AIIRA Research Grants Manager

SMEC International
Apply by 30 November 2012
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 26 April 2015

Job Description

The Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative (IndII), funded by the Government of Australia through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), assists national and sub-national agencies to improve infrastructure in Indonesia - across a range of transportation, water and sanitation sectors. Although initially established for three years to June 2011, a follow-on IndII phase is now operating until June 2015.

IndII is currently preparing to implement its Australia-Indonesia Infrastructure Research Awards (AIIRA) program, funded by AusAID. The AIIRA program aims to enhance the skills and experience of academic and civil society organisations involved in Indonesia’s infrastructure policy, planning and delivery. During the period from January 2013 to June 2015, IndII will operate a number of funding rounds for AIIRA research partnerships involving an Indonesian and an International institution or organisation.

The AIIRA program will be administered by a National Research Grant Manager located in IndII, supported by an International Grants Specialist through periodic inputs at key implementation stages. Other IndII specialist staff will be called upon for assistance and advice as required.

IndII is currently seeking to recruit an appropriately skilled and experienced person to the position of National Research Grant Manager. The position may be filled on a full-time or part-time basis, depending on the experience and capacity of the person subsequently selected for appointment. The role is responsible for implementing AIIRA’s grant-making and value-adding strategies, as well as managing the overall effectiveness and monitoring of AIIRA activities. The Manager is expected to work collaboratively with the international grants specialist and other IndII personnel to ensure high-quality, sustainable and practical research outcomes from the grants awarded.

Skills & knowledge

  • An appropriate postgraduate qualification from a recognised university;
  • At least 15 years’ professional working experience in a similar or related role;
  • Experienced in working with aid/donor programs;
  • Fluent in both the Indonesian and English languages - in writing and speaking;
  • Ability to work as an effective member of a small team and to contribute to the shared achievements of the AIIRA program;
  • Demonstrated program management skills and the ability to work within and improve existing systems;
  • Understanding of the operations of the not-for- profit sector, higher education institutions, and the government sector in Indonesia;
  • High-level research, analytical, writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to develop new relationships and ways of working to support AIIRA’s impact and profile;
  • Ability to work with a broad range of people including grant seekers, government officials, community representatives and colleagues;
  • Competent in using word-processing programs, databases and other Microsoft Office applications;

Key responsibilities

  • Manage and administer AIIRA research grant applications;
  • Manage all peer-review activities, and supervise the work of peer reviewers;
  • Support the work and responsibilities of the AIIRA Expert Panel;
  • Represent AIIRA at meetings with GoI, IndII, AusAID and other organisations;
  • Provide program reports to IndII Technical Director (Policy and Investment) and the Facility Director;
  • Provide financial reports to IndII on grant funds planned, and awarded, on a regular basis;
  • Implement appropriate communication and promotion activities to maximise public diplomacy outcomes; and
  • Develop potential granting opportunities, including preparing briefing papers and identifying possible sectors for research support.

Salary range Rp 34–45 million gross.

The closing time for applications is 5.00pm, 30 November 2012 (Jakarta local time). Applications (Curriculum Vitae, three references and a cover letter outlining your suitability) should be submitted by email to:

Australian Aid - managed by SMEC International on behalf of AusAID

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