Environmental Economist Senior Research Associate

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Jakarta, , ID

About WRI Indonesia

WRI Indonesia is national entity (Yayasan) associated with the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. WRI work with various stakeholders in the natural resources sector to support policy and management that are both profitable and sustainable. WRI work with leaders in more than 50 countries for more than 30 years, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.

Launched in early 2014, WRI Indonesia builds on WRI’s 10-year history in the country, and strengthens our impact on the ground. In the short-to-medium term, WRI Indonesia aims to expand its presence and portfolio to include projects in the climate, energy, as well as city and transportation programs.


Globally WRI’s Economics Team provides a sound economic underpinning to support the analysis and practical tools being developed in Programs across the Institute. This can include work ranging from: identifying approaches to value coastal and peatland ecosystem services, to city case studies assessing the multiple benefits of bus rapid transport systems, to developing economic tools for comparing investments in “grey” water treatment infrastructure versus investments in “green” protection of local watersheds, to guiding economic modeling teams in the assessment of different climate policy options. Working closely with colleagues within WRI and international offices, as well as with international, governmental, civil society, and business partners, the Team supports the identification of cost-effective policies and approaches that can achieve both environmental
and economic or business development objectives.

WRI Indonesia is looking for an Environmental Economist to be WRI Indonesia senior research associate and part of WRI Economics Team who also support work across the WRI Program. This position reports to WRI Indonesia Country Director and/or WRI Director of Economics.

WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, the Environmental Economist Senior Research Associate is expected to incorporate attention to gender where appropriate.


The Environmental Economist Senior Research Associate’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Research and analysis

  • Plan, design and conduct economic analyses, including potentially undertaking or overseeing the development of econometric studies, and quantitative and statistical analysis.
  • Critically review and assess economic research and analyses, and translate these findings into relevant input for WRI programs.
  • Conceive and produce high-quality, high-impact reports, issue briefs, case studies, and blogs.
  • Develop tools and analysis that enable policymakers and stakeholders to analyze environmental economic issues.
  • Participate in internal and external peer review processes for publications and papers.
  • Develop conceptual approaches and ideas to link and synergize portfolio across WRI Indonesia and whenever possible global WRI based upon environmental economic perspectives.
  • Assist in developing project proposals and concept notes.

Outreach and communications

  • Communicate WRI research and analysis with external audiences; represent WRI at conferences, workshops and other events.
  • Design and implement WRI roundtables, workshops or other convening events with key stakeholders.
  • Liaise with and develop close collaborations with WRI colleagues in various Programs.
  • Liaise with and develop collaborations with external partners from around the world, including partners from developing countries and international agencies.

Project management

  • Independently manage projects or discrete components of large projects.
  • Engage in coordination across WRI program and issue areas.
  • Assist in prioritizing research and project activities.
  • Assist in budgeting and fundraising activities as needed.
  • Supervise the work of junior researchers and interns.


Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum 8-10 years of progressive professional work experience related to environmental or natural resource management economics.
  • Degree in environmental economics, ecological economics or similar is required. PhD preferred.
  • Strong research skills are required. Demonstrated ability to conduct economic analyses, including modeling statistical and quantitative analysis, and econometrics.
  • Strong writing skills are essential. Oral presentation skills a plus.
  • Experience in policy advisory is preferable.
  • Candidate must be self-motivated, detail-oriented and organized thinker with an ability to juggle multiple priorities,
  • handle assignments independently, and work under tight deadlines.
  • Flexibility, sense of humor, breadth of interests, and willingness to explore unfamiliar issues all are qualities that will be looked for during the hiring process.
  • International experience required. Foreign language skills are a plus.
  • Position requires some international travel.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.

Final candidates will be required to take a writing/analytical test.

Optional: Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at careers.wri.org to be considered.

Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 31 March 2017. We will close the advert earlier when best candidates are identified at earlier dates. 

This is a locally engaged position; Indonesian nationals are encouraged to apply.

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI’s policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

About WRI Indonesia

WRI Indonesia is an independent research organization dedicated to contributing to the socioeconomic development of Indonesia in an inclusive and sustainable way. Our work is focused on four main areas: forests, climate, cities and transportation, as well as governance. We turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being.

Established in early 2014 with its headquarter in Jakarta, WRI Indonesia is a non-profit research organization affiliated with the World Resources Institute, a global environmental think tank based in Washington D.C. Our 500 experts and staff work with partners in more than 50 countries; we have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. In Indonesia, we have run projects with partners for over 20 years, and WRI Indonesia was formally launched to build a robust in-country presence, to formalize existing partnerships, as well as strengthen our research on the ground.

Learn more about our organization at www.wri-indonesia.org.