Communications and Social Media Specialist for Air Quality - Jakarta

Short-term contract
Localisation Jakarta, Indonesia
Occasional remote authorized
3 yrs of exp.
Posted on 02-01-2024

World Resources Institute

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Program Overview

WRI’s air quality program is a global initiative that seeks to identify, build awareness of, and eliminate the root causes of air pollution that damages climate, human, and ecosystem health. The program has three main areas of work: (i) engagement with city stakeholders to use participatory science to diagnose and develop targeted, cost-effective clean air solutions to protect human health and climate, (ii) working with the science community to convert innovative methods into tools and products that communities and policymakers can use to better manage their impact on the atmosphere, and (iii) working with national governments and business networks, as well as community, to design and implement broader regional-to-global air quality governance. It is a part of the WRI Ross Center on Sustainable Cities, with additional oversight from the Data Lab and engagement with Climate, Governance, Energy, and other programs at WRI. The team is global, with senior experts distributed across WRI’s network of international offices

WRI Indonesia air quality program is growing along with the new USAID-funded program called “Clean Air Catalyst”, which is implemented by a global consortium that WRI is leading with partners, as well as a US Government-dunded program called “Southeast Asia Air Quality Community of Practice”, coordinated by WRI Mexico and implemented by country offices.

Clean Air Catalyst

The consortium includes six additional partners: Clean Air Toolbox for Cities (Columbia University), Climate and Clean Air Coalition, Internews Network, MAP-AQ, OpenAQ, and Vital Strategies. The program works in three pilot regions with WRI international offices and local partners to test and refine a three-part data to action methodology for improving air quality and delivering climate co-benefits. We work with local partners in three pilot regions – one of which is Jakarta, Indonesia – to test and refine a three-part data to action methodology for improving air quality and delivering climate co-benefits.

Southeast Asia (SEA) Air Quality Community of Practice

The objective of the program is to disseminate, share and promote best practices for the generation and use of data and tools for air quality management and climate change mitigation through a specialized community of practice through a series of technical seminars (Tech talks). This community is addressed to technical teams, government authorities from cities in Latin America and Africa, and specialists interested in the topics. As context, in 2020 and 2021, the CityAQ project was piloted to provide participating cities with station-level, bias-adjusted air quality forecasts to anticipate air quality events, communicate with stakeholders and more effectively manage local interventions. The new phase of this project funded by Clean Air Fund and UNEP science is called CanAIRy Alert aiming to include air quality data from l

ow-cost sensor networks to produce bias corrected station level forecast for 4 cities in Africa (Nairobi, Kampala, Kigali and Accra).

The outcomes of this initiative consist of: (1) strengthened knowledge, technical capacity, and a network for air quality experts, practitioners, and stakeholders in the context of air quality awareness, monitoring, modeling, and management in the three focused countries within Southeast Asia; (2) cross-border sharing of experience on air quality management and (3) guidance on the use of already available and successfully implemented tools for enhanced action on clean air solutions by stakeholders. This initiative includes Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines as the main beneficiaries at the country level, while the secondary beneficiaries include other Southeast Asia countries, for example, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.

Job Highlight

The Communications and Social Media Officer play crucial role in Air Quality programs by implementing aspect of communications strategies, disciplined communications and engagement campaign, managing multiple communications channels (such as website, blog, publications, media relations, and events), and implementing creative outreach strategy to support the program’s coalition building mission to push for air quality improvement in Jakarta by utilizing media, marketing, technical and persuasive writing, and community building, as well as political strategy skills, among others, to develop, execute and manage communications strategies that advance the goals of the project.

This position will report to Senior Communications Coordinator while working closely and collaboratively with the Program Manager and the rest of the project team, including the Air Quality Communications and Engagement team in global WRI offices.

Position based in Jakarta, Indonesia with Office-flex working arrangement and might do travel when necessary.

What You Will Do


  • Coordination with the Senior Communications Coordinator and Program Managers to support and manage communications strategies and implementation, which includes creative campaigns for effective media and stakeholder engagement, report development, event management, press conferences preparation and supervision, and building news opportunities including supporting the development of media content through concise messaging to advance impact;
  • Responding to program needs: identify visibility materials for production; support the development, design and implementation of communication vehicles and material including but not limited to advertisements, brochures, etc;
  • In coordination with the Senior Communications Coordinator and Program Managers to support clear advocacy/ campaign/ coalition building strategies for each thematic sector at all levels and ensure that advocacy plans throughout the program are compatible, consistent, and effectively delivered.


  • Support the implementation of developed outreach strategies;
  • Support media outreach to traditional & new media. Assist with proactive outreach such as pitching, research, handling incoming requests, and monitoring daily news coverage;
  • Support outreach to partners and stakeholders via effective media engagement strategy, collaborative events, and other opportunities;
  • Develop ideas, write, and edit a variety of internal and external materials, such as blog posts, media materials, newsletters, op-eds, website content, and more;
  • Manage contact database;

Online Engagement

  • Initiate, update, and maintain website content;
  • Optimize project’s websites and social media pages to increase the visibility of content through – but not limited to - search engineoptimization;
  • Expand and build meaningful interaction with virtual communities and network users as well as maintain a social media presence, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn;
  • Create monthly editorial calendars and editorial plan for project’s social media channels;
  • Create appealing visuals to be disseminated on social media;
  • Generate, edit, publish, and share daily content (text, images, video) that builds meaningful connection and encourages targeted community to take action;
  • Assist in monitoring analytics of website and social media.
  • Monitor news coverage and translate articles published in Bahasa Indonesia into English for sharing with Global Office team


  • Provide materials that support the development of proposals and presentations;
  • Monitor and support the publications process, including outreach planning, production, and distribution;
  • Support and manage project-related events including: engagement with vendors and consultants; prepare slides; talking points; visual documentation (photos and videos).
  • Support for the Root-cause And Disruptability Analysis (RCAD) engagement process in terms of developing persuasive documentation for the solution briefs and the shortlisting process
  • Documentation for mainstreaming Air Quality work on the gender, climate and health crosscuts, especially impacts into the overall Air Quality media engagement and communication agenda

What You Will Need

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field: communications, journalism, environmental studies, history, political science, sociology, anthropology and other fields.
  • Minimum 3 years of working experience in applying communications best practices.
  • Proficient spoken and written communications.
  • Ability to take notes and identify key decisions and follow-up actions.
  • Strong proofreading and copy-editing skills.
  • Ability to produce drafts of basic communications products: blurbs, blog posts, press releases.
  • Familiarity in the use of basic Microsoft and other software tools: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Teams, and common social media tools such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other emerging communications tools such as media tracking tools, project management (Asana), Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and others.
  • Ability to engage and communicate effectively with various stakeholders from various backgrounds including Indonesian government officials;
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high-quality work products;
  • Fluency in both Bahasa Indonesia and English, with a strong emphasis on written and spoken communications (additional language skills are welcome);
  • Articulate, skilled writer with writing experience (professional clips or writing samples)
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices, and partners from all range of stakeholders’ types;
  • Ability to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively about all elements of communications and engagement work;
  • Ability to travel.
  • Legally able to work in Indonesia

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experiences in international organization or consulting firm
  • Visual skills, such as photography, graphic design, and Adobe Photoshop
  • Experience in working with a content management system (CMS)
  • Experience in working with reporters or members of the media (and established media contacts)
  • Interest and experience in forestry, energy, or other natural resources-related issues in Indonesia

Performance Standard

  • Work assignments are expected to be carried out timely and satisfactory with minor supervision
  • Active participation on decision-making process by providing related information
  • Demonstrate ability to managing multiple works while keeping up with timeline
  • Apply creativity as appropriate and integrates input from other to find solutions

Contract Arrangement

Full-time with fixed-term employment agreement up to 30 September 2024 period with 3 (three) months of consultancy contract apply before the fixed-term employment agreement started.

What we offer

  • Salary that is commensurate with experience and skills
  • Competitive and comprehensive benefit package
  • Access to the WRI global network
  • Opportunity to join and/or get involved in different working groups
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work
  • A chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization

Must have authorization to work in Indonesia to be eligible for this position.

Final candidates might be required to take a writing test and to produce two writing samples when needed.

How to apply: In order to be formally considered, please submit an updated resume and cover letter through WRI career portal.

Application close: 1700 (DKI Jakarta local time), 12 February 2024. We will close the advert earlier when the best candidates are identified at earlier dates.

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