Research Manager (Infrastructure)

 Research Manager (Infrastructure)


Program Background

The Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastruktur (KIAT) is a 10-year facility supported by the Australian Government and implemented by Cardno. KIAT’s overarching goal is to support ‘sustainable and inclusive economic growth through improved access to infrastructure for all people’. To support this goal, KIAT works with the Government of Indonesia (GoI), Government of Australia (GoA), the private sector, Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and other development partners, as well as civil society to help achieve the following outcomes:

1.          Improved GoI policy and regulatory framework for infrastructure development 

2.          High quality projects prepared and financed by GoI, the private sector and / or MDBs

3.          High quality infrastructure delivery, management, and maintenance by GoI

4.          Infrastructure policies, design and delivery are more inclusive for women and people with disabilities.

The initial focus of KIAT is on the following areas: Water and Sanitation; Transport; Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI); and Infrastructure Funding and Financing.

The role

The purpose of the Research Manager (Infrastructure) is to enable and support KIAT to provide high-quality research and analysis on the Indonesian infrastructure, to inform the design and effective delivery of KIAT activities as well as to support engagement with GoI counterparts on key policy areas.

This role also involves the following key activities:

The key activities for the positions are:

  • In close consultation with KIAT advisors and KIAT technical directorates, develop a research agenda and annual research plan for the Facility as the basis for further discussions and agreement with DFAT
  • Lead the implementation of the research program as identified and agreed, including ad hoc research priorities as directed
  • Coordinate and manage the development of quarterly infrastructure briefs on agreed topics, including supporting analysis and drafting as required
  • Coordinate the scoping, design, procurement, and contracting of individual research activities within the research program
  • Advise on and quality assure the design and implementation of research work carried out by subcontracts or short-term consultants
  • Advise on resourcing requirements across the KIAT portfolio to accommodate additional research work as required
  • Identify opportunities for innovative policy research in the infrastructure sector, including related to economic analysis and big data
  • Liaise with relevant research organisations in Indonesia and Australia focussed on infrastructure issues
  • Coordinate internally with the KIAT Performance Team and Communications team on the visualisation of data, M&E results, and research findings for inclusion within KIAT reporting as well as stand-alone policy briefs
  • Produce content for use in KIAT communications materials
  • Represent the Facility in meetings as directed by the Deputy Director (Strategic Planning and Performance), including in forums for the presentation of research findings
  • Ensure that consultations, meetings, and decision-making processes include representations of gender
  • Ensure that the design and implementation of all research activities appropriately considers Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI).

Please copy paste this link to access the Terms of Reference detailing responsibilities and selection:

About you

You will be a motivated and proactive Research Manager (Infrastructure) with the right combination of great project administration and operations, teamwork, and a commitment to technical excellence.

You have the following selection criteria:


  • Postgraduate qualifications (Masters or PhD) in economics, management, public policy, or other relevant discipline
  • At least 5 years’ experience in designing, conducting, commissioning, or managing academic or policy research
  • Demonstrated prior academic or consulting experience in research design and quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Experience in synthesising and communicating research results for senior-decision-makers
  • Ability to work independently and to tight deadlines
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills in English and ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds


  • A demonstrated understanding of the Indonesian infrastructure sector including relevant laws, policies, regulations and the political economy of the sector
  • Knowledge and awareness of the different needs of traditionally disadvantaged infrastructure stakeholders such as women, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special mobility needs
  • A record of achievement in research and publication related to the assignment
  • Verbal and written communication in Bahasa Indonesia

Qualified female candidates and candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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

Why join KIAT?

The Australia Indonesia Infrastructure Partnership (Kemitraan Indonesia Australia untuk Infrastruktur - KIAT) offers meaningful opportunities for each individual member of our team to grow, make an impact and leave a legacy for local communities, globally.

By joining KIAT, you will be part of an environment where you can collaborate with leading experts from diverse backgrounds, access development programs to achieve your career goals, and be challenged to take a global outlook.

How to apply
  1. CV
  2. Cover letter addressing selection criteria
  3. Names and contact information of two (2) refereesPlease apply from the following link : Research Manager (Infrastructure) | Jobs at CDDID (


Closing Date

The position closes on 19 July 2022


About Cardno

We are a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.

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Cardno is an equal opportunity employer.

Cardno is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our international development programs. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect this commitment and may include relevant criminal record checks.

Cardno is committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection and bribery prevention. We want to engage with the right people to deliver our client programs. As part of our approach you will be subjected to formal background screening, criminal record checks, employment verification, and periodic compliance checks. All Cardno staff receive safety, compliance and safeguards training and are responsible for contributing to a safer working culture.

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