Adviser (Food Security Spending Policy)

  • Senior-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 11 July 2018

Job Description

Job Summary
You will conduct research and analysis to assess the performance of government spending focused on agriculture / food security policies, and develop policy recommendations for the Indonesian Ministry of Finance.

Key Responsibilities
​Cardno is an ASX listed professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world.

Cardno manages Prospera, a new partnership facility between the Government of Australia (through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and the Government of Indonesia. It aims to foster strong, sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Indonesia. Prospera will be responsive to the needs of a wide range of agencies in the Indonesian government, covering six Engagement Areas:

  • Markets – improving product and factor market efficiency.
  • Finance – delivering financial stability and development.
  • Spending – improving the quality, delivery efficiency, and access to public services.
  • Revenue – mobilising revenues without unduly impeding private activity.
  • Public Sector Reform – strengthening economic institutions.
  • Economics & Inclusion – providing analysis to boost the evidence for economic policy.

In this role you will:

  • Provide data compilation and review.
  • Conduct research/analysis to assess the performance of government spending focused on agriculture / food security policies.
  • Provide a practical set of policy recommendations and proposed budget reallocations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of spending that can be implemented over the short to medium-term.
  • Work collaboratively with counterparts to gather and analyse data, and gain a deeper understanding of the relevant program
  • Consult with a broad range of stakeholders and policy experts (such as other donors, academic experts and line ministry program managers).

The Terms of Reference containing full Selection Criteria can be downloaded from here.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Bachelor degree in a relevant field such as education, economics, public policy/administration/finance (with relevant postgraduate qualifications highly desirable).
  • At least 15 years’ experience in, and significant technical knowledge of, agricultural spending policies and programs in a developing/emerging economy context. Experience with/detailed knowledge of Indonesia’s agriculture sector and polices is highly desirable.
  • Strong financial and spending program analysis skills.
  • Proficiency in statistical/econometric software, public sector financial management IT systems and Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel.
  • Experience working with/detailed knowledge of the central and regional Indonesian government budgets (desirable).
  • Strong relationship management skills, particularly in dealing with senior government officials.
  • Ability to operate effectively and sensitively in a cross-cultural environment.
  • High level communication skills and ability in written and spoken English, and proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia (desirable).

How to apply
To apply for this position please submit your application via email with ‘Prospera Adviser (Food Security Spending Policy)’ in the subject line. Your application must include:

  • A cover letter,
  • Response to the selection criteria and
  • A current CV.

All applications are required to submit a response to the selection criteria (maximum 3 pages).

The remuneration will be set according to DFAT’s Adviser Remuneration Framework, Discipline Group D, Job Level 4. The remuneration level at which the Adviser (Education Spending Policy) is engaged will be based on the successful candidate’s relevant skills and experience.

Queries relating to this assignment should be directed to Jeane Panannangan at It is essential that you quote ‘Prospera Adviser (Food Security Spending Policy) - query’ in the subject line or you may not receive a response.

Closing date
Applications close 5.00pm, Wednesday, 1 August 2018, Jakarta time. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Availability for an immediate start is desirable.

Cardno is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our international development programs. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect this commitment and may include relevant criminal record checks.

Cardno is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Organization

Cardno has a 40-year history of working in partnership with developing countries to deliver solutions for sustainable development. Through the expertise of professionals operating in more than 100 countries, we investigate the causes of poverty and focus on improving the physical, economic and social infrastructure that sustains communities.

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