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Projects Director

MSI Asia Pacific |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: VIC
Sub location(s): Melbourne

Job description

Location: Melbourne
Full-time: 38 hours per week
Contract type: Full Time 3 Years

We are seeking a highly strategic, collaborative, and quality focused projects professional to oversee a portfolio of large-scale government and donor funded projects and partnerships. The individual will have experience in leadership within an international development organisation along with demonstrated skills in inspiring and leading a team.
At MSI Reproductive Choices we are unapologetically pro-choice. We believe that every person has the right to make choices about their own body and future. As one of the world’s leading providers of contraception and safe abortion care, we give everyone the means to do so. Across 37 countries, we provide high quality, safe services, and work with advocacy to create an enabling environment, so every client has safe access to services when and where they are needed.

MSI Asia Pacific (MSIAP) serves as the Public Engagement and Project Management office for MSI in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Working with key institutional donors including Australian Government (DFAT) and New Zealand Government (MFAT), Foundations and individual supporters, MSIAP oversees a number of projects across Asia and the Pacific.

As Projects Director, you would join the Senior Management Team and be responsible for providing leadership, managing relationships with MSI partners and ensuring projects managed by MSIAP are delivered to the highest quality leading to impactful results for our clients and meeting the expectations and requirements of donors.

Demonstrated experience providing strategic leadership and guidance to an organisation in an international development context
An experienced senior leader with demonstrated experience managing and inspiring individuals and teams
Demonstrated grant management experience including delivering outcomes against strategic targets or objectives
Significant experience and record of accomplishment in overseeing multiple large Government grants, major private donors and/or complex multi-country operations
Significant experience in project design, budgeting, monitoring, and evaluation for international development or health programs
Experience in brokering partnerships and working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders
Experience applying ACFID and DFAT compliance standards and donor contract requirements
Knowledge in health promotion, sexual and reproductive health, family planning and/or health system strengthening


Contributes to the overall strategic direction of the organisation, working closely with the Board and key internal stakeholders.
Through skilled partnership management and application of collaborative processes the Projects Director supports and strengthens partnerships for program implementation.
Accountable for high-quality stewardship of a portfolio of large scale, multi-country projects.
Leading the Projects Department to develop and embed new processes and systems, you will build the team’s capabilities to manage all projects contracted through MSIAP and ensure the effective use of donor funding.
Ensuring that project management systems and processes support and promote partnership and high-quality project delivery.
Coordinating with MSI partners, you will ensure country programmes have the capacity and ability to meet MSI standards and guidelines and deliver project results. You will identify, document and share examples of learning, good practice and innovation across the MSI partnership which will strengthen scale and impact, quality and sustainability.

Importantly, we are seeking someone who has a passion and enthusiasm for development and reproductive health issues and is pro-choice in alignment with MSI values.

MSI is committed to creating an inclusive environment with a workforce which is representative of the communities we serve. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and give equal consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. We are committed to promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups.

Please note that interviews may take place for suitable candidates prior to the closing date.

Closing Date: Feb 16, 2024


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