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Team Leader, The Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI), Indonesia

Project Management
International Development Group
1902C Requisition #
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The Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI) is a joint initiative of the Government of Indonesia and Australia (through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - DFAT) designed as a unique and holistic approach to support Indonesia's stakeholders promote evidence-based policy making. In the first phase, KSI developed new capacities and catalysed relationships, networks and systems as key knowledge sector assets for strengthening policy making in Indonesia.
Now in its second phase (2017-2022), the team will support these assets to produce, communicate and apply quality data and knowledge across Indonesia's policy cycle at both national and subnational levels.  The Program will also work across a range of DFAT-funded programs to exchange and amplify tools and knowledge for policy supported through these programs. The program aims to: i) improve the quality and relevance of Indonesian research; ii) support increased public and private sector funding for research in Indonesia and iii)improve Indonesian government information systems and processes. Linked to these outcomes, KSI plays a role in promoting broader public debate on Indonesia’s development challenges and generating evidence-informed responses, including through various knowledge exchange platforms.
Position summary:

The Team Leader is responsible for overall Program performance and providing strategic direction to the team. The position will ensure Program coherence and alignment with GOI and Government of Australia (GOA) strategic priorities, through a system-wide approach to policy improvement across a range of critical knowledge sector stakeholders in both Indonesia and Australia.


Key Responsibilities
Program and Team Management
  • Provide overall leadership and management to achieve Program objectives within contract cost, schedule and the operating principles outlined in the Statement of Requirements;
  • Work with the Government of Australia (GOA), the Government of Indonesia (GOI), and the program team to set the strategic direction for the program;
  • Lead and motivate a large and diverse team, incentivising performance, collaboration and innovation;
  • Directly supervise the senior management team, responsible for administration, monitoring, technical activities, and communication;
  • Foster an environment for continuous learning and adaptation, incorporating regular and strategic mechanisms to review activities and program direction, and;
  • Ensure that staff and own behavior reflects RTI’s shared values of respect for the individual, integrity, fiscal responsibility, excellence, innovation and objectivity.
    Policy Dialogue, Liaison, and Stakeholder Management
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with a set of high-level strategic stakeholders, including GOI counterparts, GOA, universities, think-tanks organizations, civil society, members of KSI working groups, and key stakeholders within the context of the political economy of the knowledge sector;
  • Regularly coordinate and engage with other DFAT-funded programs to ensure activity complementarity and pursuing shared outcomes, and;
  • Provide regular and special briefings for DFAT and the GOI, as required.

Selection Criteria
Qualifications and Experience
  • Postgraduate degree in international development, social policy, management, public administration, or other relevant field;
  • Minimum of 15 years professional working experience on large, donor (or other) funded institutional development or governance programs, and;
  • Minimum of 5 years senior leadership/program management experience leading large and complex reform or capacity development implementation teams, including experience working in developing countries in a project management role.


  • Demonstrated professional leadership and management skills;
  • Proven experience thinking and working politically in a complex and dynamic policy environment;
  • Substantial knowledge and understanding of the Indonesia context and key development challenges;
  • Excellent presentation, communication, analytical and writing skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including in cross cultural contexts, and commitment to mentoring colleagues, managers, and junior staff;
  • Demonstrated commitment to creativity and innovation, and;
  • Fluent English (essential)/Fluent Bahasa Indonesia (strongly preferred).

Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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