Hutan Harapan (HH) is one of the last remaining examples of lowland rainforest in Sumatra and has been internationally recognised as important for biodiversity since it contains many rare and endangered species. Hutan Harapan has with 1,931 species a very rich biodiversity, consisting of 1,311 flora and 620 fauna species. As many as 43 flora species are endemic to Sumatra, 10 are protected species and a total of 46 species are on the IUCN Red List because they are globally threatened. In addition, 12 species belong to Appendix I and 64 species to Appendix II of CITES. Of the spectacular number of 620 fauna species, 105 species are on the IUCN Red List including Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), Helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil), pangolin (Manis javanica), Sumatran elephant, (Elephas maximus sumatranus), and tapir (Tapirus indicus).

Smallholder agriculture – which are farms that mostly depend on family labour – make up more than 80 % of all farms worldwide. Yet many of these smallholders are economically vulnerable, living below the poverty line and often facing seasonal food insecurity. These smallholders are diverse, producing high value export crops such as rubber, but also crops for local and regional markets, and food and fibre for home consumption.

Increasing transparency and shorter supply chains have led to an increasing awareness of poverty and economic insecurity at the bottom of agricultural supply chains. There has been an acceleration of the adoption of sustainability schemes and standards in formal value chains, along with associated research to study their impact on farmer livelihoods.

A Living Income is defined as “the net annual income required for a household in a particular place to afford a decent standard of living for all members of that household.” For companies, a living income is important tool for:  ensuring supply chain sustainability, upholding human rights by ensuring smallholder producer partners can afford a decent standard of living, reputational reasons, that is, responding to national and international standards and; to be economically viable so that farmers, particularly the next generation of farmers, continue to produce quality products that meet company specifications and consumer preferences.

As Social Economic Analyst on Living Income Survey, you will work to support the development of Living Income Survey report as result of the conducted household income survey in Hutan Harapan. You will be based at the YAKEHI office in Bogor, Indonesia, to provide technical expertise and assistance in developing reliable data, data visualization, and Hutan Harapan Project on Community based Rubber production.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop a report based on existing dataset on household socioeconomic dataset.
  • Analize existing surveyed data on household economic Batin Sembilan and migrant residents in the location of project activity in Hutan Harapan.
  • Assess all types of household businesses from existing surveyed data on household economic, whether from agricultural cultivation, non-agricultural activities, as well as legal and illegal forest product extraction in terms of Productivity, Stability, and Business Sustainability.
  • Based on surveyed data on household socioeconomics, provide recommendations for household businesses that are feasible to develop, businesses are gender sensitive, support a sustainable productive landscape.
  • Active collaboration with Infrastructure operation to develop a result output report with Project Coordinator and Data Specialist.
  • Explore and implement the most recent technological methods to strengthen processes and methods, up to date method to analyze data provided by Hutan Harapan team.
  • Produce relevant documentation as directed by the Data specialist and the Project Coordinator for Hutan Harapan operation.

Desirable skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, socio economic, forestry or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent experience with common statistical software such as SPSS, STATA, and Excel.
  • Excellent experience with common socioeconomic analysis model and method.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for coordinating across teams.

Consultancy Work Period: 1 February 2024 – 31 March 2024 (2 month).

Type of Contract:  Performance/Output Based Contract (Kontrak Berbasis Kinerja).

Please send your application no later than January 20, 2024 to : yakehi@hutanharapan.id