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CAREER : Market Research - Water and Ice Supply in Labuan Bajo

PT. Tinamitra Mandiri
Project : Market Research for Water and Ice Supply
Duty Station : Labuan Bajo – Papagarang Island


Despite the growing tourism industry in the Komodo National Park, the residents living with scarce fresh water supply and dry circumstances which limits vegetation to survive the island condition. Existing water and ice packs supplies are carried through 2-hours boat trip to Labuan Bajo using extensive use of plastics that causes severe plastic trashes problem in the sea. Moreover, diesel generators are the most common technology used to supply electricity in the National Park which harms the natural ecosystem from its residual substances and noises.

To tackle these challenges, Tinamitra Mandiri (TM) through Komodo Water (KW) had supplied fresh water for the island and surrounding, and currently plan to supply ice block to the area. KW plans to use climate-friendly technologies as an example for island development. It is implemented through minimising use of plastics by supplying ice blocks instead of ice packs, energy supply from solar-powered system and the use of hydrocarbon/natural refrigerant. KW has served to 7 villages in Komodo Islands, covering Papagarang (425 families), Mesa (450), Warloka (325), Komodo (500), Rinca (300), Soknar (80), Lente Golohmori (700), and Kukusan (80).

Problem statement

Scope of work

Through this research, KW aims to conduct a study to understand the market and behaviour of the targeted customers. The works comprises of:

  • Design research on fresh water and ice market in the region, identify potential customers, value chain for the local commodities which require fresh water and cooling technology, prototyping, etc.
  • Develop and and revise prototype on the product-services, delivery method, pricing, etc. to fit with current-potential market and unidentified needs by the customers.
  • Conduct the research (require extensive interviews with potential customers).
  • Analyse data (primary/secondary) incl. literature study.
  • Develop recommendation and alternatives for product and services, delivery method, etc.

Period of work

Expected to start first week of December 2018 until February or 60 work-days (or based on further discussion).


  • Flight ticket Jakarta – Labuan Bajo – Jakarta (1-trip each) and local transport
  • Accommodation in Labuan Bajo (basic necessities) and island (live-in with fishermen communities)
  • Daily stipend IDR 100,000 (paid at the end of the research period).
  • Beautiful scenery and sunset everyday, and trekking with the Komodo Dragon

If you want to join, let us know about yourself and why you want to be involved in a max. 300 words and attach your CV to recruitment@komodowater.org

Looking forward to see you!