Research Manager (Economist)


Location Jakarta, Indonesia
APPLICATIONS CLOSE – 12th July 2023, 5 PM Jakarta time.

Program Background
The SKALA Program is a significant Australian investment designed to help Indonesia address regional disparities in development. SKALA will contribute to this objective by strengthening selected elements of Indonesia’s large and complex decentralised government system responsible for the delivery of basic services (Layanan Dasar). The SKALA Program’s core approach is to facilitate better collaboration (Kolaborasi) between Indonesian government stakeholders, at national and subnational levels, to help realise synergies (Sinergi) that will trigger improved service delivery. Moreover, SKALA will build on, and take to scale, the successes and learning from Australia’s previous 17 years of support to Indonesia’s decentralised government system. The SKALA Program is to be implemented through the following three pillars:

  • Pillar 1: Stronger national level enabling environment for sub-national service delivery
  • Pillar 2: Better sub-national governance for service delivery
  • Pillar 3: Greater participation, representation and influence for women, people with disabilities and vulnerable groups

About DT Global
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The Role
The Research Manager (Economist) is a member of the SKALA Performance and Learning Team and will work closely with the Performance & Learning (P&L) Director and the Research Lead in supporting the consistent and high-quality implementation of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) system across the program.

Along with the Research Lead, the Research Manager (Economist) will provide research support for SKALA activities, both at the national level and in all subnational work areas. The Research Manager will work to ensure SKALA’s Research agenda execution and maintaining a strong MERL Community of Practice. During the MERL inception phase (to December 2023), the Research Manager will assist the P&L Director and the Research Lead, along with the MERL team to develop and consolidate the SKALA MEL system and helps deliver the various MERL-related products that need to be developed during that period.

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About You

  • Support the Research Lead in identify, design, manage and quality assure targeted technical studies to inform SKALA’s programming and support SKALA’s implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation system.
  • Manage and coordinate Research STAs and/or sub-contractors/grantees in the research agenda execution, including providing technical oversight and quality assurance of technical experts works and develop research TOR as needed.
  • In collaboration with the broader MERL Team, support the national technical team in the implementation of the MERL Plan, in line with identified needs.
  • Work and coordinate with SKALA’s MEL team to ensure smooth coordination, communication and data sharing between Research team and MEL team.
  • Manage the MERL Community of Practice (including monitoring the vigor of that community and onboarding new members).
  • Manage the MERL Database of Tools and Guidance.
  • Disseminate MERL best practice across SKALA.
  • Provide advice and support to national and provincial MERL staff on all aspects of the MERL system.
  • Support the quality assurance of MERL products.

Other duties

  • Comply with DFAT, DT Global and SKALA policies on gender, disability, fraud and anticorruption, child protection, PSEAH and the environment.
  • Ensure compliance and adherence to various operational policies, guidelines and manuals issued by DT Global and SKALA.
  • Proactively identify and report risks and manage risks within your level of accountability.
  • Undertake other duties as required by the Program

Job Requirements

  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.
  • Work may require long, and flexible hours as needed. Travel is based on need.

Relationship Management
This position reports to the Research Lead and will work closely and effectively with a range of stakeholders, including all other Performance and Learning team, Policy & Quality team, Implementation team, Operations team and the DT Global corporate team.

Selection Criteria
You will be a motivated and proactive research professional with the right combination of technical expertise, experience supporting teams, an attention to detail, and a positive and collaborative attitude.


  • Postgraduate qualifications in social sciences, economics, statistics, public policy, or other relevant disciplines (research and methodological experience required).
  • At least 8 – 10 years in designing, conducting, commissioning, or managing academic or policy research in the field of public sector economics, public financial management, fiscal decentralisation and public governance.
  • Demonstrated experience and strong understanding of Indonesian government architecture and issues related to basic service provision, decentralization, and local governance.
  • Demonstrated prior academic or consulting experience in research design, both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Prior experience in the use of statistical programming and statistical software including open-source software such as R, Python, or Stata.
  • Very good understanding of available Indonesian surveys data sets (eg. Susenas, Podes, Sakernas, Sensus) and demonstrated experience of its utilization for research purposes.
  • Ability to work independently and to meet tight deadlines.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills in English and ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.


  • Prior experience and understanding in utilizing basic statistics, probability, regression, statistical learning, statistical inference is highly desirable.
  • Experience work and/or cooperation with the Government of Indonesia especially Bappenas, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Home Affairs, Local Government at Provincial and District level, and development partners is an advantage.
  • Understanding of the potential use of big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning in the context of improvement of public sector governance is an advantage.

Successful Indonesian nationals will be engaged under a national contract in IDR and will be subject to Indonesian employment regulations and tax obligations.

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Please submit

  1. Your CV
  2. A cover letter addressing the essential selection criteria (maximum 2 pages)
  3. Names and contact details of 2 (two) referees

APPLICATIONS CLOSE – 12th July 2023, 5 PM Jakarta time.

Should this role be of interest, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.  Kindly note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

DT Global is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our international development programs. We are committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), and bribery prevention. DT Global is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage women, men, people with diverse backgrounds and people living with disabilities to apply. This program is funded by the Australian Government and Managed by DT Global.

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