Senior Advisor (based in Pontianak) – SASCI+ Project 146 views

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Job Description

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” and the Global “Fund to Promote Innovations in Agriculture and Nutrition” (i4Ag) are part of the special initiative “Transformation of Agricultural and Food Systems”. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the programs promote sustainability of selected agricultural supply chains in partner countries.

To address sustainability challenges in agricultural supply chains the programs implement the project “Sustainability and Value Added in Agricultural Supply Chains” (SASCI+) and “Sustainable Agriculture for Forest Ecosystems” (SAFE) in Indonesia. 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+ is implemented together with the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, the political partner of the project.

SAFE supports relevant stakeholders to address agricultural drivers for deforestation in West Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi. The aim is to improve the protection of forest ecosystems while supporting local communities in accessing markets and increasing their incomes.  SAFE is implemented with the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) as the political partner from the Indonesian Government. Both projects are implemented in West Kalimantan and cooperate closely with the related provincial agencies as well as stakeholders from civil society, research and the private sector involved in sustainable agricultural supply chains.

GIZ is recruiting a Senior Advisor to lead the SASCI+ team in West Kalimantan and coordinate activities of the SAFE project in the province: Senior Advisor (based in Pontianak)


  • Lead a small team of technical advisors in different offices and districts in West Kalimantan
  • Lead the strategic and operational planning of activities in West Kalimantan
  • Supervise the implementation of activities in West Kalimantan according to operational and financial plans
  • Advise partners from the public and private sectors on sustainability and value-added in agricultural supply chains, focusing on the palm oil and natural rubber
  • Strengthen the position of the projects within the institutional environment in West Kalimantan
  • Contribute to multi-stakeholder processes in the province and selected districts 


    1. Leadership and team management
  • Establish a positive working atmosphere and spirit in the team
  • Disciplinary management of project staff in Pontianak and in different field offices
  • Organize the division of tasks and collaboration in the team to achieve project objectives
  • Oversee performance of team members and achievement of the contributions of the team to the overall project
  • Guide team members on technical issues and project management to fulfilling their tasks effectively and efficiently
  • Conduct annual staff talks and promote staff development in the team
  • Contribute to the recruitment of additional team members
  1. Project Management and Coordination
  • Operational and financial planning of project activities in West Kalimantan, in close cooperation with the project management, the team and partners
  • Follow up on project targets and milestones with team members and partners
  • Monitor budget plans and report to the management
  • Design and supervise the work of service providers in line with GIZ rules and regulations
  • Coordinate activities of the SAFE projects with grantees, partners and service providers in the province
  • Oversee the work of grantees and respective pilot activities to ensure timely achievement of targets
  • Contribute to strategic planning of GIZ projects and to concept development for project acquisition
  • Coordinate activities with other GIZ projects in West Kalimantan to achieve synergies
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of study tours, visiting delegations, exchange visits, missions from GIZ and German government institutions, and other official events 
  1. Partnership management and engagement
  • Support the project and partners in the design and implementation of concepts for sustainable supply chains and public private partnerships focusing on natural rubber and palm oil
  • Engage partners on the provincial level in project planning and implementation
  • Engage stakeholders from government, civil society and the private sector in jurisdictional multi-stakeholder initiatives
  • Facilitate successful cooperation and coordination between and support by relevant government agencies at national, provincial, and district levels
  • Cooperate and maintain regular contact with relevant parties from government, civil society, research institutes, private sector and international agencies
  • Participate in and contribute to relevant processes, fora, events and meetings on the national and sub-national level
  1. Knowledge and advisory services
  • Provide technical and institutional knowledge to support strategic planning of the project in West Kalimantan
  • Observe relevant developments and initiatives on sustainable agricultural supply chains, land use planning and forest protection in the province
  • Advise local partners on sustainability in agricultural supply chains, sustainable forest management, international markets, and value addition, focusing on the natural rubber and palm oil supply chains
  • Support the development and implementation of innovative partnership models along the supply chain
  • Advise multi-stakeholder initiatives to align on shared objectives for sustainable production and land-use planning
  • 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

Job Requirements

  • Preferably a master’s degree in agricultural or business economics, natural resource management, forestry or a related field, preferably with a focus on sustainable agricultural commodities, forest management, and / or multi-stakeholder initiatives
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience, of which at least 3 years in a comparable position
  • At least 5 years of experience in a leadership role, managing staff, external consultants and grantees
  • At least 5 years of experience in project management related to agricultural supply chains and/or sustainable forest management
  • At least 5 years of experience in providing advisory services on sustainability in agricultural supply chains to government agencies, private sector associations and development agencies, preferable in the natural rubber and / or palm oil supply chain
  • Sound knowledge of policies and regulations related to agricultural commodities, sustainable forest management, land use planning and climate change in the land sector in Indonesia and West Kalimantan Province
  • Proven experience working in or in close cooperation with government agencies, ideally related to the Ministry of Development Planning, the Ministry of Agriculture and / or the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, preferably in West Kalimantan
  • Experience in working on a landscape or jurisdictional approach, High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock Approach, sustainability certification and traceability desirable

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Strong network of related institutions in West Kalimantan and experience in engaging stakeholders from different institutional backgrounds in multi-stakeholder initiatives
  • Ability to communicate complex topics to be understood by a broad audience
  • A team collaborator with a win-win attitude, self-responsible and comfortable with low-hierarchies
  • Pro-active attitude, flexibility and intercultural competence
  • Fluency in written and spoken English 

Duty Station: Pontianak, 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 by February 9th, 2023 with subject line SAFE SASCI+ SA

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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