Full Time

Agriculture Research Assistant

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Employment status : One-year contract
Division Research and Knowledge Management
Location : Ancol, North Jakarta (hybrid working)
Starting month : Mid-March 2024

About the Organization

“Food insecurity can lead to productivity loss for a variety of reasons.”

In today’s world, home to over seven billion people, about one billion go to bed hungry every night. Food, a fundamental human necessity, often needs to receive the attention and value it deserves. With increasing populations, climate change, limited water resources, and the complex land use issue, the need for better food security becomes increasingly important. Tay Juhana Foundation (TJF), a non-governmental organization, understands the urgency of taking immediate action to address this global challenge.

TJF, driven by a team of energetic and innovative young professionals, is dedicated to developing effective strategies, conducting pioneering research, and promoting sustainable agricultural practices on suboptimal lands, particularly peatlands. Peatlands that cover ~8% of the land surface in Indonesia, have potential for food sources that have already utilized generation traditionally. Developing sustainable agriculture practices on peatland is essential in the uncertain global macro that is full of war and food export bans. We are committed to significantly impacting land management worldwide, contributing to improved food security.

We are looking for motivated individuals who share our commitment to making a difference. Join our dynamic team in Jakarta as an agriculture research assistant and be a part of the change for these critical causes.

Roles Description

The research assistant will be responsible for assisting the TJF research team in collecting field data, conducting desk research, contributing to writing some of our publications, and helping with the research dissemination events.


  1. Assisting researchers in overseeing data collection and coordinating study activities, encompassing the development, implementation, and evaluation of all operational and scientific aspects.
  2. Contributing to the construction of scientific databases through literature searches and generating literature reviews to aid in the execution of research projects.
  3. Playing a role in the publication of reports, articles, and data.
  4. Supporting field data collection, including physical and social data. 
  5. Disseminating research findings at scientific meetings and conferences, as well as through popular article outlets (non-scientific articles). 
  6. Assisting the Head of the Division in organizing activities based on the research framework and in liaising with preferred partners.


Compulsory requirements: 

  1. Fluent in written and verbal communication in English.
  2. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Agricultural science, such as soil and land management, agronomy, botany, soil science, agricultural biotechnology, etc. 
  3. One year of full-time work experience in research and/or the publication process. Fresh graduates with prior experience in research are welcome to apply.


  1. Basic knowledge of research methods and statistical analysis.
  2. Strong analytical skills and strategic-critical thinking.
  3. Good interpersonal skills, along with an independent and teamwork spirit.
  4. A strong passion for working within a research-based nonprofit organization, with a focus on food security, sustainable agricultural practices, and sustainable development.
  5. Familiar with global and local food security and agriculture conditions.
  6. Familiar with suboptimal land management especially peatland.

Organizational Conditions:

Aside from the field visit for data collection, the candidate should be willing to travel to Indragiri Hilir Regency, Riau Province, and participate in a 2.5-month live-in program.

Application Procedures:

Interested applicants must send a set of application documents which include:

  1. Current CV/resume. 
  2. Cover letter stating net salary expectations.
  3. Relevant portfolio. 

Please indicate the subject heading “Agriculture Research Assistant – [Your Full Name].” Please send your application to [email protected] by Sunday, 11 February 2023.

The entire selection process is conducted via online platforms. TJF is an inclusive and diversity-friendly organization. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. The selection committee’s decision is final; only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Application Deadline

11 February 2024