Lowongan Government Relations Specialist

(Individual Contract Agreement)
Title: Government Relations Specialist
Project: Multiple
Duty Station: Jakarta, Indonesia
Section/Unit: Asia Region / THOH Indonesia
Contract/Level: LICA-10 (Retainer)
Duration: maximum 100 working days
Supervisor: Programme Manager, UNOPS THOH Indonesia
Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations. With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it. A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Background Information – Job specific

UNOPS THOH operates as a business unit under the UNOPS Asia Regional Office and was established to better support, develop and oversee the UNOPS portfolio of projects in South East Asia and the Pacific. The Hub comprises of three main portfolios –THOH Thailand, THOH Indonesia and THOH Pacific and provides a wide range of services including Project Management, Transactional HR, Financial, and Procurement to clients that include other UN entities, INGOs and governments/government agencies donors. Most of THOH projects are implemented in South East Asia and the Pacific.

In Indonesia, UNOPS implements activities in coordination and partnership with the Government of Indonesia and other stakeholders and provides capacity building, policy development, technical expertise, knowledge enhancement and stakeholder coordination to improve the delivery of development activities. UNOPS is engaging with Ministries and Government Agencies, donors and partners on various initiatives in Indonesia, including on Fund Management, Programme Management, Procurement, Infrastructure, Environment, Climate Change, and Energy.

Reporting to the Programme Manager at UNOPS Indonesia, the Government Relations Specialist supports the identification and formulation of development projects for both UNOPS and the Government of Indonesia (GOI) and provides advice on the identification of relevant strategic approaches when engaging with the GOI. The Specialist will assist in the coordination of business development and stakeholder management activities with UNOPS, GOI stakeholders and project development consultants.

Functional Responsibilities

The Specialist will support THOH Indonesia in the identification of potential collaboration opportunities with the GOI. The specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

● Liaise with GOI counterparts and support UNOPS in the identification and development of programme opportunities in Indonesia, with a focus on procurement, infrastructure development, project management and fund management;

● Develop, build and strengthen strategic partnerships, and identify and pursue business opportunities as per the agreed work plan;

● Network and solidify relationships between UNOPS and GOI;

● Contribute to coordinating and communicating with other stakeholders UNOPS’ value addition in view of consolidating UNOPS’ profile in country;

● Support UNOPS personnel and consultants and provide inputs through liaison with the GOI through UNOPS;

● Provide technical inputs to the development of UNOPS proposals;

● Assist in the identification, design, formulation, and negotiation of new projects and programmes.

● Provide support on any new initiatives by securing GOI support and provide advice to THOH Indonesia on strategies for obtaining such support;

● Assist ministries and other stakeholders where required with focus on quality assurance and quality control of project documents; and

● Undertake other partnerships duties as required.

The Specialist is expected to liaise with the Government of Indonesia and Ministries such as the Ministry of Public Works, the Ministry of National Planning (Bappenas), the Ministry of Villages, Transmigration and Disadvantaged Areas, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Ministry of Tourism as well as any other relevant ministries, Specialized Agencies and stakeholders as needed.

Expected Period of Assignment

The Specialist shall perform the services on a need basis with a maximum of 100 days, estimated average of 4 working days a month, commencing in August 2019 until 31 December 2019, with possibility of extension.

Deliverables, Timeframe and Fees

The Specialist will report to the UNOPS Indonesia Programme Manager on a regular basis. The Specialist shall submit a monthly Progress Report outlining the assistance provided against a set of agreed activities and outputs, and shall outline the Specialist’s progress towards the achievement of such objectives. Each Progress report is required by the end of each calendar month. The progress Report will be used as supporting document for processing the invoice for payment of the fees.

The Progress Report shall provide an overview of meetings, findings, conclusions and recommendations regarding the following:

● The Ministry and or department that would benefit from UNOPS’ support and technical assistance.

● Operationalization of programmatic actions for the identification and development of business development plans in accordance with UNOPS’ business process;

● Programme development and implementation strategy to expand UNOPS portfolio in Indonesia; and

● New networks and entry points for UNOPS in the identified initiatives.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

The performance of the Specialistwill be reviewed by the Programme Manager, THOH Indonesia. In order to ensure the financial viability of the position, Specialist, is expected to have identified and cultivated at least 2 substantive leads for the Indonesia office by December 2019.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization. (Applicable only for levels ICS-10 and above)

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilising appropriate leadership styles

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behaviour. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


● Minimum advanced university degree (masters or equivalent) in International Relations, Public Relations, Public Policy, International Development, or related field.

● A first university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in above-mentioned field with additional two (2) years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.


● Minimum five (5) years of experience in government liaison with a focus on project or policy development;

● Experience coordinating work between different sectors and stakeholders, particularly with government networks;

● Proven track record to establish and maintain strong working relations with senior officials in line ministries;

● Prior experience in quality assurance and quality control of project document is an added advantage.

● Experience in project design and/or project document development is an asset.

● Experience at a senior level in the Indonesian public service an added advantage;

● Experience at a senior level in development cooperation and coordination with International Organizations an added advantage.

Language: Fluency in English and in Bahasa Indonesia i

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