Indonesia Country Director, Tara Climate 604 views

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  • Pivotal role to help foster the acceleration of clean energy in Indonesia
  • Indonesia/remote-base; Indonesian work and residency required
  • Fluency in Bahasa Indonesian; very good English language skills essential


The Organisation
Tara Climate is a new philanthropic re-granting initiative in Asia that supports a diverse group of partners to accelerate the transition to sustainable, clean energy. Tara Climate is currently hosted at the European Climate Foundation, but with a mandate to localise and become an independent Asia-based regional foundation in the near future. Tara Climate’s vision is a just and thriving Asia powered by renewable energy. It works in South, Southeast, and East Asia excluding India and China.

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was established in 2008 to help Europe foster the development of a low-carbon society and play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change.  Tara Climate plays three main roles in the region: providing grants to a diverse group of partners in the region, constantly developing and assessing strategy, and convening of partners within and across borders.

Benefits and Culture

  • Excellent brand reputation with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • A unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international team who combine their passion address climate change with a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work
  • A highly flexible self-managed approach in terms of day-to-day arrangements; scope for development
  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience and country benchmarks, and a generous leave policy
  • Work and residency rights for Indonesia are a requirement for this role

The Role

Working closely with the Tara Climate managing director and the leadership team, you will ensure strategic coherence, integration, and growth of the Indonesia programme within the overall Tara Climate energy transition programme. You will network and partner with diverse stakeholders including civil society organisations, foundations, governments, businesses, and others, building collaboration and a creative shared approach to problem-solving. Your other key accountabilities are to:

  • Lead the country programme strategy together with key partners
  • Manage a national portfolio of grants
  • Develop the country resources requirements, budget plans, forecasts, and reviews
  • Proactively scan political, energy, and economic environments
  • Build/coordinate a strong network across multiple in-country and regional stakeholders
  • Guide and advise grantees, partners, and prospective partners

Skills Required
You will be an experienced and strategic leader with an environmental or foundation background with a strong grasp of energy policy and energy system transformation in Indonesia. You have sound knowledge of, and deep networks within, Indonesia, including development think tanks, research centres, NGOs, the financial sector, and other related organisations. You are a skilled and trusted stakeholder and government relations manager, equally able to work with both corporates and civil society groups, and you have a demonstrated commitment to solving the climate crisis and enabling systemic change.  Ideally you also offer:

  • Deep understanding of the Indonesian political and economic context
  • Track record of delivering positive outcomes across national stakeholder groups
  • Strong political savvy, established networks, and expert networking skills, including with donors
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to drive systemic change
  • Excellent strategic capabilities as well as organisational and self-management skills
  • Experience working and building funding relationships with philanthropic funders/donors
  • Impeccable ethics, and experience working confidentially and operating with high security
  • Highly collaborative and flexible work style including across global time zones; willing to travel
  • Fluency in Bahasa Indonesian; sharp written and verbal skills, fluent English language skills
  • Work and residency rights for Indonesia are a requirement for this role


If you are committed to addressing the climate crisis, and you meet the above criteria, please send your resume and cover letter, addressing the key skills and experience required, to quoting #844469, or call Lois Freeke in Sydney in confidence on +61 (0) 2 8243 0570.


Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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