Swisscontact International Job Vacancy: Research and Content Expert for Agriculture – Makassar, Indonesian

Posting Job


November 24, 2015

Expired Job


June 19, 2019



Swisscontact promotes economic, social and ecological development by
supporting people to successfully integrate into local commercial life.
Swisscontact creates opportunities for people to improve their living
conditions as a result of their own efforts. The focus of its systemic
intervention in the private sector is the strengthening of local and
global value chains. Through its projects, Swisscontact works to enable
access to professional training, promotes local entrepreneurship,
creates access to local financial service providers and supports the
efficient use of resources with the goal of successfully promoting
employment and income generation.

Based in Zurich, Swisscontact is
active in 27 countries and has some 800 employees. For our Sustainable
Cocoa Production Program (SCPP) in Indonesia, we are looking for a: 

Job Title: Research and Content Expert for Agriculture

Job Code: RCE-MKS

Place of duty: Makassar

Number of position: 1 person

Contract Duration: Annual basis, which can be extended upon agreement

Overall Task

The Agriculture expert is responsible to oversee implementation of new
training manual, develop learning materials and lessons learned in
Agriculture component in SCPP program and its cross cutting issues of
environment, gender and social aspect. This position will coordinate
within R&D unit especially with social and gender, certification and
environment specialist, and program implementation unit to ensure the
quality of module delivery in SCPP program. The position will provide
technical inputs to ensure effective and efficient delivery of overall
program intervention with particular focus on SCPP component in good
agriculture practice (GAP). 

Task, Authority, and Responsibility

Technical Advisory
  • Oversee, review and give feedback on SCPP’s training modules and materials and implementation approaches; 
  • Review and develop new approaches and methods for standardized cocoa demonstration plots;
  • Design farmer training which is applicable and measurable to enrich the program implementation;
  • Ensure dissemination of new modules and teaching material to
    the program implementation team with purpose to ensure consistent
    approaches are utilized across all SCPP areas;
  • Provide trainings or capacity building activities in order to
    improve technical capacity of program implementation team in topics
    related to Good Agriculture Practice (GAP);
  • Facilitate training for master trainers and extension officers in GAP;
  • Advise on best practices and innovative methodology for farmer trainings to improve the program implementation;

Lessons Learned and Best Practices
  • Collect and analyze information related to GAP to ensure program’s awareness of the latest trends in the sector; 
  • Based on research activity, periodically develop learning and
    lessons learned publications such as article, case studies, manuals,
  • Identify, assess, prepare and monitor the implementation of
    related agriculture techniques and policies in the sector;
  • In coordination with PR and Media Manager, develop content
    for communication materials related GAP such as posters, flipcharts,
    brochures, flyers, etc.;
  • In coordination with the certification specialist to ensure
    that the GAP training is linked with the certification process;
  • Contribute to the preparation of presentations, speeches and papers, etc.

Knowledge Sharing
  • Support the program implementation team to ensure program’s
    intervention in GAP is well planned, monitored and evaluated with
    purpose to align SCPP practice with the state of the art in the topics; Participate and contribute in workshops and conferences on
    the cocoa agricultural sector and other activities for advocacy,
    dissemination and knowledge sharing;
  • Establish and maintain effective coordination with Government
    of Indonesia (GoI), international institutions, private sectors, and
    other stakeholders.
Research and Project management
  • Initiation, execution, coordination and supervision of
    research conducted in SCPP in GAP and related topics, working closely
    with program implementation team, consultants and R&D team;
  • Analyze program’s farmers’ data and develop reports;
  • Perform other duties assigned by line manager and Program director;
  • Prepare concept documents and review term of references and reports.

Education/Qualifications/Experiences/Skill Knowledge
  • Master degree in agriculture or related subject from an accredited academic institution
  • At least 10 years or more of professional work experience in Agriculture extension services sector
  • Experience in Cocoa sector;
  • Familiar with in Indonesia agriculture sector 
  • Experience in working with international NGO program/project implementation;
  • Experience in working and/or liaising with the communities and various partners, and
  • Experience in research or manual development (preferably proof of some peer reviewed published work);
  • Experience working with Local Government & Agencies, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Research experience (preferably proof of some peer reviewed published work)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and
    demonstrated ability to effectively interact and collaborate with
  • Good in personal organization, planning and priority setting.
    Excellent at taking initiatives, focused and result oriented;
  • Strong attention to detail and to maintaining a high quality standard;
  • Demonstrated flexibility and capable of managing a variety of tasks with minimal supervision;

  • Experience in coordinate, designing and facilitating training, meetings and workshops

  • Strong attention to detail and to maintaining a high quality standard

  • Demonstrated flexibility and capable of managing a variety of tasks with minimal supervision

  • Strong proficiency in use of Microsoft Office applications

  • Excellent spoken and written Bahasa Indonesia and English

  • Experience in large data analyses (R Software, SPSS, statistics, SQL)

Please submit your application letter addressing the above
qualifications and experience with your curriculum vitae on December 7th
, 2015, with a JOB CODE on Top Left of the Envelope at the latest to:
Swisscontact, Human Resources Unit, The Vida Building, 5th floor, Jl.
Raya Perjuangan No. 8, Kebon Jeruk – Jakarta Barat 11530 , Tél. +62 21
2951 0200

Or E-mail your job application to

Please indicate in the email subject: (JOB CODE) – (Your Name)

Only short-listed candidates will be notified and invited for interviews.
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