Team Leader, Australia-Indonesia Partnership Towards an Inclusive Society

Location: Indonesia
Deadline: July 6, 2020

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation seeks an experienced team leader for the upcoming Australia-Indonesia Partnership Towards an Inclusive Society (AIPTIS) project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). AIPTIS will contribute to a tolerant and inclusive democracy in Indonesia by 1) increasing gender equality and social inclusion; and 2) strengthening the civil society sector. Project activities will take place across Indonesia. AIPTIS is expected to be an eight-year project with a budget of AUD$120 million. This position is contingent upon funding.

The candidate will be based in Jakarta and will be responsible for overall project management, including: providing vision, leadership, and guidance for the project team; developing and implementing work plans; overseeing operational budgets and performance monitoring plans; liaising with DFAT, key government and civil society stakeholders at the national and subnational levels, and other donors and partners; identifying and mitigating project risks; and ensuring achievement of project results and objectives. The team leader will supervise key project staff and delivery partners and ensure compliance with the ethical, safeguarding, and financial standards and policies of The Asia Foundation and DFAT. The team leader is expected to have strategic vision, strong leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical expertise in gender equality and social inclusion and civil society strengthening programming and delivery, and the professional reputation, management experience, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the role.

The ideal candidate will have considerable work experience and networks in Indonesia at the national and subnational levels and/or the Southeast Asia region. Experience implementing complex and multifaceted projects is required, with knowledge of or experience in thinking and working politically, adaptive management and iterative approaches, and codesign processes with multiple stakeholders.


  • Serve as the primary point of contact with DFAT for contract, procedural, and substantive matters, and be responsible for quality control of the technical aspects of performance, procurement, personnel, reporting, and other management-related contract requirements;
  • Provide technical leadership for delivery partners (CSOs) including providing technical advice on project activities, strengthening their financial management capacity, and building their advocacy capacity;
  • Ensure efficient management and coordination of delivery partners and other CSOs;
  • Supervise a team of professionals and experts across various technical and functional areas.
  • Liaise with Government of Indonesia and build and manage relationships with DFAT’s and other relevant development partner initiatives to synchronize and amplify AIPTIS outcomes.


  • Relevant degree in international development, public administration, public policy, or a related field of study;
  • A minimum of ten years of experience as a team leader or project director on a project of similar scope (experience managing DFAT-funded programs preferred);
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant professional experience in a senior management position in a program of similar magnitude, preferably in the areas of: promoting gender equality and social inclusion; strengthening civil society’s organizational/advocacy capacity; promoting government accountability; improving government service delivery at all levels; addressing inequality; collaborating with government and civil society on policy reform and implementation; and strengthening evidence-based policy making.
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders including the Australian government, government representatives, other donors, and private sector interests;
  • Proven success and exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning of similar-sized DFAT and other international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning, thinking and working politically, adaptive management, supervision, budgeting, gender equality and social inclusion, and local capacity building;
  • Solid understanding of the value systems, traditions, and social norms and practices of different cultures, particularly in Indonesia, strongly preferred; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Excellent oral and written communication skills in Bahasa Indonesia a strong plus.

Why work at The Asia Foundation?

You will have the opportunity to contribute to development in Indonesia and, more broadly, to the development, stability, and growth of the dynamic Asian region. You will help promote a more effective and constructive engagement between government and citizens, strengthen the role of women and minorities, and advance learning and awareness about the country. In Indonesia, other Asian countries, and with headquarters, you will work with and learn from dedicated, smart, and accomplished colleagues, program partners, and local leaders. In the process, you will improve your skills and grow as a development professional.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by July 6, 2020 to with the position title listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.


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