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Technical Lead - Capacity Development and Sustainability, Indonesia

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Brief Description
The Australia-Indonesia Partnership Towards an Inclusive Society (AIPTIS) is a $75m, 5-year investment (2020-25) that will contribute to the broader development goal of No one is left behind – more marginalised people participate in and benefit from Indonesia’s socio-cultural economic, and political development. 
AIPTIS continues Australia’s support to Indonesia’s prosperity, building on advancements in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment, social inclusion, and civil society strengthening. This includes experience and lessons working in community-driven development, civil society programs, women’s empowerment, and inclusive development programs – most recently through MAMPU and Peduli. It also builds on decades of work by Indonesian CSOs and social movements, including the women’s movement to advance GEDSI. 
AIPTIS supports the shared policy priorities of GoI and GoA. It is aligned with Pillar One of the Indonesia- Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, and the associated Plan of Action, which commits to cooperation to “address poverty and inequality, promote women's leadership and empowerment on disability-inclusive development; the Stability Pillar of the Australia-Indonesia COVID-19 Development Response Plan; and the Government of Indonesia (GoI) Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN IV 2020- 2024). AIPTIS supports the RPJMN agenda of “enhancing the quality and competitiveness of human resources”, and specifically the RPJMN’s Gender Equality and Women Empowerment policy and its Social Inclusion policy direction. It also supports Indonesia’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the call to “Leave no one behind” in development, while responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the disproportionate socioeconomic impacts on women and communities experiencing marginalisation as well as the potential threats posed to civil society spaces. 
Duty Statement:
The objective of this role is to support implementation of the AIPTIS capacity development and sustainability strategy and plans. The role will provide technical advice to and facilitate collaboration within the AIPTIS team, CSO partners, DFAT and Government of Indonesia on issue of CSO capacity and sustainability.
Scope of Work:

  1. Role and Responsibilities of the Technical Lead – Capacity Development and Sustainability are:
  2. Support development of the AIPTIS Capacity Development and Sustainability Strategy and plans including working closely with the short-term consultancy team.
  3. Ensure alignment of the AIPTIS CD and Sustainability approach with broader program planning and play a leadership role in its implementation including planning and CD exercises.
  4. Engage with key AIPTS personnel, primarily Partnership Coordinators, to ensure CD and sustainability are integrated into all AIPTIS plans, processes and systems.
  5. Provide technical advice and thought leadership on AIPTIS priorities relating to supporting the broader CSO enabling environment.
  6. Collaborate and network within and outside of the AIPTIS network to support CSO partners to find solutions to challenges they may face.
  7. Other duties as requested by management.

Selection Criteria:

  • Degree in gender, sociology, international development or another relevant field
  • A minimum 15 years’ experience working on gender, social inclusion or civil society issues

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent understanding of civil society, its role in a democratic and inclusive society
  • Proven record of expertise in sustainability
  • Previous capacity building experience with civil society/NGO’s/other non-state actors
  • Proven critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Strong facilitation and communication skills
  • Experience working in Indonesia, including with women and girls, people with disabilities, and ethnic minorities, is required.

Application Process:
Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible / by October 5th, 2021 at the latest.
For your application to be considered:

  • Please send your questions and application to
  • Please put “Application – AIPTIS TLCDS” in the email subject

We thank all applicants, however, only those shortlisted will be contacted.

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