Since the implementation of the Omnibus Law or UUCK Cipta Kerja, the role of Forest Management Units (KPH) has shifted from being more business-oriented in nature towards becoming more involved in the monitoring of forest operations and facilitating forestry investments, including as a provider of public services to local communities. As a result, KPH must ensure that they are managed by adequate human resources, both in terms of quantity and quality. Adequate in quantity means that the number of human resources in a given KPH is proportional to its workload in accordance with its main duties and functions. While adequate in quality means that the human resources of a given KPH manager have competencies that are in accordance with the standards and objectives of the KPH management.
With the intention of supporting capacity building among the KPH personnel working in Papua and West Papua Provinces, the Human Resources Extension and Development Agency (BP2SDM) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), working in conjunction with FORCLIME, held a recent Training Needs Assessment (TNA) that involved a focus group discussion (FGD). The objectives of this FGD were firstly to disseminate various activities in order to assess the training requirements for KPH institutions working in Papua and West Papua Provinces. Secondly, the FGD was aimed at identifying requirements in relation to capacity building at the individual and organizational levels for KPHs and CDKs in Tanah Papua. During the FGD, the participants also filled out special online TNA questionnaire forms.
The FGD on training needs assessment within Papua Province was held on 3 September 2022 in Jayapura and was attended by 20 participants representing KPH and CDK in Papua Province. Meanwhile, in West Papua Province, an FGD was held on 17 September 2022 in Sorong, West Papua and was opened by the Secretary of the Forestry Service of West Papua Province. This particular FGD was attended by 18 participants representing KPH and CDK in West Papua Province.
The workshop was facilitated by the Community Forestry Communication Forum (FKKM), a consulting agency with experience in developing human resources aimed at supporting forestry development, particularly the Social Forestry Programme including the development of its human resources. The workshop resulted in a list of competency development needs that can now be used as a reference during education and training planning processes for relevant parties, in particular, the Environment and Forestry HR Training Center, the Environment and Forestry Training Center, Forestry Service/KPH, donor agencies and others.
As a follow-up to this workshop, the consultant will visit several KPHs to conduct in-depth interviews with KPH officials and staff at said selected KPHs, collect online data for KPH officials and staff in KPHs in Tanah Papua who cannot be visited, and prepare reports. Furthermore, a workshop will be held to encourage inputs aimed at the improvement of the prepared draft report.
“We hope that the results of the training needs assessment will be communicated to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the West Papua Provincial Forestry Service so that greater clarity will emerge regarding the main tasks and roles of KPH regarding forestry development within West Papua. We also hope that human resources can be developed in accordance with requirements in the field,” explained Donny N. Bosawer, S.Hut., M.Sc. from CDK Sorong Selatan.
For more information, please contact:
Edy Marbyanto, Strategic Area Manager for Human Capacity Development