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Education Partnerships Manager

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

The Governments of Australia and Indonesia are partnering through INOVASI, an education program which aims to find out how to improve literacy and numeracy for Indonesias students. Funded by the Australian Government in partnership with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), INOVASI is a subnational education program with a budget of AUD 49 million, which started in January 2016 and will run until 2019. It focuses on understanding and tackling learning challenges, particularly those related to literacy and numeracy skills, at the heart of the education system -  in the classroom and the school (including madrasah). Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) is INOVASIs first partner province that began implementation in early 2017. Three more partner provinces have been selected (NTT - Sumba Island, East Java and North Kalimantan) and will begin implementation in mid-2017. 

INOVASI will use a new approach to focus on what works in classrooms and schools. It will work with teachers, principals and local officials to identify what problems need to be solved to help students learn better and find out the best way to solve these problems by jointly piloting either (i) local solutions or (ii) practices successfully trialled elsewhere which are adapted to the local context. INOVASI will evaluate these pilots to see which are successful in improving student literacy and numeracy. The pilot activities will focus on student learning and classroom teaching. The three areas of focus are: 1) Strengthening the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom; 2) Improving the support provided to teachers so they can teach better; and 3) Enabling all children in the classroom, particularly girls and children with disabilities, to reach their potential in learning.

INOVASI is managed by Palladium on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Purpose of the Position

The Education Partnerships Manager will form part of a management team that includes the Education Technical Manager and Education and Research Adviser, that is collectively responsible for the design and technical implementation of education pilots. In particular, the Education Partnerships Manage will be responsible for identifying, negotiating, and overseeing the technical implementation of pilots that are implemented in partnership with other organisations.

Working with children
Is this position likely to come into contact with children? YES


Under the direction of Program Director, and in collaboration with the Provincial Managers, the Education Partnerships Manager will:
  1. Manage the design of education pilots that are implemented in partnership with other organisations, and contribute to the design of other pilots, to ensure quality, timeliness, and relevance to the improvement of learning outcomes (literacy and numeracy) in target provinces and districts;
  2. Maintain a dynamic and flexible conceptual framework and criteria for guiding the conceptualisation and design of pilots to achieve program outputs and outcomes;
  3. Establish and update a database of potential promising practice pilots, through: discussion with other education programs; INOVASI staff; DFAT; MoEC; background research; positive deviance and promising practices; call for proposals; or other sources; 
  4. Manage a partnership program, which will include grants, subcontracts, and partnership agreements with non-government agencies to implement pilots in partner districts, and which seeks to establish coalitions between private industry, local government, community and other agencies to meet INOVASI objectives; 
  5. Advise the Education and Research Advisor and the Education Technical Manager on potential solutions from other Indonesian contexts that may be adapted to form an INOVASI promising practice pilot;
  6. Establish and implement appropriate quality assurance, reporting, and MERL functions and processes for partnership pilots;
  7. Work collaboratively with the Senior Sub-national Adviser and Provincial Managers to: a) ensure that pilot design and implementation is informed by thinking and working politically perspectives, with the aim of informing policy, and supporting both scale-out and sustainability; and b) ensure alignment of all INOVASI activities with GoI national and sub-national policies, education strategies and priorities;
  8. Work collaboratively with the Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) and Child Protection advisers to: a) develop a responsive activity and integrated intervention menu around social inclusion issues with a special focus on disability, gender and ethnicity; and b) monitor the implementation of all pilots  are in line with relevant DFAT, GoI, and Palladium policies, including policies on child protection, gender, social inclusion, fraud and anti-corruption; 
  9. Work collaboratively with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) and Communications Managers to: a) ensure that all interventions, pilots and related activities are embedded within an overall learning  and communications strategy; and b) ensure that evidence coming from INOVASI activities is useful, timely and feeds back into program improvement and to inform future interventions; 
  10. Work with the Operations and Implementation Manager to procure, contract, and monitor implementing partners to ensure timely implementation of education pilots;
  11. Contribute to alignment of all INOVASI activities with GoI national and Sub national education strategies and priorities;  
  12. Lead and/or contribute to external reports, briefs, and other knowledge products for a range of stakeholders to inform and advance the overall learning and innovation objectives of INOVASI, and contribute to INOVASI program reporting to DFAT as required;  
  13. Establish and support linkages with the Indonesian education community for knowledge sharing and learning;
  14. Work closely with other INOVASI Managers and the leadership team to maintain a culture by which the all teams operate cohesively and efficiently and work to achieve INOVASIs objectives; and
  15. Other duties as may reasonably be required by the Program Director consistent with the incumbent?s qualifications and experience.


Qualifications and Experience:
The Education Partnerships Manager will possess the following qualifications and experience:
  • Advanced degree in education or relevant development subject or appropriate tertiary qualification and significant, relevant experience in education, public policy, or international development; 
  • Minimum of 10 years work experience working in education development programs;  
  • Experience establishing partnerships with NGOs, CSOs, etc., and in developing organisational capacity. Existing networks of NGOs, CSOs etc in the education sector in Indonesia is strongly preferred;
  • Experience developing and implementing quality assurance systems for NGOs, CSOs, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage programs of work to achieve results, experience managing subnational activities is advantageous; 
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic education and the challenges and conditions for improving and sustaining quality education within a decentralised environment in Indonesia or a similar country context;
  • Experience working with counterpart ministries, knowledge of the Indonesian Ministry of Education structure and program planning process is preferred;
  • Experience with DFAT or other development agency, preferably within the education sector; 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage teams to achieve results, experience managing sub-national teams advantageous;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Bahasa Indonesia;
  • Sound problem solving and decision making skills; ability to work independently and as a part of a team; 
  • A high level of integrity, initiative, adaptability, and ability to perform in a high-pressure environment;
  • A proven ability to work in a flexible and adaptable way in a dynamic environment, and 
  • A strong track record of working collaboratively and productively within dynamic teams.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. A copy of Palladiums Child Protection Guidelines is available on our website:

-Due to the anticipated volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted. All applications should be submitted through the Palladium website. Should you experience any issues lodging an application online please contact stating the position in the subject line-