The Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI) is a partnership between the governments of Indonesia and Australia. It is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (Kementerian Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional/Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional, Bappenas).
KSI supports Indonesian policymakers to develop more effective development policies through better use of research, data, and analysis. The program works with research providers and government agencies to strengthen the quality and policy-relevance of research and how it is used for policymaking. KSI also works to improve regulations and practices that support quality research and make using evidence in policymaking easier.
In its final year of implementation, in 2021, KSI will be focussing on supporting relevant ministries/agencies to implement and institutionalise the Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystem Blueprint to incorporate strategies and recommendations from the blueprint related to 1) research, innovation, and commercialisation, 2) state capacity and government business processes, and 3) evidence based public policymaking.
RTI International as the managing contractor for this program is in search of highly qualified and enthusiastic, experienced candidates to fill the position of
KNOWLEDGE SECTOR SENIOR COORDINATOR (KSSC)
Essential duties and responsibilities:
The Knowledge Sector Senior Coordinator (KSSC) is a key role in facilitating actors and institutions within the knowledge sector to ensure that research and other types of evidence are produced and made available to policymakers to inform their decisions. As a highly skilled facilitator, the KSSC will ensure that strong networks are engaged and key opinion leaders are facilitated and developing joint reform agendas related to Indonesia’s knowledge sector.
Under the supervision of the Policy and Innovation Development (PID) Lead, the KSSC supports the function of the team to ensure that KSI continues to build networks and coalitions of key opinion leaders and policy makers. Building from existing relationships and networks, the PID team will and support these networks in establishing reform and policy agendas. As key agendas develop and require further resourcing and knowledge exchanges, the PID team will also work with and be supported by the Knowledge Exchange and Learning (KEL) and Strategic Partnership Management (SPM) teams to implement substantive innovations and initiatives.
The responsibilities are as follows but are not limited to:
- Working under the coordination of the Policy and Innovation Development (PID) Lead, the KSSC will work together with the Subnational Change Leadership Network Senior Coordinator to provide evidence-based government policy recommendations to actors and institutions involved in the reform agendas;
- Coordinates and facilitates key opinion leaders and policy makers in developing evidence-based policy recommendations and agendas in implementing the GOI-led Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystem Blueprint;
- Support existing efforts towards better research governance and funding mechanisms for quality policy research with key government institutions, including Bappenas, National Research and Innovation Agency, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of State Apparatus and Bureaucratic Reform;
- Support knowledge sector partners in integrating key principles of effective research governance and funding mechanisms in the relevant implementing regulations for the Law on Science and Technology, the implementation of national research priorities and the future research endowment fund;
- Work together with the Strategic Partnership Management unit to identify entry points and facilitate key champions from the Policy Research Institutes and research development community to support the implementation of the GOI-led Knowledge and Innovation Blueprint;
- Support efforts to institutionalize knowledge sector reforms in the time remaining and strengthen the ownership of the Government of Indonesia (GoI) and non-government actors;
- Strengthen selected Government of Indonesia and non-government’s capacity to implement, measure impact, recognize achievements and provide a platform for sustainable knowledge sector actors and institutions;
- Provide critical inputs, undertake analyses in order to facilitate the progression of strategic agendas and activities;
- Adopt the concept of political economy analysis in implementing the program and be sensitive about political dynamic in policy making process;
- Conduct stakeholders analysis on regular basis adapting to changing environment;
- Work with the Knowledge Exchange and Learning unit to leverage communications strategy to link program implementation with openings and changes in the political and technocratic context;
- Work collaboratively with the Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Team to supply performance information and to identify key learning.
Master’s degree and a minimum of 9 years of experience or a Bachelor Degree and 12 years of experience in management, communications, knowledge management, business administration, international development, public policy, social policy research, or a related field.
Skills & Abilities:
- At least 8 years working on large donor (or other) funded programs in a program management, communications or knowledge management role, and proven capacity to work in a matrix compliance oriented organisation.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively broker, collaborate and build strong networking relationships with a variety of stakeholders at national and subnational level to promote evidence-based policy making;
- Experience working with GoI policy makers (Echelon I and II levels) from Bappenas, Ministry of Research and Technology, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of State Apparatus and Bureaucratic Reform;
- Experience in supporting highly productive and functional networks involving government officials and other key stakeholders;
- Key understanding in the Law on Science and Technology and its proposed implementing regulations;
- Experience in, or at least, aware of GoI’s initiatives on national research priorities and the future research endowment fund;
- Experience working with networks of Policy Research Institutes, research development community, including the Indonesian Young Academy of Scientists;
- Ability to engage proactively with policy makers with the sound understanding in thinking and working politically;
- Ability to communicate effectively and cross-culturally with pivotal actors involved in the policy making level at national and subnational level;
- Sound experience conducting stakeholder network analysis and understand the concept of political economy analysis;
- Excellent presentation, communication and inter-personal / cross-cultural skills;
- Ability to work well within a team and to work effectively with government and non-government stakeholders;
- Ability to analyse, plan and develop appropriate responses to complex situations and highly developed problem solving skills;
- Highly advanced English writing skills and strong Bahasa Indonesia speaking and writing skills.
If you meet the requirements, and are keen to be part of this exciting program, you are welcome to submit your applications online before 23 May 2021.
Further information about The Knowledge Sector Initiative is available on http://www.ksi-indonesia.org/.
Knowledge Sector Initiative is managed by RTI International on behalf of the Australian Government. RTI values equal employment opportunities. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.