Vacancy Announcement: Regional Spatial Planning Specialist (Timika, Papua based)

Tetra Tech ARD is currently accepting expressions of interest for the Regional Spatial Planning Specialist (Timika, Papua based) on our USAID Indonesia Forestry and Climate Support Project (USAID IFACS).

USAID IFACS seeks to reduce the threats of deforestation and climate change, and help the Government of Indonesia (GOI) conserve the country's tropical forests, wildlife, and ecosystem processes (including carbon sequestration).


S/he is responsible for the overall implementation of USAID IFACS activities in her/his designated region, including one or more landscapes, in the area of spatial planning in support other components of the project. Spatial planning activities must be closely coordinated with all other regional team members given their cross cutting nature. S/he will report to the Regional Manager and receive technical advice from the Jakarta based Spatial Planning Advisor.

  • Participate in the development of the initial regional, landscape, and district level implementation plans in the area of spatial planning based on the overall project work plan and oversee their implementation. 
  • Develop and maintain direct consultation with a vast array of stakeholders, especially regional, district and local governments, local communities, private sector players, financial institutions and others to establish a vision and direction for the overall landscape programs as well as identifying specific implementation activities.
  • Contribute to the annual planning process for their specific technical area and region and contribute to overall project work plan development. 
  • Define the need for, develop scopes of work, identify implementing partners and oversee the use of project resources in spatial planning at the regional level which may include subcontracts, grants, short-term technical assistance, training and workshops among others. 
  • Provide technical assistance in GIS analysis, map production and district level spatial plan development directly to local communities, government and private sector entities to increase their understanding of and capacity to harness spatial planning as an effective conservation tool. Technical assistance, among other things, will include building local capacity and training local government staff in spatial planning processes at the regional, district and local levels.
  • Contribute GIS analysis, maps, and other inputs as required to district level low emission development strategies (LEDS). 
  • Assure cohesive and consistent communication and dialogue with key regional stakeholders including GOI officials, local communities, NGOs, universities, private sector players, and other donors. This will involve establishing a working relationship with some and information sharing with others. 
  • Assure programmatic, gender and technical integrity of regional governance activities through engaging Jakarta based technical advisers and integrating activities at the field level with other regional team members.
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation activities, including the establishment of baselines and subsequent measurement for geospatial related indicators such as improved management, fire reduction and illegal logging as defined and to development of weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as requested.
  • His/her deliverables will include district level spatial plans, GIS databases and subsequent analysis to support spatial plan/LEDS/monitoring and evaluation development and implementation, maps that support spatial plans/LEDS initiatives/monitoring and evaluation of geospatial indicators, training materials and reports for all workshops and training activities held in the region on spatial planning related themes; and others as defined in annual work plans.
  • University degree in relevant subject matter such as geography, regional planning, conservation, rural development, and others;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in similar roles either for donor projects, NGOs or the GOI; with at least 3 years of experience working on donor projects;
  • In depth knowledge of the assigned region; should either be from the region or have at least 5 years working there;
  • In depth knowledge or having involved in the development or revision of spatial planning public consultation and participatory planning;
  • In depth understanding of GIS, land use, forestry, REDD+, spatial planning policy and conservation issues in the assigned region;
  • Native fluency in spoken and written Indonesian;
  • Professional competency in spoken and written English;
  • Strong coordination and team playing skills;
  • Ability to engage in activities occurring in multiple field sites with multiple stakeholders across Indonesia;
  • Willingness to travel extensively in Indonesia.
Please submit your recent CV as of 31 March 2013 (the latest) with subject Regional Spatial Planning Specialist (Timika, Papua based) to: [email protected]

Tetra Tech ARD is an equal opportunity employer.

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