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

Civil Society Liaison Advisor to the Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC)

  • A unique opportunity to strengthen Australia’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief overseas through greater civil-military-police engagement and understanding
  • Represent civil society within a high-priority Australian Government initiative to enhance the effectiveness of national and regional civil-military-police interaction in conflict and disaster management
  • Canberra and Queanbeyan-based
  • 2 year fixed-term contract, with option to extend
  • Full time: 0.8 – 1.0 FTE

The Role

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) unites Australia’s non-government aid and international development organisations to strengthen their collective impact against poverty.

As ACFID’s Civil Society Liaison Advisor you will be seconded to the Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) to broker, convene and link the stakeholder networks of both ACFID and the ACMC, as well as strengthen understanding between these two stakeholder groups, particularly on the role, mandate and guiding principles of NGO engagement in humanitarian action.

You will facilitate opportunities for ACFID member NGOs to: provide their independent perspective on matters relevant to humanitarian response; improve awareness and coordination in civil-military-police engagement and preparedness; and input into processes that shape government policy and decisions.

The Team

As Civil Society Liaison Advisor you will be part of ACFID’s Policy and Advocacy team, a small and agile team 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. 

You will work from ACFID one day a week, and spend your remaining time seconded to ACMC’s Concepts and Capabilities Directorate which brings together cross-agency programs on new and emerging civil-military-police concepts (such as Women, Peace and Security and Protection of Civilians), with programs that support the development of civil-military-police capability through preparedness, lessons and evaluation, research, and humanitarian-government coordination.   

What we can offer you

  • A salary between $74,514.54 to $86,711.25 (negotiable, depending on the skills and experience of the candidate) plus 9.5% superannuation. Under current taxation laws, up to $15,900 of the base salary may be taken as a tax-free fringe benefit.
  • Exposure to Australian Government and humanitarian sector professional development opportunities including workshops, exercises, and training.
  • The opportunity to shape the direction of the role, build expertise in priority policy areas, and develop the relationship between ACFID, its members and ACMC.


The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak body for Australian NGOs involved in international development and humanitarian action.

ACFID currently has 125 members and 22 affiliates operating in more than 92 developing countries delivering over 3,400 international projects worth $1.1bn. Our membership is made up of over 4,800 employees, 1,200 overseas volunteers and over 30,000 domestic volunteers. 

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 2015-2020. 

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 on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

About ACMC

The Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) is an Australian Government initiative supporting the development of Australia’s civil-military-police capabilities to prevent, prepare for and respond more effectively to conflict and disaster management overseas.

The ACMC works with government, civil society, and international partners, including the United Nations, to improve the outcomes of civil-military-police crisis responses in Asia and the Pacific, and globally. ACMC develops and promotes good practice in civil-military-police approaches to conflict and disaster management, where success results from the ability of personnel from all sectors to plan collaboratively, resource appropriately, and respond quickly through an integrated and joined up approach

The ACMC comprises staff drawn from Australian government departments and agencies, the New Zealand government and the Australian Council for International Development. Portfolio responsibility resides with the Minister for Defence.

How to apply

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

Please apply via email to [email protected] by 5pm AEDT Wednesday 1 May. Your application should include:

  • A resume outlining your professional experience and qualifications, and the details of two referees
  • A one to two page ‘pitch’ outlining how your skills and experience make you the best person for the job. Your pitch should incorporate the required technical and core competencies as outlined in the position description.

Applicants will then be shortlisted and invited to interview. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you wish to discuss the role further, please contact [email protected].

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. 


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