Chief Country Representative - Indonesia (Jakarta)

Reports to: Senior Vice-President/Regional Managing Director

Based in: Jakarta, Indonesia

Role Summary

The Chief Country Representative for Indonesia is the Council’s Chief Representative in Indonesia and its primary liaison with the Indonesian Government, the ASEAN Secretariat and the U.S. diplomatic presence in Indonesia (Embassy and Consulates), and reports to the Senior Vice President/Regional Managing Director who is responsible for evaluating his or her progress against objectives and performance.  S/he manages the Council’s Jakarta office.  S/he is expected to have existing high- and working-level contacts in the Indonesian Government before starting the role and have the ability to develop those contacts further, especially in the key Economic Ministries, including the Ministry of Trade, the Ministry of Finance, the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy and BKPM, and the commissions of Parliament, soon after joining the Council.  In addition, s/he is expected to develop a broad range of contacts with leading business executives, academics, think tank leaders and the media in Indonesia.  In conjunction with the Senior Vice President/Regional Managing Director and the Director and Senior Manager for ASEAN Affairs, the Chief Country Representative will support the Council’s engagement with the ASEAN Secretariat.  The Chief Country Representative must  be familiar with the key media outlets and monitor them in Bahasa Indonesia and English daily, knowing in detail the current priority business, trade and investment issues for the Council’s member companies.  S/he must be the Council’s expert on Indonesia on the ground in Jakarta and will help drive Council strategy and advocacy efforts.  S/he must interact regularly the Council’s Indonesia Committee leadership and its Washington, DC-based Indonesia Director and Senior Managers, as well as with Council members based in Indonesia, in other parts of ASEAN or Asia and in the United States.  S/he also must manage the Council’s Indonesia Country Representative, Associate and Administrative Assistant, and coordinate activity with the Senior Manager for ASEAN Affairs and the SME Initiative Manager and intern, ensuring the small Jakarta team works efficiently and effectively. 

Responsibilities

  • Represent the Council in Indonesia to the Government of Indonesia, Council members, potential members, the U.S. Embassy and other associations or industry organizations.
  • Manage the Council’s Jakarta Office with overall responsibility for its administrative functions, budget, events, business missions, roundtables, meetings and other on-the-ground activities.  Identify potential programs of value to members and take the lead on planning and executing all Jakarta-based programming.
  • Represent the Council at third-party events, briefings and meetings in Indonesia.
  • Regularly (at least weekly) report to Regional Council headquarters in Singapore and headquarters in Washington, DC about key events, briefings and meetings.  
  • Work closely with the Senior Vice President/Regional Managing Director, Vice President-Policy, Indonesia Director, Indonesia Senior Manager and the Indonesia Country Representative on all issues, strategy and advocacy efforts in Indonesia.
  • Establish a working relationship with relevant Indonesian government officials, business leaders, academics, think tanks and media.     
  • Conduct regular meetings with Council Members in Indonesia as well as those based elsewhere to determine their needs and provide assistance as necessary.
  • Work closely with the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia to ensure that Council members’ issues are understood by and their efforts coordinated with Embassy officials.
  • Coordinate with other American and Indonesian organizations in Jakarta where appropriate.
  • Track Indonesia business, trade and investment issues in the English- and Bahasa Indonesia-language press as well as in international publications.  
  • In conjunction with the Indonesia Director, Senior Managers, Country Representative and Associate, produce Indonesia Country Updates and media summaries once a week on key issues important to Council members.  The media summaries should include reviews of the major Bahasa Indonesia press (Kompas, Suara Pembaruan, etc.) with summaries of major articles.
  • In conjunction with the Indonesia Director, Senior Managers, Country Representative and Associate, organize and execute an annual Indonesia Business Mission as well as smaller industry-specific missions, including scheduling, planning and arranging all logistics and helping prepare issue briefings for members and government officials.
  • Arrange meeting requests with Indonesian government officials and other officials in Indonesia for Council members as well as Council management.
  • In conjunction with the Senior Vice President/Regional Managing Director and the Director and Senior Manager for ASEAN Affairs, work with the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta to help move Council initiatives, objectives and programs forward.
  • Oversee the work of five staff, and invest in their involvement in priority aspects of the Indonesia program and their professional growth.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in Business Administration, International Relations, Political Science, East Asian Studies or a related field.  A Masters Degree a major plus.
  • Exposure to American companies and/or education in the USA preferred.
  • Visa that allows work in Indonesia (if applicable).
  • 10-15 years of work experience ideally in government, government relations, research, business development and/or multinational management.
  • Must have significant and demonstrated experience in successfully managing people and budgets.
  • Must be able to work independently without significant direction and achieve concrete results.
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented and be able to successfully handle multiple tasks at the same time and function in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be willing to work beyond normal business hours in order to speak with colleagues in the United States, participate in regular staff calls and consult with Council members based in the the U.S. and other parts of Asia.
  • Needs to be member-focused and maintain good and open working relationships with the Council’s 150+ member companies and their representatives.
  • Fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English with excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Should be able to demonstrate the ability to produce high-quality English-language publications.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Must have good research skills and be able to learn and absorb quickly.
  • Must understand and abide by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States and have high ethical standards.
  • Must be able to interact with all organizational levels including senior management of member companies, senior Indonesian business leaders, senior government leaders, academics, think tanks and media.
  • Must have a good sense of logistics and ability to plan, run and execute programs.
  • Must be a strategic thinker who understands key variables and can execute a plan to move members’ issues forward. 
  • Needs to have a thorough knowledge of Southeast Asia, including its history, culture, politics, and business environment, and how Indonesia fits into it.
  • Knowledge of ASEAN as an organization and its key programs and players is a plus.

Application Procedures

Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@usasean.org