ORGANIZATION AND PROGRAM PROFILE 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:

  1. We improve supply of recyclable waste at the source through better design of collection systems and behavioral nudges.
  2. We build community recycling systems that drive cost efficiency and ethical operations in sorting, logistics, and processing of recyclable waste.
  3. 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.

Read more about our work and see a video of our program on our website: and on



The role for an institutional associate will be responsible in building strategies that enable:

1)    Strategic partnership with key institutional stakeholders and decision makers;

2) Expert discussions and engagement on legislative framework to solve waste management solutions through top-down enforcement;

3)    Establishment of legal entities within the unit of scales (regency and villages) to build operational capacity;

4)    Unlock access to resources to drive operational excellence;

5) And represent the organization within transformational efforts with partners and community at large


The role will be based in our office in Sanur - Denpasar. This is a full-time role reporting directly to Project Leader of Academy Rethinking Recycling for Indonesia. We are looking for someone with a strong institutional background, multi-disciplinary problem-solving skills, entrepreneurial spirit, attention to details and willingness to work flexibly in a rapidly changing and expanding team environment.  



  • Stakeholder engagement: ensure the overall social and economic sustainability of the project by engaging with a variety of local stakeholders, including local industries, community leaders and associations and informal sector actors; understand and communicate with different audiences, expressing clear messages and articulate workable conclusions; generate community support and partnerships to enable the delivery of the program.  
  • Strategizing: prepare overall institutional strategies and build workable, high-quality program syntheses to assist internal goal setting and to provide directions as we engage with key stakeholders 
  • Policy understanding: map national and local waste regulation, assess and deliver policy insights to support our recycling program and lead the process to enable them 
  • Business case and scaling vehicle analysis: develop a deep understanding of the waste management system, including sources of revenues and costs, identifying major institutional drivers to allow for a sustainable scaling model and business case.  
  • Capture insight and codify learnings: standardize and document best practices learned from this program to ensure replicability and scalability 



We are looking for candidates with public sector and management experience to oversee the implementation of the government and stakeholder workstream, reporting directly to the Program Manager.  

Background should include:  

  • Minimum 5 years of work experience, with a strong mix of both institutional as well as private sector  
  •  Minimum a Bachelor Education in Political Science, Public Policy, Development and/or relevant fields 
  •  Professional fluency in Bahasa and English (both written and oral). Fluency in Balinese and/or Javanese is a plus 
  • Preferred experience managing teams for complex implementation projects with various stakeholders  
  • History of establishing credibility with a wide range of stakeholders  
  • Demonstrated conceptual and analytical problem-solving skills (e.g., distilling insights from research and discussions)  
  •  Experience in relevant issues (e.g., sustainability, community transformation, etc)
  • Availability to relocate to the program location in Bali 

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

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