Development Practice Committee (DPC)

The Development Practice Committee (DPC) is an expert advisory group where learning and development practitioners from the not-for-profit sector meet to:

  • Lead good practice within the sector
  • Undertake applied research and development of tools and processes
  • Provide relevant advice to ACFID on key issues around development effectiveness affecting the sector
  • Engage with DFAT on development effectiveness practice.

Development Practice Committee - Vacancy


ACFID members are invited to nominate a suitably qualified person to the Development Practice Committee (DPC).

The DPC is an expert advisory group where learning and development practitioners from the not-for-profit sector meet to provide advice to ACFID on key issues around development effectiveness.

The DPC meets 4 times a year, rotating meetings between Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Travel expenses associated with committee participation must be covered by the member’s own agency.

In line with the workplan and existing skills base within the DPC membership, the DPC is looking for new members who demonstrate:

  • Experience in program design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation across a range of countries and sectors, including in the field.
  • Experience in developing and socialising program management frameworks, guidelines and tools.
  • Experience in dealing with DFAT requirements
  • Experience in applied research, capacity building, organisational development, policy dialogue, and development practice
  • Experience in and knowledge of ACFID’s thematic focus areas
  • Understanding and knowledge of the not -for -profit development sector
  • Links to institutions or inter/national networks that support the work of the DPC in meeting the objectives of the ACFID Strategic Plan.

Nominations are open to all staff of ACFID member agencies but we also invite ACFID members to nominate other people that they know of with these skills, e.g., a board member.

Nominations are sought to fill two current vacancies that would run from August 2018 until 2021.

Further information regarding the DPC including the current membership and TORs can be found on the ACFID website here.

SUBMISSION: Nominations close c.o.b. 13 July 2018 – please include your curriculum vitae and a short summary (no more than one page) addressing the terms of reference to: Kate Angus, Learning and Innovation Advisor, ACFID at [email protected]


Operating principles

The DPC has eight members plus two co-chairs. DPC member terms run for three years which is renewable to encourage continuity.

DPC meetings take place at least three times each year rotating between Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.


The membership is open to anyone from an ACFID Member organisation with an interest in organisational learning in the international development sector and experience in program implementation and monitoring and evaluation. The group may also include external experts such as academics, engaged consultants or subject matter experts from think tanks.

Current DPC members are:


Matthew Maury, TEAR Australia, Board Champion

Fiona Tarpey, Australian Red Cross

Committee members

Kirsten Armstrong, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Lucia Boxelaar, World Vision Australia

Jamie Davies, Australian Lutheran World Service

Phil Lindsay, TEAR Australia

Katie Greenwood, Oxfam Australia

Anne Stuart, Family Planning NSW

Vacant Positions: 2


Dr Linda Kelly


Over past years, DPC has played a key role in progressing the sector’s work on:


For more information on the Development Practice Committee see the DPC TOR or contact Kate Angus on 02 8123 2231.

Next Meeting

The next DPC meeting is scheduled for Thursday 9 August 2018.