Manager, Indonesia Program (Washington, D.C.)

Reports to: Director

Based in: Washington, D.C.

Role Summary

The Manager of the US-ASEAN Business Council’s Indonesia program is a mid-level position with 3-6 years of internationally-oriented professional experience in either the public or private sector. The incumbent will work with senior experts in Southeast Asia and Washington to develop and lead on-going Council activities involving Indonesia. The successful candidate is expected to be recognized as an expert on Indonesia and track business, economic, trade, investment and political issues in the country. S/he will identify partnership opportunities with relevant stakeholders including the U.S. government, ASEAN governments and other trade/sector-specific organizations and associations. S/he will also identify, monitor and address policy challenges and opportunities affecting those stakeholders. S/he is expected to have some contacts in key government ministries in Indonesia and the ability to develop and grow those contacts further. In addition, s/he is expected to develop contacts with leading business executives, academics, think tank leaders and the media in the United States and throughout the region in the area of energy. S/he will interact regularly with the Council’s Indonesia Committee leadership and with representatives of the Council’s member companies throughout ASEAN, Asia and the United States. The successful candidate will also support other Council programs and initiatives pertaining to specific countries and industry sectors represented by the Council’s members. The incumbent will be based in Washington, DC.


  • Develop and manage Council activities, efforts, reports, studies on Indonesia.
  • In conjunction with Vice President-Policy, the Director and Country Representatives, execute country work plans for Indonesia.
  • Develop a high level of expertise on Indonesian politics, economic, trade and investment issues as well as Indonesian government operations.
  • Design and lead strategic advocacy efforts to address systemic issues, including drafting of letters and white papers and organization and execution of roundtables and other programs
  • Cultivate deep contacts in the Washington, DC community in the Indonesia Embassy, the U.S. Government, think tanks, media and trade associations that focus on Indonesia.  Maintain and update contact list of the same.
  • Represent the Council at Indonesia-focused events, seminars and meetings in Washington and around the United States.
  • Embrace the Council’s members’ interests in Indonesia, and continually update them on key issues and maintain regular contact with executives based in the United States and in Southeast Asia.
  • In conjunction with the Vice President-Policy, the Director and Country Representatives, work with individual members and groups of members to develop strategies to resolve business issues as they arise.
  • Track Indonesia business, trade and investment issues in local in-country press as well as in international publications.
  • Produce regular Country updates for distribution to the Council membership, including tracking legislative initiatives affecting trade and investment, and other economic and political policy developments.
  • Ensure Indonesia web pages on the Council’s website are maintained and updated.
  • Coordinate all events in Washington, DC related to Indonesia, including roundtables, lunches and heads of state dinners.
  • Schedule regular meetings with leadership of the Council’s Indonesia Committee. 
  • Look for and create opportunities for members to derive value from the Council’s Indonesia team.
  • Plan and execute annual Business Missions to Indonesia as well as smaller, industry-focused missions, meetings and events.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in Business Administration, International Relations, Political Science, East Asian Studies or a related field.  A Master’s Degree a major plus.
  • A minimum requirement for this U.S.-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent basis (U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, or Qualifying Asylee/Refugee) and to abide by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States
  • 3-6 years of work experience, ideally in a role involving interaction with Indonesian and ASEAN business leaders and government officials and/or one which had exposure to Indonesian and Southeast Asian or American companies
  • Knowledge of Indonesia including its history, culture, politics, press and business environment
  • Proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing programs and budgets, and tracking and advocating on key policy issues
  • 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 Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia, participate in regular staff calls and consult with Council members based in 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 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 Windows Office software including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Must have good research skills and be able to learn and absorb quickly
  • Must be able to interact with all organizational levels including senior management of member companies, senior business leaders from ASEAN countries, 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 appreciation of Southeast Asia, including its history, culture, politics and business environment
  • Knowledge of ASEAN as an organization and its key programs and players is a plus

Application Procedures

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter to The cover letter should include information about your availability and a brief description of your professional goals.  Clearly state in the subject line of your correspondence which position you are applying for.