Road Transport Economist

 Road Transport Economist


Program Background

The Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastruktur (KIAT) is a facility supported by the Australian Government and implemented by Cardno. KIAT’s overarching goal is to support ‘sustainable and inclusive economic growth through improved access to infrastructure for all people’. To support this goal, KIAT works with the Government of Indonesia (GOI), Government of Australia, the private sector, Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and other development partners, as well as civil society to help achieve the following ‘End-of-Facility Outcomes’:

1.      Improved GOI policy and regulatory framework for infrastructure development

2.     High quality projects prepared and financed by GOI, the private sector and / or MDBs

3.     High quality infrastructure delivery, management and maintenance by GOI

The initial focus of KIAT Facility is on the following areas: Water and Sanitation; Transport; Gender, Social Inclusion and Civil Society Engagement (GESI-CSE); and Infrastructure Funding and Financing.


The role

KIAT is looking for Road Transport Economist will assist to inform the Road Preservation Fund (RPF) discussion forum on the costs and benefits of road user charges or mechanisms for funding an RPF, to enable the government to disseminate messages on road user charges or measures to various categories of road users and ensure their buy-in

The main objective of this position is to investigate the costs and benefits of introducing road user charges or mechanisms for funding an RPF to the road users, using quantitative and qualitative assessments


This role also involves the following key activities:

The Road Transport Economist will perform the following tasks:

1.      Review the existing policy brief documents in relation to the RPF rationale and objectives, to policies and regulations in all areas that affects road user charges and RPF funding.

2.      Develop scenarios of tariff variations (fuel tax, vehicle registration, vehicle overloading fines, urban congestion charge, toll road charges, etc.) with associated timeframe, assumptions and risks, and assess pros and cons for different categories of road users, such as the general population, commercial and public transport services heavy transport industry, toll road users, etc.

3.      Based on models and data available at the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) or from other sources, conduct a preliminary assessment of the costs of the scenarios for the road users and the capacity to pay, acknowledging the impacts on stakeholder groups (affordability, behaviour change, markets) and the percentage of road maintenance costs that could be funded by vehicle users in general and by the heavy transport industry in particular.

4.      Based on models and data available at the DGH or from other sources, conduct a preliminary assessment of the benefits for the road users, such as faster or more reliable travel, access to better quality roads, longer road lifecycle, i.e. lowering investments and financing needs, more relevant charges for tolls, safer roads, etc.

5.      From the preliminary assessments results, provide recommendations on the most effective scenarios for introducing and balancing the new RPF charges to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs to the majority of road users, including strategic considerations on climate change, public transport and road safety impacts. Provide a strategy to involve the main contributors of road damage, usually the trucking and extractive industry. Deliver the recommendations at workshops or seminars and draft dissemination materials. Summarize all aspects of the study into a final integrated report including the key findings of the other consultants, with the discussion outcomes, the recommendations and the strategies.

6.      Coordinate with the Public Finance Specialist and the legal expert advising on the revenue sources and taxation instruments, with the road user cost specialists working on KIAT IRAMS-DC activity and with the RPF specialists.

7.      Liaise with KIAT at monthly meetings.

8.      Ensure that consultations, meetings, and decision-making processes include representations of gender

9.      Ensure that all key activities consider opportunities to strengthen Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) outcomes during implementation, and where relevant consider the feasibility of engaging with civil society to enhance these outcomes.

Please copy paste this link to access the Terms of Reference detailing responsibilities and selection:;

About you

Road Transport Economist must bring a deep understanding and/or have experience of:


a.      Master qualifications in economics, transport economics or relevant and related fields.

b.      10 years’ experience in conducting road transport benefits and costs studies.

c.      Excellent report writing skills in Bahasa Indonesia.

d.      Ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders.

e.      Good knowledge of Indonesia’s transport framework.

f.       Excellent understanding of role of road preservation in reducing road capital investments needs

g.      Good knowledge of transport sector financing schemes and needs.



i.       Experience with trucking industry transport practices.

j.       Good verbal skills in English.

k.      Experience in preparing road and transport policy documents



Based on KIAT established rates. Successful Indonesian nationals will be engaged under a Short Term Local Independent Contractor Agreement in IDR and will be subject to Indonesian employment regulations and tax obligations.


Why join KIAT?

The Australia Indonesia Infrastructure Partnership (Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastruktur - KIAT) offers meaningful opportunities for each individual member of our team to grow, make an impact and leave a legacy for local communities, globally.


By joining KIAT, you will be part of an environment where you can collaborate with leading experts from diverse backgrounds, access development programs to achieve your career goals, and be challenged to take a global outlook.


How to apply

1.    CV

2.    Statement (of up to 1,000 words) addressing the candidate’s skills and experience, and outlining the relevance to the role

3.    Two referee names, position details and contact information

4.    Please apply from the following link :;


Closing Date

The position closes on 5 August 2021


About Cardno

We are a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.


Notice to recruitment agencies: Please note that Cardno does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or recruitment agencies.

Cardno is an equal opportunity employer.

Cardno is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our international development programs. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect this commitment and may include relevant criminal record checks.

Cardno is committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection and bribery prevention. We want to engage with the right people to deliver our client programs. As part of our approach you will be subjected to formal background screening, criminal record checks, employment verification, and periodic compliance checks. All Cardno staff receive safety, compliance and safeguards training and are responsible for contributing to a safer working culture.

Due to the anticipated volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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