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Hivos Southeast Asia is a Dutch non-governmental organization guided by humanist values. It aims at structural poverty alleviation with a strong focus on civil society building and sustainable economic development. Hivos Southeast Asia provides financial support for local NGOs, is active in networking, lobbying and exchanging knowledge and expertise. For its Hivos Southeast Asia seeks qualified Indonesian candidates for the position of:

Title: Project/Advocacy Manager (P/A Manager)
Duty Station: Jakarta, Indonesia
Duration : One year, with possibility of extension subject to good performance and funding availability
Report to:
  • Program Manager for Open Contracting Program in Hivos Global Office;
  • Program Development Manager - Transparency Accountability, Hivos Southeast Asia
Functional context
Open contracting is an approach to improving public procurement through three core elements:
(1) disclosure of open data, documents and information about the planning, procurement, and management of public contracts, (2) participation and use of contracting data by non-state actors, and (3) accountability and redress by governments agencies or contractors acting on the feedback that they receive from civil society and companies.

Hivos and its implementation partner for this program, ARTICLE 19, are launching a new 5 year program on "Transparency, Accountability and Participation: Open Contracting Data". The vision of the program is that governments are increasing transparency of public spending; non-state actors are engaging in the planning, procurement, and monitoring of public contracting; and mechanisms have been created to receive and act upon related feedback.

The program will begin with scoping studies in 15 countries, and will work in 5 - 6 countries that promise high potential for achieving the key institutional changes. The first tier countries are countries where Hivos and/or ARTICLE 19 has existing programs, good government relations and/or a strong network of existing partners who would clearly profit from and be interested in working on open contracting data. The program will also operate in a set of second tier countries where Hivos will consider to work depending on the political climate and the outcomes of initial scoping studies and outreach during the first two years of the program. Within the first six months of the programme, Hivos, OCP and Article 19 will engage in detailed scoping studies in 1st tier countries, and a light scan review of 2nd tier countries to determine the concrete opportunities in the local context.

Roles and responsibilities
The Project/Advocacy Manager (P/A Manager) should have a strong track record of building effective relationships with a variety of actors in relevant institutions (state, private sector, tech, academia, media) and an active network of relevant contacts in the country they will be responsible for. The need to be the 'movers and shakers' that can make things happen on the ground, building and activating vocal and effective coalitions. 

Grant Management: The P/A Manager builds, monitors and manages the quality of the Open Contracting grant portfolio and initiates adequate measures to maintain this quality, resulting in a portfolio. The P/A Manager identifies potential grantees, broker's relationships between grantees and other stakeholders (e.g., local or central government institutions, tech actors). The P/A Manager is responsible to supervise the Country Engagement Developers (CED) to support the grantees in the proposal preparation phase, appraises grant applications, and provides continued support throughout implementation, both virtually and through monitoring visits. 

Reporting: The P/A Manager is responsible to produces both narrative and financial reports in accordance with internal and external contractual and other requirements, assesses progress, analyses actual and potential risks and problems; and integrates solutions regarding work in progress in consultation with relevant stakeholders. 

Financial oversight of the countries under his/her supervision: The P/A Manager must have the ability to identify and assess problems related to the financial oversight of the countries under his/her supervision.
Regional Advocacy: The P/A Manager liaise with stakeholders (government, NGOs, private sector, cooperatives) and maintain a network to support the development of the Open Contracting Program and in charge for issuing cooperative agreement between Hivos and government. 

Base of Work: In Indonesia the P/A Manager works from the local Hivos Office, which provides logistical and administrative support. The P/A Manager may also support a small number of grants in a second country in the region, which may require occasional travel to that country. 

The Project/Advocacy Manager reports to the Program Manager Open Contracting Programme at the Hivos Global Office and Program Development Manager of Transparency and Accountability at the Southeast Asia office. 

Knowledge, experiences and competencies
This is a mid-level to senior position for nationals or residents of the concerned country:
  • Master's degree or equivalent in development studies, governance or another relevant field;
  • Experience with technology-driven Transparency and Accountability initiatives is an advantage;
  • Minimum of five years working experience;
  • Solid knowledge of transparency and accountability, citizen engagement and the use of technology;
  • A keen understanding of country political and social dynamics; analytical and conceptual skills, and ability to translate these into Open Contracting Program;
  • Excellent networking, relationship building and negotiation skills;
  • Excellent verbal, writing and communication skills in English and have native speaker ability of the main language of the country where they are based. A writing test will be part of the selection process.
  • Experience overseeing projects to ensure the effective design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation
  • Experience of designing monitoring and evaluation plans and indicators
  • Ability to analyses information
Expected Competencies
  • Experienced and diligent project manager
  • Financial reporting
  • Strong writing skills (including professional English)
  • Local language skills
  • Financial and narrative reporting
  • Advocacy experience
Key Influences
  • Internal
  • Management
  • Hivos Regional and Global Office Staff
  • Consortium partner staff
External Influences
  • Civil Society organisations
  • Government departments
  • International developmental organisations and foundations
  • Private sector
  • Media
  • Knowledge institutions
What do we offer?
An inspiring and dynamic working environment, dedicated colleagues and the possibility to work for an ambitious new international initiative. 

Hivos Salary Grade: 10 

How to apply?
  • To apply for this position please submit your CV and a cover letter to hr.sea@hivos.org no later than 30th of June 2016. 
  • This is an opened position at national level.
  • Please specify the position name you are applying for ('Project/Advocacy Manager - Open Contracting Program') in the 'subject' line of your email. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.