Legislative Partnership Program

The USINDO Legislative Partnership Program (LPP) was established in cooperation with the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (DPR) and the Foreign Affairs Committee and House Democracy Partnership of the U.S. House of Representatives. The program aims to improve capacity of DPR parliamentary expert staff members in substantive fields, exchange idea and knowledge, and deepen legislative-to-legislative contacts to foster mutual understanding between Indonesia and the United States.

Program Overview

The program consists of one week of concentrated exposure to the U.S. Congressional practices for professional staff and committee management, comprehensive policy research, and multi stakeholder engagement in the area of finance, banking, national development, and trade and industry, which will be taking place from September 12 – 16, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Selected participants from the group will stay on for an additional two-weeks (September 18 – October 2, 2016) program of legislative internship on Capitol Hill as a “USINDO Fellow”. The program also includes practical work assignments or project to translate the knowledge they received during the week into a capacity building exercise.

The program focuses on:

(1) Enhancing parliamentary staffs’ professional capacity in the core areas of the legislative process, including works of the committee, use of congressional research, holding of hearings, and preparation of legislation;

(2) The practice of considering the appropriate input of affected sectors, so as to hear public comment and be in a position to make laws that do what is intended and are implementable

(3) Increasing the exposure of Indonesia parliamentary staffs to U.S. Congress staffs and U.S. experts in this year’s key topics of finance, banking, national development, and trade and industry.

(4) Interaction between the Indonesian parliament and U.S. Congress will be an opportunity to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience developing a network of Indonesian parliamentary staff members who have expertise on U.S. – Indonesia relations and collaboration on future issues.

For more insights about the program, the outlook of  the first USINDO Legislative Partnership Program is featured in the last section of this page.

Call for Applications: USINDO Legislative Partnership Program 2016

After its successful first Legislative Partnership Program on March 1-7, 2014, USINDO is pleased to announce the application process and deadlines for the USINDO Legislative Partnership Program 2016. The deadline for application submission is on July 22, 2016.

Eligibility Requirements

– Officially listed as a DPR expert staff, and have more than five years of parliament and/or government-related work experience.

– Between the ages of 25-50.

– Plays a strategic role in their current position, and has leadership potential in parliament and/or government.

– Fluent in both written and oral English (min. equivalent of TOEFL 550) – please note there will be no translator/interpreter provided during the program.

– Has education and/or work experience specifically related to the themes of finance, banking, national development, and trade and industry. Only staff who are currently working on these issues will be considered for the 2016 program.

– Committed to a concentrated seven-day program, with written individual and group work assignments

– Also interested and available for competing for selection for an additional two-week internship program in a U.S. Congressional Office

– Has the approval from the head of the committee/fraksi/member of parliament that you are affiliated with.

Application Instructions and Deadline

The application is accessible through this LINK. Kindly note, we do not accept direct copy submissions.

Eligible candidates are required to submit the complete application form, one recommendation letter (preferably from your supervisor), and two writing samples to usindojkt@usindo.org by July 22, 2016 at the latest. In our admissions process, we give careful attention and consideration to each application. Please ensure that you provide detailed and thorough answers in your application. An incomplete or late submission will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and interviewed by the panel selection committee.  The committee is chaired by USINDO and composed of a diverse mix of members from non-governmental organizations and from governments.

Should you have any further inquiries or questions, please contact Ms. Nanda Afriani at usindojkt@usindo.org or by phone at (+6221) 39830061.

USINDO Legislative Partnership Program 2014

USINDO successfully launched its first Legislative Partnership Program for seven competitively selected Indonesian parliamentary staff members in Washington March 1-7, 2014, followed by internships for selected staffers in U.S. Congressional offices.

The participants learned practical knowledge directly from experienced U.S. practitioners about U.S. Congressional committee functioning, the role of professional staff and staff management, the use of support systems such as the Congressional Research Service, legislative drafting, government and non-government legislative oversight, and how the U.S. system engages stakeholders for inclusive policy-making.

They also concentrated on substantive foreign affairs issues between the U.S. and Indonesia. Participants discussed the status of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and the roles and opportunities for governments, legislatures, and NGOs with U.S. and Indonesian Executive Branch officials. They also built a network of U.S. Congressional contacts which will serve them well in future and promote interaction with the Indonesian parliament.

Three participants were selected to remain in Washington for internships in U.S. Congressional offices as “USINDO Fellows”. They were assigned to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, and Representative Joseph Crowley’s office based on their areas of expertise. During the internships, the Fellows learned first-hand about Committee jurisdiction, daily Congressional processes, district management and co-engagement, and the importance of legislative-constituency relations. The Fellows also attended NGO and think tank panels and briefings, conducted policy research, and observed Committee activities and hearings.

The program also offered participants the chance to directly experience a new culture and interact with Americans. For five out of the seven participants, this was their first time in the U.S. and became an eye-opening experience to see the actual nature of America’s multicultural and multi-religious society.

More photos of the USINDO Legislative Partnership Program 2014 can be accessed HERE

Past Fellows

(1) Annisa Mariana Sukarna

Expert Staff in Foreign Affairs, Inter-parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP), DPR RI

(2) Hilda Kurnia N. Tanjung

Staff, Inter-parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP), DPR RI

(3) Taufiqurrahman D. Noor

Adviser to the  Speaker of the DPR RI

(4) Suprihatini

Head of Division, Defense, Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Communications and Information Commission, DPR RI

(5) A. Muchaddam Fahham

Junior Researcher, Center for Data Assessment, Processing, and Information (P3DI), DPR RI

(6) Indra Pahlevi

Senior Researcher, Center for Data Assessment, Processing, and Information (P3DI), DPR RI

(7) Begi Hersutanto

Expert Staff on Defense, Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Communications and Information Commission, DPR RI