TIRTA Team Leader


Surabaya & Bojonogoro, Indonesia 🇮🇩

Company Overview

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations. Palladium is built on the idea that progress will be supported by four key pillars:
  • International Development
  • Strategy Execution Consulting
  • Impact Investment
  • Training and Events
We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. Wealso provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Tertiary Irrigation Technical Assistance (TIRTA) is one of the suite of programs of AIP-Rural working in eastern Indonesia. TIRTA is aimed at increasing access to water resources for small holder farmers. The program’s goal is to increase the net income of 10,000 poor farmers by 60% through the improvement of the efficiency and technical and economic viability oftertiary irrigation projects.

In Indonesia, irrigation is managed at three levels: the national and provincial level which handles large schemes and primary canal systems (from 1,000 to 3,000 ha), and the district level that manages smaller schemes (<1,000 ha). Schemes that are smaller than this are called “tertiary” and are managed by farmers. TIRTA focusses exclusively at the tertiary irrigation level. TIRTAwill support the creation of tertiary irrigation schemes managed by water user associations (HIPPA) and local investors (lead farmers and local entrepreneurs). The HIPPA will be encouraged to enter into agreements with local private investors who will invest in diesel engines, pumps and canal infrastructure which then permits them to supply water to farmers in return for a portion of their crops.

Reporting to the AIP-Rural Secretariat and the Palladium Project Director, the TIRTA Team Leader will be responsible for the day to day management of the program. The Team Leader will be supported by a Deputy Team leader, a team of Intervention Coordinators, a Results Measurement Manager and finance and administrative staff.


  • Providing strategic leadership to the TIRTA team and ensuring the program is effectively aligned with the goals and approach of DFAT and the AIP Rural Secretariat;
  • Designing and conducting market analysis to support the development of interventions; Continued development of a diverse team of Indonesians in their ability to analyse, design, and implement systemic interventions;
  • Overseeing the design and implementation of interventions that prioritise maximising outreach, impact on farmer incomes, sustainability and value for money;
  • Manage Indonesian and expatriate technical consultants;
  • Negotiating collaborations with private sector, public sector and community bodies
  • Ensuring that gender, social inclusion and other cross cutting issues are fully integrated into all intervention designs, implementation and monitoring activities;
  • Overseeing the continued development and oversight of the program?s results measurement system, including training of program staff and quality control of all monitoring and learning outputs;
  • Management of good relations with Government of Indonesia officials at both the national and district level including District Irrigation Commissions and DINAS;
  • Managing external program communications including marketing of the program and its offer to HIPPAs (community water user associations), local investors, repair and maintenance service providers, and public officials;
  • Overseeing, with support from the Administration and Finance Manager, all program recruitment, contracting, financial management, forecasting and administrative support systems and activities;
  • Prepare in collaboration with the AIP-Rural secretariat, all program planning and reporting documents including; 6 monthly Progress Reports and Implementation Plans (PRIPs) and Risk Assessments in line with the overall AIPD-Rural planning and reporting framework.



  • 5 or more year’s professional experience in market driven agricultural programs and a good understanding of irrigation management;
  • An excellent understanding of the principles of facilitation, developing collaborations, negotiation, and experience of managing M4P interventions;
  • Experience managing M4P (Making Markets Work for the Poor) programs;
  • Proven ability to lead a team of professionals and to coach and mentor junior staff;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and a working knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia.


  • 5 or more year’s professional experience in irrigation system development or management;
  • Familiarity with DFAT or other bilateral donor systems and requirements;
  • Experience with the development and use of Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Standard for Results Measurement compliant monitoring systems.