Program Manager - Australia

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 30 April 2021
  • Canberra, Australia
  • Closing on 16 May 2021
  • Current

Job Description

Investing in Women

Investing in Women (IW) is a multi-country Australian Government initiative in Southeast Asia that seeks to improve women’s economic participation as employees and as entrepreneurs and influence the enabling environment to promote Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE). It commenced in April 2016 with operations in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar and is due to run through to June 2023. It is managed out of the Gender Equality Branch (GEB) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra. The Program is supporting the following outcomes:

  • More businesses achieve improved gender equality in their workplaces
  • Intentional impact investments in women’s small and medium enterprises (WSMEs) increase
  • Positive shifts in gender norms related to workplace gender equality

For more information, see www.investinginwowen.asia

The Opportunity

Working to the CEO and in close collaboration with the Contractor Representative, the IW Program Manager will manage relationships with key stakeholders, particularly the DFAT Gender Equality Branch (GEB) and coordinate and act as the secretariat for key management meetings, including Strategic Advisory Board meetings, IW Planning and Review meetings and regular meetings with Embassies. The Program manager plays a key role in ensuring all reporting to DFAT is accurate and well written. The Program Manager maintains good relationships across all teams in IW.

Key Duties

  • Promotes and supports strong linkages between the IW Program and DFAT staff and coordinates information on IW with the Gender Equality Branch (GEB) in DFAT – including:
  • Ensuring GEB have current and useful information on IW implementation and risks, including the preparation and submission of fortnightly management meeting reports
  • Ensuring IW is able to respond to all requests and advice from DFAT Canberra, including following up on all meeting action items
  • Acting as the secretariat to the IW Strategic Advisory Board
  • Primary responsibility, in collaboration with the IW Leadership Team, for the planning, collation and production of regular DFAT updates and reports, including:
  • The IW six-monthly Progress Report
  • Program Annual Plan
  • Quarterly CEO Newsletter
  • 2-weekly reporting to GEB on activities
  • Quarterly meetings with each Embassy
  • Coordinates IW’s support for DFAT in undertaking a review of IW and the development of a design for any follow-on activities through developing Terms of References, sourcing consultants etc.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the CEO

Key Requirements

  • See below the Key Selection Criteria.

Other requirements:

  • Strong analytical and communication skills, including ability to write and present concisely and clearly
  • Flexible and a team player with experience in working effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • Highly competent in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Further Information & Application Details

Further information regarding this opportunity, including how to apply, can be found in the ‘View Position Description’ link.

Applications should be submitted online via the Careers page of Abt Associates’ website and MUST include a CV and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria (KSC).

KSC 1. At least 5 years in a senior role responsible for the facilitation and coordination of organisational activities and stakeholder management.

KSC 2. Strong interpersonal skills, able to work effectively within a diverse and dispersed team across multiple countries, as well as independently with limited supervision.

KSC 3. High level writing skills, and experience in preparing reports for publishing or distribution.

KSC 4. Strong program management and administration skills, well organised and able to work in a dynamic, fast paced environment to tight deadlines.

KSC 5. Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to IW’s program objectives on gender equality.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from experienced and capable women.

Applications close: Sunday, 16 May 2021 - midnight (AEST)

We welcome and thank all applicants however; only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Abt Associates – Who We Are

Abt Associates is a recognised leader in the international development sector. Working with our many partners, Abt Associates implements bold innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Operating in remote and challenging environments, we offer innovative solutions, extensive experience in the region, strong technical capacity, and a proven project management track record. We are committed to gender equity in our employment strategies and encourage applications from capable women. Abt Associates is a child safe organisation and promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.

For more information about our company and what we do visit our website www.abtassociates.com

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a recognised leader in the international development sector. Working with our many partners, Abt Associates implements bold innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Operating in remote and challenging environments, we offer innovative solutions, extensive experience in the region, strong technical capacity, and a proven project management track record. We are committed to gender equity in our employment strategies and encourage applications from capable women. Abt Associates is a child safe organisation and promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.

More information

IFA - Program Manager (2021).pdf

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