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Background

Environmental Bamboo Foundation / EBF is a non-profit foundation engaged in the development and improvement of the quality of bamboo for people’s livelihood and welfare by implementing a sustainable management system and community-based empowerment.

EBF was founded in 1993 by Linda Garland (Indonesian Bamboo Ambassador) under the name Yayasan Bambu Lingkungan Lestari (Environmental Sustainable Bamboo Foundation). Concurred with the establishment of EBF, the Bamboo Planting Program in the Flores region was initiated in 1992 as a form of post-earthquake recovery activity in Flores. In 1995, in collaboration with the Government of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), EBF launched the One Million Bamboo Planting Program in Flores.

The scope of EBF’s activities includes community empowerment supported by research on bamboo with its supporting components, both in terms of socio-economic, environmental, as well as supporting science. In 2017, at the UNCCC – COP 23, EBF launched the 1,000 Bamboo Villages Initiative program. The 1,000 Bamboo Villages Initiative program is aiming to create a Restoration Economy where people, especially rural farming communities can actively restore degraded and make a very good economy for themselves their families and their communities in the process

The 1,000 Bamboo Villages Initiative program allows farmer cooperatives to produce value-added bamboo products, at the village level, by creating an integrated forest to the factory production system. Through the initiative EBF has developed a bamboo forestry system called the Hutan Bambu Lestari / HBL system (Sustainable Bamboo Forests system) which is a community-based bamboo forestry system to sustain a sustainable bamboo industry in Indonesia. The 1,000 Bamboo Villages Initiative program is a holistic system where native species are reintroduced to degraded lands and set aside areas for food crops and cash crops within a larger agroforestry reality.

Environmental Bamboo Foundation believes that to successfully execute the 1,000 Bamboo Villages vision, there are Six Key Pathways that will have to be activated;

The First Pathway, Resource Investment and Mobilization, is to ensure investment in village-level bamboo industry is attractive to the financial sector and Bamboo Villages are a bankable asset class.

The Second Pathway, Grow Network of Resilient Bamboo Villages, is to ensure optimal, long-term utilization of the landscape through establishing bamboo agroforestry systems that are socially, financially, ecologically resilient.

The Third Pathway, Build Digital Business Solutions for Bamboo Agroforestry, is to digitalize bamboo agroforestry industry for increased efficiency, professionalization and connectivity.

The Fourth Pathway, Ensure Market Access Through Sustainable Certification, is to ensure acceptability to market through an affordable verification of sustainably sourced bamboo and agroforestry products.

The Fifth Pathway, Govern Bamboo Agroforestry Value Chains, is to partner with key market players to ensure good governance and create a trusted, transparent equitable value chain for bamboo agroforestry products.

The Sixth Pathway, Strengthen Public Sector Support, is to ensure bamboo agroforestry industry is supported by key policy development and a regulatory environment that enables a restorative economic growth of the sector

For this purpose, EBF invites experienced, energetic and passionate professional who has growth mindset to join EBF’s Team in establishing 1.000 Bamboo Villages as POLICY SPECIALIST.

Objectives of this Role

Policy Specialist shall provide policy advice and assist EBF on macro and micro policy based research and analysis in the area of socio-economic governance and other high priority issues. Processes incoming applications for new and renewing policies to include changes/updates according to company guidelines. Responsible for ensuring high-quality targeted policy-based research. Advise and facilitate knowledge sharing and knowledge management, including networking at the regional and national levels. Track and analyze relevant legislation, regulations and assist shape the EBF policy.

Responsibilities

  • Support strategic planning and policy coordination.
  • Formulate and review strategy, planning, and policy papers.
  • Provide support to Management and the Executives Board on strategic planning issues.
  • Support EBF’s interagency cooperation with other multilateral and bilateral development organizations.
  • Assist in and contribute to EBF’s efforts in the fields of harmonization and alignment.
  • Provide advice on aid effectiveness related activities.
  • Disseminate relevant information, findings and lessons to increase awareness and knowledge in EBF about various strategic and policy initiatives.
  • Provide leadership and support to reporting staff.
  • Supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
  • Ensure the on-going learning and development of reporting staff.

Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in public policy, social sciences, political science or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in a policy, regulatory, operations, legal, or compliance environment.
  • Experience with the development and maintenance of policy.
  • Experience with policy enforcement operations.
  • Previous experience in monitoring and analyzing public policy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legislative and political processes.
  • Excellent in Bahasa and English communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to translate complex issues into simple and clear language, collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders, and navigate organizational boundaries.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook.
  • Have experience in non-profit organizations is a plus.
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