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Muba Simanihuruk
Research Fellow

Cluster : CSWH


Research Interest

Social development and indigenous people.


Mr Muba Simanihuruk is a recognized expert in the field of social development and indigenous people research with experience in identifying Social Safeguards requirements, conduct assessments or studies pertaining to village governance, community social dynamics, political structures, and indigenous people perception, and cultural heritage. He is also well-versed on many social and environmental safeguard requirements. He has a Master’s degree in Sociology with over 20 years of experience in the social sector. He has more than 10 years of experience in social development and safeguarding projects. He is well aware of the various nuances which exist within the vast collection of cultural heritages in Indonesia, including those belonging to indigenous peoples. He has conducted numerous projects taking into consideration various social sensitive issues and carried out participatory rural appraisal as well as participatory poverty assessments designed for community development and wellbeing. He has also independently handled Social Impact Assessment and Safeguarding projects for various international and national organizations, as well as the national and sub-national governments in Indonesia, including USAID, JICA, OXFAM-GB and other international funding agencies. In these projects his main responsibilities include site visits, preparation of documents, identifying the project affected people and project related impact on them, public consultation, in-depth report writing, direct social assessments, as well as advocacy work.

Mr. Muba Simanihuruk is a senior researcher at Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) focused on Children Social Welfare and Health.

Education Timeline

  • 2020 Development Studies (on going)

    North Sumatra University, Indonesia.

  • 1994 Master of Science in Sociology

    University of Indonesia.

  • 1992 Bachelors in Sociology

    North Sumatra University, Indonesia.

Working Experiences Timeline

  • 2018 – Present Head of Laboratory

    Sociology Laboratory, School of Social and Political Science, North Sumatera University, Indonesia.

  • 2016 Secretary of Academic Program

    Sociology Department, School of Social and Political Science, North Sumatera University, Indonesia.

  • Feb 2020 – Present Environment and Social Safeguardst

    Development of Integrated and Sustainable Tourism, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

  • Nov 2017 – May 2019 Social Development Expert

    Socio-Economic Survey Of Affected Households Sarulla Geothermal Project, Tarutung, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

  • Jun 2017 – Dec 2017 Social Development Expert

    Social Survey of Sarulla Operations Limited in Tarutung, Tarutung, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

  • Jan 2013 – Dec 2014 Social Development Expert

    Seeking Model of National Identity in Religious Community Organizations in North Sumatra: Medan, Langkat, and Samosir, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

  • Mar 2010 – Dec 2011 Governance Specialist

    USAID-DBE-1 (Decentralized Basic Education), Medan, North Sumatera.

  • Sep 2007 – Dec 2008 Poverty Research Coordinator

    OXFAM-GB, Policy and Advocacy Unit, BANDA ACEH, Aceh Province.

  • Sep 2006 – Aug 2007 Media Specialists

    USAID-LGSP Regional North Sumatra, Medan, Indonesia.

  • Aug 2005 – Aug 2006 District Coordinator

    USAID-LGSP Regional North Sumatra, Medan, Indonesia.

  • 2002 – 2004 Research Coordinator

    CERIC (Center for Research on Inter-Group Relations and Conflict Resolution) in Medan, North Sumatera.

  • 2007 Social Development Expert and Facilitator

    Jimmy Carter Center, Singrauli District, Madhya Pradesh.

  • Mar 2003 – Jan 2004 Researcher

    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Regional Office Medan, Indonesia.

  • Jan 1999 – Jan 2000 Social Development Expert

    United States Agency for International Development (USAID/OTI) Regional Office Medan.

  • 2009 Consultant Monitoring

    PDM-DKE, Toba Samosir District Government, Indonesia.


Workshop on “Managing Integration Culture into Development Programme”, SPAFA, Thailand.

Workshop presenter on “Strategy of PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal) in the Catchments Area of Lake Toba”, North Sumatra University Research Center and JICA.

Peace Education and Conflict Resolution, AMIC and Ohio University, Philippine.

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