Junior Advisor for Sustainable Natural Rubber (Putussibau based) 179 views

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The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations on behalf of the German Government.

The global program “Sustainability and Value Added in Agricultural Supply Chains” is part of the special initiative “ONE WORLD – No Hunger” (SEWOH). On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the program promotes the sustainability of selected agricultural supply chains in partner countries.

Agricultural commodities like coffee, cocoa, natural rubber, palm oil, or soybean play an important role in rural development in many developing and emerging countries – where they form the basis for the life of millions of households. However, their production and processing are accompanied by numerous ecological, economic, and social challenges. Often supplied as unprocessed raw material into global supply chains, limited value is added in producing countries. Many farming households are struggling to meet their basic needs, let alone to invest in sustainable production practices. Furthermore, coffee, cocoa, palm oil, and soybean are often perceived as drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. With consuming markets and multi-national companies strengthening their efforts to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuses from their supply chains, the sustainability of raw materials is increasingly becoming a precondition for market access.

To address these challenges the program implements the project “Sustainability and Value Added in Agricultural Supply Chains in Indonesia” (SASCI+). SASCI+ focuses on natural rubber, palm oil, cocoa, and coffee in two biosphere reserves in West Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi. By increasing the sustainable production of agricultural commodities and strengthening downstream processing and market linkages, the project aims to increase the farmers’ incomes, safeguard natural resources, and establish deforestation-free supply chains. SASCI+ follows a jurisdictional approach to align relevant stakeholders on shared objectives for sustainable production as a means for long-term market access and security of supply.

SASCI+ is implemented together with the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, as the political partner of the project, and in close collaboration with the bilateral GIZ portfolio on agriculture and forestry. The project furthermore cooperates with the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, regional and district governments in the targeted biosphere reserves, as well as stakeholders from civil society, research, and the private sector involved in sustainable agricultural supply chains.

The project is recruiting a Junior Advisor for Sustainable Natural Rubber to support project implementation in Kapuas Hulu District, West Kalimantan.

Under the direction and guidance of the Principal Advisor, in collaboration with project technical advisers, the incumbent is responsible for: Junior Advisor for Sustainable Natural Rubber


  • Advise partners from the public and private sectors on sustainability and value-added in the natural rubber supply chain
  • Support the strategic and operational planning of activities in Kapuas Hulu
  • Support the implementation of activities in Kapuas Hulu
  • Reporting to Advisor for Sustainable Natural Rubber 


Knowledge and advisory services

  • Provide technical and institutional knowledge to support strategic planning of the project in Kapuas Hulu
  • Observe relevant developments and initiatives on sustainable agricultural supply chains in Kapuas Hulu
  • Identify the needs for capacity development at the district, village, and farm levels
  • Advise local partners on sustainability in agricultural supply chains, land tenure, agroforestry, organizational development, business planning, market access, and value addition, focusing on the natural rubber supply chain
  • Support the development and implementation of innovative partnership models along the supply chain
  • Support the establishment and operation of nurseries, integrated with farmers extension services and farmer groups, in each of the targeted sub-districts
  • Coordinate closely with and supports the work of project service providers, e.g., in establishment of commodity traceability systems
  • Provide professional inputs to trainings, workshops, seminars, and other events implemented by the project or partners in West Kalimantan
  • Contribute to the development of materials for capacity development – including guidelines, partnership agreements, training manuals, and procedures

Partnership management and coordination

  • Maintain regular contact with relevant local partners from government, civil society, research institutes, private sector, and development agencies active on the district and sub-district level in Kapuas Hulu
  • Engage partners on the local level in project planning and implementation as appropriate
  • Support the project and partners in the design and implementation of concepts for sustainable supply chains and public-private partnerships
  • Represent the project in relevant processes, fora, events, and meetings on the district and provincial levels
  • Coordinate activities with GIZ bilateral projects working in Kapuas Hulu
  • As requested by the management, guides visitors in connection with field trips

Project management and coordination

  • Assist operational and financial planning of project activities in Kapuas Hulu, in close cooperation with SASCI+ team and partners
  • Support the coordination of service providers for socializations and GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and GHP (Good Handling Practices) trainings for natural rubber smallholders in Kapuas Hulu
  • Oversee service providers in agroforestry farmer field schools and contribute to the organisation of trainings
  • Facilitate regular rubber buyout campaigns
  • Contribute to the set-up and management of nurseries, demo-plots and field schools related to sustainable rubber production and agroforestry
  • Monitor the implementation of activities and ensure that targets are met
  • Supports the implementation of a monitoring system at the local level and regularly provide information on project progress and local conditions in Kapuas Hulu for internal and external communication
  • Participates in regular project team meetings
  • Performs other duties and tasks at the request of management

Job Requirements

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, business administration, forestry, natural resource management or a related field
  • A minimum of 4 years of professional experience, related to community development, agricultural commodities or natural resource management
  • At least 3 years of experience related to agricultural supply chains and/or sustainable forest management, preferably related to sustainability in the natural rubber sector
  • Experience in coordinating small teams and/or external consultants
  • Knowledge and experience about sustainability in the natural rubber supply chain
  • Proven experience working in, or in close cooperation, with government agencies at the district level, preferably in Kapuas Hulu or other districts West Kalimantan
  • Work experience with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for extension services and progress monitoring
  • Work experience for, or in cooperation with, the private sector in agricultural supply chains is strongly preferred; work experience in, or in cooperation with, an international organization is considered an advantage 

        Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Track record in successful project management at the local level
  • Strong local network with institutions working on natural resource management, agricultural commodities, and sustainability in West Kalimantan
  • Experience in conflict management and mediation between diverging interests desired
  • Knowledge of GIZ instruments, procedures, and rules is considered an advantage
  • Pro-active attitude, flexibility, and hands-on approach to problem-solving
  • Fluency in written and spoken Bahasa Indonesia, basic command of English is considered an advantage


Duty Station: Putussibau, Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan

Joining Date: As soon as possible

Direct Supervisor:  Principal Advisor

How to Apply

Please submit your motivation letter and comprehensive resume (including training and list of references) to recruitment-indo@giz.de by January 6th, 2023 with subject line SASCI+ JASNR

Please name your file as follow format:

[Your Complete Name]_[Motivation Letter/CV/Latest Education Certificate] (i.e: Nakula Sadewa_CV or Nakula Sadewa_Motivation Letter or Nakula Sadewa_Reference)

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.


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