Hivos Southeast Asia is a Dutch non-governmental organization guided by humanist values. It aims at structural poverty alleviation with a strong focus on civil society building and sustainable economic development. Hivos Southeast Asia provides financial support for local NGOs, is active in networking, lobbying and exchanging knowledge and expertise. For its Hivos Southeast Asia seeks qualified Indonesian candidates for the position of:

Title: Regional Advocacy Officer Green and Inclusive Energy
Duty Station: Jakarta, Indonesia
Duration: One year, with possibility of extension
Report to: Senior Programme Manager Climate, Energy and Development

Functional context
The Regional Advocacy Officer Green and Inclusive Energy will be part of the Global team and the Hivos Southeast Asia office.

Energy is a vital for development. Access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy alleviates poverty, improve living conditions and propel economic development. Hivos Southeast Asia supports a transition towards 100% Green and Inclusive Energy Systems that improve livelihoods, support social services and create economic opportunities and growth for all while mitigating climate change. Continuing along the fossil fuel route to harmful climate change will have disastrous effects, especially for developing countries. 

Hivos Southeast Asia objectives on energy are:
(1) to improve access to sustainable produced energy for cooking, lighting and productive use, (2) to develop renewable energy markets and promote entrepreneurship in the renewable energy sector and (3) to call for green, fair and gender sensitive energy systems in policy and investments.

Too much of the scarce resources of donors and recipient countries are spent on supporting large scale fossil fuel based energy production. Hivos Southeast Asia advocacy aims to shift this towards renewable and decentralized energy production to prevent further climate change and biodiversity losses and at the same time address the full energy needs and rights of the poor. New developments such as the UN Sustainable Development Goal for energy provide sample opportunities for Hivos Southeast Asia and local civil society organizations to influence decision-making and funding into this direction. Hivos wants to strengthen its position in this field to influence and cooperate with governments and private sector at local, national and international level.

The Regional Advocacy Officer Green and Inclusive Energy is part of the Green Team in Jakarta and reports directly to the Senior Programme Manager Climate, Energy and Development in Hivos Head Office under supervision of the Programme Development Manager in Jakarta 

Roles and responsibilities
  • To coordinate existing and initiate new advocacy strategies of Hivos in Southeast Asia.
  • To support and cooperate with civil society organizations engaged in energy access advocacy work in Southeast Asia.
  • Build and improve networks with non-energy interest groups and CSOs, e.g. around health, consumers and trade unions 
  • To develop networks and strategies with the private sector for a joint approach in energy access advocacy 
  • To manage the existing and new energy advocacy contracts with civil society partners 
  • Implement capacity development strategies for Hivos Southeast Asia and its partners on energy advocacy 
  • To develop advocacy positions and materials in close coordination with the global climate and energy team. 
  • To represent Hivos Southeast Asia in (advocacy) meetings in Southeast Asia and act as spokesperson for Hivos on these issues. 
  • Identify and analyze new approaches, cooperation and funding for green and fair energy systems and Hivos role in this 
  • To contribute to the Hivos overall organizational and policy development.
Knowledge, experiences and competencies
  • A master degree in environmental policies, sustainable energy, environmental and natural resource management, economics of natural resources or other relevant field. (Bachelor degree with several years of relevant experience). 
  •  5 to 7 years work experience in a relevant sector. 
  • An excellent understanding of energy and development policies and experience in advocacy work. 
  • Excellent communication skills including public speaking in English and Bahasa Indonesia 
  • Strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skill with private sector, civil society organizations, government officials and community. 
  • Good understanding of and strong affinity with civil society, in particular with non-governmental organizations. 
  • Capacity and willingness to strategize and work closely with private sector actors and government bodies. 
  • Having respect for humanitarian or humanist principles and willing to work in a non- discriminating, neutral, impartial and gender equal environment
What do we offer?
An inspiring and dynamic working environment, dedicated colleagues and the possibility to work for an ambitious new international initiative.

How to apply?
To apply for this position please submit your CV and a cover letter to no later than 26 February 2016.

This is an opened position at national level.

Please specify the position name you are applying for (‘Regional Advocacy Officer Green’) in the ‘subject’ line of your email.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.