Program / Department Summary
The New Zealand – Maluku Access to Renewable Energy Support (NZMATES) aims to accelerate renewable energy (RE) development to improve access to energy on Seram and surrounding islands in Maluku province. The five-year program is funded by the New Zealand Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZMFAT) and is implemented by renewable energy company Infratec Ltd. in partnership with Mercy Corps Indonesia. NZMATES is working towards promoting and accelerating the identification of renewable energy projects and increasing their attractiveness and viability, through developing social and environmental assessments, technical considerations, and facilitating investment and funding from government, private sector, or other donors. NZMATES has partnered with and collaborates closely with PLN, EBTKE, Dinas ESDM, and BAPPEDA on increasing the use of renewables and improving energy access through grid-connected and off-grid RE projects.
The NZMATES Team is based in Ambon and provides support to fill gaps in knowledge, resources, and research, and that projects are aligned with the Government of Indonesia and community development framework and objectives. The proposed support for RE projects includes assistance with project identification and appraisal, technical and social assessments, finance matching, and project design to strengthen long-term sustainability. NZMATES is also intended to enhance local public and private sector capacity and offer opportunities for direct training, technical exchange programs, and interaction between Maluku educational institutions and NZ renewable energy specialists. NZMATES is a uniquely flexible programme which is designed to respond to the needs and priorities of partner organizations and changing realities on the ground. This requires a proactive approach to collaboratively design work plans and programme activities on an ongoing basis (usually every 6 months).
The Senior Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships Officer (SEPO) will be part of the NZMATES Team, based at Mercy Corps Indonesia’s office in Ambon, and travel occasionally within Indonesia. The SPEO will lead, build, and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders in Ambon, Jakarta, elsewhere in Indonesia and internationally, communicating the work of NZMATES. He/she will provide guidance on the local context, cultural norms, political dynamics, and regulatory requirements, and will lead the development of training partnerships and the implementation of NZMATES’ training activities. The SEPO will have an understanding of and carry out research on the energy sector institutional framework. The SEPO will take a proactive approach to build a network of local stakeholders and fostering good relationships with the government (province, regency, and district level), the private sector, civil society, universities, Indonesian financing or potential funding entities, and other stakeholders involved in the energy sector. The SEPO, in particular, will be in charge of managing relationships with programme key partners, PLN and EBTKE, and their branches.
The SEPO will assist the NZMATES Project Steering Group (PSG) in Jakarta and the Technical Committee (TC) in Ambon. This includes tasks such as supporting the description on how to actively engage with project partners, identifying champions, defining decision-making processes, and communicating with key players, among other responsibilities. The SEPO will build and sustain close relationships with key staff in PLN, EBTKE, and ESDM Dinas, and will support mapping and understanding internal relations and processes. The SEPO will also lead the development and implementation of NZMATES’ capacity building activities, through collaborating with partners to understand capacity gaps and develop training plans, forging and maintaining partnerships nationally and internationally, planning and organizing training activities and engaging contractors and third-party training providers when required.
The SEPO will provide logistical and linguistic support on stakeholder meetings and will support with translating documents. The SEPO will work closely with the Deputy Programme Manager and will be responsible for maintaining positive relationships with key players. The SEPO will support the NZMATES Team with guidance on local context and in-country briefings for any international visitors, and advice on political-economic dynamics and regulatory frameworks, including permits, policies, formal and customary laws, relevant to renewable energy and development.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Continue to identify key players and lead engagement with provincial and national government entities, such as EBTKE, ESDM Dinas Ambon, PLN Pusat, and PLN Ambon, BAPPENAS, BAPPEDA, and other ministries and entities from Ambon, Jakarta, and other locations, involved in renewable energy projects or similar initiatives;
- Maintain the TORs for the PSG and TCs, and help to identify and uphold the proper channels, procedures, and processes for working together with government partners;
- Proactively assist the PSG Secretariat and TC management including arranging meetings, ensuring participation from partners, taking minutes, providing inputs, and managing both activities; Ensure that key partners staff is engaged and maintains participation in PSG and TCs;
- Proactively seek ways to improve PSG, TCs, and other engagements;
- Proactively generate new relationships at the international, national and provincial levels that can benefit the programme through funding, contributions, and/or other collaborations;
- Lead engagement with the local provincial government and support the Field Coordinator in engagement with regency and district level governments;
- Develop and update political-economic analysis and map relations, processes, and understanding of project partners and key stakeholders’ activities;
- Build, foster, and maintain positive relations with project partners PLN, EBTKE, and ESDM Dinas formally and informally;
- Identify champions within key partner institutions (PLN, EBTKE, and ESDM Dinas) and other key stakeholders that can support NZMATES delivery of activities;
- Liaise with electricity and renewable energy private sector actors, associations, cooperatives, and other actors from Maluku or active/interested in Maluku from other provinces;
- Liaise with universities, technical institutes, and other educations entities, as well with NGOs, CSOs, and other relevant civil society key players;
- Identify, engage, and liaise with Indonesian financing institutions or other potential sources of funding such as PT SMI, other state-owned enterprises, public entities, private sector, foundations, or others;
- Build relationships with key international stakeholders;
- Liaise between Indonesian and international stakeholders (including New Zealand stakeholders), proactively seeking engagement and support from international institutions to be involved in NZMATES through opportunities for volunteers, training, exchanges of resources, funding or others;
- Support skills gap analysis and planning of training and mentoring activities with key stakeholders;
- Lead the organization of stakeholder meetings, training and workshops at the national and international level;
- Create training/learning materials as needed;
- Assist in the identification of grants, financing or other support opportunities for potential projects, and support coordination between funding bodies and potential project stakeholders;
- Assist the development of a stakeholder and communications plan and strategy;
- Proactively build a network of local stakeholders, sustain communications, and foster good and positive relationships;
- Ensure good communications are maintaining with project partners and key stakeholders;
- Advise NZMATES and carry out research on political dynamics and regulatory frameworks, including permits, policies, formal and customary laws related/relevant to electricity, renewable energy, and/or community development projects;
- Provide guidance on local context and cultural sensitivities, and lead the development of in-country briefings and guidance for international visitors;
- Proactively research on new potential stakeholders and keep abreast of relevant energy-related events;
- Arrange meetings with local stakeholders including the development of agendas, taking notes, and translating during meetings;
- Provide linguistic support to NZMATES through the translation of documents and interpretation during meetings when required (English – Bahasa Indonesia and Ambonese Malay).
Reports Directly ToDeputy Program Manager NZMATES
Works Directly WithNZMATES Programme Manager and team members
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions :
The position is based in Ambon, Maluku, and requires up to 30 % travel to Jakarta, project locations in Seram and possibly other locations in Indonesia.
- University Degree (or equivalent experience) in social sciences, law, business, public/international relations, the management or similar field;
- Minimum 8 years’ experience in socio-economic development, public relations, communications and/or related fields;
- Strong communications skills, networking, and experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team;
- Experience with engaging, networking, collaborating, working together, and communicating with government officials, in particular with PLN, ESDM, and BAPPEDA in Ambon and at the national level;
- Experience engaging and communicating with civil society, educational institutions, and private sector stakeholders in the energy sector;
- Experience defining and managing Project Steering Groups, technical committees, task force working groups, and/other different level engagement fora as part of a cooperation and collaboration programme;
- Experience with researching and understanding of (electricity) sector regulatory/institutional/legal framework;
- Experience in the planning and implementation of capacity building activities;
- Ability to foster positive and effective working relationships with a variety of energy stakeholders;
- Experience working in Maluku province and understanding of local context;
- Excellent fluency in English verbal and written communication;
- Ability to anticipate and solve problems; meet deadlines, work under pressure, work independently on multiple tasks with limited supervision, work cooperatively with team members and partners;
- Strong familiarity with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database management;
- Willingness to travel occasionally to Jakarta, Seram and other locations within Indonesia;
- Experience in establishing PSGs a TCs is desirable;
- Experience working in socio-economic development, energy access or environment sector preferred;
- This role is open to all applicants. Women and people from Maluku are especially encouraged to apply.
The vacancy will be closed 30 June 2020 and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. We look forward to hearing from those who are interested in taking this opportunity to grow and develop with us.
Human Resources Department
Yayasan Mercy Corps Indonesia