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Project Manager – Systems Improvement

International Women's Development Agency |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: VIC
Sub location(s): Melbourne CBD
  • Part time, fixed-term contract (6 months, potential extension to 10 months)
  • Based in Melbourne (combination WFH and office)
  • Great opportunity to develop and launch a new grant and program management system with passionate Partnerships team in the International Development Sector

IWDA is an Australia based organisation, resourcing diverse women’s rights organisations, primarily in Asia and the Pacific, and contributing to global feminist movements to advance our vision of gender equality for all.

VISION: Gender equality for all

PURPOSE: To defend and advance the rights of diverse women and girls

VALUES: Feminist, Accountable, Collaborative, Transformative


1.     Resource and contribute to a resilient and vibrant feminist movement, primarily in the areas of freedom from violence and power, leadership and civic space

2.     Promote systemic change towards gender equality for all

3.     Build a resilient and relevant feminist organisation

We resource the work of diverse women’s rights organisations, enable them to be more effective by providing support that goes beyond money, and we make our own contributions to feminist movements through advocacy, knowledge creation and translation.

As part of this contribution, we take actions to decolonise our approach to feminism and development. We want to become the best we can be at partnerships across the Majority and Minority worlds. This means we seek to understand and leverage our locational power so that we know when to:

STEP UP and use our power to leverage resources and access for women’s rights organisations, and make our own contribution to feminist movements

STAND WITH feminist movements in solidarity and amplify the work of global south actors

STEP BACK when others are better placed to take the lead

SIT WITH uncertainty, embrace communal learning and deep listening, and accept that time is needed to collectively discern the best course of action.

Our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan outlines a third way between the models of women’s funds and international development NGOs.
The Partnerships Team at IWDA consists of 20 staff members overseeing a portfolio of 15 programs in collaboration with 24 partners across seven countries in the Asia-Pacific region, namely Cambodia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea. Despite this expansive reach, the absence of adequate technology for program delivery at IWDA falls below the non-profit sector average, presenting challenges for the Partnership Team in optimising their program delivery.

The Systems Improvement Project Manager is a member of IWDA’s Partnership Team, tasked with overseeing the development and launch of a new, comprehensive grant and program management system. This system aims to centralize partner and project information, automate data capture, improve project analysis capabilities, facilitate agile responses, and enhance overall efficiencies in grant and program management at IWDA.

The role involves leading a process to identify the most appropriate grant and relationship management system for IWDA. This will require engaging with both internal stakeholders and external suppliers to ensure that solutions align with business requirements through the different phases:

Find the full position description for complete position context and focus here.
This role is fixed-term contract (6 months, potential extension to 10 months), part time at 0.8. Classified at SCHADS 6 plus superannuation and salary packaging.

Some of the benefits:

  • Salary packaging options
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Additional end of year leave for all and additional paid personal/carer’s and parental leave

If you are looking for an opportunity to make a key contribution to a rights-based international development agency committed to gender equality for all, click apply and submit your application.

IWDA is committed to the wellbeing and safety of our staff including with respect to COVID-19. All our team members are able to work flexibly from home as well as from our office in Melbourne. All staff are fully equipped to work productively and safely from their homes. As long as it is COVID-19 safe, the candidate will be expected to work from our physical office space at least two days a week.

International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) has an Equal Opportunity exemption (H69/2022) and requests applications from women only (including trans women) .

IWDA welcomes people with different skills and life experiences, and encourages women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women with disabilities and First Nations women to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in, or strong community ties to, one of the countries in which IWDA supports partners.

Any offer of employment will require a National Police Check and endorsement of IWDA’s Child Protection Code of Conduct. All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Australia.

Closing Date: Mar 31, 2024