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PROJECT LEAD – Rapid Deforestation Verification – Malaysia or Indonesia

Deadline: 06/02/2020

with experience in project management, excellent communication and writing skills, passionate about working in supply chains to generate value and interested in a career with a dynamic non-profit that builds relationships with companies, governments and civil society organizations to bring responsible products to market.

The Project Lead is office- based but flexible to travel and is keen to drive change across supply chains. They will work collaboratively with a range of supply chain actors & industry stakeholders to understand their business, identify incentives for forest conservation & promote collaboration among actors.

The Project Lead will continuously seek innovative solutions to support palm oil industry actors to meet commitments of zero deforestation linked to palm oil supply chains. They will strive to identify & support implementation of changes which meet these commitments yet also meet economic needs of independent farmers, local governments, and other actors. He/she should be a self-starter and innovator who understands the complexity of implementing private sector sustainable supply chain commitments.

The Project Lead will work in a team, in close collaboration with the Earthworm Foundation Project Supervisor and also participate in the implementation of the project: supplier engagement, mill engagement & capacity building, field verification visits, integration of data platforms, consolidation, synthesis & analysis of a wide range of data to advise strategy on deforestation approach

About Earthworm Foundation

Earthworm Foundation currently has presence in 20 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, India, and several locations within West Africa, Europe and the Americas. We employ more than 200 people worldwide and work with big and small companies, communities and producers of raw materials to create compelling cases of transformation. With an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, we work on the ground with people to create inspiring transformation stories. We focus on creating value, engage without judging and carry hope and a positive vision of the future.

What Makes Us Unique

Beyond providing advice on policy set up based on our strong technical expertise, we see the world through interactions and relationships. Operating between two worlds (NGO-Companies/Buyer-Supplier), we encourage our partners to look inside, and are not only their environmental conscience. In addition to traceability and assessments, we create and innovate solutions to the challenges companies and communities face.

What We Offer

  • A unique work experience in a dynamic non-profit directly impacting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through supply chains.
  • An organic environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team with passionate people.
  • The opportunity to lead complex projects, build customer relationships and develop new business, with exposure to different tasks.


  • Lead the delivery of Rapid Deforestation Verification 2020 project in close collaboration with the core team, partners, private sector companies, upstream supply chain actors such as mills & farmers;
  • Link Rapid Deforestation Verification 2020 project to work in the same supply chains, and support in this work where relevant/necessary;
  • Provide & seek strategic input on project design & execution & integrate this into project delivery;
  • Stakeholder engagement predominantly with private sector actors to encourage maximum collaboration on the project;
  • Support on data management of project where necessary: consolidation of various sources of data, data analysis, strategic thinking around integration of various data platforms;
  • Track project progress & provide regular written reports and verbal updates on work plan to project supervisor and project sponsor;
  • Share progress and lessons learned from Rapid Deforestation Verification 2020 project with the rest of the Earthworm Foundation throughout the year. Identify where work or learnings from the project is relevant to other programs in Earthworm Foundation, and proactively reach out to colleagues to establish links between projects/programs.

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-years of experience in environmental sector (NGOs, government or private sector), with supply chain management, or other role related to above job description & responsibilities;
  • Degree in data management or proven experience in data management;
  • Experience with project management: meeting contract deliverables, respecting timelines, tracking budgets, reporting progress, coordinating teams, etc;
  • Experience negotiating and working with the private sector including small and large businesses, civil society, and government actors;
  • Experience working with farmers and/or communities;
  • Strong organizational skills, accuracy, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple interrelated tasks;
  • Demonstrated experience using diplomacy and tact to navigate tough negotiations, and build strong relationships.

Language skills:

  • English proficiency;
  • Bahasa Indonesia/Malay an asset.

Personal characteristics:

  • Passion for working on issues related to sustainability, forest conservation and supply chains.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously.
  • Flexibility, takes initiative/proactive and positive attitude.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Hands-on, practical, innovative.
  • Committed to Earthworm Foundation values:
    • Focus on action and on-the-ground results;
    • Entrepreneurial spirit;
    • Client-focused;
    • Open collaboration and communication;
    • Humble;
    • Respect for each other.

Working conditions / Physical effort:

  • Based in Jakarta, Indonesia or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
  • Some trips between Indonesia & Malaysia;
  • Work with upstream supply chain actors in remote and rural regions, which may include stays in rustic conditions.

Other information:

  • 1-year contract;
  • January 2020 start (date flexible);
  • Malaysian or Indonesian citizenship/valid work authorization required.

To apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV via email to malaysia.recruitment@earthworm.organd indonesia.recruitment@earthworm.orgby the 6th of February 2020. Please put your last name and RDVProjectLead2020 in the subject line of the email. Successful candidates will be contacted by email for an initial interview. The position will be open until filled. Only candidates who send a full application will be considered. Only selected candidates will be contacted.