University of Waterloo - Faculty of Mathematics Vacancy: Project Director - Jakarta

Project Director, READI

University of Waterloo - Faculty of Mathematics

The University of Waterloo is actively seeking an experienced Project Director to lead the Risk Management, Economic Sustainability and Actuarial Science Development in Indonesia (READI) Project. The Government of Canada has partnered with the University of Waterloo in building a stronger insurance and pension industry in Indonesia to stimulate sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty (more project information below).

Under the executive direction of the Dean, and in Liaison with the Executive Officer, the Project Director will be responsible for the development and execution of long-range strategies and operational plans in alignment with the Project’s mission. The Project Director has management responsibility for planning and mobilizing resources, as well as the on-going Project planning, operational liaison with DFATD (Ottawa), and the design and maintenance of the Project's internal monitoring and information systems at the Canadian Project and Indonesian Project Office. The ideal candidate will exemplify our University’s commitment to excellence and innovation.

The Project Director will mobilize, co-ordinate and administer all human, financial and technical resources which make up the DFATD/University of Waterloo contribution to the READI Project.

Initiatives include, but are not limited to:
  • Providing the Dean with confidential and strategic advice, information, and data to support decision making
  • Developing long-range strategies and operational plans for the Project
  • Negotiate and oversee arrangements for the participation of Indonesian government agencies, participating universities, financial sector institutions, professional associations and individuals in the delivery of the Project's interventions to maximize the probability of realizing Project Goals and Objectives
  • Human resources administration and oversight of recruitment, evaluation, promotion, professional development, and retention processes of all Project staff, including those based in Indonesia
  • Negotiate and oversee contracts between the Project and other agencies in Canada and abroad for the delivery of Language Training (Indonesian or English as necessary), orientation, briefing, debriefing and related support services for personnel and trainees.
  • Project management of other long-term projects in the areas of communications, research, human resources, public relations and data.
  • Financial oversight ensuring budget forecasts and advance requests to DFATD are submitted in a timely manner and that accounting and financial reporting is consistent with DFATD specifications
  • Ensure compliance with DFATD and National Joint Council (NJC) financial regulations
  • Providing high-level direction to the Financial Officer, ensuring that all accounts are soundly managed including monthly reconciliation of accounts
  • Overseeing asset management and disposal at the conclusion of the project consistent with DFATD regulations
  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s preferred
  • Solid experience with credible successes managing international projects in partnership with national and international government agencies.
  • Several years of progressive management experience with a demonstrated ability to coach and mentor employees
  • Proven ability to efficiently manage project resources
  • Extensive experience in advanced financial management, budgeting, planning and reporting
  • Experience working with bilateral (e.g CIDA, DFATD) or multilateral (e.g. World Bank, Asian Development Bank) funding agencies.
  • Experience creating an executing robust communication plans that can be used in different mediums that will increase the profile of the project and advance project goals
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and experience with web and social media communication
In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. A globally focused institution, celebrated as Canada’s most innovative university for 23 consecutive years, Waterloo is home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow.

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is among the top academic units for statistical and actuarial science in the world and is home to more than 40 research active full-time faculty working in diverse and exciting areas. The Department is also home to over 900 undergraduate students and about 150 graduate students in programs including Actuarial Science, Biostatistics, Quantitative Finance, Statistics, and Statistics-Computing.

The project’s objective is to establish Indonesia as a regional centre of actuarial excellence by working with high schools and universities, the insurance and pensions industry, Indonesia’s professional actuarial association, and government agencies – to increase the number and quality of Indonesian actuarial science graduates available to Indonesian business, universities and government agencies, and to strengthen the actuarial profession in Indonesia. It will support Canada’s foreign policy priority of promoting prosperity in Southeast Asia and aligns with Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, in which Indonesia is a priority. The project is being implemented by the University of Waterloo with financial support primarily from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, but also with generous contributions from industry. The project has endorsement from the full range of government agencies, beneficiaries, stakeholders and institutions concerned with strengthening actuarial science education in Indonesia. The project will be working with Indonesia’s strongest universities and will reach throughout Indonesia to find the best and brightest students.

How to apply:


EMPLOYMENT EQUITY: The University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We invite applications from all interested applicants. Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Interested candidates should submit their résumé and cover letter in one file to quoting “READI – Project Director”

Closing Date: 11 Mar 2016