Fiscal Transfer Manager


Location Jakarta, Indonesia
APPLICATIONS CLOSE 19th October 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

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The Role
The Fiscal Transfer Manager will be responsible for providing managerial assistance and ensuring quality results of the fiscal transfer management, from the national government to subnational governments. The Manager for fiscal transfer provides technical support, facilitation and activity management focusing on fiscal transfer at the national and subnational level, that contribute to SKALA program objectives and outcomes. To ensure coherence and synergy in achieving program objective, the Manager for fiscal transfer will work collaboratively with other managers and their teams at the national and subnational level and engage and work with the Government of Indonesia (GoI) and DFAT to ensure planning and implementation is based on the priorities and agenda set by program governance structures. 

Under direction from the PFM Lead, the Manager for fiscal transfer will work with the Leadership Team, Operations & Finance Team, Planning & Quality Team, and Performance & Learning Team to ensure SKALA is delivered efficiently and effectively.  The Manager for fiscal transfer will be accountable to the PFM Lead for fiscal transfer management, working with the DT-Global Contractor Representative to ensure that work plans align with DT-Global, DFAT and best practice principles and policies.

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Specific Responsibilities 

The key roles and responsibilities of the position are to provide the following: 


  • Provide assistance to policy engagements relating to SKALA’s fiscal transfer with GoI agencies. 
  • Ensure strong ownership and buy-in at the national and subnational level of SKALA – particularly with regards to fiscal transfer. 
  • Manage an effective working relationship with DFAT, GoI and other strategic partners. 
  • Provide active support to ensure governance mechanisms are functioning and follow direction from the Program Steering Committee and Technical Committee. 
  • Develop strong and productive working relationships with other organisations delivering Australian investments and programs in Indonesia. 
  • Promote broad-based public dialogue on key themes including poverty and community development / decentralisation issues. 

Implementation and quality assurance

  • Assist design of workplan and activities on fiscal transfer to ensure the team’s activities are aligned with Government of Australia (GoA) and GoI priorities, SKALA’s program logic and DFAT priorities. 
  • Provide management assistance to the implementation of SKALA’s activities related to fiscal transfer at the national and subnational level, as agreed to in the workplan.  
  • Provide technical oversight and quality assurance for the delivery of fiscal transfer related activities. 
  • Promote synergies across teams and units at the national and subnational level, ensuring program coherence and cohesion across outcomes and between central level policy investments and sub national activities. 


  • Provide clear direction and overall management to fiscal transfer related works, both at the national and subnational levels, to ensure strong performance and outcomes. 
  • Ensure adequate resourcing and capacities for all implementation teams, both at the national and subnational levels.  
  • Manage financial resources related to fiscal transfer work, responsible for managing the budget, and regularly providing a realistic forecast. 
  • Provide timely and quality reports, documentation and knowledge products, as required. 
  • Working with Ops & Finance Team Operations & Finance Team to oversee aspects of Program implementation, including HR, procurement, fiduciary and risk management processes.  
  • Working with Planning & Quality Team to ensure quality of planning, implementation and outcomes. 
  • Working with Performance & Learning Team to develop a program of evaluation and analysis relevant to the three end-of-program outcomes. 

People Management

  • Provide assistance to PFM Unit to ensure program activities are undertaken as per work plan, on time, of good quality, within budget and compliant with relevant manuals, policies and procedures.
  •  Responsible for assistance in setting performance goals for PFM Unit both at team and individual level; undertake regular performance monitoring; provide appropriate performance feedback; and, if needed, initiate and manage Performance Improvement Plan for relevant team members. 
  • Assist in the need of skill development and mentoring plans with the PFM Unit to build capacity in areas of identified need to support improved Program implementation. 

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 the relevant 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 will work closely and effectively with a range of stakeholders, including all other Program staff, the DT Global corporate team and other external service providers. The position will report to the PFM Lead. 

Selection Criteria 


  • A degree in a relevant field (economics, public finance, public policy). A Master’s degree is preferable. 
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience in public finance, governance, or decentralisation. 
  • Experience working with the Government of Indonesia and experience with decentralisation law (UU 23/2014 and UU 33/2004) and with HKPD Law (UU 1/2022) is seen as an advantage. 
  • Management experience and ability to direct a team, set priorities and monitor progress.  
  • Written and verbal communication skills of a high order.  
  • Ability to develop good drafts of reports and analyses in a clear, concise and convincing manner. 
  • Interpersonal communication skills of a high order able to forge relations easily with a range of stakeholders including for example civil society, government, donors, development partners and the private sector.  
  • Experience in day-to-day management of grantees/sub-contractors in terms of relationship management, quality control and budget management. 
  • Fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English.  
  • Understanding of gender equality and social inclusion issues 


  •  A demonstrated understanding of the Indonesian decentralisation processes including relevant laws, policies, regulations and the political economy of the sector.
  • Knowledge and awareness of the different needs of traditionally disadvantaged stakeholders such as women, the elderly, vulnerable and people with disabilities or special mobility needs. 

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 selection criteria

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 19th October 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.

Sinergi dan Kolaborasi untuk Akselerasi Layanan Dasar (SKALA) adalah Program Kemitraan Australia-Indonesia untuk mendukung Pemerintah Indonesia dalam upaya mengurangi kemiskinan dan ketimpangan dengan meningkatkan penyediaan layanan dasar bagi masyarakat miskin dan rentan di daerah tertinggal.


Sinergi dan Kolaborasi untuk Akselerasi Layanan Dasar (SKALA) adalah Program Kemitraan Australia-Indonesia untuk mendukung Pemerintah Indonesia dalam upaya mengurangi kemiskinan dan ketimpangan dengan meningkatkan penyediaan layanan dasar bagi masyarakat miskin dan rentan di daerah tertinggal.


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