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AIPEID Program Recruitment Unit
About the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to
advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This
involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s
prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid
programs and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.
The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to
the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian
government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of
global, regional, and bilateral interests.
Australia and Indonesia have an effective development partnership that
is boosting economic growth and tackling poverty, improving health and
education outcomes, and strengthening democracy, justice and governance.
About Australia’s Development Partnership in Indonesia
The overarching goal of Australia’s development partnership with
Indonesia is to boost inclusive growth and productive jobs by improving
Indonesia’s competitiveness through strengthening the impact of
Indonesia’s own resources. Three objectives will contribute to this
• Effective economic institutions and infrastructure,
• Human development for a productive and healthy society
• An inclusive society through effective governance.
About the position
One of Australia’s development partnerships is the Australia Indonesia
Partnership on Emerging Infectious Diseases (AIPEID). This program has
been working since 2011 to build the capacity of the Indonesian
Government’s animal health system to prevent, detect and control
emerging infectious diseases, including diseases in humans that
originate from animals. Improvements to animal health in Indonesia have
economic benefits to Indonesia through increased profitability for
production of food from animals and decreasing the impact of animal
diseases (such as rabies, avian influenza, and brucellosis) on human
AIPEID is managed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
(DAWR). The AIPEID team is located in the Indonesian Ministry for
Agriculture in Jakarta, and in the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. The
program has been funded to continue until 30 June 2018. A focus of the
program is to support the design, development, implementation and
evaluation of activities on Indonesia’s national animal health
information system, iSIKHNAS. For more information on iSIKHNAS, see: wiki.isikhnas.com.
The AIPEID program is seeking an enthusiastic and creative technical
program officer with skills in digital communications. We want to
improve iSIKHNAS user engagement, and enhance the accessibility and
useability of animal health and production related data. We also want to
inspire users to independently access and make use of the wide range of
associated resources within iSIKHNAS. Users include animal health
officers in central, provincial and district government, as well as
farmers and other livestock workers.
iSIKHNAS, is one of the most advanced integrated animal health
information systems in the world but users in the field need more
support and obvious incentives to use the data for good decision-making
and action. We want to improve overall engagement in this important work
of thousands of staff working throughout Indonesia.
The successful candidate will be embedded within the Indonesian Ministry
for Agriculture in Ragunan, Jakarta. They will be part of the
government team responsible for managing the information system (the
‘iSIKHNAS Champions’) and work closely with AIPEID personnel,
consultants and government counterparts.
The position is for a period of 12 months from the date of commencement.
The position will work closely with the AIPEID Team Leader and the
Senior Technical Program Officer. The key responsibilities of the
• Collaborate with AIPEID program personnel and government
counterparts to develop a clear digital communications strategy informed
by a recent evaluation and government priorities and capacity and
guided by resource availability.
• Propose, develop, and implement simple but effective
strategies to significantly increase and enhance the diffusion of
information available, for example, frontend website innovations (eg
WordPress add-ons) and marketing-style automations.
• Design and implement a suite of creative, sustainable, and
affordable techniques to improve the accessibility of information and
resources and the visualisation and dissemination of available online
data, including the creative use of Facebook, open forums, and
specialist chat rooms.
• In close collaboration with epidemiologists and other data
specialists, develop and implement novel and sustainable mechanisms to
demystify data, attract users to its potential and demonstrate in
practical terms how the good use of data can improve their work and
outcomes for farmers and Indonesia’s animal health status.
• In collaboration with counterparts, write short articles, news
stories, interest pieces of relevance to users as content for website
• Offer advice and support to staff in preparation for workshops, socialisation events and meetings.
• Transfer your skills to your counterparts while you work so
that one or more can gradually take over the tasks you initiate,
continue the work with confidence. At the end of the twelve-month
contract it is hoped that the strategy and skills you have created and
imparted can be carried on by counterparts.
• Minimum of 3 years on relevant and professional experience
including extensive knowledge of and experience in digital
communications, social media management, website content management and
• Higher degree in communications, IT, public relations,
behaviour change, journalism or marketing. Science degrees with
additional digital marketing experience will be considered.
• Demonstrated effective use of digital and social media tools
in creative information dissemination services and behaviour change.
• Proven experience in producing and/or managing digital campaigns and creative information dissemination strategies.
• Outstanding communication skills (written and spoken) in Bahasa Indonesia.
• Confident spoken and written English language skills.
• Insightfulness and a real desire to get the best outcomes even with limited resources.
• Confidence, enthusiasm, and energy to bring about real behavioural change.
• Experience working with a widely dispersed and highly varied
user base and an appreciation for rural Indonesia and the interests of
• Experience in training and in producing materials for training, presentation, promotional and informative purposes.
• Knowledge of and experience in sciences, health, animal health or agricultural sector is preferred.
• Multidisciplinary skills including working with video, sound and image media.
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Have ability and willingness to work with limited supervision but with high levels of collaboration.
• Experience working in a multinational environment is preferred.
Please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject: Digital Communication Specialist. Deadline for submission is 14 March 2017.