KARINA - CARITAS Job Vacancy: Advocacy Officer, Jakarta - Indonesian

Term of Reference – KARINA (Caritas Indonesia) “Advocacy Officer” 

Position Title: Advocacy Officer

Department: KARINA (Caritas Indonesia)

Location: Jakarta with possibility to travel in other project areas

Period: February  – December 2017 with possibility of extension

Reports to/Line Manager KARINA (Caritas Indonesia) Advocacy Coordinator in Jakarta


KARINA (Caritas Indonesia) is the humanitarian arm of the Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia based in East Jakarta and is officially considered as a member of the Caritas Internationalis confederation. Established in mid-2006, it recently completed its first strategic planning in early 2008. One of the results of the strategic planning is the identification of 3 (three) main divisions: Programs Division, Support Division and Total Quality Management Division. KARINA (Caritas Indonesia) acts as a coordinating and facilitating body for all the 37 Dioceses incorporated under the Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia.

The Netherlands Red Cross, CARE Netherlands, Cordaid, Wetlands International and Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre have formed a global alliance to reduce the impact of hazards on vulnerable communities. We call ourselves the Partners for Resilience (PfR) and aim to support 750.000 to 1.000.000 people in 9 countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Uganda, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Indonesia, the Philippines and India. The five-partner organizations will collaborate on the intersection of Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Ecosystem Management and Restoration, through three strategic intervention areas: strengthening community resilience, civil society capacity building and policy dialogue at all levels. In Indonesia, the Partners for Resilience include: Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), Netherlands Red Cross, CARE International Indonesia, Wetlands International Indonesia Programme (WIIP), KARINA Yogyakarta, and The Red Cross Crescent Climate Centre. PfR in Indonesia (2011-2015) worked with 38 villages in Nusa Tenggara Timur. 

In 2016, a program called Strategic Partnership is launched in Netherlands to follow up the achievement gained by Partner for Resilience program worldwide with the main agenda for Lobbying and Advocacy at all levels (District, Province and National).  In line with the agenda of Strategic Partnership, in 2016 KARINA Yogyakarta seeks to increase policy influence emphasizing on: 

  • Promoting the integration of watershed management through landscape approach into village and district development plans, including district spatial plan in Nusa Tenggara Timur. This will be evidence brought to National level for wider influence on national development agenda, especially related to integrated risk management and building community resilience. 
  • Focusing the national advocacy on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, especially for Goal 6, 11, and 13, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and resilient city and village. It will also promote best practices of those implementations at district/city level through channeling to local development planning and monitoring.
Position Scope of Work
Advocacy Officer will work to support the lobbying and advocacy activities conducted by KARINA (Caritas Indonesia) and will coordinate with other Partners for Resilience (PfR) alliance members. He/she will work closely with Advocacy Coordinator of KARINA (Caritas Indonesia) in Jakarta and National Advocacy Specialist of KARINA Yogyakarta. He/She will organize activities related to advocacy and PfR alliance coordination. He/She must also facilitates communication, positive influencing and fostering linkages between the project supported interventions and the government’s agenda.

Main Responsibilities

  • Support KARINA (Caritas Indonesia) in Jakarta and KARINA Yogyakarta in planning and implementing advocacy and lobby strategies with national government agencies and other actors
  • Maintain strong and positive relations with national government agencies and other key actors, and ensure recognition of opportunities are well communicated within the KARINA (Caritas Indonesia) team
Specific Functions
  • Organizing meetings and workshops with PfR alliance members and other stakeholders for advocacy activities
  • Organizing audience and meetings with related national government agencies for policy advocacy purpose and coordination related to the project implementation
  • Participating in advocacy activities both directly conducted by KARINA (Caritas Indonesia) and in collaboration with other PfR alliance members
  • Strategically building and maintaining relevant advocacy and lobby networks at national level for more effectively advocating the project agendaRepresent KARINA (Caritas Indonesia) and build good relations with national authorities and relevant organizations
  • Participate in KARINA (Caritas Indonesia) team coordination meetings
  • Submit regular updates to the KARINA (Caritas Indonesia) in Jakarta indicating updates, emerging results and challenges faced
  • Document project outputs in-line with Planning-Monitoring-Evaluation system and innovations, lessons and practices at national level to support advocacy and lobby efforts, and at project level as a basis of project development
Technical Qualification Required for “Advocacy Officer”
  • Bachelor or Master degree, preferably in law, political/social science, development studies, human rights, communication or other related to the job
  • Knowledge and understanding of policy process, development planning procedure, and legislative procedure at national level
  • Have experience and show understanding of Integrated Risk Management (planning, budgeting and legislative process)
  • Good communication, documentation and writing skills, e.g. meeting notes, activity report
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Fluent or good English and Indonesian skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • Experience on organizing workshops involving various actors, including NGOs and national government agencies
  • Experience on working with government agencies will be an advantage
  • Deus Caritas Est, especially second part, about organized charity action.
  • Based on KARINA and Caritas Internationalis guiding values and principles.
  • Working in a team, internally with program staffs and working team from other institution.
  • Good planning and good implementation.
  • Participatory and communicative.
  • Efficient, accurate, supportive and responsible.
  • No corruption.
  • Accountable and transparent (have to appropriate with what had been spent and had been accepted, also show supportive evidence).
Application Letter, CV and contact details for 3 references should be submitted by e-mail to: eva@karina.or.id or sdmkarina@gmail.com  at the latest 4th February, 2017.