Programme Officer GAP Oil Palm Smallholder for SNV Indonesia

Vacancy AnnouncementSNV Netherlands Development OrganisationSNV is a not-for-profit international
development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have
built a long-term, local presence in 39 of the poorest countries in Asia,
Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors
works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations
with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes
and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of
poverty and guide their own development.
 Berbak Green Prosperity PartnershipSNV is working with a consortium of international and
local partners led by Euro Consult Mott MacDonald to deliver the Berbak Green
Prosperity Partnership (BGPP). The BGPP will work in Jambi, Sumatra in the 250,000 ha
peatland dominated Berbak landscape. It aims to rehabilitate degraded peatland
and provide enhanced and alternative economic opportunities for communities
that derive their livelihoods from palm oil production and other peatland-based
agricultural activities/enterprises. It will deliver four components:

  1. Peatland, Land Use
    Zoning, Hydrological Rehabilitation and Water Management to establish the
    biophysical basis for GHG emission reductions and land use to enable green
    prosperity. It involves canal-blocking to reverse peatland drainage and improve
    community farm water management systems.
  2. Smallholder Enterprise and Farm Systems focuses on
    improving smallholder yields and income from palm oil, rubber, rice and
    aquaculture and helping palm oil smallholders on the border of the landscape to
    deliver sustainable production in line with emissions reduction goals.
  3. Private Sector Commitment and Action to ensure that
    companies operating in the landscape understand the sustainability context and
    apply relevant policies and practices. It will focus on oil palm and HPH
    concessions and involve the use of palm oil mill effluent (POME) for renewable
  4. Promoting District
    and Province-wide Green Prosperity.

 This assignment is to
engage a Programme Officer GAP Oil Palm Smallholder under Component 2 to
support the Berbak Green Prosperity Partnership programme implementation in
Jambi. The debate concerning sustainability of oil palm production is ongoing,
as problems with deforestation, loss of biodiversity and social issues are
still associated with oil palm cultivation and expansion. Improving yields is a
key aspect of sustainability, as higher yields per hectare improve land use
efficiency and decrease the need for expansion into pristine natural areas to
meet demands. Oil palm certification is considered as part to include the
smallholder into the value chains and market access for smallholders.

Position Summary:This
position is designed for inclusion in the oil palm smallholder team whose work
covers preparing oil palm certification for smallholders, promoting better
management practices (BMP), improving smallholder organisations and supporting
the position of smallholders in value chains through inclusive business
approach. These activities integrate the AKVO system and other relevant tools
developed by SNV into broad oil palm activities in various projects.  The
officer will work closely with GAP Oil Palm Master Trainers to ensure that the
oil palm BMP training implementation is working well and is in line with SNV’s
goals and objectives  

  1. In-charge of and
    support the preparation of tools and materials for oil palm BMP training or
    other related programmes;
  2. Assist GAP Oil
    Palm Master Trainers in implementing oil palm BMP training for targeted oil
    palm smallholder groups;
  3. Assist GAP Oil
    Palm Master Trainers in the management of activities at both office and field
  4. Participate in
    engagement processes with government, companies, smallholders and other
    stakeholders for programme implementation;
  5. Perform any
    additional tasks when identified and within the scope of oil palm team
    activities (in consultation with line manager and donors).

 Candidate profile

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in, and maximum of 5
    years of experience working in, one or more of the following areas: oil palm
    agronomy, agriculture, forestry, environment, conservation, biology and other
    related fields. Fresh graduates are also encouraged to apply;
  • Experience in working in oil palm agronomy field
    or plantation, and in Jambi or the region, would be an advantage – programme
    officer must show interest to work in the field;
  • Ability to work in an inclusive and collegial way
    with NGO partners, local government, local companies and other stakeholders,
    and ability to communicate and maintain strong relationship with the
  • Ability to work independently with minimum
  • Fluent in English and Bahasa Indonesia.

Jakarta with
frequent travel to the site areas. Contract duration: 1 year contract with
expectation of at least one year extension (project duration).   
How to
? Please send application letter directly
addressing the candidate profile and CV (in English) to by 12th
July 2016
with subject: “PO BGPP”.For more information on SNV please refer to our
website: We do not appreciate third-party mediation based
on this advertisement.

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