Rikolto Indonesia Vacancy : Sustainable Food System Manager - based in Denpasar, Bali -

RIKOLTO Indonesia (formerly VECO Indonesia), the regional branch of the international NGO RIKOLTO, committed to the development of a sustainable agricultural value chain and food system, is now recruiting a position :

Sustainable Food System Manager
Based in Denpasar, Bali
Job Overview:

The Food Systems Manager is taking the lead on behalf of Rikolto in Indonesia in the area of innovative concepts regarding the food system in general and the Food Smart City-programme of both Rikolto in Indonesia and the international Food Smart City-cluster in particular. Within this area of activities, he/she pro-actively represents Rikolto in Indonesia on a local, national and international level, and acts as the internal point of contact as well. At the international level there is a priority in playing a pro-active role in the Rikolto Food Smart City-cluster in favour of the international agenda. He/she is or soon becomes an expert in the food system and the Food Smart City-concept, with particular attention to sustainable practices. With a positive, energetic and open mind, and a sense for innovation and groundbreaking ideas, he/she leads the conceptual programme towards success.

In line with the respective donors/partners and in coordination with the Regional Director, he/she makes decisions relating to the programme and activities and takes the responsibility to implement these in collaboration with other Rikolto staff members and partners

1.      Programme Design, Planning, Development and Implementation

Developing, adjusting and updating Rikolto in Indonesia’s strategy and approach, in alignment with the global strategy of Rikolto to develop inclusive business models for sustainable food systems;
Leading the Food Smart Cities programme for Indonesia, including budgeting, management and monitoring/evaluation of progress and supervision of Business Development Services (BDS) providers;
Providing strategic, methodological and technical guidance to partners and BDS providers in designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and adjusting concrete actions meant to achieve targeted outcomes;
Supporting and coordinating partner’s programme planning and budgeting, and ensuring the compliance to the programme direction as well as the administrative and financial regulations;
Responsible for the day to day administration and financial administration of the programme, ensuring that it is in line with the policy and procedures of Rikolto and respective donors;
 Actively participating in fundraising for the programme.

2.       Programme and Personnel Management (when applicable)

Continuously managing and coaching Rikolto’s field officer(s);
 Following up the field officer’s performance and conducting a formal annual assessment;
 Assessing the field officer’s performance annually;
Empowering Rikolto’s field officer and encouraging them to steadily build their capacities;
 Identifying, discussing and proposing capacity building topics for the field officer and artners;
Following up on service providers: identifying, managing and ensuring proper delivery of services to meet the programme demands.

3.      Accountability and Communication

Monitoring and evaluation of the programme implementation and progress following Rikolto’s Planning, Learning and Accountability (PLA) System;
Following up and coordinating with the field officerto measure, monitor, analyse, document and communicate the outcomes of programme activities;
Assuring the submission of the programme’s narrative and financial reports to donors, government and superiors within the prescribed deadlines and quality requirements;
Making analysis of the outcomes against the theory of change, regularly updating the programme team on key information related to Food System, and providing recommendation for innovative measures and improvement;
Producing monthly, biannual, and annual programme reports, integrating inputs from the field officer, partners, BDS providers, and reporting them to the Regional Director and PLA Coordinator;
Contributing to Rikolto’s communication strategy (website, magazine, Facebook, Instagram, special publication materials, etc.) in coordination with the Communication Coordinator;
Proactively engaging him/herself in the community of practice on sustainable food system in Indonesia and at regional level to leverage the position and to promote the visibility of Rikolto.

4.      Evidence for Impact, Learning and Innovation

 Exploring and proposing innovations in the project design, partnership and way of working towards sustainable food system;
 Keeping up to date with the literature and recent developments in the field of sustainable and inclusive food systems and regularly updating the programme team;
 Leading the co-creation of innovations and/or inclusive business models that could be adapted or tested in an Indonesian context, together with partners and allies from local authorities, private sector, civil society organisations, academia and others;
 Leading knowledge management efforts for the Food Smart Cities programme in Indonesia, together with research and development partners, and Rikolto’s Evidence for Impact team. This includes supervising the production of case studies, toolkits, presentations, guidance documents and others related to food smart city initiatives in Indonesia for the purpose of sharing them internally within Rikolto and externally with food systems stakeholders.

5.      Cluster and Networks

Taking the lead for Rikolto in Indonesia and contribute pro-actively to Rikolto’s International Food Smart Cities  cluster, including contributing to joint international projects, participating in team calls and yearly gatherings, sharing information and resources with team members, and contributing to team fundraising and networking activities;
Building Rikolto in Indonesia’s sustainable food systems network at the local, national and international level;
Identifying and developing partnerships with key stakeholders to scale up programme results;
Facilitating and participating in dialogues on sustainable and inclusive food systems and relevant agricultural chain development among stakeholders;
Facilitating business links between farmer organisations/groups, the private sector, healthy food processors (restaurants, schools canteens, hotels and catering services), consumer groups, decision makers and commodity networks;
Facilitating the adoption of inclusive business practices among farmer organisations and buyers for inclusive rural-urban food chains.

6.      General

Coordinating regularly with the Executive Management Team (EMT);
Contributing to the development of Rikolto in Indonesia’s vision on sustainable food systems and internationally through the Food Smart Cities cluster;
Playing an exemplary role with respect to the values, identity of Rikolto in Indonesia; ensuring compliance with the Code of Conduct and the Code of Ethics in order to safeguard its organisational reputation;
Supporting activities regarding the general well-being of staff-members and healthy and environmentally friendly practices at the office and in Rikolto’s operations;
Being an active team player and contributing to team work;
Special assignments which may be identified and implemented in the future.


Education & Experience:

Master’s Degree in Urban Planning/Development, Business Development or Administration, Food Science, Economics, Environmental Management, or equivalent;
8 years progressive experience in urban planning/development, business development, private-public partnership (PPP) development, community development, multistakeholder engagement, lobby and advocacy, or equivalent;
Experience in managing a small/medium--sized team;
Experience working in an international team.
Technical  Knowledge & Skills:

Familiarity with concepts, strategies and tools for sustainable food systems, business and market development, inclusive business, urban development, and PPP development;
Proven track record in developing knowledge management products;
Experience with monitoring, evaluation and learning tools and methods;
Impeccable record of programme financial management (budgeting, reporting);
Knowledge on government planning and budgeting processes;
Knowledge of the Indonesian political and institutional framework and experience with government engagement and advocacy to influence policy;
Knowledge of major initiatives and roles of key food systems actors on the local (Java, Bali), national, regional and international scene;
Strong fundraising and grant-writing record;
Excellent networking skills.

Rikolto Competencies:

Core (competencies applied to all job levels and career stages):
o   Initiating;

o   Collaboration;

o   Communications for results;

o   Leading self.

Technical (more specific than Core; the knowledge & skill required for a specific job):
o   Building networks;

o   Quality oriented.

Leadership (knowledge & skill important to be an effective leader):
o   Innovative;

o   Problem solving;

o   Stimulating others;

o   Leading the organization.

Other requirements:

Systems thinking;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Management skills;
Good knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Office365;
Proficient with social media and other modern tools for mass communication;
Excellent proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia and English (in reading, speaking, understanding and writing);
Ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints, including capability to be flexible in response to changing requirements.
A genuine passion for the objectives of Rikolto’s Food Smart Cities programme.

How to apply

To maintain a good gender balance in our team, we especially encourage female candidates to apply.

Please submit by e-mail your letter of interest, most recent CV, and minimum salary expectation , by the latest on Wednesday, March 17th 2020 to recruitment.id@rikolto.org

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Rikolto is an international network organisation with over 40 years of experience in partnering with food chain stakeholders in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. In Indonesia, Rikolto is established since the 1950’s.  

We build bridges of trust and trade between the food industry, governments, research institutions, financial institutions and farmers’ organisations around one central question: ‘What will we eat tomorrow?’ How can we guarantee that future generations retain access to affordable quality food, knowing that climate change, low prices and poverty are forcing more and more farmers from the land? We plant and harvest new solutions, making the food system more transparent, so it is easier for consumers to make a sustainable choice? For this, Rikolto works with 9 municipalities, over 70 private companies and 105 farmers’ organisations, reaching over 102,000 farming families and thousands of citizens and consumers across 15 countries. Together, we want to change the recipe of our food system.

In 2017, Rikolto started a new “Food Smart City” initiative in Indonesia in the cities of Surakarta, followed by Depok in 2018 and Bandung in 2019 to improve nutrition security, reduce food waste and its related GHG emissions, and ensure decent livelihoods for food producers. The objectives of the initiative are four-fold:

To conduct research on procurement policies, food waste management, consumption pattern on healthy food products.
To co-create solutions and advocate for improved local food distribution, inclusive procurement policies and healthy food consumption practices at household and market level, including restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and school canteens.
To strengthen producer networks and improve market linkages of food producers both in rural and urban area.
To innovate circular business models to reduce food waste and develop distribution channels for edible food surpluses to low income urban communities.

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