(with potential for joint PhD supervision)

The international research project ‘IndORGANIC – The societal transformation of agriculture into bioeconomy – Turning Indonesia organic?’ invites applications for a fulltime position as field officer available immediately. IndORGANIC is a collaborative research project between the University of Passau, Indonesian Organic Alliance, Bogor Agricultural University, and Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta, which aims at analysing the current state and potential of organic farming in Indonesia to improve food sustainability in the long run. Agriculture is conceptualised as part of a bioeconomy with finite resources and dependent on ecological processes that require management to grow food. Adopting an inter- and transdisciplinary approach IndORGANIC seeks to analyse organic farming as an alternative to highly problematic conventional agriculture from the perspectives of sustainability, society and economy. To this end, the project integrates the analysis of beliefs as a motivator of human behaviour, of gendered institutions (which may benefit the organic sector or put it at a disadvantage), and evaluate the favourable conditions for transition to organic farming by local farmers.


The candidate is expected to assist the German and Indonesian based research members during the project period by taking care of the following tasks:
1. Assist with coordination, translation and organization on the ground for carrying out the primary qualitative and quantitative data collection

2. Coordinate and enable the gathering of qualitative and quantitative data within the study communities

3. Assist in jointly recruiting, coordinating, and training enumerators in collecting primary qualitative and quantitative data

4. Set up and facilitate contacts with relevant stakeholders concerned with the subject matter, such as government bodies, NGOs, individuals, communities, farmer associations, universities, research institutions, and development organizations

5. Assist in the collection of secondary data and research documented in the Indonesian grey literature

6. Coordinate administrative matters between German based researchers and Indonesian project partners, including financial documentation and budget administration

7. Support in setting up stakeholder workshops and information sharing seminars

8. Support in the reporting and dissemination of outcomes using various media

1. Master degree in sociology, geography, anthropology, development economics, or a related field possibly with the ambition to engage in doctoral studies

2. Good knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods

3. Experienced in empirical primary and secondary data collection

4. Good command of English

5. Excellent organization and communication skills

6. Experienced in working with local communities and authorities

7. Skills in data analysis, synthesis and provisions of relevant recommendations

8. Knowledge of local socio-economic development is preferable

9. Experienced in working in an intercultural team is preferable

10. Good understanding of organic farming and project area is preferable

Appointment and remuneration

The position of the field officer shall be filled as soon as possible. The post is part time with a flexible working load corresponding to the schedule of the different project activities. It has a fixed term lasting until November 2019. The successful candidate will be stationed at Bogor Agricultural University. Remuneration is in line with pay grade of Indonesian public-sector salary scale, with the applicable social benefits (further details will be provided during the interviews). If desired, the position may lead to undertaking a PhD under joint supervision by the University of Passau and Bogor Agricultural University.

Application procedure

To apply, please send a single pdf file comprising a cover letter, your CV and a letter of motivation to Dr. Viola Schreer ( no later than 1st of June 2017. Interviews will be held via skype on the 13th and 14th of June 2017.
A more detailed project description can be found at:
For further information concerning the position, please contact Dr. Siti Amanah ( at the Department of Communication and Community Development Sciences, Bogor Agricultural University, or Dr. Viola Schreer at the Chair of Comparative Development and Cultural Studies – Southeast Asia, University of Passau.

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