Employment Opportunity – MAMPU Indonesia, RESEARCH OFFICER
The Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction Program or Maju Perempuan Indonesia untuk Penanggulangan Kemiskinan (MAMPU) Program is funded by the Government of Australia through the Australian Aid Program in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The MAMPU Program supports networks and inclusive coalitions of women’s and gender-interested organizations, and parliamentarians (the MAMPU partners) to influence government policies, regulations and services, and in selected private sector arenas. Ultimately, this work aims to improve the access of poor women in Indonesia to critical services and programs.
The MAMPU program focuses on five thematic areas:
- Improving women’s access to government social protection programs;
- Increasing women’s access to jobs and removing workplace discrimination;
- Improving conditions for women’s overseas labor migration;
- Strengthening women’s leadership for better maternal and reproductive health;
- Strengthening women’s leadership to reduce violence against women.
The MAMPU Program is managed by Cowater International. A team of technical and operational staff from Cowater International is based in the MAMPU office in Jakarta and works closely with MAMPU partners, DFAT, and the program’s key counterpart in the Government of Indonesia – BAPPENAS (State Ministry for National Development Planning).
The MAMPU program design places significant weight on the role of evidence. This is not just to ensure accountability for funds, but as a central strategy to increase the effectiveness of the women's and gender-interested organizations and their networks. The ‘theory of change’ that underpins
MAMPU rests on the idea that evidence-based advocacy by partner organizations will be an effective means of influencing policies in ways that make a positive difference to poor women’s lives.
To meet this need, MAMPU will undertake a variety of evidence-based research activities. Activities could range from include supporting a MAMPU partner to design and commission their own research to large scale sample surveys or in depth qualitative studies on program-related topics. MAMPU’s research agenda is presently under development but is expected to consist of: (i) specific interests put forward by partner organizations; and (ii) areas of strategic interest to the Program identified by other MAMPU stakeholders.
MAMPU Program is currently seeking the following position:
Position : Research Officer
Location : Jakarta
Report to : Research and Innovation Manager
Duration : December 2014 – June 2016
Under the overall direction of the MAMPU Research and Innovation Manager, the Research Officer will be responsible for:
- Coordinating MAMPU’s research agenda, including through regular consultations with MAMPU partners, DFAT, BAPPENAS, and other relevant stakeholders;
- Developing draft Terms of Reference for small scale research activities and overseeing the engagement of potential suppliers and consultants with the required expertise;
- Coordinating the design of large-scale research initiatives/activities including identifying and engaging the necessary specialist expertise and service providers;
- Overseeing the timely conduct of research activities commissioned by MAMPU;
- Coordinating quality assurance of the research products; and
- With the MAMPU Communications and Knowledge Management Team, coordinating the publication and dissemination of research findings to key audiences;
- In coordination with MAMPU Partner Facilitators, providing inputs for partners’ research and assessment as necessary
- Tertiary qualifications in a relevant area such as economics, anthropology, development studies, or sociology;
- At least 5 years of experience in a research coordination role in an applied research setting, such as a research institute or university;
- Applied knowledge and practical experience with a variety of research designs including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods;
- Well-developed interpersonal and liaison skills;
- Practical experience working on gender-related activities is an asset;
- Experience developing the capacity of civil society organizations considered an asset;
- Fluency in English and Bahasa Indonesia is essential;
- Experience in Indonesia is essential.
Interested candidates and particularly women are invited to send their application with:
a) Cover Letter
b) Detailed Curriculum Vitae
c) A maximum three-page document that answers the following questions:
1) Please explain and provide example why you consider you have / demonstrate experience in managing research
2) Please explain and provide example on your knowledge and experience with a variety of research designs, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods
3) Please explain and provide example why you consider you have / demonstrate experience in research on social or development issues
d) Three referees (preferably former direct supervisors)
Australian Aid - Managed by Cowater International Inc. on behalf The Australian Government