Australia’s Education Partnership with Indonesia – School Systems and Quality (APEI SSQ)
COMPONENT ONE : SITE SELECTION FACILITATOR (SSF)
Job Level and Professional Discipline Category: National position
Location: Regional (Makassar, Pontianak, Kupang or Jakarta), with frequent travel within Indonesia
Reports to: Site Selection Coordinator
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. During the training district governments will develop an action plan for increasing access to schooling.
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 four Site Selection Facilitators (SSF) to support district governments to identify new school sites using the methodology and data analysis taught during the access planning training.
Site Selection Facilitators (SSF) will each be based in Jakarta, Kupang, Pontianak and Makassar. SSFs will work directly with district education offices under the supervision and guidance of the Site SelectionCoordinator (SSC) in Jakarta. He/she will work with up to 22 districts in one region. SSFs will mentor, coach and guide districts in the analysis of data, mapping of schools within their district, and identification of the most optimal locations for new schools to meet demand from local communities for access to junior secondary schooling.
Suitable candidates will have good knowledge of education and district governance, particularly planning processes and the use of data in planning. He/she will be experienced in working with district authorities and officials and possess excellent communication and mentoring skills. Ideally, candidates will be familiar with aid activities and working with international donors such as AusAid.
Key Duties and Responsibilties
1. Mentor, coach and guide districts in the analysis of data, mapping of schools within their district, and identification of the most optimal locations for new schools
2. Assist district education offices to develop proposals for new schools.
3. If required, assist district education offices to collect and/or compile supporting data.
4. Provide remote support to the MoEC Technical Team in reviewing district proposals for new schools.
5. In coordination with MoEC, communicate feedback from MoEC on submitted new school proposalsto district governments.
6. Provide input on all instrument/tools developed by SSQ related to selection and verification of new school sites.
7. Submit periodic reports to SSQ’s Program Technical Unit on progress and process of site identification and selection.
8. Where needed and in coordination with SSQ’s Field Monitors, provide support in verifying proposed school sites and provide feedback to district education offices and SSQ’s Program Technical Unit.
9. Participate in Basic Education Access Planning workshops as a resource person or observer if needed.
The Key Selection Criteria for the Site Selection Facilitator are:
1. Minimum Bachelor Degree in Education, Planning, Public Policy, Sociology or related field with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in district planning and/or education planning.
2. Demonstrated skills in mentoring, coaching and/or training.
3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Bahasa Indonesia. English is not a prerequisite but would be well considered.
4. Demonstrated maturity to communicate effectively with Government officials.
5. Demonstrated capacity to work as part of large team and Partnership and ability to work unsupervised at field level.
6. Able to work for extended periods in remote locations.
7. Willingness to travel in small boats or light aircraft.
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:
- Response against each of Key selection criteria for this position
- Current Curriculum vitae/resume
- Name and contact details (phone and email) of three referees.
Applications that do not address all the requirements stated above will not be considered.
- By email: email your application with the reference “SSQ – Site Selection Facilitator (Indonesian National Position)” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- 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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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