The Initiative  Coordinator will be responsible for implementing, monitoring, and coordinating grant making and related activities in the Indonesia Initiative of the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA). The initiative includes grantmaking administered by the members of the Climate and Land Use Alliance, a collaborative initiative of the ClimateWorks, David and Lucile Packard, Ford, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations, and aligned funding of the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.  CLUA seeks to catalyze the potential of forested and agricultural landscapes to mitigate climate change and deliver economic, social, and ecological benefits.


Working closely with the CLUA Director of Programs, and other program officers at the member foundations, the Indonesia Initiative Coordinator will develop grantmaking and other program activities to implement the initiative strategy. The Initiative strategy in Indonesia seeks to promote the development and implementation of public and private sector reforms that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation, forest degradation, and sustainable agricultural practices and protect the land and resource rights of traditional peoples and rural communities.


Specifically, the Indonesia Initiative Coordinator will review the current status of climate and land use issues in Indonesia, the recently developed strategy of the CLUA Indonesia Initiative, and the status of the initiative grants in the existing portfolios of CLUA and its member foundations; assume responsibility for plans to implement and coordinate grantmaking within this Initiative; solicit, review, and respond to grant and contract proposals; prepare recommendations for funding; and work with other CLUA staff to develop and implement learning strategies related to the Initiative. S/he has primary responsibility for CLUA grants administered by the ClimateWorks Foundation. The Indonesia Initiative Coordinator will be expected to provide intellectual leadership in the field of climate change and rural land use in Indonesia and to work closely with the CLUA Director of Programs and a small team of member foundation staff and consultants who have a portion of their time allocated to this initiative.  Within the Indonesia Initiative Team, s/he is responsible for maintaining a culture of shared purpose, collaboration, mutual respect, and commitment to achieving the goals described in the strategy. The Indonesia Initiative Coordinator is the representative of CLUA in Indonesia, and in that capacity is expected to develop a network of and collaborate broadly with scholars and practitioners, government agencies, non-­â€governmental organizations, private sector leaders, and other donors toward the shared purpose of achieving substantial emission reductions from land use in ways that deliver economic, social, and ecological benefits. Frequent travel within Indonesia is expected, along with occasional travel internationally.


The coordinator will perform the following and other duties as assigned:


  • Coordination of CLUA Indonesia Initiative strategic plan implementation and grant making, including timely communication and coordination needed to ensure complementarity between CLUA funding streams that are separately administered by the member Foundations;
  • Facilitation of timely and effective coordination and communication among the Indonesian team and the overall CLUA program and administrative staff ensuring that all information needs are met, and providing guidance and coordination on all work products.
  • Grant making, project monitoring, report review and approval for ClimateWorks administered grant making under the CLUA Indonesia Initiative, including (a) managing grant proposal processes and contribute to the shaping of proposals as needed, (b) reviewing and resolving legal, technical and financial issues raised by specific grant proposals and reports, (c) empowering and enabling grant recipients to achieve real impact through specific policy and programmatic objectives;
  • Substantive interaction with other CLUA Initiative Coordinators and teams as required, with particular attention to CLUA’s global focus on (a) removing deforestation from commodity production, (b) recognition of rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities over forests, and (c) incentivizing emissions reduction from land use.
  • Engaging directly in priority governmental, NGO, and/or private sector processes to promote alignment with CLUA goals and strategies;
  • Developing terms of references for consulting and advisory services for the CLUA Indonesia Initiative Team based on gap analysis for delivering on the initiatives strategic priorities, and supervision of contracted consultants;
  • Planning and chairing team meetings and ensuring that follow-­â€up responsibilities are clearly defined and accomplished in a timely fashion;
  • Preparing initiative planning/reporting documents, strategy updates with team input, including: (a) quarterly reports submitted to the ClimateWorks Foundation (b) biannual initiative briefs prepared in advance of CLUA retreats; (c) annual strategic work plans;
  • Interaction with CLUA knowledge management and monitoring and evaluation systems on behalf of the initiative team;
  • Communicating and coordinating in English in a timely manner with CLUA grants administration staff members based in San Francisco, CA regarding grants, grantee reports, contracts, Initiative meetings, etc.
  • Contributing to CLUA’s emphasis on effective strategic communications;
  • Maintaining and sharing information on other funders relevant to the initiative, with attention to co-­â€funding and other leverage opportunities with a particular focus on informing relevant efforts of the Norway, United Kingdom, the United States, and Indonesian Governments on effective programmatic ways forward; and
  • Participate in all CLUA Board meetings, retreats and other meetings as required by the CLUA Director of Programs.


QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum 10 years experience in the fields of climate and/or land use in Indonesia, natural resource management, and / or rural development with a combination of private sector, policy analysis, advocacy, communications, and implementation experience. Demonstrated capacity to understand and engage with private sector and public policy processes, work effectively with government, NGO, private sector and donor partners, and function fluently (verbal and written) in Bahasa and English. Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically, effectively manage complex processes involving multiple institutions and individuals in a team arrangement, function as a good team player in multicultural settings, and respond rapidly and successfully to emergent challenges and opportunities. Experience in grantmaking is desirable. Excellent analytical, management, and oral and written communication skills in both Bahasa and English.  An advanced degree in public policy, natural resource management, economics, social sciences or other relevant field is preferred.

Compensation is based on experience and the commitment of the Climate and Land Use Alliance to internal equity.

To apply for the position: Please send cover letter and resume to

Jakarta, Indonesia,
Indonesia Initiative of the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA)
Sarah Ashton