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Community Livelihood Specialist - Semarang, Indonesia

Deadline: 16/10/2022

Earthworm Foundation is an international non-profit organization (NGO) working to transform the practices of companies and communities around the world for the benefits of people and nature.

Earthworm is seeking a motivated Community Livelihood Specialist, based in Semarang, Indonesia with a minimum of 10 years of experience in in agriculture, livelihood, natural resource management and rural development projects at the sub-national and local level, excellent communication and writing skills, preferably with experience in food and cash crops production and regenerative farming systems. The Community Livelihood Specialist will have a proven experience in conducting Business Analysis, Feasibility Studies, and developing and implementing Business Plans related to agriculture and livelihood activities for value generation. She/he should be interested in a career with a dynamic non-profit that builds relationships with companies, governments, local communities/farmers and civil society organizations to bring responsible products to market. She/he should be a self-starter and an innovator who believes that farmers are entrepreneurs with vision and leadership.

The Community Livelihood Specialist will work in a team, in close collaboration with the Earthworm Foundation Landscape Team Leader and Social Thematic Team members and also participate in the implementation of conducting Business Analysis, Feasibility Studies, and developing Business Plans, related to agriculture and livelihood activities for value generation. This information will be analysed and presented as a written report covering local conditions and market access, but also used to develop future capacity building activities and provide individual coaching.

About Earthworm Foundation

Earthworm Foundation has more than 20 years’ experience working with businesses, civil society and governments to find solutions to some of the world’s most challenging social and environmental issues. We employ more than 250 people, with the majority working the ground to protect forests, restore soils and promote human rights. We currently have a presence in 16 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and several locations within Europe and the Americas.

About Earthworm Foundation Indonesia's Landscape Programme:

In order to accelerate and scale the impact of Earthworm's work with its members, there is a clear need to work holistically to protect the environment and livelihoods at the wider “landscape” level. This means working across commodities and with a wide range of stakeholders who have different, and often conflicting, resource needs in the landscape. The Earthworm Indonesia Landscape Programme’s aim is to achieve transformation and impact around focused geographical areas at scale.

Protecting forests is essential to combating climate change and ensuring sustainable development. And thus, “Forest” is a key theme in the Earthworm's landscape programme. Many of the remaining forest landscapes in Indonesia, are under increasing threat from human activities, including from agricultural development. The landscape approach involves activities such as restoring degraded forest, provide incentives from conserving forest, agroforestry, improving agricultural productivity, and integrating different farming approaches into one area to diversify livelihoods and improve resiliency.

What Makes Us Unique

  • Our profound belief in people, their capacity to change and be a force for good.
  • Our desire to work where the problems are, to innovate and find practical solutions on the ground.

What We Offer

  • A unique work experience in a non-profit impacting nature and communities around the world.
  • The opportunity to lead complex projects with direct impact on the growth and well-being of our staff.
  • A caring working culture that the candidate will take part in sustaining and growing.
  • A fast moving, agile working environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team.

Responsibilities

  • Support Landscape Lead in developing community livelihood program strategies and workplan according to the landscape context
  • With each landscape manager, co design and develop business analysis and business plan for various agricultural commodities for e.g. food crops, horticulture and livestock.
  • Provide technical supervision and backstopping support for each landscape team to ensure implementation of livelihood activities is delivered according to the workplan and targets.
  • Develop approach, methodology and toolkit required to implement and monitor results from livelihood activities based on agribusiness.
  • Explore and determine the most efficient, effective and regenerative techniques, equipment and technology to implement livelihood activities based on agribusiness, for example through Agroforestry and or an Intercropping models.
  • Conduct engagement and communication with relevant stakeholders to support livelihood programme, such as banks/financial institutions, input suppliers, companies, training institutions, etc.
  • Contribute in technical discussions, within country and globally, on livelihood aspects that focus on methodology, toolkit, approach, impact measurement and interrelation with other social workstream.
  • Conduct regular monitoring and develop technical/thematic report on the progress of livelihood activities across landscape.

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

  • Min. 10 years of practical working experience in agriculture, livelihood, natural resource management and rural development projects at sub-national and local level. Preferably experience in food and cash crops production and regenerative farming systems.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding governance and institutional contexts, nationally, sub nationally and locally.
  • Proven experience in conducting Business Analysis, Feasibility Studies, and developing Business Plans, related to agriculture and livelihood activities for value generation.
  • Experience in working with various stakeholders (e.g. local government, companies, or NGOs) on agriculture/livelihood related activities.

Language skills:

  • Bahasa Indonesia proficiency
  • English proficiency

Personal characteristics:

  • Passion for working on issues related to sustainability, resilience, and supply chains.
  • Hands-on, practical, innovative.
  • Flexibility, takes initiative/proactive and positive attitude.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously.
  • Committed to Earthworm Foundation values.

Working conditions / Physical effort:

  • Based in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia.
  • Requires travel to EF Landscape Sites for at least 2-month periods every year.
  • Work with smallholders and mills in remote and rural regions, which may include staying in rustic conditions.

Other information:

  • 1-year contract.
  • Immediate start.
  • Valid work authorization in Indonesia.

To apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter outlining interest in the role and how you meet the Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications and CV via email to indonesia.recruitment@earthworm.org by 16th October 2022 the latest. Please put your name and follow with Community Livelihood Specialist 2022 in the subject line of the email. Your application will go into our resource pool. When the opportunity to call upon candidates for these roles arises, successful candidates will be contacted by email for an initial interview. Only candidates who send a full application will be considered. Only selected candidates will be contacted.