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Education Technical Manager - Innovation for Indonesia's School Children

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 Indonesia's students. Funded by the Australian Government in partnership with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), INOVASI is a sub--national 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).


The Education Technical Manager forms part of a management team that includes the Education Partnerships Manager and Education and Research Adviser, and is responsible for the design and technical implementation of education pilots. In particular, the Education Technical Manager will be responsible for the problem identification phase of education pilots. 

Full terms of reference are available here


  • Lead the process of problem identification and co-design of education pilots, to ensure quality, timeliness, and relevance to the improvement of learning outcomes (literacy and numeracy) in target provinces and districts;
  • Maintain a dynamic and flexible conceptual framework and criteria for guiding the conceptualisation and design of pilots to achieve program outputs and outcomes;
  • Quality assure the design of 'local derived' solutions to pilots, including ensuring appropriate technical assistance is provided to improve the quality of interventions focused on children and their learning;
  • Work collaboratively with the Education and Research Advisor and the Education Partnership Manager to identify possible solutions from other contexts that may be adapted to form an INOVASI 'promising practice' pilot;
  • Supervise a team of national education specialists, officers, and assistants who may provide technical guidance to and quality assurance of the sub-national implementation of pilots;
  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Sub-national Adviser and Provincial Managers and Gender, Social Inclusion (GESI) and Child Protection advisers and Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) and Communications Managers 
  • Work with the Operations and Implementation Manager to procure, contract, and monitor implementing partners to ensure timely implementation of education pilots;
  • Contribute to alignment of all INOVASI activities with GoI national and Subnational education strategies and priorities; 
  • 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; 
  • Establish and support linkages with the Indonesian education community for knowledge sharing and learning;
  • 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 INOVASI?s objectives


The Education Technical 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 15 years work experience working on basic education issues and programs; 
  • 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, fluency in Bahasa Indonesia is desirable;
  • 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.

This position is open to both national and international personnel. 

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 send your application to stating the position in the subject line.

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