Southeast Asia Specialist, Jakarta At UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Closing date: Thursday, 6 July 2023

Job Identification : 11661

Locations : Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia

Posting Date : 06/22/2023, 09:53 AM

Apply Before : 07/06/2023, 04:59 PM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNCDF

Grade : NB5

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Management

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English and Bahasa Indonesia

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to inclusive finance and investment capital. UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia and the Pacific, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or crisis. It can provide seed capital both grants and loans as well as technical support that will improve poor peoples’ lives. Established by the General Assembly in 1966 and with headquarters in New York, UNCDF is an autonomous UN organization affiliated with UNDP.

UNCDF hosts the Secretariat of the Better Than Cash Alliance.

The Better Than Cash Alliance is a partnership of 80 governments, companies and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty, drive inclusive growth and accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Billions of dollars in cash payments and transfers are made daily in emerging and developing economies, including payment of salaries, social welfare and relief, payments to suppliers, remittances, etc. The problems with these cash payments include a lack of transparency, accountability and security, as well as inefficiency. Furthermore, the individuals who receive the cash payments are often part of the 1.7 billion excluded from the formal financial sector. This means they are excluded from access to a range of appropriate and affordable financial services to help them save safely, take advantage of economic opportunities and reduce their vulnerability to risk.

Shifting these payments from cash to digital has the potential to improve the lives of low- income people, particularly women -who are twice as likely to be excluded from the financial system, while giving governments, the development community and the private sector a more transparent, time and cost efficient, and often safer means of disbursing payments. Digitizing payments can also contribute to women’s economic participation by providing them with more control over family finances, increasing personal security, and improving economic opportunities.

The Alliance Secretariat works with its members to navigate their digitization journeys, by:

  •  Providing advisory services based on member priorities
  •  Sharing action-oriented research and fostering peer learning
  •  Conducting advocacy at national, regional and global levels

The Better Than Cash Alliance Secretariat Core Values:

  •  Achieving together
  •  Striving for excellence
  •  Service oriented
  •  Results oriented

Duties and Responsibilities

The NPSA holder will be reporting directly to the Southeast Asia Lead at the Alliance. Given the global nature of the Alliance’s work, the NPSA holder is also expected to work closely and under the direction of the Deputy Managing Director and the Global Corporate Lead.

Under the supervision and direction of the Southeast Asia Lead, key responsibilities are as follows:

  •  Support the Alliance’s advisory and advocacy initiatives at multilateral forums in Southeast Asia, including ASEAN under the Indonesian Chair in 2023
  •  Provide high quality coordination and implementation support for Alliance advisory and advocacy in Southeast Asia, with focus on Indonesia
  •  Support the up-to-date analysis of digital payments ecosystem development in Southeast Asia and to facilitate in-country missions by non-resident Alliance team in Indonesia

Under the supervision of the South-East Asia Lead, the Southeast Asia Senior Analyst will be responsible for ensuring technical support to the implementation, and coordination, of the overall strategy for the Better Than Cash Alliance in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Indonesia. Elaboration of the key responsibilities are as follows: Support the Alliance’s advisory and advocacy initiatives at multilateral forums in Southeast Asia, including ASEAN under the Indonesian Chair in 2023

  •  Support the definition and delivery of planned research outputs for the ASEAN Working Committee on Financial Inclusion (WC-FINC)by managing external research firm/ consultants
  •  Work in close collaboration with the Fiscal Policy Office at the Ministry of Finance to (i) ensure initiative workplan is consistent with timelines and meetings of the WC-FINC in 2023 and (ii) support the incorporation of feedback from relevant agencies/ministries within the Indonesian Government
  •  Prepare background briefs or speaking points for the participation of Alliance management in related and relevant ASEAN meetings/side-events
  •  Organize as needed, and attend internal meetings and consultations, brainstorming sessions and preparing briefing notes for intra and inter-agency follow-ups
  •  Advocate within the Government of Indonesia to incorporate responsible digital payments priorities in other relevant working groups within ASEAN

Provide high quality implementation support for Alliance advisory and advocacy in Southeast Asia, with focus on Indonesia, including but not limited to:

  •  Support discussions with Governments and corporate members as well as the broader private sector and other development actors on priority digital payment use-cases currently identified as merchant, wages, agriculture value chains (cocoa, coffee) and tax as identifies in the Indonesia country strategy
  •  Act as the key country focal point for the implementation of Alliance initiatives in Indonesia to advance the UN responsible principles for digital payments, Reaching financial equality and/or other topics requested by members including but not limited to:
  •  Manage ongoing initiatives including respective task creation and management on the Asana platform used by the Secretariat
  •  Identify follow-up and supplementary opportunities with Alliance members following initial research or advocacy outputs
  •  Organize peer learning exchanges and facilitate bilateral meetings/discussions between Alliance members in Southeast Asia with other regions to increase digital payments capabilities and to share good practices from the region
  •  Provide general project management including:
    •  Draft concept notes, preparing presentations and related documents for Alliance internal approval processes.
    •  support on procurement process for external consultants, including the drafting the scope of work, supporting the tasks relating to selection process
    •  periodical tracking/reporting of Alliance activities with members, to ensure documenting of information and on-time implementation of agreed workplans
    •  monitor key indicators to feed into internal and donor reports.
    •  Working closely with the Asia Communications Specialist, support the organization and logistics of events and webinars and communications outreach related to Alliance advocacy and advisory in Indonesia

Support the up-to-date analysis of digital payments ecosystem development in Southeast Asia and to facilitate in-country missions by non-resident Alliance team in Indonesia

  •  Update the Southeast Asia Lead and the broader Alliance team on the latest developments and news on digital payments, digital financial services and financial inclusion in Indonesia through proactive sharing on emails or on social media and to conduct more in-depth research on selected topics as required
  •  Mission support to the Alliance team in Indonesia including logistics where required and preparation of briefing notes for meetings
  •  Working closely with the Asia Communications Specialist to monitor and identify advocacy opportunities for the Alliance Secretariat and members for example conferences, multi-lateral meetings and other events, social media, press and news media


Core competencies:

  •  Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  •  Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  •  Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  •  Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  •  Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  •  Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  •  Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies


  •  Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
  •  Working with Evidence and Data: Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making
  •  Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need

Technical Digital & Innovation

  •  Digital thought leadership: Ongoing research into emerging technologies and digital trends and the applications, risks, and opportunities associated with digital adoption, combined with the ability to communicate this synthesis with a broad audience

Technical External Relations & Advocacy (General)

  •  Event planning and execution: Ability to plan, manage and execute of public and private events to ensure that they support and amplify individual communications and advocacy initiatives, as well as UNDP’s overall brand and mandate

Technical Partnership management

  •  Relationship management: Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding

Technical 2030 Agenda

  •  Gender: Women’s Economic Empowerment, including labour issues

Required Skills and Experience


  •  An advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in in public /business administration, finance, economics, international affairs, development, political science, or other relevant fields is required


  •  Minimum 5 years (with masters) of relevant professional experience, in digital payments, financial services, financial inclusion, economic development. Demonstrable experience in multilateral, government relations or inter-government processes in Indonesia and Minimum 5 years of experience conducting research or direct implementation of projects on digital payments as well as broader knowledge and public and private sector networks in digital financial services and financial inclusion, with a strong gender lens are required
  •  Working knowledge of current developments in payment technologies, including innovative payment methods (e.g., digital government, mobile financial services, pre-paid/reloadable/other cards, etc.) and practical knowledge of digital payments and digital financial inclusion is essential.
  •  Understanding of key issues and international good practice relating digital payments with a focus on inclusion and challenges in rural areas and underserved customer segments such as farmers, merchants and MSMEs.
  •  Solid skills in policy analysis, market research and data analysis/management (spreadsheets, data visualization tools like Tableau, etc.) and ability to review data, identify and adjust discrepancies.
  •  Impeccable diplomatic skills, particularly in working with governments of emerging economies in the Asia Pacific.
  •  Excellent presentation and representation skills in multicultural contexts
  •  Demonstrated excellent writing, editing and communications skills to an international standard including correspondence, reports, talking points and briefing material is essential.
  •  Computer literacy, including familiarity with spread sheets and power point presentations essential
  •  Relevant experience in Southeast Asia.
  •  Strong network within Indonesian Government and the Financial Services Supply-Side.
  •  Experience in organizing of high-level meetings with networks to local partners in public relations and event management.
  •  Demonstrates a high degree of initiative and independence in delivering required outputs within tight timeframes, exercising problem solving skills while at the same time demonstrating flexibility and the ability to get the job done effectively.
  •  Demonstrates the ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi- ethnic environment.
  •  Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  •  Previous experience in organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities.
  •  Social media management and experience with communications and design software e.g. CANVA, Mailchimp

Required languages:

  •  Fluency in English and Bahasa Indonesia, both oral and written, is required.


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