ACFID jobs

Working at ACFID is much more than just a job - it’s a chance to join a community of like-minded individuals working together to end world poverty and injustice.

All applications should consist of a completed Application for Employment Form, Resume and Statement against the Selection Criteria.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Please send your full application for the available role to [email protected] by the nominated time and date outlined in the job vacancy announcements below.

Current Vacancies

Network Officer (RDI Network)

  • 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
  • A salary between $75,706.77 to $88,098.63 per annum, which can include a fringe benefits concession of up to $15,900, plus 9.5% superannuation. 
  • Melbourne-based 
  • Part-time (1-2 days) with flexible working times, six-month contract
  • Applications will close COB Monday 3rd February 2020

Purpose of the Position

This position supports the Network Secretariat and the RDI Committee (‘the Governing Committee’) in fulfilling the objectives and work plan of the Network. By necessity the Secretariat must work collaboratively and effectively manage stakeholder relations across three different sectors: academia, international development NGOs, and the consultants and private sector.

The Network Officer will be responsible for providing high-level strategic and/or operational support to the Network and Partnerships Manager during a busy six-month period. This may include:

a) Building and maintaining relationships with Network members, external stakeholders and key organisations within the sector, with the purpose of identifying opportunities that support the exchange and uptake of evidence, and promotion of the network;

b) Supporting the Network to develop and implement engagement plans around products/events to maximise impact and manage the production of high-quality designed publications and material; and

c) Leading project management of key Network initiatives as directed/agreed, including the management of external consultants and steering/advisory groups.

Who are we?

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak body for Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) involved in international development and humanitarian action. The Research for Development Impact Network (RDI Network) is a collaboration between ACFID and Australian universities. Operating since 2009, the Network has over 2,200 individual members and aims to:

  • Champion and provide leadership in effective development research, evidence and practice.
  • Strengthen cross-sector partnerships and linkages in Australia and with developing country research institutions, including stimulating and supporting partnerships between ACFID members and Australian universities.
  • Improve sector capacity to undertake effective and ethical development research and education.
  • Improve uptake and use of research and expertise to inform policy, practice and discourse across the Australian development sector and more broadly.

The Network is governed through a Steering Committee – the RDI Committee – consisting of representatives from ACFID member NGOs and ACFID affiliated universities, with the support of a Secretariat.

The RDI Network Secretariat is funded through a grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Secretariat staff are employed by ACFID and are part of ACFID’s Policy and Advocacy Team.

For more information about the RDI Network:

Key Areas of Responsibility

As part of a small team, the responsibilities of the position may include, but are not limited to:

1. Coordination

  • Assist in the coordination of seminars, networking events, and workshops, including the initial set up of the biennial RDI Conference (June 2021).
  • Plan and implement strategies for the promotion and engagement of audiences in face-to-face events, creating spaces for networking and knowledge sharing.
  • Effectively manage research projects including developing Terms of Reference; managing a Steering Group, managing relationships with consultants and stakeholders; tracking performance and monitoring deliverables; and coordinating or undertaking reporting requirements.

2. Network support

  • Assist in identify emerging opportunities to influence and support development research policy and practice in DFAT, universities and ACFID member NGOs.
  • Provide administrative support to the functioning of the Network’s governance group - the RDI Committee.
  • Actively contribute to the monitoring, evaluation and learning systems of the Network.
  • Manage relationships with institutional and individual subcontractors as required


How to Apply

If you have relationship management skills, event coordination and have expertise in the field of international development, we encourage you to apply!

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.

To apply, please send your cover letter, CV and brief statement addressing the required core and functional competencies (max. 2 pages) to Dr. Philippa Smales at [email protected] with the subject line “RDI Network - Network Officer”.

Applications will close COB Monday 3rd February 2020 and any questions can be directed to Philippa Smales (RDI Network and Partnerships Manager), 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