Katalis - Agrifood (Grains) Adviser

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 31 March 2021

Job Description

Join the Katalis Collaborative Hub as an Agrifood (Grains) Adviser to undertake a rapid review, engage with the grains industry in Indonesia and consider and confirm plans for operationalising a grains partnership.

Overview of the Role:

Katalis is seeking an Agrifood (Grains) Adviser to undertake a rapid review, to engage with the grains industry in Indonesia and to consider and confirm plans for operationalising the grains partnership. The rapid review will consider the market implications from Katalis’s COVID-19 Impact Assessment, apply a Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) lens and develop an indication of those businesses and organisations that are well positioned to co-invest in grains partnership activities.

About the Program:

The Governments of Indonesia and Australia have entered into the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), creating a framework to unlock the vast potential of the bilateral economic relationship. To support this ambition, the IA-CEPA includes a new Economic Cooperation Program (ECP), known as Katalis. Katalis’s goal is to maximise the benefits of IA-CEPA, support trade and investment, improve market access, and promote inclusive economic growth in Indonesia. The primary objective is to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of IA-CEPA to increase two-way trade and investment that is broad based and inclusive. Through a “Collaborative Hub”, Katalis will work with Australian and Indonesian partners, combining sound trade and development practice by supporting Indonesia to maximise the benefits of IA-CEPA, addressing regulatory challenges (through technical assistance), while resourcing innovative industry engagement in sectors of mutual interest, and by investing in standards, skills and private sector development in new areas.

About the Role:

The establishment of a ‘Grains Partnership’ was a specific activity identified by Australia and Indonesia during the IA‑CEPA negotiations and subsequently included as a key activity in the Katalis Investment Design Document. It is a strategic initiative to create deeper relationships across grains value chains for the mutual benefit of both countries. However, there have been significant changes in the industry and market context since the Investment Design Document was completed in early 2020. For example, feed grain imports are not attractive at present given increased domestic grain supply and reduced demand from the major user industry (poultry) as consumer purchasing power has declined during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Katalis Collaborative Hub offers meaningful opportunities for each member of our team to make an impact and leave a legacy for local communities, globally. By joining the Katalis Collaborative Hub, you will be part of an environment where you can collaborate with leading experts from diverse backgrounds, access development programs to achieve your career goals, and be challenged to take a global outlook. This is an exciting opportunity to join a high performing team that combines trade and investment acumen with a deep knowledge of sound development practice.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Under the leadership of the Technical Lead, Market Integration, the Agrifood (Grains) Adviser will:

  • Undertake a desktop review of current Katalis program documents and information
  • Engage with selected Indonesian grains industry bodies and businesses to confirm levels of interest in market integration activities under the grains partnership, together with appetite for co-investment in cash or in-kind contributions
  • Engage with the Government of Indonesia and other parties as agreed with Katalis (e.g. Australian Government investment partners such as PRISMA and Australia Awards in Indonesia) in collaboration with the Technical Lead, Market Integration
  • Engage with Katalis GESI and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) staff for input and advice on activity development.
  • Produce a short report recommending market-led Grains Partnership activities for 2021 (confirming, modifying or adding activities based on review findings)
  • Other tasks as requested and agreed with the Technical Lead, Market Integration or Katalis Director.

In addition to these formal responsibilities, the position will be required to comply with all DFAT and Cardno policies, including Child Protection Procedures, and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (SEAH) Procedures.

Any offer of employment will require criminal record clearance.

To access the Terms of Reference detailing the role, responsibilities and selection criteria for this position, please copy and paste this link into a web browser: https://www.cardno.com/media/7116/sta-tor-grains-scoping-katalis-final.pdf

About You:

You will be a motivated and proactive Agrifood (Grains) Adviser with the right combination of talent, energy and a commitment to technical excellence. Successful candidates will possess:

  • Degree in business, economics or agriculture.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working with the grains and agricultural industries in Indonesia with a focus on strengthening exports, competitiveness and productivity
  • Strong understanding of grains industry value chains, including feed grains user industries.
  • Strong communication, writing and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in planning and successfully implementing private sector-led programs in the agri-food sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with the private sector and industry groups to develop commercially-oriented plans that incorporate gender and social inclusive development
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • Work experience in an international development context and an understanding of the grains industry in Australia would also be desirable.

How to Apply?

We welcome your interest in joining the Katalis Collaborative Hub team. Please click on this link to access the role: https://bit.ly/3fshBip and click the “Apply” button to your submit CV including a cover letter that addresses the selection criteria (no more than two pages). Kindly note that applications that do not include a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria will not be considered. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Cardno provides equal employment opportunities. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities.

Applications must be submitted by 25 April 2021, 5 PM (AEDT).


If you have any questions, please contact recruitment.internationaldevelopment@cardno.com quoting “Katalis – Agrifood (Grains) Adviser” in your email subject line. Please use provided application platform to send your CV and cover letter.

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About Cardno

We are a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.

Cardno ID (International Development) has extensive experience managing a number of donor-funded programs in the Asia Pacific region. We engage in international development as a holistic, multidisciplinary and integrated process. Strengthened by our geographic and market diversity, we are committed to providing innovative and integrated solutions that create opportunities for significant, lasting change in emerging economies. Collaborating with multilateral and bilateral donors, private clients, governments and communities to develop sustainable solutions to complex challenges, we work with local counterparts to achieve meaningful impact.

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