SMERU Global NetworkThe SMERU Global Network (SGN) is a networking platform for those who have worked and interned at SMERU. The SGN aims to
- establish a network of national and international work partners;
- build professional connections;
- share experiences and expertise gained at SMERU; and
- build collaborations in research and training activities, and engagement in policy processes, both between SGN members and with SMERU.
Reputable research institution, big family, and sincere collegiality.
I wanted to learn more on how to conduct public policy analysis and I was drawn to SMERU's excellent expertise in economics and public policy analysis across different sectors in Indonesia.
I learned new insights on public policy analysis as well as developed friendship and professional fellowship.
My previous job as a research assistant at an architectural consulting firm was limited to researching buildings. That made me want to work at SMERU, which is engaged in research on various themes. In addition, SMERU's big name in research that I had heard when I was in college strengthened my intention to join the SMERU family.
Working at SMERU felt like finding a new family—doing a job without the feeling of working. The comfort of working with research teams of different themes made daily activities colorful, not to mention that the atmosphere in the room I was in was filled with passionate, young researchers, making the working atmosphere enjoyable. It didn't even feel hard to spend the whole day and night at SMERU's office. In each research team, the presence of senior researchers with their amazing experiences and compassion enriched our knowledge and they treated young researchers with warmth. The last fieldwork activity I participated in was in Dompu Regency, West Nusa Tenggara. The field research was a race, and its research methods were slightly different, making the fieldwork challenging but fun.
Working at SMERU allowed me to visit the corners of Indonesia that I had never thought of visiting. I could carry out the fieldwork while learning and enjoying the beauty of the Indonesian archipelago. Meeting with local communities and seeing real events in the field always made me grateful. Thank you, SMERU, for allowing me to experience this by being part of the SMERU family.
The post I applied for was in line with my interests and abilities and had good reviews from people who had worked at or with SMERU.
I found good and supportive seniors and co-workers, a comfortable work environment, and many opportunities for professional development.
When I submitted my application letter to SMERU, I didn't even know what SMERU was. A friend of mine who had suggested that I apply said that SMERU was one of the best research institutions and if I were to get accepted, I would learn a lot, especially about the socioeconomic issues and poverty in Indonesia.
One of the things that made me happy working at SMERU was the people. They are a diverse, kind group of people. When I started to work, I was surprised by the huge number of staff (previously I was used to working on projects with a small number of staff).
I learned about SMERU from several professors in my class when I was doing my master's degree in Australia. The professors said that SMERU is a leading research institution in poverty reduction and economic development. Based on my professors' recommendation, I applied for a post at SMERU in the hope of becoming part of a leading research group in economics.
SMERU is the best place to learn and improve skills in conducting research and data analysis. SMERU provides an opportunity for all researchers, regardless of their level, to lead a study. This makes our learning curve shoot higher because we can directly learn from practices and experience. In addition, the supervisors and colleagues at SMERU are open to new ideas and are always keen on sharing their knowledge. It was this collaborative and supportive environment that made me finally realize that my skills progressed a lot compared to the time I started working there.
In 2014, I found good and informative research publications by SMERU and used them in writing my master's thesis. In 2015, SMERU's Pak Darno came to the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas to provide some advice, and his talk inspired me to join SMERU. In addition, because SMERU also partners with donors, it made me think that starting a career at SMERU would also open up the opportunities for a career on the donor side.
SMERU is very serious and detailed, and continuously strives to put forward facts in their reports/publications. This makes me proud, and I will not forget to mention that SMERU is an institution with very strong competence. In addition, the companionship at SMERU also fosters a sense of belonging and enthusiasm for work. So much fellow support is available. Such warmth does not stop in the work environment but goes on outside the office.
Thanks to my great ignorance, I didn't know about SMERU or that I could live off doing research. Following graduation, I applied to all positions with the word "research" in them and found SMERU through the ANU's website, and it was this affiliation with international institutions that got my attention. Looking back, Pak Asep should have penalized me for not recognizing SMERU sooner, but thank God he didn't, and the rest was history.
I found my first real family in SMERU. Once you join SMERU, you become a member of one big family that is full of trust, warmth, and genuine intentions. Despite my short stay in SMERU, I owed all paths that were opened to me after to the advice, experience, and connections I received from SMERU (there are sooo many). To the late Ibu Budi, to Pak Asep, and to Pak Darno, THANK YOU!
During my study time in Monash University, Australia, I heard a lot about SMERU and read some of its publications/research reports. I'd always had an interest in doing policy work, particularly on socioeconomic issues, but I'd never had any experience working in a research institute before. Hence, I eventually decided to join SMERU as soon as I earned my master's degree, as I saw that SMERU would be the ideal place for me to learn more and contribute to the development programs and policies in Indonesia.
My job involved developing work plans for various research project activities, including writing research proposals, progress reports, and budget plans; managing strategic relationships with principal clients, partners, and stakeholders; and managing the tendering process to donors and external partners. I also worked closely with more than 30 researchers and built networks with other think tanks. I enjoyed how varied my day-to-day work was in SMERU. I had superb, nice, and talented coworkers; a family-friendly working environment; and I was also given the opportunity to be involved in a particular research project that was of my interest. I also established contact with prominent policymakers and learned how to influence the government and public debates. The skillset I acquired during my time in SMERU has been proven to be very useful to support my current work when dealing with policy-related matters at the regional level.
SMERU’s research is really interesting and has the potential (and I am sure it does) to positively contribute to society.
The staff members were all so nice and so receptive to discussing ideas and options. I learned so much about Indonesia through reading papers, having conversations, and capturing glimpses of live.