Encroachment Mitigation and Forest Conservation Officer

Position: Component 3 Officer
Report to: Component 3 Associate
Status: Fixed-term
Period: As soon as possible - April 2021



The overarching objective of USAID’s BIJAK project is to address the constellation of market forces, financial incentives, policy levers, social norms and values driving deforestation and biodiversity loss in order to promote enduring changes in individual and organizational behavior which reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve valuable marine and terrestrial biodiversity. To realize this objective, BIJAK will work through national instruments and systems to impact the following:

  • Number of national-level laws, policies, regulations, decrees, procedures, or fiscal and budgetary practices reformed, revised, adopted and/or applied aiming to reduce GHG emissions, reduce wildlife trafficking, and conserve valuable terrestrial and marine biodiversity with USG assistance.
  • Improved capacity and willingness of Indonesian institutions and organizations to address biodiversity conservation, especially wildlife trafficking, and climate change as a result of USG assistance.
  • Number of businesses engaged in extensive land-use practices, especially palm oil, developing green business practices, and sharing them widely with others in their industry with USG assistance.
  • Amount of investment leveraged in USD from private and public sources for biodiversity conservation and/or climate change as a result of USG assistance.
  • Public opinion and behaviors changed to support targeted terrestrial and marine biodiversity conservation and low carbon development issues as a result of advocacy campaigns developed and implemented with USG support.
  • Model(s) for successful low emissions development and forest conservation developed and shared at all levels of government and with other key stakeholders with USG assistance.


The Encroachment Mitigation and Forest Conservation Officer will assist BIJAK Technical Component 3 in designing and managing a work plan aimed at reinforcing management capacity, collaboration, and coordination to reduce conservation area encroachment and protecting non-conservation forest areas (including Area Penggunaan Lain) as essential ecosystem areas.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

In this capacity, The Encroachment Mitigation and Forest Conservation Officer will assist the successful implementation of BIJAK Technical Component 3. The associate supports the development and implementation of comprehensive works for promoting encroachment resolution and forest conservation strategies, which includes improving the regulatory environment frameworks to promote the protection of essential ecosystem area. In planning and executing this strategy, the Associate must collaborate with and build upon the efforts of a host of other GOI, USG, local communities, and private sector activities and initiatives. The associates will support Technical Component 3 in coordinating with relevant BIJAK staff, subcontractors, and grantees and carry out day-to-day direction and implementation of all BIJAK activities related to encroachment mitigation and protection of the essential ecosystem.

The Encroachment Mitigation and Forest Conservation Associate will assist Technical Component 3 for the successful implementation of Component 3 activities.

Specific tasks will include:

  1. Contributing to the design of the Component 3 work plan. Supporting the project planning, activity implementation, and reporting for Component 3; ensuring all plans are well executed;
  2. Providing assistance in managing BIJAK’s efforts to identify encroachment characteristics, develop typologies, and formulate recommendations to resolve existing conservation area encroachments and preventing the further encroachment;
  3. Providing assistance to apply a systematic and data-driven approach to identify and map indicative essential ecosystem area and provide inputs and recommendations for regulation development and revision
  4. Providing assistance in overseeing and ensuring the successful implementation of grants, letters of collaboration, and subcontracts with program partners. 
  5. Contributing to monitoring and reporting on partners’ performance and providing input into BIJAK’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan.  Contributing to project efforts to assess and report on impact including but not limited to providing verification records to the M&E team, and contributing to M&E-led evaluations and assessments, and supporting Technical Component 3 in the preparation of sections of the quarterly, annual, and final reports, preparing presentations, success stories, and newsletter articles, and other means of communication.
  6. Provide assistance in coordination with BIJAK’s Communications Team to support the project’s and its partners’ communication and outreach efforts, for example on dealing with media, preparing printed and electronic publications, preparing opinion articles, and visibility materials for events.
  7. Providing inputs to Technical Component 3, the DCOP, and other Component Leaders to foster synergies, cross-learning, and collaboration across the BIJAK program portfolio.
  8. Support Technical Component 3 in supervising short-term experts, and subcontractors or grantees assisting the assigned portfolio.
  9. Contributing technical leadership to enhance BIJAK’s overall performance through participation in regular and occasional meetings, discussions, presentations, and knowledge sharing.
  10. Performing other duties as specified by the Technical Component 3, Project Deputy Chief of Party and Chief of Party.


The Officer must meet the following qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working on environmental or land use issues, including the engagement with local government, private sector both in forestry and agriculture sector, including private-public partnerships;
  • Educational background in forestry, environmental science, or related field;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of encroachment mitigation and handling options;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of high conservation value (HCV) and high carbon stock(HCS);
  • Strong understanding on environment policy, including tenurial conflict handling, conservation partnerships, national-level strategic planning, private-public partnerships, and various forms of the private sector and smallholder engagements to encourage best practices on both of HCV-HCS protection and reducing encroachment;
  • Excellent written and spoken English and fluent Indonesian;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

How to Apply

Please prepare an Application Letter and updated CV, max. 4 pages, including three reference contact details, bind under PDF file. Please send your application to BIJAKRecruitment@bijak-indonesia.org as soon as possible and no later than October 9, 2020 COB. Early submission of qualified CVs will be prioritized that might lead to an early hiring process.

If you are interested in this position, please forward your CV to BIJAKRecruitment@bijak-indonesia.org