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Gender and Social Inclusion Adviser - INOVASI

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 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).


The Gender Social Inclusion Adviser will work with the Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist to will provide advisory services to the Program in the development and implementation of its Gender and Social Inclusion plan and system. 

Full Terms of Reference are available here


  • Provide advice and support for the design and implementation of Gender and Social Inclusion strategies that reflects INOVASI and DFAT standards and priorities;
  • Work with the INOVASI team members, as well as with counterparts in local government and Civil Society Organizations (CSO), to ensure that all INOVASI staff and partners understand Palladium and DFAT's policies on social inclusion;
  • Provide technical and mentoring guidance to the Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist including capacity development activities and formal training as required;
  • Strengthen capacities of INOVASI staff in applying social inclusion strategies for gender, disability, ethnicity to the design, implementation, and evaluation of pilots and activities;
  • Provide advice to targeted pilots and activities in line with the twin track approach to social inclusion;
  • Review and ensure that core instruments, tools and modules, used by national and provincial EPD, Communications, and MERL teams are sensitive to gender and social inclusion principles;
  • Review and ensure that communication products are sensitive to gender and social inclusion principles;
  • Advise on the design and conduct of all INOVASI research, and lead targeted research activities to better understand INOVASI's operating context;
  • Advise the MERL team on the collection, analysis, and disaggregation of data to track INOVASI?s progress against its gender and social inclusion strategies;
  • Advise to other INOVASI teams on issues related to gender and social inclusion and participate as required in education pilots and the conduct of research;
  • Document the process, results, lessons learnt, and key recommendations of mainstreaming social inclusion for INOVASI; and
  • Other duties as may reasonably be required by the Operations and Implementation Manager consistent with the incumbent?s qualifications and experience.


  • Advanced Degree in education, gender studies, disability studies, or a relevant field in the social sciences;
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience in mainstreaming social inclusion, in particular gender and disability, including but not limited to, review of policy, research design, project design and implementation and reporting ? ideally within a donor-funded program environment;
  • Demonstrated advanced understanding of DFAT gender and social inclusion standards and requirements;
  • Familiarity with the DFAT programming, exposure to development programming in Indonesia desirable but not essential;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate skills;
  • Strong, proven writing, editing and reporting skills including experience of document synthesis and analysis;
  • Understanding of the education sector in Indonesia is desirable but not essential;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, liaison and interpersonal skills;
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) essential, Bahasa Indonesia skills desirable but not essential;
  • A high level of integrity, initiative, adaptability, and ability to perform in a high pressure environment.
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.

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: