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LESTARI BACKGROUND USAID’s LESTARI project supports the Government of Indonesia to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and conserve biodiversity in carbon rich and biologically significant forest and mangrove ecosystems. Built on the strong foundation of USAID’s IFACS project, LESTARI applies a landscape approach to reduce GHG emissions, integrating forest and peat land conservation with low emissions development (LEDS) on other, already degraded land. This is achieved through improved land use governance, enhanced protected areas management and protection of key species, sustainable private sector and industry practices, and expanded constituencies for conservation among various stakeholders. LESTARI is implemented under the leadership of Tetra Tech and a consortium of partners including WWF-Indonesia, Winrock International, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Blue Forests, Yayasan Sahabat Cipta, PT Hydro South Pole Carbon, Sustainable Travel International (STI), Michigan State University, and the FIELD Foundation. LESTARI runs from August 2015 through July 2020. 

LESTARI activities are targeted in seven strategic landscapes on three of Indonesia’s largest islands, where primary forest cover remains most intact and carbon stocks are greatest. In northern Sumatra, the LESTARI landscapes – Aceh Selatan and Aceh Tenggara – comprise the focal districts of Aceh Selatan, Gayo Lues and Aceh Tenggara, and surround Leuser National Park. In Central Kalimantan, LESTARI works in the Katingan Landscape, comprising Katingan and Pulang Pisau districts, Palangka Raya municipality, and Sebangau and Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Parks. LESTARI also works in four landscapes in Papua including Sarmi and Cyclops along the northern coast, and Mimika and Asmat including a large portion of Lorentz National Park on the southern coast. LESTARI is managed from its headquarters in Jakarta, with offices in each landscape as well as the provincial capitals of Aceh, Central Kalimantan and Papua.

Overall Results of LESTARI are:
  • At least41% of total CO2-equivalent emissions reduced from land use, land use change and deforestation averaged across all landscapes within the project scope; 
  • At least 8.42Millionhectaresof primary or secondary forest, including orang utan habitat, under improved management;
  • Management of at least six conservation areas improved, resulting in the conservation of  valuable orangutan and other key species habitat, and the reduction in poaching of threatened and endemic species;
  • At least ten public-private partnerships(PPPs) promoting low-emissions conservation oriented development established;
  • Funding leveraged from public and private sources, representing co-investment in project outcomes;
  • Increased commitment of key private sector, government ,and community stakeholders regarding the positive benefits of conservation and sustainable use of forests and the species they encompass; and
  • Policies, laws, regulations, and procedures in support of low emission development and forest conservation and management increased, promulgated, and enforced at all levels.
  • Models for successful integration of district, provincial, and national low emissions development and forest conservation strategies developed and share data levels of government and with other key stakeholders.
OBJECTIVE Economic Development Officer must have demonstrate the ability to enhance the capacity of Field staff, technical facilitators and community organizers based in Mimika-Asmat, in development of community organizations, including economic groups, field school alumni, and small businesses based on the sustainable utilization and improved management of coastal resources. 

TASKS
  • Assist Social Economic Manager in managing the development of curriculum, training of trainers and implementation of coastal field schools 
  • Assist Social Economic Manager to development and implementation of Training of Trainers for field school trainers, in partnership with government agencies.
  • Conduct or facilitate the participatory assessment of all previous field school groups for follow-up 
  • Facilitate follow-up with all previous field school groups
  • Assess a large-scale business opportunities in mangrove ecosystem on Mimika - Asmat.
  • Develop of Coastal Business School program and curriculum (collaboration with Social Economic Manager)
  • Explore and develop small, medium and large scale enterprise based on sustainable utilization of mangrove and associated resources, in collaboration with relevant businesses and government agencies, and with attention to cross-scale interactions.
  • Marketing support for small and medium enterprise, and assistance with public-perception for larger scale industry
  • Coordinate with partner businesses and marketing assistance
QUALIFICATIONS Education:
  • Academic background in social sciences, economic or relevant academic background, with minimal undergraduate degree from accredited university
Work Experience:
  • Demonstrated experience in community organizing, with preference for experience in rural coastal communities 
  • Relevant experiences on Coastal Field Schools development
  • Understanding of sustainable economic development 
  • Willingness to live in Mimika and Asmat, with travel and occasional overnight stays in remote, rural villages
Contact Person: Rieski Kurniasari - rieski@blue-forests.org