Team Leader

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 24 March 2021

Job Description

About the Program

The Cambodia-Australia Agricultural Value Chain Program (CAVAC) is the largest investment in Australia’s development cooperation program with Cambodia. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and implemented by Cardno. CAVAC Phase II, which began in January 2016 and continues into 2022, will be a key mechanism for delivering Australian Government support to Cambodia under the Mekong Australia Partnership.

CAVAC’s overarching goal is to promote a commercially viable, resilient agriculture sector supporting inclusive growth in Cambodia. CAVAC has two objectives to contribute to the overall goal, built around the two core areas of CAVAC capability:

  • Contributing to profitable irrigated agriculture, through both the delivery of sustainable irrigation services and assisting Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) to improve the quality, sustainability and effectiveness of irrigation investments.
  • Promoting an increasingly competitive agriculture industry through cooperation with both the public and private sectors to produce more quality and high value agricultural products, and to provide a regulatory environment that promotes competitiveness.

The Program is overseen by a National Steering Committee, co-chaired by DFAT, the RGC’s Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Cooperation with the RGC, as well as use of private sector partnerships and a limited number of civil society partnerships are key features.

About the Role

As the Team Leader, you will provide strategic oversight of the management and direction of the program, in close liaison with the Australian Embassy, to ensure successful implementation and management of risks. You will be responsible for leading the operational management, driving cross-cutting components of monitoring and evaluation, and gender. You will direct the programmatic policy dialogue, relationship management, and stakeholder engagement with DFAT, national and provincial RGC counterparts, development partners, the private sector and civil society.

You will lead a team of over 50 experienced national and international staff ensuring a collaborative and supportive environment to achieve program outcomes. This role will be supported by the Senior Management Team that includes Technical Managers and Operations Manager.

The Terms of Reference containing the full Selection Criteria can be downloaded from here, please copy and paste link into a new browser:

About You

You are an astute and strategic leader, experienced in delivering high quality large scale and complex aid programs. You are an effective leader of people with a solid track record in building high performing teams. Given the challenges of the current pandemic, you will navigate and work strategically with the ability to identify operational blockers and risks in advance. You are an excellent communicator, comfortable in working with a range of stakeholders and across cultures. Ideally you have lived and worked in Asia, and will be aware of the political, economic and development context of Cambodia.


This position will be remunerated in line with the ARF (Australian Government’s Adviser Remuneration Framework), and will fall within Discipline Group D, Job Level 4. The remuneration at which the Adviser is engaged will be based on the successful candidate’s relevant experience.

How to Apply

We welcome your interest in joining the CAVAC team. 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:

Your application must include the following:

  • A cover letter with a response to the essential Selection Criteria (no more than four pages total). Your statement should provide a clear and succinct statement against each criteria, using relevant and specific examples to support your claims,;
  • Your CV;
  • Names and contact details (phone and email) of minimum two professional referees, one or both of whom was a recent direct supervisor.


Queries relating to this assignment should be directed to It is essential that you quote ‘CAVAC Team Leader - query’ in the subject line. Kindly note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The closing date is 23.59pm, 18th April 2021 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

About the Organization

Cardno is 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 designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.

Cardno ID (International Development) manages a number of donor-funded programs in the Asia Pacific region. We engage in international development as a holistic, multidisciplinary and integrated process. Strengthened by our geographic and market diversity, we are committed to providing innovative and integrated solutions that create opportunities for significant, lasting change in emerging economies. Collaborating with multilateral and bilateral donors, private clients, governments and communities to develop sustainable solutions to complex challenges, we work with local counterparts to achieve meaningful impact.

Cardno provides equal employment opportunities. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities.

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.

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