Vacancy: Explore4Action (E4A) Program Coordinator


Time allocation: 70% for E4A & 30% for Quality & Development and resource mobilization for Rutgers Indonesia

Rutgers WPF Indonesia is working to address various challenges and problems faced by young people regarding their sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing. We do this amongst others, through empowering them through comprehensive sexuality education. Sexuality is not necessarily about sex, but also related to health, being comfortable with their body, as well as respecting other people’s rights. Comprehensive refers to providing accurate and complete information and building skills that help young people to develop their knowledge and behavior so they are aware of their own health and sexual development, and respect other people’s rights. CSE needs to be attractive and conducted using creative approaches to meet the different needs of youth tailored to their age. Rutgers approach to programmes include research, M&E, advocacy and knowledge management.

Explore4Action is a pioneering 4-year research programme aiming to understand how sexual and reproductive health attitudes, behaviours and outcomes change over time in Indonesian adolescents and how they are impacted by Rutgers’ reproductive health education for 12-14 year olds, SETARA. The programme includes a research and an advocacy part. The research part consists of three research tracks: (i) the Global Early Adolescent Study – a longitudinal study focusing on 10-14 year olds, (ii) qualitative research involving young people as co-researchers and (iii) implementation research exploring the factors needed for successful implementation and scale-up of reproductive health education in Indonesia. In collaboration with Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), local branches of PKBI and schools, evidence will be gathered in three sites in Central Java, Lampung and Bali. The advocacy part of E4A involves working with local and national stakeholders to use the evidence generated by the research to make the case for better services and health education for young people in Indonesia.

Rutgers is seeking a Program Coordinator (PC) to coordinate the Explore4Action programme, including managing the budget, program implementation, leading monitoring and evaluation processes and leading the development and implementation of advocacy strategies. The PC will also have a role in quality control and development and resource mobilisation outside E4A.

Explore4Action Program Coordinator (PC)

Job Description

Main tasks and responsibilities

Project management
• Coordination of strategies and activities under Explore4Action.
• Timely and quality project management including budget management, M&E and reporting

● Collaboration and communication with the international partners (Rutgers Netherlands, Johns Hopkins University, Karolinska Institute); participation in the international E4A coordinating council.
● Ensure alignment of E4A with Rutgers’ central approaches of meaningful youth participation and a positive Rights Based Approach, e.g. through capacity building visits to partners and local research teams
● Ensure alignment of E4A with other Rutgers programs
● Ensure quality collaboration with and delivery by E4A partners on research, advocacy and dissemination activities

Monitoring, evaluation and learning
• Responsible for documentation, monitoring and evaluation of E4A advocacy processes and results. This includes annual evaluation with key stakeholders on how they value their engagement in the E4A program and the E4A findings
● Monitor and evaluate with the youth researchers and youth advocates how they value their engagement in the project and when needed work with their supervisors to improve or optimize their meaningful engagement
● Produce quality project documentation and reports in English
● Facilitate learning and improvement process with PKBI’s and youth fora, and within Rutgers

● Manage the contract with UGM at national level together with Rutgers WPF Indonesia Research focal point.
● Support UGM in aligning research design, methods and analysis with principles of a positive Rights Based Approach and meaningful youth participation
● Provide technical support to site research teams during qualitative data collection, ensuring quality in-depth interviewing/focus group discussions, and child/youth friendly participatory methods.
● Provide technical support for qualitative data analysis and interpretation
● Support research teams to engage positively with local partners and schools and create a safe arena for meaningful youth engagement

● Support the Advocacy Focal Point in the development of a national joint advocacy strategy and planning and organisation of central knowledge exchange activities
● Coordinate local advocacy at the three sites including cultivating relationships with key local stakeholders and youth advocates, and proactively work with PKBI Directors to develop, facilitate and deliver advocacy strategies using the evidence from E4A
● Facilitate processes to optimize stakeholder ownership over data and utilisation of research findings to scale up ASRHR strategies in Indonesia
● Identify, support and build capacity of youth advocates to be involved in E4A advocacy and research utilisation activities.
● Support and encourage the documentation of local advisory committee meetings and local advocacy processes
● Support the development of messages, materials and tools for stakeholders to use in their work to promote ASRH strategies
● Play an active role in dissemination and public events

Resource mobilization
● Support Rutgers WPF Indonesia management team in resource mobilization including identifying potential funding opportunities, cultivating relationships with donors and writing and submitting grant proposals.

Quality control and Intervention Development
● Support Rutgers WPF Indonesia management team with quality control of programs ; integration of evidence and lessons from E4A into other programs and to use for program/intervention development.

Person specification
• Excellent project management skills and experience of managing complex projects with multiple international partners, preferably experience of managing advocacy and/or research projects
• Proven experience in qualitative research with experience of participatory methods a strong asset
• Proven experience of advocacy with existing relevant networks a strong asset

• Experience in preparing monitoring reports for international donors
• Commitment to Rutgers’ central approaches of meaningful youth participation and a positive Rights Based Approach
• Experience of line management of staff, experience of remote management an asset
• Excellent interpersonal, communication and diplomatic skills. Proven leadership and strategic thinking skills
• Good understanding and supportive of young people’s role in research and advocacy, ability to create safe arena for young people to contribute to E4A outcomes.
• Fluency in English both oral and written is a MUST.

Terms of employment
The appointment is a full-time position of 40 hours per week. We offer a one-year contract with possibility of extension. The post holder will be based at Rutgers WPF Indonesia office in Jakarta with frequent travel to the three research sites in Central Java, Lampung and Bali.


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