Research Assistant – Australian Council for International Development
A unique opportunity to join the peak-body for Australian international development NGOs
Classification level of this role is between Officer 1 – 2 based on skills and experience
Canberra-based, with flexible working arrangements (home or office) and around carer needs
0.8-1 FTE until Friday 11 August
Applications close Monday 5 June 2023
Are you a passionate about human rights and international development?
Are you committed to working for the greater good?
This is an exciting opportunity the peak body for Australia’s international humanitarian and development NGOs.
The Australian Council for international Development (ACFID) is Australia’s peak body for NGOs involved in international development and humanitarian action.
We are seeking a Research Officer to support the Policy and Advocacy Team to create and implement policy positions for ACFID, particularly in the wake of the new Development Policy, through research and administrative support.
The role is part of the Policy and Advocacy Team and will from time to time be called upon to support planned or ad-hoc projects. This will include providing support to discrete projects such as the distribution of the annual ACFID Perceptions Survey, supporting NGOs as valuable partners research as well as ad hoc research on important development and humanitarian policy issues.
The successful applicant will have a strong ability to work across and support a team with a wide variety of dynamic priorities. They will have a can-do attitude, and the ability to take initiative and be flexible in a fast-paced and changing environment. They will value diversity in the workplace and commit to ACFID’s values as outlined in our Strategic Plan. An understanding of the context of ACFID members’ work and experience working in a not-for-profit is desirable but not essential.
The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak body for Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) involved in international development and humanitarian action. Our vision is of a world where all people are free from extreme poverty, injustice and inequality and where the earth’s finite resources are managed sustainably. Our purpose is to lead and unite our members in action for a just, equitable and sustainable world.
Founded in 1965, ACFID currently has 128 full members and 22 affiliate members operating in more than 65 developing countries. The total revenue raised by ACFID’s membership from all sources amounts to $1.83 billion (2020 – 21), $721 million of which is raised from over 996,000 thousand Australians. ACFID’s members range between large Australian multi-sectoral organisations that are linked to international federations of NGOs, to agencies with specialised thematic expertise, and smaller community-based groups, with a mix of secular and faith-based organisations.
ACFID is a Public Benevolent Institution and has salary packaging which allows employees to use a proportion of the salary using tax-free dollars. The end result is an increase in your take-home pay. Employees have a total of approximately $15,899* per Fringe Benefit Tax year to salary package. In addition, ACFID’s PBI status enables you to salary package a further approximate $2,650 per year for personal meals and accommodation on top of the normal salary packaging amount. *You can find more information about Salary Packaging here: https://www.cbb.com.au/discover-salary-packaging/
We value diversity in the workplace and model our commitment to the values outlined in our strategic plan. ACFID is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability status or national origin. Applicants will be considered based on qualifications, merit, and business need. Individuals of diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Taking into account ACFID’s core competencies and the required functional competencies of the role as detailed in the position description please send a covering letter and your Resume by filling in this online Application for Employment form. The covering letter, including your response to the selection criteria, should be no longer than two A4 pages.
Applications will close Monday 5 June 2023
Applicants will then be shortlisted and invited to interview. Interviews can be conducted remotely at the candidate’s preference, though the successful candidate must be available to commence as soon as possible and be based in ACFID’s office in Canberra.
ACFID’s preference is for the role to be 1FTE but actual days can be negotiated based on the successful applicant’s preference. Applicants are asked to provide their preferred working arrangements within the provisions outlined, and all applicants and their preferred working hours will be considered.
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.
For a confidential discussion about the role please contact ACFID’s Director of Policy and Advocacy Jessica Mackenzie on [email protected] .