Australia’s Education Partnership with Indonesia – School Systems and Quality (AEPI SSQ)
COMPONENT ONE: SITE SELECTION COORDINATOR (SSC)
Job Level and Professional Discipline Category: National position
Location: Jakarta, with frequent travel within Indonesia as required
Reports to: Program Technical Manager. Coordinates closely with SSQ’s Program Technical Coordinatorand technical staff of the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Background and Objective
Australia’s Education Partnership with Indonesia (Education Partnership) is currently the largest intervention funded by the Australian Government anywhere in the world. Through the Education Partnership, Australia supports the Indonesian Government’s long-term strategy to strengthen and consolidate its national education system, with a particular focus on the current Indonesian five-year plan (2010 – 2014) and support for the initial stages of the subsequent five-year plan (2015 – 2019).
Australia will contribute AUD500 million over five years from 2011 to 2016 through the Education Partnership as earmarked budget support, with targeted technical assistance and block grants to help strengthen government systems, delivered through four components:
1. Component 1: School Construction to increase access to Junior Secondary Education;
2. Component 2: School and District Management (inclusive of the Professional Development System for Education Personnel);
3. Component 3: Islamic School Accreditation; and
4. Component 4: Analytical and Capacity Development Partnership.
Under Component 1, the Education Partnership will focus building in districts with low junior secondary enrolment rates (Gross Enrolment Rates/GER < 90%). 450 schools were built in 2012, in 142 districts and 28 out of 33 provinces. In 2013, 317 schools will be built in 136 districts and 27 provinces. The geographical spread will be similar in subsequent years of the program. The program is led by the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) with funding and technical support from the Australian Government.
As part of the Education Partnership, AusAid Managing Contractor - Schools System and Quality (SSQ) - provides support to MoEC in construction of new schools that are built to Indonesian building standards, in predominantly poor, remote, and underserved areas. SSQ’s focus is to provide effective monitoring of school construction and to support MoEC to ensure compliance with MoEC Implementation and Technical Guidelines. In addition, SSQ provides extensive support as well to MoEC in the site selection process of new schools by verifying proposed sites and school proposals. For the construction cycles of 2014 and 2015 cycles, SSQ is planning to expand its support to MoEC in Site Selection, by providing support to low GER districts in identifying, planning and developing proposals for new schools.
Two on-going challenges in this component are (i) prioritising building in low enrolment districts that are furthest away from achieving the Ministry of Education and Culture’s enrolment targets, and (ii) ensuring that new schools are built in locations that most optimally serve unmet demand for new school places. Schools are selected through an annual process of approaching district governments to submit new school building proposals. Proposals are based on a series of technical and geographical criteria such as enrolment rates, primary completion rates, transition rates to junior secondary, distance to existing junior secondary schools, proximity of primary schools that will ‘feed’ students into the new school, and site topography.
Much work has been done to address both these challenges, including the development of training for district governments in analysing data to identify strategies to increase participation in schooling, and for those that choose building new schools as one of their strategies, a methodological approach to identifying the most optimal location for that school to meet community demand.
This Basic Education Access Planning training (Perencanaan Akses Layanan Pendidikan Dasar- PALDIKDAS) will be delivered to 88 districts with low enrolment rates in August and September 2013.
Two further rounds of building are planned under the program, in 2014 and 2015. The program has an opportunity to leverage off the access planning training to support districts in developing and submitting proposals for new school building for the 2014 and 2015 calendar years. SSQ is looking for a Site SelectionCoordinator (SSC) to develop and coordinate a strategy to (i) provide support to low enrolment districts to analyse data on demand for new places and identify optimal locations for new schools ; and (ii) work closely with MoEC on their school selection process including review and assessment of district new school building proposals.
The SSC will be working as part of SSQ Program Technical Unit under the guidance of the Program Technical Manager and will coordinate and liase directly with the Directorate of Junior Secondary Education in MoEC. The SSC will be based in Jakarta and will supervise four Site Selection Facilitators(SSF) that will be based at provincial and district level.
Suitable candidates will have good knowledge of the education sector in Indonesia and understanding of district governance, particularly planning processes. He/she will be experienced in working withIndonesian ministries as well as provincial and districts authorities and officials and possess excellentcommunication and mentoring skills. Ideally, the candidate will be familiar with aid activities and working with international donors such as AusAid.
Key duties and responsibilities
Working under the guidance of the Program Technical Manager (PTM) and in close coordination with theMoEC team, the Site Selection Coordinator will develop and coordinate implementation of a strategy and plan to (i) improve the allocation of new school building for low enrolment districts, and (ii) support districts to develop proposals for the new school building for the 2014 and 2015 calendar years, using the materials and methodologies employed in the Access Planning Training. Specifically, the Site Selection Coordinator will:
1. Develop and coordinate implementation of a site selection strategy and plan for the 2014 and 2015 calendar years,
2. Supervise and provide necessary training to Site Selection Facilitators (SSF),
3. Support the Program Technical Manager in developing instruments and tools to be used by SSFs in mentoring the low enrolment districts,
4. Guide SSF and ensure they work closely with the team’s Field Monitors in assisting districts to refinedemand analysis and school mapping in each sub district,
5. Guide SSF and ensure they assist districts in developing proposals for new school buildings,
6. In coordination with MoEC, develop instruments and tools for reviewing new school proposals that take into consideration district data analysis as per the methodology employed by the access planning training
7. In coordination with MoEC Technical Team, participate in the review of proposals for new school buildings.
8. In coordination with the SSQ Information Management and Reporting team and MoEC, ensure master data of incoming new school proposals is maintained and updated nd ensure all data related to the selection of new school sites is well documented,
9. In coordination with MoEC team and the four SSF, ensure feedback from MoEC on submittedproposals is ommunicated to the district/province,
10. In coordination with MoEC team, lead the review of new school proposals received by MoEC in previous years, and coordinate the preparation of feedback to each district about their submittedproposals.
11. Provide input on all instrument/tools related to Site Selection
12. Develop periodic reports to SSQ Management, AusAid and MoEC on progress in implementing the strategy, including routine reports on the status of proposals received and proposed for inclusion in the program.
Key Selection Criteria :
The Key Selection Criteria for the Site Selection Coordinator are:
1. Minimum Bachelor Degree in Education, Planning, Public Policy, Sociology or related fields, and minimum 5 years relevant professional experience at the national or district/province level in development areas preferably in Education planning and/or district planning.
2. Understanding of Indonesian governmental systems and demonstrated skills in mentoring, coaching and capacity building of government officials.
3. Excellent computer and typing skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook; (Access Database an advantage)
4. Excellent verbal and written communication and reporting skills in both Indonesian and English language.
5. Demonstrated maturity to communicate effectively with Government officials.
6. Effective team management skills and the capacity to work in a team environment and with different external partners.
Duration of Contract:
The duration of contract for this position is for 12 months with possible extension subject to approval by the Client.
How to apply for This Position:
1. Response against each of Key selection criteria for this position
2. Current Curriculum vitae/resume
3. Name and contact details (phone and email) of three referees.
Applications that do not address all the requirements stated above will not be considered.
1. By email: email your application with the reference “SSQ – Site Selection Coordinator (Indonesian National Position)” in the subject line to email@example.com; or
2. On-line application. Go to www.cardno.com/careers and search for this position. Click “Apply for this job” located at the end of the job description.
Applications this position close at 9pm Jakarta time on 15 November 2013.
Late applications will not be considered.
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