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Project Manager - Jakarta, 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 Project Manager, based in Jakarta, Indonesia with good understanding of community dynamics, human rights and land tenure issues related to the forestry and agricultural industry. He/She should be deeply passionate about leveraging forestry or agricultural supply chains to improve environmental and social outcomes. He/She should possess excellent project and people management capability, organisational and interpersonal skills, critical thinking, and analytical skills. Furthermore, he/she should be interested in a career with a dynamic non-profit that builds relationships with companies, governments, communities and civil society organizations to bring responsible products to market.

Our future Project Manager will lead a dynamic team at Earthworm Foundation Indonesia, and play a critical bridging function regarding the exchange of information between Global team and local Indonesia teams to ensure alignment and continuity. To be effective in these capacities, this role will require advanced agility in adapting to work/organizational dynamics, with strong and effective interdepartmental collaboration skills.

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.

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.


  • Manage the implementation of the Earthworm's client work plans, take ownership of the plans, track progress, secure agreement with relevant parties on actions and follow through the agreed actions;
  • Guide the implementation of the work plan, that include:
    • Support to and quality assurance of the output of Indonesian technical teams;
    • Preparation of workshops, seminars, trainings, or other events as required;
    • Production and recording of required documentations.
  • Be first point of contact for all interactions with the client, that include:
    • Direct relating to the work plans and to the connections with communities and relevant stakeholders;
    • Monitoring of the work, providing the latter with regular progress updates;
    • Coordination of the progress in the field and the next steps that are necessary to be taken.
  • Meet any project reporting requirements, including internal report and external communication material;
  • Collaborate with other managers, the Indonesian Leaders and Earthworm's global team to:
    • Improve and streamline delivery of project through improved project management techniques and tools;
    • Identify and develop improved and entirely new solutions.
  • In coordination with client, Earthworm's global team and or relevant Indonesia Leadership team, re-plan and reschedule work plan tasks as necessary, and minimise impact on the project;
  • Represent Earthworm in engagement with key stakeholders, including participation in working groups and/or forum related to topics such as human rights, land-based conflict resolution, recovery plans etc.

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 6 years’ relevant consulting or industry experience in community empowerment, land tenure issues, human rights, capacity building program, and stakeholders’ engagement in Indonesia;
  • Master degree preferred for candidates with minimum 6 years’ experience;
  • Hands-in project management and client relationship management skills;
  • Previous experience in social conflict resolution, grievance handling, and corporate sustainability will be an advantage;
  • Advanced agility in adapting to work/organizational dynamics, strong and effective inter-departmental collaboration skills;
  • Public speaking, reporting, organisational and analytical skills, critical thinking;
  • Good computer skills in Microsoft Office Programs.

Language skills:

  • Expert English comprehension (spoken and written) required;
  • Fluent Bahasa Indonesia would be strongly preferred.

Personal characteristics:

  • Passion for working on social, community and human rights topics;
  • Hands-on, practical, innovative;
  • Flexible, takes initiative, self-motivated and has a 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 Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Frequent travel with potentially extended periods in remote areas and occasionally on a short notice.
  • Must be able to perform the work in a modest setting, and enjoy that part.

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 by 16th October 2022 the latest. Please put your name and follow with Project Manager 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.