Sustainable Energy Transition in Indonesia (SETI) Senior Project Lead

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute

Jakarta, Indonesia
Posted on Saturday, December 23, 2023

Program Overview

The Sustainable Energy Transition in Indonesia (SETI) Project has the main objective to support Indonesia’s energy transition by increasing the share of renewable energy and improving the energy efficiency of key industries, as well as the built environment. To achieve this, SETI follows a multi-level approach that focuses on the demand perspective: it demonstrates innovative technologies and business cases to encourage private sector actors to replicate successful renewable energy and energy efficiency approaches in industry. This is accompanied by improving the readiness of financial instruments for sustainable energy investments. Through piloting integrated energy planning and its implementation on the municipal level, SETI will also bring the topic of decarbonization to the sub-national level. Finally, SETI loops back results, lessons learned, and experiences to the national level to design a relevant and fertile policy framework.

SETI is implemented through a consortium of Indonesian and international implementing partners, consisting of GIZ, WRI Indonesia, IESR, and Yayasan Indonesia Cerah. Anchored with the Direktorat Jenderal Energi Baru Terbarukan dan Konservasi Energi (DJ EBTKE) under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR), SETI works with different energy-related political partners, including Bappenas, the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Finance, PLN, to name a few.

As one of the consortium members and implementing partners, WRI Indonesia’s main task is to plan and execute activities for Output 3 (Industry Innovation Lab), as well as taking over the responsibility for achieving the respective impacts by collaborating with the Government of Indonesia stakeholders, as well with other relevant stakeholders like the Kadin Net Zero Hub (Kadin NZH), industrial estate(s), companies, and business associations. WRI will also coordinate and support the SETI consortium in some activities of Output 1 (Policy), 2 (Finance), and 4 (Urban Energy Lab).

Under its Energy and Sustainable Business portfolio, WRI Indonesia has been closely working to drive the adoption of transformative business models, develop net-zero business supporting ecosystem, and empower businesses to achieve net-zero targets. WRI contributes to the industrial decarbonization space by developing research, decarbonization strategy tools, climate innovation, and evidence-based policy recommendations, as well as leading two flagship initiatives, which are: (i) The Kadin Net Zero Hub (Kadin NZH), a knowledge hub to assist companies affiliated with Indonesia's Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) on their path to net-zero emissions, and (ii) the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA), to advance policies and financing for clean energy in the commercial and industrial sectors

Job Highlight

The Senior Project Lead is responsible for managing the SETI’s project implementation and ensuring that all outputs are delivered at the highest quality by the end of the project timeline. The position holder is expected to collaborate with other relevant cluster teams within the same deputyship of Climate, Energy, Cities, and Ocean to ensure alignment of research, engagement, and other project activities. Engagement with external stakeholders, such as the SETI’s consortium members, companies, business associations, and other relevant stakeholders is also required to ensure the success of the project.

This position will be based in Jakarta, with the possibility of doing travel. This position will report to the Senior Manager for Energy and Sustainable Business.

What You Will Do

Project Management (60%)

  1. Lead the SETI’s portfolio and program planning, which involves budgeting, program monitoring, and risk management for the program’s successful outcome.
  2. Provide strategy on project implementation and spending to ensure all activities within projects are aligned according to the project documents (deliverables, milestones, work plan) and adhere to WRI Indonesia operations policy.
  3. Actively leading and/or coordinating with other internal WRI team members, including collaboration with research, engagement, communication, and other pertinent teams.
  4. Lead the coordination and day-to-day communication with other consortium members.
  5. Lead the development process and presentation for project documents, decks, reports, and proposals.
  6. Review budgets and financial reports using funder templates and monitor/oversee monthly spending, track savings, burn rates, and variances against spending with support from the Sr. Manager.
  7. Identify and address opportunities and challenges within the project that arise internally and externally, including adjustment of programmatic strategies, approaches, and budgets, with communications to the Sr. Manager.
  8. Develop a mechanism with the team to track the implementation of the project.
  9. Ensure that data and information required for demonstrating program impact and lessons learned are collected, analyzed, and integrated into program monitoring and evaluation systems/tools.
  10. Use or develop tools to support the monitoring of project performance against contract requirements by coordinating with the MEL team as necessary.

Research (20%)

  1. Work with other research and communication teams in authoring or co-authoring knowledge products (e.g., peer-reviewed reports and publications) and other engagement documents (e.g., method briefs, data products, background information, and/or concept notes).
  2. Co-manage teams of researchers and consultants to achieve various project deliverables.
  3. Identify and advance new lines of strategic research and timely analysis relevant to the program’s influence, strategy, and objectives.
  4. Develop and disseminate knowledge products, such as blogs, opinions, and platforms, and deliver presentations at public speaking events as needed.

Engagement and Outreach (20%)

  1. Build and manage partnership and technical assistance with government agencies, academic institutions, private sectors, NGOs, and the wider public to optimize the planned strategy associated with the project.
  2. Strategically identifies potential new partners and advocates the project’s progress and outcomes for expansion purposes.
  3. Facilitate meetings and deliver training for various stakeholders.
  4. Establish strategic engagement and communication with donor

What You Will Need

  • Master's in the relevant field of work, e.g., energy systems, energy public policy, or comparable with a good understanding of renewable energy and its policy development in Indonesia.
  • At least 5 (five) years of professional experience in/with renewable energy and energy efficiency, ideally with a focus or relevance to energy policymaking.
  • At least 2 (two) years providing technical assistance to governmental and/or regional/ international implementing organizations in the field of sustainable energy/climate change mitigation.
  • Highly proficient at managing complex, interrelated, and time-sensitive projects.
  • Firm knowledge of best practices and experience in managing donor relationships
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills and ability to liaise and communicate effectively with relevant stakeholders.
  • Previous experience preparing and managing technical energy-related studies including supervision and steering of consultants is a strong asset.
  • Previous experience in preparing and implementing events and capacity development measures (conferences, delegation trips, training, dialogues, etc.) is an asset.
  • Previous experience working with/for MEMR, PLN, MoI, and or other government institutions is an asset.
  • A good understanding of policy-making processes within the Government of Indonesia is an asset.
  • Capability of setting priorities, working under constraints, and managing several project activities simultaneously.
  • Well-coordinated and well-engaged within project and wider program execution.
  • Ability to work well in a group/team as well as working individually.
  • Ability & willingness to do business travel to meet project goals.
  • Must be able to multi-task and manage several project activities simultaneously.

Contract Arrangement

Full-time with fixed-term employment agreement for up to February 2025 with 3 (three) months of consultancy contract apply before the fixed-term employment agreement started.

What we offer

  • Salary that is commensurate with experience and skills
  • Competitive and comprehensive benefit package
  • Access to the WRI global network
  • Opportunity to join and/or get involved in different working groups
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work
  • A chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization

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.

How to apply: In order to be formally considered, please submit an updated resume and cover letter through WRI career portal.

Application close: 17.00 (DKI Jakarta local time), 29 February 2024. 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.

About Us

Founded in 1982, the World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

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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 Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.

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 projects in the climate, energy, as well as city and transportation programs.

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 projects in the climate, energy, as well as city and transportation programs.

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