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Planning and Aid Adviser – Nauru

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Join us as a Planning and Aid Adviser under the Nauru-Australia Economic Governance Program! Support sustainable development, strengthen financial management, provide strategic advice, and promote inclusion. Based in Yaren, Nauru. Apply and make a difference today! 

  • Full time 12-month contract with possibility of extension
  • Accompanied role with a competitive remuneration and benefits package.
  • Applicants from this position may be used to establish a merit list for similar roles in other Pacific Island Countries.

The Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform (The Partnerships Platform) is looking for motivated and skilled professionals who are keen to make a difference. We seek passionate staff who work collaboratively to deliver ideas and advice that can help our Pacific Island Country partners meet their governance and stability goals. The Partnerships Platform is seeking an experienced and motivated Planning and Aid Adviser with a proven track record in developing capacity of local counterparts and developing exit strategies for adviser support. The ideal candidate is a collaborative, respectful, flexible, and resilient specialist with a keen focus on improving aid management.

The Planning and Aid Adviser will support the Planning and Aid Division (PAD) to deliver its core mandate, including oversight of the National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS). This includes implementation through sectoral and agency plans; supporting the formulation of sector strategies and annual operational plans; supporting the coordination of official development assistance to Nauru given its primary role as the custodian of development funds; and facilitating the implementation of Official Development Assistance (ODA)-supported activities. 

The areas of focus of the assignment are:

  • Providing strategic advice to Deputy Secretary, PAD on leading the Planning & Aid Division.
  • Assisting and providing advice on monitoring performance of NSDS implementation, linked to agreed Operating Plans and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets & indicators relevant to Nauru.
  • Strengthening of Public Financial Management Systems and improving aid management.
  • Building capacity of local counterparts.
  • Providing advice and guidance on gender equality, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI) and other cross-cutting issues.

The position is an accompanied, one-year position with the option to extend. A competitive international standard remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate, including housing and return airfares if required for international candidates and their family.   

Click on the link or copy and paste it to access the Candidate Information Pack, including the full Terms of Reference for this position: https://bit.ly/3XQHYmt

About the Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform

The Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform is an Australian Government initiative funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and managed by DT Global. It provides Pacific Countries with a suite of flexible, fit-for-purpose options that support broad governance and stability development outcomes.

About the Nauru Department of Finance 

For this role, the Partnerships Platform is partnering with the Department of Finance in Nauru. The Department of Finance is an important central agency, mandated to oversee and coordinate the effective management of public finance and resources. The Planning and Aid Division (PAD) within the Department of Finance, leads the implementation of the National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) and manages international development assistance provided to Nauru. PAD’s vision, mission and values mirror those of the Department of Finance to effectively and efficiently allocate resources for the development of Nauru.  

For more information, please visit: https://naurufinance.info/

About You

We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate a high degree of flexibility, respect, resilience and adaptability, and a preparedness to work with limited resources in a challenging environment, this includes the ability to successfully build and manage relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.

To be successful in this role, you will have tertiary qualifications in International Development, Policy Development, Organisational Development, or Public Financial Management, with proven experience in a senior technical position preparing strategic policy-focused financial planning and aid management advice, including implementation and monitoring of National Strategy and Operational Plans. You will have previous experience in senior leadership positions and will have high level analytical skills and well-developed communication and report writing skills. Experience in the Pacific region and working on similar DFAT or donor funded programs will be highly regarded.

You will be required to demonstrate a strong understanding of, and commitment to Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI), child protection and the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), anti-corruption and other DFAT safeguarding policies.

About Nauru

There are inherent opportunities and challenges that come with living and working in small island states. Applicants should consider these prior to applying.  For further information please go to: https://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/nauru/nauru-country-brief

Other Information

Applicants (and approved dependents) will need to undergo psychometric and medical screening prior to travel. Amendments to the position’s terms of reference may be made during the period of engagement as required. 

The Partnerships Platform is committed to increasing the pool of Pacific Islander, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander expertise. Suitably qualified people of the Pacific, Aboriginals or Torres Strait Islanders are strongly encouraged to apply.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities, including LGBTQIA+, women, gender diverse, neurodiverse and people with disabilities. 

We can make adjustments during the recruitment process for people with a disability. If required, please contact our recruitment team via email at recruitment @ auspacpartnerships.com.au to discuss how we can support you.

We welcome your interest in joining the Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform as an Adviser. Please ensure you review the Candidate Information Pack before applying (click the link or copy and paste it into your browser): https://bit.ly/3XQHYmt

To submit your application, kindly click on the ‘Apply Now’ button and ensure you upload your resume as part of the application process. Please note that we will only accept applications submitted through the online portal. 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE Monday, 31 July 2023 at 11:59 pm AEST

Should this role be of interest, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Kindly note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Applicants may be contacted to establish a merit list for similar roles in other Pacific Island Countries.


About DT Global

DT Global is driven by a fundamental commitment to one goal: to work in partnership with communities, governments, and the private sector to deliver innovative, data-driven solutions that transform lives beyond expectations. DT Global—launched in 2019—is built on legacy companies AECOM International Development’s Services Sector, Development Transformations, IMC Worldwide, and Cardno International Development. To fulfil its profit-for-purpose mission, DT Global is a key donor to the DT Institute, an independent not-for-profit organization, in support of DTI’s efforts to test new ideas or expand on donor partner priorities with the aim to improve as many lives as possible.


Our global team of almost 2,500 staff and experts work in over 100 countries. We aim to maximize sustainable development impact across a wide range of practice areas, including Conflict Prevention, Stabilization & Transition; Economic Growth; Environment & Infrastructure; Governance; and Human Development. We meet communities where they are on the development spectrum and help them move to where they want to be. Together, we bring over 60 years of experience, relationships, and technical excellence to improve lives around the world on behalf of our partners, clients, and stakeholders.


DT Global is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our international development programs. We are committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), and bribery prevention. DT Global is an equal-opportunity employer and we encourage women, men, people with diverse backgrounds and people living with disabilities to apply. This program is funded by the Australian Government and Managed by DT Global.

Closing Date: Jul 31, 2023