Strengthening Coordination for Inclusive Workforce Development in Indonesia
SINERGI is a USAID project implemented by a consortium consisting of the Rajawali Foundation (Lead) and Transformasi (Pusat Transformasi Kebijakan Publik). SINERGI aims to mainstream Poor & Vulnerable Youth (people ages 18-34 years old, earn less than $2 a day or at high risk of falling below this line, including women, youth and persons with disabilities) into the labor market in Indonesia by strengthening and structuring coordination between key stakeholders: government, private sectors, TVETs, CSOs and P&V Youth.
To strengthen coordination at Provincial level, SINERGI will establish an innovative workforce coordination model, called POKSI (Joint Action Group) consisted of identified multi-stakeholder workforce champions to underscore the importance of discussions and denotes a change in mindset.
During its 15-month pilot phase, SINERGI will focus its programs in Central Java, specifically in these targeted areas but not limited to Kota Semarang, Kabupaten Semarang, Kabupaten Boyolali, and Kabupaten Demak.
SINERGI is a USAID project implemented by a consortium consisting of the Rajawali Foundation (Lead) and Transformasi (Pusat Transformasi Kebijakan Publik). SINERGI aims to mainstream Poor & Vulnerable Youth (people ages 18-34 years old, earn less than $2 a day or at high risk of falling below this line, including women, youth and persons with disabilities) into the labor market in Indonesia by strengthening and structuring coordination between key stakeholders: government, private sectors, TVETs, CSOs and P&V Youth. During its 15-month pilot phase, SINERGI will focus its programs in Central Java, specifically in these targeted areas but not limited to Kota Semarang, Kabupaten Semarang, Kabupaten Boyolali, and Kabupaten Demak.
To strengthen coordination at Provincial level, SINERGI will establish an innovative workforce coordination model, called POKSI or Kelompok Aksi. Naming POKSI for the group of identified multi-stakeholder workforce champions has two reasons: (1) to underscore the importance of discussions that are based on and lead to joint action; (2) and to use language that is familiar to government counterparts (as opposed to Kelompok Kerja / Working Group commonly used by government)—yet denotes a change in mindset.
SINERGI will consult with Provincial Government to appoint POKSI Chairman, for instance Head of Bappeda or other designated person. POKSI will bring in identified workforce champions from government, private sectors, CSOs, P&V Youth, Universities to collaboratively discuss and formulate breakthrough ideas of how to more effectively mainstream or provide greater employability/job opportunities for P&V Youth in Central Java in a sustainable manner.
Sustainable inclusive workfoce model can be achieved if POKSI functions effectively in:
- a) developing workforce research terms of reference together with SINERGI,
- b) designing inclusive workforce thematic program,
- c) developing evaluation and selection criteria of the innovative programs to be funded by SINERGI through the opportunity fund,
- d) monitoring and evaluation of the above innovative programs, and
- e) initiating the development of inclusive workforce policy guideline/manual for private sectors and government in Central Java.
Additionally, there are four (4) discrete major events (Pemuda-Pemerintah-Perusahaan, HR Conference, Youth Force Festival, and Awareness Campaign) as project accelerator to nurture better awareness and collaboration between government-private sectors-youth, as well as to provide better access to information of job opportunities or training for P&V Youth.
To amplify and disseminate lesson learned and best practice at provincial level SINERGI will have five (5) series events of Workfoce Dialogues at national level. These events will gain more support for POKSI at provincial level thus creating better chance for further replication and scaling up model to other areas.
What? POKSI or Kelompok Aksi (Action Group) is an innovative workforce development model established by SINERGI that will support creative interaction among and between a diverse group of champions—individuals committed to economic growth through more inclusive and equitable labor market dynamics in Central Java.
The action group will be the trigger to underscore the importance of discussions that are based on and lead to joint action by using language that is familiar to government counterparts (as opposed to Kelompok Kerja [Working Group] commonly used by government)—yet denotes a change in mindset.
The result will lead to increased awareness of the need for integrated and collaborative approaches at the provincial level to address workforce development concerns, particularly for Poor & Vulnerable Youth (P&V Youth).
How? By bringing together in the POKSI workforce champions who are already dedicated to improve coordination, co-designing, co-implementing solutions, and advocating for a stronger and more diverse workforce ecosystem, SINERGI will break another standard development approach mold.
POKSI (Action Group) will work together with SINERGI to facilitate co-designed innovative solutions to mainstream P&V Youth into labor market – to unlock wider range of employability opportunities. Generated innovative solutions should align and support provincial government’s targets or strategy for poverty alleviation by addressing challenges those P&V Youth, 18-34 years old, have to access labor market.
POKSI meetings act as the platform for knowledge, information, and experience sharing between POKSI members in developing co-designed innovative solutions for inclusive workforce in Central Java. .
Meeting POKSI will be conducted nine (9) times with the following agenda: (1) identification of thematic inclusive workforce programs focusing on poor and vulnerable youth, women, and people with disabilities; (2) development of co-design inovative solutions and the action plan; (3) development of the selection criteria for proposals eligible to be funded by SINERGI through the Opportunity Fund; (4) development of the Opportunity Fund monitoring and evaluation manual; (5) development of the Opportunity Fund implementation manual; (6)evaluation of the Opportunity Fund program outcomes; (7) planning of the major events implementation (3P: Pemuda-Perusahaan-Pemerintah, Human Resource workshop, dan Youth Festival).
National level dialogue is a forum that will bring in national level champions to share best practices, provide support and discuss inclusive workforce key issues as well as the establishment of POKSI at provincial level. The dialogue about strategic inclusive workforce issues provides reference of policy guideline development.
Workforce Dialogues will be conducted 5 (five) times. Rajawali Foundation will be in charge for 3 (three) Workforce Dialogues in Jakarta, while Transformasi will be in charge for the rest of 2 (two) workforce dialogues in Semarang. The last forum will facilitate dissemination of lesson learned and recommendation of better policy guidance.
Prior to dialogues with national champions, SINERGI will conduct mapping to identify persons as champion at Minsitries, Chamber of Commerce, Industries, associations, CSOs and universities.
In order to achieve the improvement of inter-institutional coordination at the national and local levels towards project’s objective, SINERGI will, throughout the project cycle, conduct below four major events to address issues critical to the project and that demonstrate the importance of collaboration as an indispensable approach to promoting inclusive and equitable economic prosperity:
- Pemuda-Perusahaan-Pemerintah (3P) The goal of this one-day event is to begin connecting labor market dots—unemployed P&V youth, employers, local governments (including vocational training centers) and academe responsible for representing private and corporate citizens
- Human Resource Conference Private sector leaders together with government officials, and civil society and academic leaders—including women, youth and persons with disabilities—sharing perspectives, approaches and solutions to connect the needs of employers with the existing and potential assets of P&V youth
- Youth-Force Festival This Positive Youth Development-inspired event will inject a festive atmosphere to the traditional job fair approach wherein job seekers and employers will be brought together to meet and discuss workforce issues and potential employment opportunities
- Awareness Raising Campaign Increasing awareness about the full range of workforce challenges, opportunities, best practices and success stories is critical to fostering productive collaboration and building a diverse constituency of support for inclusive and equitable economic growth
As POKSI (Action Group) facilitates the co-designed innovative solutions to mainstream P&V Youth into labor market , there is an opportunity fund that can be channeled to accelerate kind of co-designed innovative solutions during pilot phase – the innovative solutions that should be developed on the basis of locally-derived, locally-relevant and locally owned development approach. Going forward, it is expected from local champions could self-allocate sufficient resources to ensure coordination to be sustained in a long run.
The co-designed innovative activities that address priority workforce development issues will be funded through an Opportunity Fund, the ceiling of which will not to exceed a certain level of amount. The process for determining activities to be funded and mechanisms to be used will be outlined in the Opportunity Fund Implementation Guideline. The guideline will detail the entire process from activity concept to funding to close-out.
Workforce Champion Mapping is conducted through targeted meetings to explore networks, identify individuals who are or who may know of champions in Central Java, and build relationships that will support SINERGI activities and achieve the project objective. The WCM is being done in line with the Workforce Research that will focus primarily on legal and regulatory frameworks, common business practice, and social norms that prevent and encourage collaboration amongst workforce actors.
During the pilot phase of the project, SINERGI has identified the following champions who will participate SINERGI’s POKSI :
USAID PRIORITAS PARTNERS
|National Partners||Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Religious Affair, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education|
|Partner TTIs||Aceh: Universitas Syiah Kuala, UIN Ar-Raniry. Sumatra Utara: Universitas Negeri Medan, UIN Sumatra Utara, Medan. Banten: UIN Sultan Maulana Hasanudin Banten, Universitas Sultan Agung Tirtayasa. Jawa Barat: Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, UIN Sunan Gunung Djati. Jawa Tengah: Universitas Negeri Semarang, UIN Walisongo Semarang, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta. Jawa Timur: Universitas Negeri Surabaya, Universitas Negeri Malang, UIN Sunan Ampel. Sulawesi Selatan: Universitas Negeri Makassar, UIN Alaudin Makassar. Papua Barat: STKIP Muhammadiyah Manokwari|
|Partner Districts||Aceh: Aceh Jaya, Aceh Barat Daya, Bener Meriah, Aceh Utara, Aceh Tamiang, Pidie Jaya. DBE: Aceh Tengah, Pidie, Bireun. Sumatra Utara: Labuhan Batu, Langkat, Serdang Bedagai, Nias Selatan, Toba Samosir, Labuhanbatu Utara, Kota Medan, Humbang Hasundutan. DBE: Deli Serdang, Tapanuli Utara, Kota Binjai, Kota Sibolga, Kota Tebing Tinggi, Tapanuli Selatan, Kota Tanjung Balai. Banten: Pandeglang, Tangerang, Kabupaten Serang, Tangerang Selatan. DBE: Lebak, Kota Cilegon, Kota Tangerang. Jawa Barat: Bandung Barat, Cirebon, Ciamis, Tasikmalaya, Cimahi, Bekasi, Kuningan. DBE: Indramayu, Karawang, Sukabumi, Garut, Kota Bogor. Jawa Tengah: Banjarnegara, Pekalongan, Batang, Wonosobo, Purbalingga, Sragen, Kabupaten Semarang. DBE: Jepara, Boyolali, Karanganyar, Kudus, Blora, Demak, Grobogan, Purworejo. Jawa Timur: Pamekasan, Ngawi, Situbondo, Lumajang, Kabupaten Madiun, Kabupaten Mojokerto, Kabupaten Blitar, Kota Batu, Lamongan, Jombang, Banyuwangi. DBE: Bangkalan, Sidoarjo, Tuban, Kota Mojokerto, Bojonegoro, Nganjuk, Pasuruan, Sampang. Sulawesi Selatan: Maros, Parepare, Bantaeng, Takalar, Wajo, Bone, Tana Toraja. DBE: Enrekang, Pangkajene Kepulauan, Soppeng, Pinrang, Sidenreng Rappang, Kota Makassar|
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