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 the 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 various areas of interests between U.S. and Indonesia. There is also a possibility for selected participants from the group to stay on for an additional two-weeks 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) The 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 and the outlook of the first and second USINDO Legislative Partnership Program, it is featured in the last section of this page.

Currently, there is no opening for 2017, yet.

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

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

In the process, 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 . 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. Ajanti at usindojkt@usindo.org or by phone at (+6221) 39830061.

USINDO Legislative Partnership Program has sent two batches of Indonesian Parliamentary Delegates. Information on past programs and delegates can be found below. 

USINDO Legislative Partnership Program 2016

USINDO announces the successful completion of its second “Legislative Partnership Program (LPP)”  from November 13-19, 2016.   LPP is USINDO’s initiative to strengthen the legislative-to-legislative dimension of the US-Indonesia Strategic Partnership.   It was conducted in cooperation with the U.S. House Democracy Partnership (HDP), the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), and the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR),

USINDO, together with the US Embassy Jakarta and partner NGOs, competitively selected eight top Indonesian parliamentary staff members to come to Washington to enhance their skills in the substantive issues of economics, finance, banking, and trade, as well as in legislative drafting, research, and Congressional processes.

The Indonesian participants learned practical knowledge and insights directly from their U.S. counterparts. Topics included U.S. Congressional Committee functioning, how professional staff assists the Members using the Congressional Research Service, the Congressional Budget Office, and the General Accountability Office, and how the U.S. system engages stakeholders for inclusive policy-making.  Methods included lectures, interactive discussions, workshops with assignments, and direct observation of committee hearings and floor proceedings.

The program exposed participants to the importance of coordination and communication between committees, personal, and support system staff in enhancing the quality of Congressional work. The program imparted the importance of professionalism, transparency, accountability, effectiveness and a systematic process while maintaining the flexibility needed to achieve the intended objectives.

In addition to learning U.S. legislative processes, the participants gained substantive knowledge on finance, fiscal and monetary, trade and banking issues such as the U.S. budget deficit, TPP, Dodd-Frank Act, and U.S. financial reform policy.  As the program took place a week after the U.S. Presidential election, the participants gained impressions of the election and its implications as seen by the U.S. Congress.

The participants were privileged to gain invaluable insight on the role of members and staff through an interactive discussion with Representative David Price, Ranking Member of the House Democracy Partnership and Member of the Appropriations Committee.  Congressman Price stressed the value of strengthening the legislative partnership between the U.S. and Indonesia, and his high regard for the role of legislative support staff.   He said as a former Congressional political staffer himself, he recognizes the unique set of skills that staff bring to enhance Representatives’ knowledge, helping the members make their final decisions.

To stretch and apply their learning from Capitol Hill, USINDO organized a workshop day for the participants. Experienced practitioners from the government and non-government sectors shared practical skills, including how to effectively write memos, briefing papers and other products for a legislative clientele, how to inform parliament members on topical issues related to trade, finance and banking, how to effectively conduct advocacy and lobbying, and strategies for engaging with the media, private sector, and NGOs.

This was capped with a practical work assignment requiring the participants to draw on their experience and information acquired on substantive topics and support resources, and apply it to the context of their work in Indonesia.  They wrote sample briefing papers for their committees in their areas of interest, and presented them orally to the group for comment.

This LPP also provided three broader outcomes: 

(1) American presenters learned more about Indonesia and had the chance to compare and reflect on their own legislation;

(2) The program raised awareness on the Hill about Indonesia and its different legislative system.  

(3) Participants developed contacts with Members and Staffers of the U.S. Congress from both parties, U.S. and Indonesian Executive Branch officials, and NGOs and CSOs, which may lead to further collaboration and cooperation in the future.

The participants are anticipating to continue in Jakarta to work on more specific issues on policy research, legislative drafting, budget analysis, and institution building.

More photos of the USINDO Legislative Partnership Program 2016 can be accessed HERE

LPP 2016 Fellows

(1) Achmad Sani Alhusain
             Economic and Public Policy Researcher, Center for Research of the Expert Body, DPR RI

(2) Agustinus Apelaby
            Deputy Chief of Staff, Eleventh Commission Secretariat (Komisi XI DPR RI)

(3) Inti Nuswandari
              Expert Staff, National Democrat Party (NasDem) Faction in Eleventh Commission, DPR RI

(4) Laksmi Harundani
               Legislative Drafter, Secretariat General for the Experts Council, DPR RI

(5) Rian Pradipta
              Expert Staff, for the Honorable Satya Widya Yudha in Seventh Commission, DPR RI

(6) Rihan Handaulah
              Expert Staff,  for the Honorable Ecky Awal Mucharam in Eleventh Commission, DPR RI

(7) Sahat Silalahi
              Economic and Public Policy Researcher, Center for Research of the Expert Body, DPR RI

(8) Venti Eka Satya
              Economic and Public Policy Researcher, Center for Research of the Expert Body, DPR RI

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

LPP 2014 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