Landscape Indonesia is advising an Indonesian affiliate of a prominent and sizable conservation organization in evaluating the potential of acquiring three natural production forest concessions for a 45-year period in Indonesia. We would like to enlist the service of a number of committed and hard-working consultants to undertake an in-depth and comprehensive assessment of the market values of the property. This will inform our understanding of activities that could be undertaken on the property to generate revenue sustainably, while delivering ecological, social and climate mitigation benefits. Specifically, Landscape Indonesia is looking for an economist-scientist, or a group, that may be able to perform the scope of work below.
During the covid-19 pandemic, Landscape Indonesia mandates all of its employees and consultants to work from home until further notice. As such, this work needs to be done remotely. The consultants need to have sufficient internet connectivity. The consultancy will take place between early October 2020 (may be earlier) until mid-December 2020.
Scope of Work
The Consultant(s) will work with Landscape Indonesia and the conservation organization for about 2-3 months period to assist Landscape Indonesia in developing an integrated and comprehensive scoping for a business plan for three forestry concessions of 18,000, 20,000, and 15,000 hectares (ha, a total of 53,000 ha) that combines the business models based on the values of timber and non-timber forest products, eco-tourism, carbon emission reduction, and biodiversity. The expanse of the concessions include mangrove, peat, and mineral forests. The scoping result will be used as a reference for the acquisition process.
The Consultant(s) will define their market values based on appropriate appraisal methodology, supported by sufficient justification; develop valuation model that reflects a combination of timber and non-timber forest products, eco-tourism, carbon emission reduction, as well as biodiversity values; by applying a combination of recognized forestry valuation methods.
Specifically, the Consultant(s) will perform the following:
Identify and source best available data sets to be used in establishing the market value of all of the three concessions, acquire at a minimum remote sensing data for the three concessions and data from comparable forestry operations to be sourced by the Consultant(s), as well as data from existing conservation transactions where available; identify additional data sets either to be acquired internally from Landscape Indonesia and its affiliates, the conservation organization, or sourced externally by the Consultant(s), based on discussions with the staff in Landscape Indonesia, its affiliates, or with the relevant staff of the conservation organization;
Develop customized valuation model that reflects a combination of timber, carbon, non-timber forest product (NTFP), biodiversity and eco-tourism to the extent possible given the availability of credible datasets; identify one or more management scenarios to be used as the basis for establishing value based on discussions with the staff in Landscape Indonesia, its affiliates, or with the relevant staff of the conservation organization;
Produce an outline for the valuation, specifying datasets and methods to be used to establish the market values above, including key assumptions, limitations, and anticipated adjustments, by utilizing the combination of recognized forestry valuation methods judged applicable (for example comparable sales expectations, cost-based, and liquidation), and weighting given availability of credible datasets, as well as key challenges of applying the selected methods tp a natural production forest in Indonesia, as well as associated assumptions, limitations, and adjustments;
Produce and share draft valuation report consistent with the agreed outline, and discuss any feedback with Landscape Indonesia, the conservation organization, and other affiliates via video conferencing;
Submit final valuation report to Landscape Indonesia and the conservation organization in due time.
While the preference is to have only one consultant to perform all these tasks, we are open to the possibility of sharing the scope of work to more than one consultant. Expectation of resource mobilization for this Scope of Work is about 30-40 person-days.
General qualifications: The Consultant(s) are expected to possess the following general qualifications
- Ability to be self-motivated, self-disciplined, and self-directing in remote working situation.
- While all of the work is expected to happen during normal office hours, there may be some flexibility to work or entertain calls outside of the offfice hours.
Specific qualifications: The Consultant(s) are expected to possess the following qualifications:
- At least a master’s degree in economics, finance, or business with very strong understanding of environmental issues, especially conservation, forestry, ecosystem services, peatland management, and climate change; or an ecology, forestry, or environmental studies with very strong understanding of economic, finance, and asset valuation. A candidate with a doctoral degree is an advantage.
- Native-level mastery in English is a must.
- Technical expertise of best management practices in peatland and mangrove ecosystem.
- Experience with forestry valuation methods in tropical forest.
- Have access to relevant forestry datasets to inform a comprehensive valuation.
- Knowledge of forest-related market trends in the Asia Pacific region.
- Strong capability in property, market, and investment valuation methodologies.
Please send your cover letter explaining why you are a good candidate for this job including your expected compensation, and the most recent CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.