Activity Manager_TASS (National)

Jakarta, Indonesia
Apply by 28 May 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 28 April 2018

Job Description

The Activity Manager will lead and manage technical activities in coordination with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Indonesian Ministries of Education and Culture, Religious Affairs, and National Development Planning (Bappenas).

The duties of Activity Manager revolve around designing and managing technical and policy research activities, identifying technical expertise to implement activities, conducting technical reviews of research and technical reports and related communications products/activities, and engaging in dialogue with key Indonesian officials to support uptake and use of research findings and technical advice.

In this role the Activity Manager will be supported by a Technical and Advisory Services Manager who will manage the recruitment of consultants/advisors to deliver activities, and a Program Manager who will manage procurements required to implement program activities.

Duties may include:
* Assisting the Government of Indonesia (GoI) and DFAT articulate research and technical assistance (TA) needs and drafting Scope of Work and Terms of Reference (ToR) documents for program activities.
* Leading and managing the design and implementation of research, technical assistance, and pilot activities.
* Directing contracted technical advisors/researchers and quality assuring their technical products (i.e. research and technical reports).
* In collaboration with the TASS Communications Specialist, managing information dissemination and learning events to promote uptake and use of technical products.
* Engaging in dialogue with GoI on utilisation of activity outputs/products and identification of follow up activities required to further support utilisation.
* In collaboration with the TASS Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, supporting monitoring and evaluation of activities led by the Education Program Specialist (i.e. policy research, technical support, and pilot activities).
* Supporting the Facility Director in reporting program activities to DFAT on a regular basis and monitoring the broad program work plan.
* Contributing to an annual program review through providing technical advice on the strategic direction of the program, and improvements to the delivery of research and technical activities.
* Coordinating activity-related clearances and approvals with DFAT management, as appropriate.
* Supporting close coordination and communication between GoI, DFAT and the TASS management team.
* Supporting the Facility Director in strategic and overall work planning.

Required Qualifications, Experience and Skills
* Advanced degree in Education or a related field, with 5-10 years’ related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Strategic thinking and analytical skills in education, preferably in a donor environment.
* Experience in leading and managing project/activity design, implementation, reporting and monitoring and evaluation.
* Experience in managing consultants/advisors in an international development context.
* Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly in working with government officials, and ability to work independently and perform in a multi-cultural environment.
* Demonstrated ability to be flexible, think clearly and logically, and work well under pressure in a multi-task environment.
* High degree of professionalism and sensitivity to confidential matters.
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Indonesian and English.

Required Knowledge
* Sound knowledge of the current education policy environment in Indonesia.
* Broad knowledge of the Government of Indonesia and a detailed understanding of the Indonesia education sector.
* Knowledge of project/activity planning, design, implementation and evaluation in a donor funded environment.

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. TASS is a responsive, demand driven technical assistance facility funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), represented in Indonesia by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. The TASS is expected to run from 16 January 2017 to 15 January 2020.

Assistance provided through TASS focuses on supporting Government of Indonesia efforts to address two key constraints in the education sector: the poor quality of teaching and learning in classrooms and schools, and persistent disparities (regional, socio-economic, gender, disability) that impact on student learning outcomes.

The TASS will contribute to meeting Government of Indonesia's needs through:
* The provision of rapid analyses designed to contribute to policy and/or practice improvement.
* Assisting the Government of Indonesia (GoI) in areas where short-term TA support is needed to complement and strengthen GoI capacity.
* Supporting the piloting of activities to test new strategies to improve the quality of teaching.
* TASS will work with the two ministries responsible for education, the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) and Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), as well as the National Development Planning* Ministry (Bappenas). It is anticipated that TASS will support up to 36 activities, an average of 12 in each year of the program. TA that DFAT will finance for GoI will be provided in response to GoI's expressed need.
* TASS will also support DFAT in the coordination, delivery and oversight of its Education Sector Investment Program (ESIP). This support may take the form of contracting individual TA to provide technical and/or strategic advice to DFAT; the organisation and management of seminars, workshops and conferences; and delivery of learning and knowledge events.

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