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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 Communications Coordinator (RDI Network)

  • Full time or part time (4 days a week minimum)
  • Fixed term role for 2 years (subject to extension)
  • Canberra or Melbourne location

A unique opportunity to join a small team driving the dynamic Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network is now open. We are seeking a motivated and adaptable individual to drive communications, engagement and project management in the role of Network Communications Coordinator. This role would suit a professional looking to apply their communications skills and experience and branch out into delivery of large-scale events and collaborative projects.

The successful candidate will work at the intersection of research, practice and policy for international development, offering their demonstrated communications experience and skills to drive collaborative activities with sector-wide impact.

Who we are:

The Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network is a collaboration between the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and Australian universities. Operating since 2009, the Network has almost 2,000 individual members. Visit to see the full breadth of the Network, its work and resources.

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.

About the role:

As part of a small team, the Network Communications Coordinator will report directly to the Network and Partnerships Manager and gain unparalleled access to organisations and institutions seeking to apply evidence-driven international development practice and policy.

Leading on the delivery of communications projects, events, publications and collaborative projects, the successful candidate will be challenged to bring their creativity and problem-solving skills to a range of tasks.

The Network Communications Coordinator will work to:

  • Build the RDI Network’s profile, reputation and voice through quality communications to diverse audiences and media - enhancing the Network’s public reputation as an expert commentator;
  • Stimulate engagement and awareness between RDI Network members by creating online and face-to-face communication opportunities, and facilitating communications and engagement with members;
  • Lead the continued development and implementation of the RDI Network’s communications strategy and key initiatives;
  • Build and maintain relationships with Network members, external stakeholders and key organisations within the sector, with the purpose of identifying strategic opportunities that support the exchange and uptake of evidence and of communication processes;
  • Support 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
  • Lead project management of key Network initiatives as directed/agreed, including the management of external consultants and steering/advisory groups.

How to Apply

If you have advanced communications and relationship management skills and have an active interest in growing your 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 download the full position description, and send your cover letter, CV and brief statement addressing the required core and functional competencies (max. 2 pages) to [email protected] with the subject line “RDI Network Communications Coordinator”

Applications will close COB Tuesday 8th October 2019 and any questions can be directed to Sarah Burrow (RDI Network co-chair and ACFID Head of Partnerships and Policy), at [email protected].


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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