Consultant – Energy and Health

Position: Consultant on Indonesia’s Health and Energy (within IISD’s Energy Program, based in Indonesia)

Part-time consultancy: approximately 60 days spread out over six months with the potential for extension. Please apply by 17 December 2017. 

International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Position Background

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is one of the world’s leading centres of policy research and innovation. The Institute provides practical solutions to the growing challenges and opportunities of integrating environmental and social priorities with economic development. We report on international negotiations and share knowledge gained through collaborative projects, resulting in more rigorous research, stronger global networks, and better engagement among researchers, citizens, businesses and policy-makers. IISD’s Energy Program (www.iisd.org/energy) has three pillars that all focus on policy and investment decisions:

  • Energy subsidies, based around IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative (http://www.iisd.org/gsi/);
  • Policies and investment for sustainable energy supplies that are beneficial for the society while being safe for human health, the environment and climate;
  • Policies for climate change mitigation. 

This position will support mainly the first two pillars of the Energy Program. In Indonesia, this program has largely focused to date on the creation of knowledge and dialogue on how to sustainably reform fossil fuel consumer subsidies, particularly measures to mitigate negative impacts of reform on vulnerable groups. We have worked in close collaboration with both government offices (including Bappenas, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Finance, National Energy Council, TNP2K) and research organizations  (Center for Industry, SME and Business Competition Studies (CISBUCS) at the University of Trisakti, Faculty of Economics and Businesses (P2EB) in the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM), the Indonesian Clean Energy Development (ICED-USAID) program, SMERU Institute, the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR), the Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics (IIEE), the Habibie Center, the Centre for Energy Research Asia (CERA) and Yayasan Lembaga Konsumen Indonesia (YLKI). Over the next six months, the Consultant’s work will include collaboration with existing and potential new partners based in Indonesia to promote policy change supporting transitions to sustainable energy. 

The Consultant is expected to work in close coordination with IISD colleagues and its partner organisations Indonesia. The Consultant will be involved in publications, communications,  events, network expanding and research, as outlined below.

Consultant’s Responsibilities:

  • Analysis of perceptions of health and energy. In close coordination with IISD colleagues, the Consultant will monitor health care issues, topics and policy news as well as undertake research, surveys, and expert interviews to identify the best evidence-based research hubs as well as platforms, channels and opportunities to increase public awareness of the health impacts of different energy sources and climate change in Indonesia. The Consultant will map the existing evidence-based research, current trends in perception of health and energy issues in Indonesia, key actors in the government concerned with the issues of public health, health and labour productivity and urban environment and government decisions on the these topics. The mapping will include non-governmental stakeholders, such as environmental NGOs, health organizations, consumer associations, media  and other champions of public opinion . This activity will also include the analysis of intersections of the Indonesia government’s health and energy policies, including future policy proposals.
  • Communications and participation in events. The Consultant will be involved in the preparation (authorship, co-authorship or review) of opinion editorials, presentations, articles, infographics, and other communication materials for various audiences.
  • Meetings. The Consultant will participate regularly in team meetings and strategy sessions to coordinate activities, contribute ideas and execute on new initiatives. The Consultant will be involved in collaborations of IISD with its partners. S/he is expected to take an entrepreneurial approach to projects. 
  • Other duties as assigned, for example, collaborations on other topics.

Consultant’s Skills:

Below is a list of the skills that will be advantageous for the position. A successful applicant is expected to possess most of these skills.

  • Knowledge and professional experience. 
  1. Professional interest and successful record of projects in the sphere of public health, environment, and social wellbeing.
  2. Experience in mapping stakeholders and issues
  3. Sound experience in communications and public engagement, notably for environment issues and ideally for health related topics
  4. Understanding of the Indonesian communication and policy environment at national and regional level
  5. An understanding of health sector priorities, challenges and finance in Indonesia;
  • An existing network of contacts of value to IISD and excellent networking skills, with the focus on public health and human wellbeing in Indonesia;
  • Good writing skills (ideally publications) with respect to analysis of health, public opinion and policy issues for different audiences, in both Bahasa Indonesia and English; experience in explaining complex energy, environment and health topics to the general public, through simple but high-impact messages.
  • Communication skills: fluency in engaging and interacting with different audiences,understanding the needs and interests of different audiences and media resources; experience preparing presentations, opinion editorials and other communication materials for technical and non-technical audiences. Experience in developing and implementing social media campaigns.
  • Technical skills. Social media skills are required. It will be considered an advantage if candidates can demonstrate experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills;
  • Ability to work autonomously, managing workload and producing deliverables to time and to budget;
  • Results-focus, ability to prioritize and to work quickly and accurately, with flexibility to take on tasks ranging from highly complex to basic in nature.

Consultant’s Qualifications:

Applicants should possess the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in public health, social science, politics, environment, or an interdisciplinary program or equal;
  • A minimum of four years of relevant work experience, preferably working in international organizations or think tanks, government, in Indonesia;
  • Excellent Bahasa Indonesia – written and spoken;
  • Good English-language written and spoken (our working language is English);
  • Computer and Internet skills (including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, social media).
  • Indonesian nationality, Indonesian residence or work permit is required.

Terms of Consultancy:

This is a part-time consultancy: approximately 60 days spread out over six months with the potential for extension. Remuneration will depend on experience.

Location:  Indonesia, preferably Greater Jakarta and surrounding area,

Application deadline: 17 December 2017

Start date: indicatively 15 January 2018

Application Procedure:

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The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is one of the world’s leading centres of policy research and innovation. The Institute provides practical solutions to the growing challenges and opportunities of integrating environmental and social priorities with economic development. We report on international negotiations and share knowledge gained through collaborative projects, resulting in more rigorous research, stronger global networks, and better engagement among researchers, citizens, businesses and policy-makers.

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