Palladium - TIRTA Project Job Vacancy: Principal Business Coordinator - Bojonegoro, Surabaya


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 program with 4 projects: PRISMA (agricultural development), TIRTA (irrigation), SAFIRA (value chain finance) and ARISA (applied agriculture research). It follows a Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach and will contribute to a 30%, or more, increase in net incomes for 300,000 smallholder farm households. It works in a range of sub-sectors in collaboration with farmers, businesses, government and civil society partners to increase the competitiveness of farm businesses through (i) increased productivity; (ii) improved business practices; (iii) a growing share of an expanding market; and (iv) the continuous adoption of innovations. The project works in five (5) provinces in Eastern Indonesia: East Java, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur, West Papua and Papua.

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.
In Indonesia, irrigation is managed at three levels: the national and provincial level, which handles large schemes of primary canal systems (from 1,000 to 3,000 ha); and the district level, which manages smaller schemes (<1,000 ha). Schemes that are smaller than this are called “tertiary”. TIRTA focuses exclusively at the tertiary irrigation level, where some of the systemic failures are most evident. The geographic area covered by TIRTA is in East Java – specifically Tuban, Bojonegoro and Lamongan.

Applications close on 18 July 2017.  Please apply via this LINK

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


Coordination Responsibilities
  • Coordinates key program events in a timely and well-managed manner (e.g. PCC, donor field visits, and others);
  • Ensures the program’s data is effectively captured within key program tools in a timely manner (e.g. QMT, MSGP, etc.);
  • Develops and manages appropriate tools that assist with the team’s planning and management needs (e.g. partner progress tracker, activity gantt plans, stakeholder mapping);
  • Assists with the development and coordination of weekly and monthly meeting (by preparing agendas, minutes, coordinating attendee schedules, etc.);
  • Coordinates with other key AIP-Rural staff in relation to TIRTA’s Communication, MIS, and Results Measurement delivery and support needs (e.g. coordinate with the Communication Unit regarding the program’s communications materials);
  • Coordinates and supports the design of other ad-hoc program-related tasks as they arise at the request of the Team Leader.
Programme Responsibilities
  • Supports the intervention teams to conduct ongoing analyses of the irrigation sector and its constraints to increase the efficiency and the expansion of the irrigation schemes to increase sector competitiveness.  Provides quality assurance to outputs.
  • Develops strategies to solve constraints and introduce innovation and sustainable business models.
  • Completes technical and commercial viability studies for irrigation schemes that have been successfully screened by the program and its partners.
  • Supports the facilitation of agreements between farmer’s groups and local investors, financial institutions and other key actors to introduce innovation and develop business models.  Ensures that agreements are of high quality and in compliance with Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines.
  • Supports the intervention teams to assess the technical capacity needs of local service providers with a view to designing and delivering practical capacity building measures for them.
  • Supports the intervention teams to build partnerships and negotiate deals with other businesses and enterprises as partners and facilitators to introduce innovative business models.
  • Oversees the implementation of designed strategies.
  • Works with the MRM manager and intervention teams to ensure sound monitoring of the progress and adjust strategies to successfully transform the commodity’s value chain into a more competitive one.
  • Is the key point of contact / local point for the interventions in business partnering with the program.
  • Oversees the preparation of monthly and quarterly progress reports in line with a format developed by program management, ensuring they are of high quality.
  • Guides and mentors Senior and Business Consultants.
  • Other tasks as reasonably requested by the Team Leader.
  • Post-graduate level qualifications or higher in economics, business administration, marketing, agricultural studies, finance, social sciences or an equivalent discipline from a reputable university.
  • A sound understanding of business and economics of how markets work, specifically in Indonesia.
  • Proven work experience in planning, design of systems, preferably in agriculture and performance evaluation.
  • Proven work experience in business development.
  • Proven experience in sector analysis whether this has been done for a commercial or development bank, commercial client (feasibility analysis), donor agency or non-profit organisation.
  • Previous experience in strategic planning with market development programs is a great advantage.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to live in Surabaya and to travel frequently to Bojonegoro.
  • Involvement in extra-curricular university activities is an advantage.
  • Experience in development is not required.
  • Exposure to farming and agribusiness in the context of Indonesia is desirable.