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Project Overview and Role
TASS (Technical Assistance for Education Systems Strengthening) 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 January 2017 to 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 that impact on student learning outcomes.
TASS now seeking a Technical Adviser to hold strong relationships and trust with GoI officials through the provision of technical guidance and contributions to policy dialogue, and ensure TASS activities are strategic, informed and well-designed and implemented as part of TASS’ objective to strengthen Indonesia’s education system.
The Technical Adviser will work under the direction of the TASS Facility Director and closely coordinate with TASS Activity Managers and Planning and Quality Assurance Manager in the design, implementation, quality assurance and evaluation of technical activities delivered by the TASS program that inform education policy and decision making in GoI in pursuit of key sector reforms. The position will also serve as a key liaison between the program and counterparts in the Government of Indonesia (GoI).
The specific tasks and duties will include to:
- Support the Facility Director in strategic and overall work planning and program strategy, including identifying opportunities to leverage various (past, current, future) activities for maximum use, impact, and value for money.
- Support TASS to communicate and engage with GoI in advancing the overall program objectives, as well as individual activity objectives, always applying a “thinking and working politically” approach.
- In line with the identified strategic work plan agreed with the Facility Director, work collaboratively with TASS national and international Education Specialists, Activity Managers and Planning and Quality Assurance Manager to design and provide advice and direction in implementation and evaluation of TASS activities. Where required, work with the Technical and Advisory Services Manager to identify potential candidates and / or participate in selection panels.
- Support close coordination and communication between GoI, DFAT and the TASS management team.
- Support the Facility Director and Activity Managers to direct short term advisers engaged to support GoI in policy and technical decision making, to ensure such support is delivered in a manner that is technically robust yet responsive to institutional contexts and realities. Where the adviser’s skills and experience match the required skill set, the adviser may perform the role of a technical advisor within an activity
- Work closely with TASS national and international Education Specialists, TASS and activity Gender and Disability Inclusion Advisers, and INOVASI staff (including Deputy Director (Technical)) to ensure activities are technically sound and politically feasible, progress TASS and DFAT gender and disability inclusion objectives, and promote strong collaboration between TASS and INOVASI.
- Review deliverables as required to ensure they are technically sound, sufficiently cognisant of the policy and institutional realities of the prevailing environment, and provide realistic and actionable recommendations.
- Contribute to development of external reports, briefs, and other knowledge products for a range of stakeholders to inform and advance overall TASS objectives and individual activity objectives.
- Contribute to the identification, preparation and delivery (i.e. content, resources) of presentations at events, either TASS-organised or external.
- Maintain close relationships with members of the Indonesian education community (including government, donor programs and NGOs) to enable knowledge sharing and learning between stakeholder groups.
- Participate in program reviews to support TASS monitoring and evaluation and the continual improvement of program delivery.
The Technical Adviser should have the following qualifications, experience, skills and knowledge:
- Advanced degree with significant related experience.
- Relevant and recent experience providing and/or developing technical or policy advice in education within a Government of Indonesia context.
- Knowledge of current education policy environment in Indonesia. Strong networks and relationships across MoEC, MoRA and Bappenas an advantage.
- Excellent interpersonal skills 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-level strategic thinking and analysis skills, excellent written and verbal communication in Indonesian and English
- High degree of professionalism and sensitivity to confidential matters.
- Experience in a donor environment and knowledge of the Australian Government’s aid program in Indonesia would be an advantage.
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