RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests holds a unique and important place in the world of forestry. It is the only international not‐for‐profit organization that specializes in capacity development for community forestry and devolved forest management. RECOFTC engages in strategic networks and effective partnerships with governments, nongovernment organizations, civil society, the private sector, local people, and research and educational institutes throughout the Asia‐Pacific region and beyond. With over 25 years of international experience and a dynamic approach to capacity development—involving research, analysis and synthesis; strategic communication; training and learning networks; and piloting and demonstrating—RECOFTC delivers innovative solutions for people and forests.
RECOFTC's new 5 year strategic plan 2013-2018, which launched in October 2013, aims to consolidate and expand its engagement in eight program countries – Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. RECOFTC will continue to engage with other countries in the region and beyond where it can add value and play an important role in community forestry.
The Asia-Pacific region is undergoing remarkable economic and social transformations. Unprecedented growth in China, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Indonesia alongside emerging efforts to overcome poverty in countries such as Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Papua New Guinea are having massive impacts on the forests and local communities of the region. Therefore RECOFTC aims to make a difference on the ground for people and forests through the demonstration of proven practices and processes. Lessons learned from these focal countries will be documented and made widely available through knowledge management.
RECOFTC in Indonesia
RECOFTC has been active in Indonesia since 1998. In 2005 RECOFTC signed an MoU with the Ministry of Forestry, focusing on capacity building for planning and implementation of collaborative activities in sustainable forest management. The MoU has been extended and the cooperation will continue with the global climate change agenda. Specifically, the MoU will aim to promote the rights of the community and give incentives to the community to manage the forest sustainably; to bring the global agenda to the stakeholders at local level, to build their awareness and capacity to implement any forest carbon initiatives, especially REDD+. In this context, Indonesia is one of the five focal countries of a regional project implemented by RECOFTC that is funded by Norad – Grassroots Capacity Building for REDD+.
RECOFTC also engages with the ASEAN Social Forestry Network led by the Ministry of Forestry. In addition, there are initiatives conducted in Indonesia together with national, regional and international partners such as CFET, CIFOR, RRI, RAFT/TNC, and FGLG.
Grassroots Capacity Building for REDD+
The Grassroots Capacity Building for REDD+ is a regional project, being implemented in five countries – Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Vietnam. The overall objective of the Grassroots Project is to develop the capacity of grassroots stakeholders so that the message of REDD+ is conveyed clearly and transparently to them, helping them to take informed decisions and to take part in the ongoing REDD+ process in the country.
In Indonesia, the project is being implemented since 2009, in partnership with four key partner organizations, including Center for Forestry Education and Training (CFET or Pusdiklat), Forum Komunikasi Kehutanan Masyarakat (FKKM), Lembaga Alam Tropika Indonesia (LATIN) and Yayasan Komunitas Belajar Indonesia (YAKOBI).
CFET has been working with the project since beginning and supports the delivery of national level trainings and capacity development activities for REDD+. The other three partners support grassroots level training and capacity building events. For example, YAKOBI is delivering grassroots level capacity development in Berau district in East Kalimantan, LATIN is supporting similar activities in and around Meru Betiri National Park in East Java, while FKKM has been engaged in South Sulawesi.
The project team in Indonesia encourages all the partners to support each other in terms of sharing expertise, human resources, knowledge and experience, to build synergy and efficiency in the project implementation.
RECOFTC is currently seeking a National Project Officer to support the implementation of the Grassroots Capacity Building Project. The position will be based in Bogor, Indonesia. The contract duration is for one year with a possibility of extension.
The National Project Officer is primarily responsible for the implementation of the activities under the Grassroots Capacity Building for REDD+ project in Indonesia, in close coordination with the Training Coordinator and the partner organizations. The National Project Officer will also liaise closely with the regional project management team based in Bangkok in order to achieve the project’s goal.
The position will report directly to the Indonesia Country Program Coordinator and will work closely with the National Training Coordinator in Indonesia. The main responsibilities of the National Project Officer are as follows:
Coordination, communication and outreach
· Take forward the coordination and implementation of the grassroots project activities in Indonesia in collaboration with the National Training Coordinator, the regional project team and the partner organizations;
· Coordinate with climate change networks and other key organizations and stakeholders working on REDD+ in the country; liaise with relevant officials/members or department(s) on a regular basis to disseminate the projects’ achievements and lessons learned, and represent the project in national and international events related to REDD+ in the country;
Lead the development/revision of training and capacity building materials for REDD+
· Support to facilitate the review and updating of a range of training and resource material on REDD+ in Bahasa for the grassroots stakeholders. These materials need to be regularly updated with emerging issues and dialogues in REDD+, in close association with the National Training Coordinator and the partner organization;
· Translate and/or identify a translator, in addition to a designer and printer to finalize and publish project’s communication products, and coordinate their wider dissemination in the country;
Deliver the training and awareness program on REDD+
· Support the National Training Coordinator to design and deliver a range of training and capacity development programs on REDD+ at national, sub-national and grassroots level in collaboration with partner organizations;
· Organize awareness raising activities at the grassroots level, consultation events, focus group discussion, policy roundtables, and issue based discussions under the leadership of the National Training Coordinator and in partnership with local partners;
Documentation of project experiences, impacts and their dissemination
· Identify and suggest key themes for documenting lessons learned from the project, in consultation with the National Training Coordinator, partner organizations and regional project team;
· Coordinate the organization of policy dialogues at the grassroots level and local level, with policy makers, CSOs, NGOs, women, ethnic minorities and other key stakeholders at sub-national level in the identified project areas;
Monitoring and evaluation
· Coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of the project activities in the country. This will need to be done in close coordination with the National Training Coordinator, partner organizations and the regional project team;
· Be responsible for compiling data from all training events in excel format and share them regularly with the regional project team;
· Be responsible for and lead the documentation of experiences of the project beneficiaries and stakeholders, in order to assess the outreach and impacts of the project activities;
· Actively participate in regional and national level reflection workshops and take responsibility to share the project’s progress in coordination with the partner organizations;
Preparing Annual Plans
· Be responsible for preparing annual plan of action for the Grassroots project, along with budget estimates and realistic timelines;
· Coordinate with partner organizations to ensure timely submission of technical and financial reports of the planned project activities as per the agreed terms and conditions;
· Send monthly progress report of the project activities and engagement in other related activities of the grassroots project;
Contribution to other activities of RECOFTC in Indonesia
· Provide support to RECOFTC’s other ongoing projects in Indonesia, as required;
· Network with other natural resource and environment organizations and projects to share and learn lessons on capacity building for community forestry;
· Contribute in the implementation of Indonesia Country Engagement Strategy;
· Perform other tasks as assigned from time to time by the Indonesia Country Program Coordinator and Training Coordinator.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
· Bachelors degree in Education or Natural Resource Management
· Minimum 5 years working experience in training and capacity building in natural resource management, and development of relevant training materials
· Good knowledge of climate change issues, especially REDD+ in Indonesia
· Experience in applying participatory tools and methodologies in capacity building or training programs
· Experience in training course design, development, delivery, coordination, planning, networking, facilitation and material development
· Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively
· Skill in preparing capacity building or training concept notes, training proposals, and reports
· Good written and verbal skills in Bahasa and English
· Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including MS Excel
· Indonesian National Only
· Available for regular travel to the field
In addition to job specific skills and experience, all RECOFTC staff should possess the following characteristics (including attitudes and skills)
· Interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work as an active member of teams. This implies flexibility and open-mindedness
· Initiative and ability to make informed independent judgments but commitment to team work
· Ability to work in a variety of cultural and institutional contexts
Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and a cover letter indicating why they are suitable for this position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote the position title in the subject line of the email. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
To learn more about the position, please visit http://www.recoftc.org/site/Careers/
Women are strongly encouraged to apply. RECOFTC is an equal opportunity employer and the successful candidate will be selected based on merit.