Vacancy Announcement Embassy of Switzerland, Jakarta
National Program Officer
Economic Development Cooperation with Indonesia
Duty Station: Jakarta, Indonesia
Starting date: September 2019
Letter of motivation (incl. salary expectation) and CV should be mailed to: email@example.com (please indicate “REF. NPO SECO” in the subject line)
Closing date for applications: 16th June 2019
Indonesia is a priority country for Switzerland’s economic development cooperation; it is under the overall responsibility of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
The overall objective of SECO program in Indonesia is to “promote inclusive and sustainable economic development for a prosperous Indonesia” by:
- Improving public service delivery through efficient and sustainable use of resources,
- Supporting a more competitive and job-creating private sector with access to sustainable resources and markets.
To implement the program, SECO closely collaborates with relevant government authorities, private sector organizations and NGOs, as well as multilateral and bilateral partners.
The Embassy intends to strengthen its team with a National Program Officer.
The post holder will report to the Head of Economic Development Cooperation of the Swiss Embassy. He/she will assist the implementation of SECO’s country programme for Indonesia, and work closely with both our counterparts and implementing partners in Indonesia, and program managers and technical specialists at SECO headquarters in Berne, Switzerland.
Responsibilities and Duties
The National Program Officer will work primarily on economic governance private sector development. These areas include, for example, public finance management, financial sector strengthening, business and investment climate, and integration of SMEs into global value chains.
To this end, he/she will:
- Support and backstop the identification, preparation, implementation and monitoring of SECO-funded programs and projects (including project visits);
- Maintain regular contacts with the project implementation agencies, consultants and relevant government agencies;
- Participate in project steering and implementation meetings, sectoral meetings with government agencies; and donor coordination meetings;
- Provide support to program missions; assist in the preparation and conduct of seminars, workshops and technical meetings;
- Collect information on political, social and economic trends in Indonesia and assess their potential impact on SECO-funded programs and projects;
- Help maintain external relations with national and sub-national government institutions, multilateral and bilateral donors, the private sector and civil society of relevance to the program;
- Contribute to the monitoring of the country strategy (incl. annual programming and program level reporting);
- Carry out other duties as may be assigned.
Education, experience and qualifications
Education: University master degree or equivalent, in economics, development studies, social/political sciences or a related field.
- Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in one or several of the following areas: development economics, private sector development, trade facilitation.
- Experience in program management.
- Practical know-how of development cooperation.
- Knowledge of relevant actors in development cooperation in Indonesia, such as private sector and civil society actors, governmental institutions at the national and sub-national level, multi- and bilateral donor organizations.
- Some work experience with an international organization preferable.
- Excellent command of English and Indonesian.
- Knowledge of either French or German would be an additional asset.
- Capacity to work independently and to interact with a broad range of partners (incl. donor representatives);
- Good analytical and writing skills;
- Sound knowledge of economic and social trends in Indonesia;
- Ability to use analytical tools and to perform analyses for the assessment and implementation of projects/programmes;
- Trouble-shooting and problem-solving skills;
- Ability to advise partners on technical cooperation processes and requirements and project formulation and feasibility;
- Ability to represent the office in meetings with donors and government partners;
- Ability to plan and organize work;
- Excellent report-writing skills and good communication skills;
- Computer literacy required.
Prospective candidates will be invited for an interview. They may also be required to take a written examination. Interviews are expected to commence during the week of July 1, 2019. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Unsolicited enquiries will not be responded. Application documents will not be returned..