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Annual Report 2022-23

Reporting on ACFID’s activities to ensure transparency and accountability


ACFID is the peak body for Australian NGOs involved in international development and humanitarian action.


ACFID works and engages with a range of strategic partners in addition to our members.


ACFID is governed by its Board, ACFID Council, and various expert and governance committees.


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Conference 2023

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Meet our Members

The ACFID membership is comprised of Australian NGOs that actively work in the international aid and development sector.

Become a member

Joining ACFID means joining an experienced and powerful mix of like-minded organisations committed to good international development practice.

Membership types & fees

ACFID has two types of organisational membership: Full Membership and Affiliate Membership.

State of the Sector

The State of the Sector Report provides a comprehensive and robust analysis of the state of the Australian aid and development sector.

NGO Aid Map

ACFID’s NGO Aid Map allows the Australian public and stakeholders to explore the work of ACFID Members around the world.

Development Practice Committee

The DPC is an expert advisory group of development practitioners leading good practice within the sector.

Our Focus

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Federal Budget 23-24 Analysis

Facts and figures on how aid is presented in this year’s annual budget

Strategic Plan

ACFID prioritises a robust response to climate change and pressure on civil society in developing countries, as well as other key priorities.

Emergency Aid

ACFID Members provide vital life-saving assistance in the immediate aftermath of an emergency.

Climate Change

Action on climate change is one of ACFID’s highest priorities, as it is an existential threat to humanity and our development.

Civil Society

Civil societies are a cornerstone of regional stability and ensure that the voices of the marginalised are heard.

Supporting NGOS

Supporting NGOs as Valuable Partners.

Inclusive & locally led development

Walking the talk on inclusive development.

Humanitarian Action

Taking humanitarian action for those in greatest need.

Elevating Development

Elevating Development to the Heart of Australia’s International Engagement.


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Code of Conduct

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2022-23 ACFID Code of Conduct Review

The ACFID Code of Conduct is periodically reviewed to ensure it continues to reflect good practice and the needs of ACFID and its members.

Code of Conduct

The Code is a voluntary, self-regulatory industry code of good practice.

About the Code

Find out more about the Code of Conduct and how it operates.

Good Practice Toolkit

Overview and practical resources, and examples to support the implementation of the Code.

Spotlight on the Code

Provides a thematic ‘deep dive’ into each of the nine Quality Principles in the Code


This section outlines the responsibility to be taken by each Member to ensure compliance with the Code.

Complaints Handling

How to make a complaint and information on the Code’s independent mechanism to address concerns relating to an ACFID Members’ conduct.

Other Standards

Mapping the Code with other professional standards and principles in the humanitarian and aid sector in Australia and internationally

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Country Director, Papua New Guinea

Burnet Institute |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: International
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The Opportunity 

Are you an innovative leader with experience managing complex programs and teams within the Asia-Pacific region? Would you like to play a key role in achieving our vision of a more equitable world through better health? Then this could be the role for you!

We are now seeking a talented Country Director to be based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. You will lead the in-county management team, be an active member of the PNG Executive Team, and be the primary focal point between our PNG and Melbourne offices, ensuring alignment of programs. You will maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders including government, DFAT and major donors, and will leverage business development opportunities to ensure the on-going success of the PNG Programs.

This position also has a heavy operational focus. You will work closely with the Deputy Country Director, Operations to manage staffing operations, with a particular focus on staff wellness, safety, and security, and policy development in these areas.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Working with the PNG Executive and the PNG Technical Oversight Committee to achieve Burnet’s mission and goals.
  • Actively participating in and contributing to the development and implementation of Strategic and Operational Plans.
  • Leading, contributing to and promoting a high standard of staff performance, skills/capacity development and productivity across all PNG activities.
  • Ensuring financial accountability and contract compliance in all PNG activities.
  • Ensuring that that best-practice management and business processes are in place.
  • Developing and maintaining effective workforce management tools.
  • Ensuring that all donor contractual requirements are met and that projects are delivered on time and within budget.
  • Providing oversight of Occupational Health & Safety matters in respect of PNG Operations.

Refer to the attached position description for full details. This is a full-time position, initially for a 2-year period (flexible) with the possibility of extension. A generous salary package will be offered and is negotiable depending on experience.

Let’s talk about you

The following criteria are essential requirements.

  • Substantial experience in managing complex programs and teams across multiple locations (desirably in PNG or another Melanesian/Pacific context).
  • Strong knowledge and experience in child protection, safeguarding standards and procedures; and of security and risk management.
  • Experience of high-level representation, to national government and diplomatic levels, and within national and regional forums.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and practical experience in an international development focused role at a senior level.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to and develop understanding of in-country cultural customs, practices, and sensitivities.
  • A track record in successful team capacity building, organisational leadership, and management of complex staffing matters.
  • Demonstrated experience leading organisational wide strategies and change management.

A post graduate qualification and experience in public health is also desirable but not essential.

The Burnet experience…

We want you to have a successful and meaningful career at Burnet and are committed to providing a supportive workplace environment for all our people. You will be part of a collaborative culture where progressive leadership, innovation, respect, and excellence are valued. Join a team of talented individuals who are passionate about what they do – achieving a more equitable world through better health.

Who are we?

Burnet Institute is a leading Australian, unaligned, not-for-profit, organisation passionate about social justice, equality and evidence-based research.

Burnet Institute brings together a highly diverse skill base, with more than 400 staff and students working across cutting-edge research and projects to address some of the most relevant global health issues.  Institute-wide interdisciplinary health programs Disease Elimination, Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness, and Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health are at the heart of our daily decision making. Harnessing our international and local field presence, our laboratories, and our mixed development and research cultures drives a greater focus on the most relevant health issues and achieves a greater impact as a result.

Whilst our headquarters is in Melbourne, Australia, we also have offices in Papua New Guinea and Myanmar, and are actively involved in research and public health programs throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and Africa. Burnet is the only unaligned organisation in Australia that has dual accreditation with both the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Bring your whole self to work 

At Burnet, we foster a diverse and inclusive culture. We want our people to feel like they belong and are free to be themselves at work. We have an active Gender Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (GEDI) Council that works to promote and improve gender equity, diversity and inclusion across the Institute, by developing and implementing strategies informed by both national and international best practice and staff input. Burnet holds an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award from Science in Gender Equity (SAGE). If you have a reasonable adjustment, support, or access requirement at any stage of the recruitment process, we encourage you to let us know by emailing [email protected].

Sounds great! How do I apply? 

Apply below and attach the following documents:

  • Resume highlighting your relevant experience to this position.
  • Cover Letter

Applications close at 11:59pm AEST on Sunday, 30th June 2024.  

As part of our commitment to gender equity, we have included a question in the application process on gender. This will allow us to monitor and report on gender in relation to our recruitment process.

Burnet is a child safe organisation. The successful applicant will be required to apply for a National Police Check and/or Working with Children.

Closing Date: Jun 30, 2024