Palm Oil Technical Specialist – Winrock International

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
 
 
Effective with the release of this position
announcement, Winrock International is recruiting applicants for a Palm Oil Technical Specialist. The
responsibilities and qualifications are described in the attached position
description.
 
 
 
POSITION DESCRIPTION
 
Position Title:                Palm Oil Technical Specialist
 
LOCATION:                         Jakarta,
Indonesia (with frequent travel to Riau)
 
Department:                   Environment
Group
 
Reports to:                      Project Manager, Indonesia
 
 
POSITION SUMMARY
Winrock International is a recognized leader in
U.S. and international development with a focus on social, agricultural and
environmental issues. Inspired by its namesake Winthrop Rockefeller, Winrock
combines scientific and technical expertise with entrepreneurial innovation to
deliver market-based solutions that improve lives around the world. Winrock’s
mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and
sustain natural resources across the globe
 
Winrock is developing a program to increase the
capacity of stakeholders to sustainably produce and manage oil palm in
Indonesia. The team is looking to recruit strong technical expertise in oil
palm and peat. This could be a consultancy or staff position. The role will
focus initially on implementing a Cargill-Costco IDH funded project which aims
to support reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased market access for
smallholder oil palm producers and will transition towards managing the
technical components of a grant-funded 2 year project.
 
The role will focus initially on supporting a project
that will create a step-by-step guide for smallholders and tengkulak on how to
1) identify and manage peatland areas in existing plantations and new plantings,
and 2) restore peat areas not suitable for replanting. Winrock and Cargill will
work in partnership to deliver the draft protocol. The draft will be
submitted to the RSPO Smallholder Working Group
(SHWG), ISPO, ISCC and the IDH Traceability Working Group.
 
Expected assignment period: August 15th
2016 – March 31st 2017
 

RESPONSIBILITIES

To
lead the technical input in creating a ‘Smallholder Protocol for Sustainable
Management of Peat Areas and Responsible Re-Planting of Oil Palm’.
 
Working
closely with the Project Manager to:
·        
Create a first
draft of the protocol based on the outline and layout agreed by Winrock and the
project stakeholders, using sound knowledge of Good Agriculture Practice
·        
Ensure input from

the pilot site survey and inception and awareness raising workshops is well
reflected in the draft protocol
·        
Support the
organization of and presentations in expert meetings and wider workshops to
refine the protocol and obtain input and buy-in from key stakeholders.
·        
Design and
implement the 2-month field level testing approach, including the field/site
workshops in 2 villages in Siak. 
·        

Collect data on
project output, outcome and impact indicators and support production of the
final monitoring & evaluation report.
·        
Make final
revisions to the protocol based on the smallholder implementation pilot;
·        
Present the final
draft protocol to RSPO, ISPO, IDH, the Smallholders Union, the Sustainable Palm
Oil Manifesto, and other key stakeholders for their review.
·        
Other duties as
assigned by Winrock.
 
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Essential

  • Minimum
    of 3 years’ experience in oil palm with strong technical knowledge in
    production in peat areas. Preferably on the plantation operation
  • A degree in agronomy or related.
  • Experience in writing training manuals, and
    delivering field-training, ideally for smallholder farmers
  • Understanding of peat hydrology.
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Open communication style and able to work in a
    small team as well as individually when needed.
  • Ability to travel regularly to Siak (Riau) for
    up to a week at a time 
  • Excellent computer skills, including
    word-processing, spreadsheets and Powerpoint

 
Desirable
·        
Have
experience or passion in administering finance and logisticAPPLICATIONS:
Applicants should send their applicantion to [email protected] (Subject: Palm Oil Technical Specialist)

Deadline: July
29th 2016
 
Winrock thanks all applicants for their
interest; however, only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are
short listed will be contacted.
 

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