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Senior Government Relations and Communications Advisor for the Australian Council for International Development – the peak-body for Australian international development NGOs 
 

  • A unique opportunity to join the peak-body for Australian international development NGOs, in a time of significant change and opportunities to shape the future of the sector. 

  • Canberra-based 

  • 1 FTE with flexible working options considered 

  • Applications close at midnight, Sunday 24th September 2022 

 

The Role  

The international development sector is entering a period where the Government’s development assistance program is being reviewed and refreshed, presenting an opportunity to shift the nature of aid and development. This is an exciting time to join the organisation with opportunities to shape the future of the sector! 

The primary purpose of the Senior Government Relations and Communications Advisor is to lead ACFID’s communications, media and government relations. 

The role will work to:  

  • maximise the impact and achieve coherence between ACFID policy analysis and positions, and advocacy activities 

  • provide strategic communications and external affairs coordination, advice and support across the ACFID secretariat

  • bring together expertise from ACFID’s membership, and the aid and development and foreign policy communities to support the creation and implementation of ACFID policy and advocacy strategies. 

 

Central to this role will be experience and skills in: 

  • building and maintaining ACFID’s networks through creating and strengthening external relationships with Government, politicians, senior officials of the Departments of the Australian Government, media, academia, and influencers.  

  • persuasive communications skills and media management

  • advocacy strategy setting and execution 

  • political judgement and risk management

  • team leadership and organisational management 

  • delivering results in a dynamic environment 

 

This position is responsible for managing two staff and works in close collaboration with the Coordinator of the Policy and Partnerships sub-team. These two sub-teams make up the Policy and Advocacy team within ACFID.   
 

About ACFID  

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak body for Australian NGOs involved in international development and humanitarian action. ACFID’s purpose is to lead and unite its members in action for a just, equitable and sustainable world.

ACFID has 130 members and 25 affiliates operating in more than 93 countries delivering over 2,700 international projects worth $1.27bn.   

ACFID’s members must comply with the ACFID Code of Conduct, a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice that aims to improve international development and humanitarian action outcomes and increase stakeholder trust by enhancing the transparency, accountability and effectiveness of signatory organisations. ACFID’s work is guided by its Board, CEO and Strategic Plan 2021-2025.  

We value diversity in the workplace and model our commitment to the values outlined in our strategic plan.  ACFID is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability status or national origin. Applicants will be considered based on qualifications, merit, and business need. 
 

The Policy and Advocacy Team  

The small and agile Policy and Advocacy team is made up of development and humanitarian policy, advocacy and communications specialists who are seeking to achieve a strong policy and enabling environment for international development assistance and humanitarian action in Australia.  

What we can offer you 

  • Flexible professional development opportunities tailored by you. 

  • The opportunity to grow within the organisation and expand your knowledge, experience and skills of development from within the peak-body for international development NGOs in Australia.  

 

How to Apply  

For more information on the role, download the detailed position description here

Taking into account ACFID’s Core Competencies (referenced in the job description), please submit your CV covering letter which covers why you are applying for the role and other details through our application form.

The covering letter should be no longer than two A4 pages.  
Applicants will then be shortlisted and invited to interview. 
If you wish to discuss the role further, please contact [email protected] or call 02 8123 2238 in office hours. 
Any offer of employment will require a National Police Check. To be eligible for this position you must have a legal right to work in Australia.   

 

Accounting Specialist - ACFID Code of Conduct Committee

  • A unique opportunity to join a dynamic and collaborative committee and contribute to the development and promotion of high ethical standards and effectiveness in the Australian international development sector.
  • Code of Conduct Committee members participate in a voluntary capacity, with all reasonable costs covered by ACFID. 
  • 4 meetings a year, virtual and face-to-face.
  • Applicants from all locations in Australia are encouraged to apply.
  • Applications close 5pm (AEST) Friday 14 October 2022
  • View the position description

The Role

Are you passionate about supporting high ethical standards and effectiveness in the international development sector?

The ACFID Code of Conduct Committee (CCC) is responsible for developing, administering and promoting the ACFID Code of Conduct, a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice for the Australian international development sector.

The Accounting Specialist is one of four specialist positions on the Committee and contributes valuable expertise in the areas of financial and risk management. Successful applicants will be a qualified accountant and member of either Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand or CPA Australia (or equivalent body overseas) with at least ten years’ experience. Applicants with an understanding of international development issues, particularly the financial risk regulatory environment, are encouraged to apply.

Code of Conduct Committee members are expected to participate in quarterly meetings, complaints handling investigations and additional working groups as required. The successful candidate will be interested in working in a collaborative committee context.

The Committee welcomes applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

About ACFID and the Code of Conduct Committee

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak body for Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) involved in international development and humanitarian action. ACFID’s purpose is to lead and unite its members in action for a just, equitable and sustainable world.

ACFID has 130 members and 21 affiliates operating in more than 93 countries delivering over 2,700 international projects worth $1.27bn. ACFID’s members range between large Australian multi-sectoral organisations that are linked to international federations of NGOs, to agencies with specialised thematic expertise, and smaller community-based groups, with a mix of secular and faith-based organisations. 

The ACFID Code of Conduct (the Code) is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice. It was developed in 1997 and comprehensively revised in 2010 and 2016. The Code aims to improve international development and humanitarian action outcomes and increase stakeholder trust by enhancing the transparency, accountability and effectiveness of ACFID's members. All full members of ACFID are signatories to the Code and are committed to full adherence to its principles and commitments. 

The Code is independently governed on behalf of the ACFID Board and ACFID Council by the Code of Conduct Committee. The Code of Conduct Committee (CCC) is responsible for developing, administering and promoting the Code in accordance with the Rules and Objects of ACFID and the Committee’s Terms of Reference.

The Committee is made up of:

  • An independent honorary chair
  • Six members elected by and from the Council of ACFID members;
  • one appointed representative of the Australian community
  • up to three specialist-based appointed positions, with skills and experience in accordance with current requirements of the Committee.

Committee members serve three-year terms and can serve up to two terms.

How to Apply

Please send a covering letter and your resume by filling in this online Application form. 

In the covering letter please outline (1) why you are applying for the role and (2) how your competencies and experiences align with the desirable skills and experiences described in the Position Description. The covering letter should be no longer than two A4 pages. 

Applications will close 5pm (AEST) Friday 14 October 2022.

Applicants will be shortlisted by the Code of Conduct Committee. Any interviews will be conducted remotely via Zoom. The successful candidate will begin their term on 1 January 2023.

If you wish to discuss the role further, please contact ACFID’s Standards and Code Lead, Emily Moreton, at [email protected].

 

Casual Register

Are you interested in working with ACFID? From time to time we have a requirement for casual staff for short-term administrative work in our Secretariat in Canberra. If you would like to be contacted about future opportunities, please complete the ACFID Employment Application Form and send it with your resume to recruitment@acfid.asn.au