AIP Prisma Project Job Consultant: Business - East Java, Indonesian

Business Consultant
(Location : East Java)

Company Overview
The Australia Indonesia Partnership for Promoting Rural Income through Support for Markets in Agriculture (PRISMA) is an ambitious new rural development program which aims to contribute to a 30%, or more, increase in net incomes for 1,000,000 poor rural female and male farmers, 300,000 of which will be reached by June 2017. AIP-PRISMA will focus on Eastern Indonesia (EJ, NTB, NTT, Papua and W Papua). Once it is fully operationalized, AIP-PRISMA will be the largest making markets work for the poor (M4P) project in the world.

Application close on 29 May 2017. Please apply via this LINK

The post is open for Indonesian nation only. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Project Overview and Role
The Government of Indonesia partners with the Government of Australia on an initiative to boost smallholder farmers incomes: The Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Rural Economic Development (AIP-Rural).

AIP-Rural is a suite of programs that improves smallholder farmers access to new markets, better inputs, knowhow, technology, irrigation, and small loans. Its goal is to achieve a sustainable 30% increase in the net incomes of 1,000,000 male and female smallholder farmers in Eastern Indonesia by 2022. AIP-Rural operates in East Java, West and East of Nusa Tenggara, Papua and West Papua.

The program focuses on agricultural sectors that display strong growth potential and are the main source of income for many smallholder farmers. All of this is done via co-investing in new business models with local, regional, national and international market players to create business models that improve the agriculture sector's competitiveness, especially for smallholder farmers.

AIP-Rural's four programs are:

Promoting Rural Income through Support for Markets in Agriculture (PRISMA)

A program dedicated to supporting the Government of Indonesia's mid-term development strategy to eradicate rural poverty. The program aims to improve agriculture competitiveness - productivity, profit, access to new or better markets, and innovation - for rural farmers. PRISMA aims to achieve a 30% increase in the net incomes of 300,000 male and female smallholder farmers in Eastern Indonesia by the program's completion.

Tertiary Irrigation Technical Assistance (TIRTA)

TIRTA is a program that aims to improve smallholder farmers access to irrigation. It supports the creation of tertiary irrigation schemes that are managed by HIPPA (water user associations) and local investors (lead farmers or local entrepreneurs). The program's goal is to increase the net income of 10,000 farmers by 60% through improvements to the efficiency, technical and economic viability of at least 35 tertiary irrigation projects.

Strengthening Agriculture Finance in Rural Areas (SAFIRA)

This is a program that improves smallholder farmers access to essential financial services, such as business and investment capital loans. The program facilitates a financial service model that can answer to farmers specific needs through a partnership between formal and informal financial institutions in rural areas. The program will also expand smallholder farmers financial access through key market stakeholders (including but not limited to input retailers, collectors, traders and manufacturing companies) in the value chain.

Applied Research and Innovation System in Agriculture (ARISA)

ARISA is a partnership between Indonesia's Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and Australia's science and technology think tank, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), that aims to disseminate applied and adaptive research in agriculture that will have practical and significant impacts on the incomes of farmers. Its goal is to support innovations that can increase the incomes of 10,000 small farmers in Eastern Indonesia by the end of 2018.

Purpose of The Position

The Business Consultant is responsible for organising and guiding at least one (and supporting other) interventions in the Program. Business Consultants work in close collaboration with each other and with the Monitoring and Result Measurement (MRM) Team. They oversee the research, identification and development of new business opportunities within targeted market systems.

    • Conducts analyses of value chains of selected commodities in specific provinces.
    • Develops strategies to introduce innovation and sustainable business models to increase sector competitiveness.
    • Negotiates deals with other businesses and enterprises as partners and facilitators to introduce innovative business models.
    • Oversees the implementation of designed strategies.
    • Monitors the progress and adjust strategies to successfully transform the commodity?s value chain into a more competitive one.
    • Acts as the key point of contact / local point for the interventions in business partnering with the program.
    • Other tasks as reasonably requested by the Head of Portfolio.
    • At least graduate level qualifications in economics, business administration, marketing, agricultural studies, finance, social sciences or an equivalent discipline with GPA min 3.00 (scale of 4) from a reputable university.
    • A sound understanding of business and economics of how markets work, specifically in Indonesia.
    • Entrepreneurial aptitude.
    • Strong analytical mind and a flair for numbers.
    • Demonstrated negotiation skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills to be able to work with partners and in teams.
    • Ability and experience in business plan development.
    • Willingness to learn from mistakes and ability to think ?out-of-the-box?.
    • Fluency in English and Bahasa Indonesia.
    • Proven work experience is of great advantage.
    • Willingness to travel frequently is a must.
    • Involvement in extra-curricular university activities is an advantage.
    • Experience in development is not required.