a locally engaged position; Indonesian nationals are encouraged to apply.
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