Short-term consultant: sustainable cinnamon production in Sumatra, Indonesia (Indonesia nationals only)

  • Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 3 July 2019

Job Description


Pact is recruiting a short-term consultant to support the USAID Green Invest Asia project, a technical assistance facility working to catalyse private investment for sustainable agriculture and forest landscapes across Asia. By 2022, USAID Green Invest Asia aims to mobilize $400 million of private finance for sustainable production in agriculture and forestry that will reduce investment barriers and result in a reduction or sequestration of 25 million tons CO2e of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We currently operate across Southeast Asia with an initial focus on Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

USAID Green Invest Asia supports mid-growth agriculture and forestry companies with strategies, assessments and advice to improve their sustainable commodity production and business practices. In doing so, we ready companies for investment and help them access sustainable financing from banks, impact funds, climate funds and other institutions in our financial network. USAID Green Invest Asia facilitates a pipeline of partner businesses involved in commodities including timber (i.e. teak, acacia, eucalyptus, natural forest concessions), rubber, coconut, coffee, cacao, cinnamon, cashew, rice, biomass, and other commodities.

The purpose of this assignment is to provide technical support for a due diligence assessment on a sustainable cinnamon company based in Sumatra, Indonesia. Due diligence looks at potential risks of a company, including environmental and social issues, and is a key activity prior to defining a scope of work for technical assistance with the partner company. The due diligence process is based on multiple methods such as review of available documentation, observation and field visit, interviews, and discussions with experts. The due diligence process is based on a checklist defined by Pact that includes clear definition of the business model; social and environmental safeguards; and gender and social inclusion. The details of the checklist will be shared after the selection process. For this assignment, the short-term consultant will work with the Senior AFOLU Advisor and other USAID Green Invest Asia staff as appropriate.


  • Understand the project and its due diligence needs and process, through conversation with the Senior AFOLU Advisor
  • Review and summarize key documents provided by the company (in Bahasa Indonesia and English), with a focus on social, environmental, and other potential risks (prior to next step)
  • Help identify gaps in information and potential follow up questions for the company
  • Provide inputs on development of the workplan for the field visit
  • Travel to/from field site in Sumatra for field observations and discussions over approximately three days during the week of August 5-10 (specific dates to be confirmed)
  • Support logistics and planning for the field visit for the consultant and Senior AFOLU Advisor
  • Visit the company’s office, processing facilities, and farmer producers to review documents and interview staff, partners, and farmers
  • Translate interviews and key documents verbally, and document key findings in English
  • Recommend key issues for follow up discussions with the company and review additional information as available
  • Provide a short, written summary (~5 pages) of key findings in English


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in natural resource management, forestry, agriculture, or related field
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in Indonesia
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience working directly with agroforestry companies and smallholder farmers in Indonesia preferred
  • Indonesia national; fluency in Bahasa Indonesia – written and spoken
  • Excellent written and spoken English language
  • Knowledge of sustainable cinnamon production in Indonesia preferred
  • Knowledge of sustainability standards, organic and Rainforest Alliance certification systems preferred
  • Experience travelling in and knowledge of the Kerinci area and land use systems preferred
  • Availability to travel to Kerinci in Jambi, Sumatra during the week of August 5-10 (specific dates to be confirmed)


Interested candidates (Indonesia nationals only) are invited to submit a cover letter and CV to Pact Thailand via by 17.00 pm Bangkok time July 17, 2019.

Qualified applicants will also be entered into USAID Green Invest Asia’s roster of technical expertise for potential future assignments for due diligence or related work.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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