ORGANIZATION AND PROGRAM PROFILE
McKinsey.org is an independent non-profit founded by McKinsey & Company in January 2018 to have lasting and substantial impact on complex social challenges. Our first initiative, Rethinking Recycling, aims to dramatically improve recycling systems in cities around the world so that they are truly economically sustainable, socially inclusive, and environmentally beneficial – thus accelerating the transition to a zero-waste, circular economy. We focus particularly on plastics and organics (food and garden waste) in the post-consumer waste stream, which together drive much of the waste pollution crisis and its contribution to local pollution and global climate change.
Our program has three major components, aimed at overcoming the vicious cycle of poor supply and inadequate demand for recycled material that plagues most cities today:
- We improve supply of recyclable waste at the source through better design of collection systems and behavioral nudges.
- We build community recycling systems that drive cost efficiency and ethical operations in sorting, logistics, and processing of recyclable waste.
- We work to stabilize recycling demand and unlock better pricing by streamlining and bringing transparency to the full recycling value chain.
Our goal is to create a replicable model for managing waste that cities around the world will adopt.
We currently have pilot programs in Argentina and Indonesia. We have full-time teams in both locations, as well as community, government, expert NGO and corporate partners who amplify our impact.
In Indonesia, on the supply and community side, we have been piloting our proof-of-concept in a community recycling program in one Desa (village) in Denpasar, and are now scaling the program across 6 villages in Bali (Rethinking Recycling Academy). On the demand side, we are partnering with PRAISE, a consortium of six consumer goods companies – Coca-Cola, Danone, Indofood, Nestlé, Tetra Pak, and Unilever – to develop mechanisms for channeling purchasing commitments into stabilizing markets for recycled material.
In Argentina, we have been conducting a proof-of-concept in the iconic informal settlement of Barrio 31 in Buenos Aires, where we have achieved recycling and community participation rates higher than any other similar neighborhood and most cities in Latin America. Building on our work in Barrio 31, we are now expanding our program to demonstrate the business case and community benefit of a recycling system at the scale of a full municipality. We have selected the municipality of Olavarría, in the Province of Buenos Aires, to pilot our full value chain approach: working with the municipal government, the local recycling cooperative, and community leaders to maximize material recovery upstream, and working with local and regional value chain players to test market innovations to stabilize supply chains and improve pricing.
The Desa Agent will be responsible for overseeing the on-going transformation of a Waste Management Facility (MRF) in a desa. The first regional area of focus is Denpasar, Bali where the Desa Agent will be responsible for delivering change in one of 6-8 villages participating in the Rethinking Recycling Academy (Including Sanur Kaur, Tegal Kertha, Kesiman, Ubung Kaja, Pemecutan Kaja and Pemogan). The Desa Agent is serving as on-the-ground agent, driving change with the Desa and supporting the waste management transformation of villages to drive high-levels of source separation and recycling. Desa Agents will be reporting into the McKinsey.org cluster manager on observations and progress completed, participating in and contributing to the delivery of the Rethinking Recycling Academy and supporting the post-Academy transformation. With time as the Rethinking Recycling Academy program expands, the region covered by a Desa Agent will either change or grow.
- Drive the on-ground transformation, including community education campaigns and on-site operations, of the Material Recycling Facility to ensure high-levels of recycling of both mixed recycling and organic materials
- Conduct multiple weekly touchpoints with the village taskforce members (e.g. ops manager, source separation campaign leader) to ensure that the transformation of the Waste Management Facility is being implemented in a proper and timely manner across the institutional, operational, and behavior change aspects
- Facilitate workshop sessions with the appointed village and engage the Academy participants outside of the digital sessions through various communication channels
- Observe, identify, and raise issues related to the waste management transformation to the Cluster Manager, in a timely fashion
- Coordinate regular checkpoints between the village taskforce with the Cluster Manager and facilitate monthly and quarterly meetings between the village taskforce with the Cluster Manager, McKinsey.org, and other government institutions deemed necessary
- Provide coaching to TPS3R Operation Manager, Behavior Change team, and village leadership through the waste management transformation processes
- Ensure that the village regularly submits reports (e.g. TPS3R financial report or Source Separation campaign report) to the Academy team on the agreed cadence
DESA AGENT REQUIREMENTS
- Capable of communicating fluently in Bahasa Indonesia and have a working proficiency in English (written and spoken)
- Strong communication skills to a variety of different audiences (From Head of the village to TPS3R workers)
- Geographically located in Denpasar area with deep contextual knowledge of Denpasar
- Strong project management skills including work planning and milestone reporting
- Comfortable in working with Excel, and excited to learn new tools and techniques
- Basic knowledge of statistics and ability to think logically about data
- Ability to recognize patterns and capture the learnings in a timely fashion
- A passion for social impact and sustainability
- Previous experience in operation management, education, or training would beneficial
- Not required, but beneficial would be fluency in Balinese and/or Javanese
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