Team Leader

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 25 January 2021

Job Description

About the Program

ASEAN–Australia Counter-Trafficking (ASEAN-ACT) continues Australia’s long-running collaboration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to counter human trafficking in our region. The program will principally support the justice response to human trafficking. It will engage all ten ASEAN Member States in some capacity and will establish national-level programming in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Role

The Team Leader will lead and be responsible for maintaining ASEAN-ACT’s strategic direction in line with DFAT and ASEAN priorities. The Team Leader will work closely with the Pathway leads to oversee day to day implementation of program activities and ensure the effective and efficient use of resources in accordance with contract requirements. The Team Leader will establish, share and promote ASEAN-ACT’s strategic vision among the Leadership Team, program staff and partners. The Team Leader will develop and maintain partnerships across the region in order to support the active achievement of the program outcomes.

About You

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic team. You will be a motivated and proactive individual with expertise in international development, public policy and or a relevant discipline, who has the right combination of talent, energy and a commitment to technical excellence. Your experience would be of value in this key program and provide the necessary direction aligning to outcomes and deliverables. Cardno is seeking an experienced individual to provide program leadership and management, under strategic direction from the donor (Australian DFAT).

The Role and Duties as outlined:

  • Provide strategic leadership, management, guidance and support to all ASEAN-ACT personnel and support an organisational culture that focuses on the achievement of ASEAN-ACT end of program outcomes and performance requirements, with a focus on partner ownership and sustainability;
  • Lead and support the Pathway Leads to develop partnerships that strengthen local institutions, national agencies and relevant government departments and other key stakeholders;
  • Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of ASEAN-ACT’s performance through implementation of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework and ongoing strategic risk assessment to ensure that ASEAN-ACT remains relevant, efficient and effective in supporting implementing partners at both regional and national level;
  • Work closely with the leadership team to create a work environment that supports learning and cross-pollination of ideas and success strategies across ASEAN-ACT’s country operations;
  • Oversee the management of ASEAN-ACT staff and resources in accordance with DFAT contractual requirements and the evolving nature of the program, including in the areas of finance and accounting, information technology and management information systems, public diplomacy and communications, monitoring and evaluation, research and analysis, quality assurance, rights-based approaches and localisation of ASEAN-ACT operations;
  • Provide DFAT management with strategic programming advice as requested;

All other duties as outlined in the Terms of Reference. Please copy paste this link to access the Terms of Reference detailing specific duties and selection criteria:

Selection Criteria

Advanced tertiary qualifications in international development, public policy or a relevant discipline.


  • Experience in managing and implementing a rights-based justice program in a developing country context, particularly with regards to human trafficking, will be highly regarded.
  • A demonstrated ability to build productive and sustainable working partnerships with a variety of stakeholders (donors, Australian and/or partner government, civil society and the private sector) across cultures.
  • Demonstrated experience and results in leading complex institutional reform and development projects with long-term vision including an in-depth and contemporary understanding of international and regional institutional structures and mandates.
  • Experience in programming and building capacity in both state institutions and civil society organisations.
  • Capacity to marshal a range of highly specialist advice within the justice sector and build an integrated program that is understood and respected by stakeholders.
  • Sound understanding of current policy issues in justice and development and the ability to translate these to implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience working with ASEAN or relevant regional bodies.
  • Excellent corporate management abilities, especially management of human resources and donor relations.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, working within complex regional and international institutional structures complemented by excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Australian aid policies and their practical implications with respect to aid project implementation.
  • An exceptional record of leadership on gender and diversity with proven results in program implementation

Reporting Requirements

  • Oversight and overall responsibility for high quality, timely submission and updates as required of all program reporting requirements including: Operations Manual, Annual Work Plans, Annual Reports, MEL Framework and Monitoring Plan, Capacity Development Plan, Victims Right Strategy, Equality and Inclusion Strategy, Communications Strategy, Financial Reports, Six Monthly Progress Reports, Exception Reports, Handover Plan and Completion Report.


A competitive salary package will be offered to the successful candidate.

How to Apply?

We welcome your interest in joining the Cardno team. Kindly note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please click on this link to access the role: and apply with the following listed below or click the “apply” button to submit your application online by Sunday, 28th February 2021, 5pm AEDT. Your application must include the following:

  • An updated and relevant CV, outlining relevant work history and experience.
  • A cover letter of no more than two (2) pages outlining how you can fulfil the requirements of the position and a response to the selection criteria.
  • Names and contact details of at least two professional referees.


For any enquiries about the position, please contact:
It is essential that you quote “ASEAN-ACT Team Leader ‘’ in your e-mail subject line, or you may not receive a response.

About the Organization

About Cardno

We are a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.

Cardno is committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection and bribery prevention. We want to engage with the right people to deliver our client programs. As part of our approach you will be subjected to formal background screening, criminal record checks, employment verification, and periodic compliance checks. All Cardno staff receive safety, compliance and safeguards training and are responsible for contributing to a safer working culture.

Cardno is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women to apply and those from marginalised groups and backgrounds. Cardno recognises the moral and legal responsibility to provide an equal opportunity workplace by ensuring that all recruitment and selection decisions are based on the best qualified and experienced candidate who can perform the genuine inherent requirements of the position.

Any offer of employment will require criminal record clearance.

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