Program Officer for Climate Change & Urban Resilience Initiatives

Employment Type: Program Officer (1 year contract with potential extension)

Number of vacant positions:  1 position (Mid-level Program Officer)

Location: Jakarta (Indonesia) with travel to different cities in Indonesia

Language Required: fluent in English and Indonesian

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021

Kota Kita is growing and we are looking for passionate, impact-driven, creative yet analytical urbanists to join our team! We look for those who genuinely want to make our cities a better place – more inclusive and more sustainable for all. We are looking to hire one program officer (1 intermediate-level) for our climate change resilience initiatives in different cities in Indonesia including Semarang, Jakarta, Solo, and Sleman.


About Kota Kita
Kota Kita (KK) is a growing non-profit organization based in Indonesia with expertise in urban planning and citizen participation in the design and development of cities. We build bridges between citizens and government towards a shared vision. We facilitate citizen participation and collaboration, influence urban policies, encourage open access to information, and provide civic education to empower active urban citizens. We take on issues such as governance, inclusivity, and climate change resilience. We have an interdisciplinary team with a design-driven approach to develop tools and methods for city-making. For almost a decade, KK has worked in more than 20 cities in Indonesia on a diverse range of projects from small scale urban interventions, city-wide assessments to large-scale strategic planning and visioning. We build platforms for new voices for change in our cities by organizing events such as the annual Urban Social Forum ( ) – a civil society-led forum in Indonesia that brings together civil societies, civil servants, practitioners and students that work towards improving our cities. Kota Kita had received the Ford Foundation BUILD grant in 2019, a part of IDRC’s Think Climate Platform and has a consultative status at the UN ECOSOC.


Employment Type
Program Officer:

  • Intermediate level, Full-time 1 year contract with possibility of extension


Program Summary:
Climate Change & Urban Resilience Initiatives
Kota Kita recognizes climate change as one of the most pressing issues facing our cities today and into the future. In the coming years, we aim to strengthen our climate change and urban resilience team and expand our practice in climate change mitigation and adaptation through action research, urban design, community-based planning, public critical dialogues, as well as policy advocacy. In the near term, we are engaged in a number of diverse projects within the theme of climate change and urban resilience. Our project partners and donors include IDRC, Oak Foundation, IIED, ADB, World Bank and BORDA. Projects are carried out in a collaborative manner with our project partners.

Our engagements in the near term includes:

  • Multi-city assessment on climate change policy and regulatory framework 
  • Action-research on climate change adaptation and mitigation issues in cities including community-based adaptation strategies
  • Urban design and sustainable infrastructure
  • Developing concepts for urban flood risk resilience 
  • Developing research on climate change and urban food system
  • Developing communications and advocacy strategy on climate change and urban resilience issues
  • Advising local and national government for more inclusive development policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Activities include:

  • Urban design and planning
  • Mapping
  • Site visits and surveys 
  • Stakeholder engagements with communities, civil society organizations, and local governments
  • Desk-based research
  • Developing comprehensive reports, policy briefs, guidelines
  • and developing communications contents and campaign materials. 


Kota Kita seeks one program officer that will support the various aspects of urban climate change and resilience initiatives. The program officers will report to the program manager, as well as regular check-ins with the program director.

The program officers will need to be a creative problem solver; a design thinker, a multi-tasker with the ability to work on different projects simultaneously and learn new skills and processes on the go; be able to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment; be able to engage with stakeholders at the community level and local government level.

Working together as a team, the key responsibilities of the program officers will be:

  • To develop a methodology for research activities
  • To contribute to urban design and planning strategies
  • To conduct surveys, site visits, and interviews to understand urban development challenges, risk and opportunities with regard to climate change issue
  • To closely and actively communicate with local government and stakeholders and facilitate workshops and meetings with communities and other stakeholders
  • To analyse and translate findings into ideas and recommendations that will directly benefit the target communities/audiences
  • To support advocacy of inclusive policies and practices in the city and beyond
  • To develop campaign materials regarding climate change adaptation and mitigation based on the processes and findings on the ground 


The Program Officer candidate [intermediate-level] should be:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, environmental engineering/sciences, environmental policy, or other relevant fields. 
  • At least 3 years of working experience in the relevant fields or equivalent. Those who have previous experiences in climate change adaptation and mitigation projects are preferred.


We would love to work with you if you have experience in one or more of these themes (and are extremely passionate about it):

  • Urban planning/urban development
  • Climate change and urban resilience policies
  • Adaptation and mitigation measures
  • Green infrastructure 
  • Collaborative and participatory design
  • Community development
  • Design thinking

And if you’re good at:

  • Writing, communication, and reporting
  • Analyzing data 
  • Working with different stakeholders: government, communities and CSOs
  • Stakeholder engagement/community facilitation 
  • Presentation skills and publication design
  • Public campaign and advocacy 

We would be thrilled if you can use one or more of these:

  • GIS software (ArcGIS/QGIS or equivalent)
  • Adobe Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, others or equivalent
  • Microsoft Office: Word/Excel/Powerpoint/Others
  • If you can do more or have more tricks up your sleeve, even better!

Because we work with a wide range of partners locally and internationally, the ideal candidate is bi-lingual in English and Indonesian.


What does Kota Kita offer you?

  • The opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team of passionate urban changemakers
  • The opportunity to work on some of the most pressing urban challenges in Indonesia
  • The opportunity to work across a variety of programs and initiatives
  • The chance to work with friendly, talented team members and diverse partners, from international development organizations, local governments, academics, research institutions, civil society organizations, youth groups, and many others in a collaborative and innovative work culture.
  • A high degree of responsibility, but also autonomy
  • Competitive salaries
  • Regular training opportunities


Our office is primarily based in Surakarta (Solo), Indonesia but currently operating in many cities. The project will require the applicant to be based in Jakarta with regular visits to other cities in Indonesia.


Period of Engagement
February 2021 – January 2022


Application requirements

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