Cowater International Inc.

Head of Partnerships and Policy

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Last update: Sep 21, 2023 Last update: Sep 21, 2023


Deadline: Sep 29, 2023 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Indonesia Indonesia
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English, IndonesianEnglish, Indonesian
Work experience: Min 10 years
Date posted:Sep 20, 2023


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Job Title: Head of Partnerships and Policy, Indonesia

Sector: Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion

Position Type: Full-Time

Duration/Level of Effort: Long-Term

Position Location: Jakarta, Indonesia


The Australia-Indonesia Partnership Towards an Inclusive Society (INKLUSI) is a $75m, 5-year investment (2020-25) that will contribute to the broader development goal of No one is left behind – more marginalised people participate in and benefit from Indonesia’s socio- cultural economic, and political development.

INKLUSI continues Australia’s support to Indonesia’s prosperity, building on advancements in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment, social inclusion, and civil society strengthening. This includes experience and lessons working in community-driven development, civil society programs, women’s empowerment, and inclusive development programs.

INKLUSI supports the shared policy priorities of GoI and GoA. It is aligned with Pillar One of the Indonesia- Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, and the associated Plan of Action, which commits to cooperation to “address poverty and inequality, promote women's leadership and empowerment on disability-inclusive development; the Stability Pillar of the Australia-Indonesia COVID-19 Development Response Plan; and the Government of Indonesia (GoI) Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN IV 2020- 2024). AIPTIS supports the RPJMN agenda of “enhancing the quality and competitiveness of human resources”, and specifically the RPJMN’s Gender Equality and Women Empowerment policy and its Social Inclusion policy direction. It also supports Indonesia’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the call to Leave no one behind” in development.


The Head of Partnerships and Policy will work closely with the Team Leader to provide day-to-day management and leadership to the partnerships team. They will work alongside the Head of Operations and Grants to ensure that the INKLUSI principles are upheld throughout the partnerships and support activities of the Program and will engage with relevant experts as required, ensuring GEDSI and civil society strengthening issues are integrated into the work of the partnerships team.


·         Provide oversight to the management and implementation of INKLUSI partnerships including coordination of high-quality technical inputs, research, and analysis to CSO partners, as well as cross- learning amongst partnerships.

·         Provide day to day management of the partnerships team and ensure integration of the partnerships and coalitions work.

·         Synthesis and quality assurance of policy briefs and materials for a variety of audiences.

·         Lead responsive policy coordination within the INKLUSI Secretariat.

·         Identification of strategic opportunities and partnerships to support the achievement of program objectives and adaptation.

·         Support the Team Leader in the preparation of workplans and progress reports, as well as any other ad hoc reports requested and ensure deliverables are submitted on time and meet DFAT and Cowater’s reporting standards.

·         Be responsive to DFAT’s requests and delegate them to relevant team members, as needed ensuring the Team Leader and DFAT have relevant, timely, evidence-based and quality inputs for reports, briefs, and plans.

·         Support the Team Leader in monitoring and managing risks associated with key stakeholder relationships and networks.



     A postgraduate qualification (or other relevant qualification and substantial professional experience) in management, international development, GEDSI, social sciences or a related discipline.

Skills & Abilities:

     10+ years’ experience working on large donor funded programs with increasing leadership and management responsibilities,

     Program management experience, specifically in aid policy, grant management, MEL, capacity building and change management

     Demonstrated technical knowledge of GEDSI policy, advocacy and practice.

     Experience working with CSO’s, senior government officials, managing complex relationships and community partnerships

     Previous experience working with DFAT and a sound knowledge of DFAT’s reporting and performance management processes.


     Experience living and working in Indonesia

     Ability to communicate effectively in Bahasa Indonesia


Candidates are encouraged to apply by 29th September 2023/as soon as possible.

For your application to be considered, please upload your documents as followed: Candidate Last Name, First Name, date, Title of the Position.

Cowater International is an equal opportunity employer, basing employment on merit and qualifications as they relate to professional experience and position expectations. Cowater does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, disability, age, or any other basis protected by law.

We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.


Cowater International is a leading global development consulting company founded in 1985. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and with corporate hubs in Montreal, Canada, Brussels, Belgium, and London UK. Cowater International has successfully delivered a portfolio of over 2500 projects and assignments in more than 95 countries. We work with governments, private sector actors and communities implementing projects that support socio-economic development, institutional strengthening, environmental improvements and advance equal opportunities for all. We are a diverse and experienced team committed to building a better tomorrow for the people we serve. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our yearly award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies since 2017.

We thank you for your interest in building a better tomorrow with Cowater International.