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Senior Advisor, Policy and Compliance

CARE Australia |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: ACT | Australia | Any Major City | Hybrid | Remote / Work From Home | VIC
Sub location(s):
  • Work with a team dedicated to supporting women around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.
  • Flexible working environment, based in Melbourne or Canberra
  • Fixed term,permanent ,Full time.Part time,( possibility of extension) Full time, fixed term  6 – 9 months (Parental Leave backfill)

CARE Australia works to defeat global poverty by supporting women to create lasting change in their communities around the world.

About the Role

The Senior Advisor, Policy and Compliance will be responsible for managing and maintaining our policy landscape, ensuring that we meet all legal, governance and compliance requirements and helping build our information management capability. The role will also be responsible- with support from the Head of Governance, Risk and Quality- for supporting a range of other governance, risk and quality functions undertaken by the team including risk management, business continuity, internal audit, continual improvement and insurance.

Working with CARE Australia departments and lead member Country Offices the role will seek to ensure a clear policy landscape is established, maintained and implemented across CA and Country Offices, compliance requirements are met and that strong governance tools and practices are in place. The role may also be required to represent CARE Australia in high-level meetings, working groups and discussions including with CARE International, peer organisations and peak bodies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Policy Portfolio Management – responsible for development and management of the policy library (across CA, COs), including:
    • drafting, consulting and seeking approval of existing policies (and/or supporting others to do this)
    • developing new policies
    • supporting the communication and implementation of policies, including the design and delivery of policy related training
    • working with others to assist with building or navigating the policy library assist people to understand how policies can be applied and how can they be practically implemented
    • managing the timeliness and regular review of policies as per set timelines and review schedule
    • foster and encourage a culture of simplicity with policies – user friendly documents, clear wording, streamlining where possible
  • Supporting Governance, Regulatory & Legal compliance – Work closely with leaders, country offices and team members to support understanding, best practice and ongoing improvement in the context of our governance, regulatory and compliance standards
    • support organisational compliance with all external governance, legislative and regulatory obligations, including DFAT, ACFID, ACNC, ASIC as well as other relevant state and national bodies
    • design and build tools to support the organisation monitor external compliance obligation and internal controls
    • track and manage remediation and improvement activity identified through compliance reviews, self exception reporting, internal audit, risk management and other similar activities (fostering a culture of continuous improvement)
  • Information Mgmt – Help the organisation develop Information Management systems, processes and culture to better track, manage and leverage information to support organisational outcomes and drive efficiency and effectiveness
  • Undertaking Internal Audits – undertake Internal Audits, with support from the Head of Governance Risk and Quality as needed (and in accordance with an Internal Audit Policy), as well as ensure routine compliance and monitoring activities are undertaken across CA and COsAssist with the resolution of identified challenges or issues as a result of internal audits, providing advice, support and coaching on how functional teams or CO’s can best implement processes and actions to maintain quality processes and procedures
  • Provide General Risk and Quality Support across a broad range of Governance, Risk and Quality team activities as needed, includingsupporting implementation of the Risk Mgmt Framework, including across Country Offices, including updating risk documentation (eg. risk treatment plans), develop (and monitor progress of implementing) improvement plans, supporting business continuity planning and testing, and supporting completion of insurance documentation and claims management
  • Business Support – providing oversight to Business Support Services, including line management of the Corporate Support Officer
  • Reporting – ability to design and build reports to support organisational performance, risk/compliance awareness etc

Ideally you will have:

  • Experience in development and implementation of policies and procedures in a complex operating environment (preferably in an international development context)
  • Understanding of legislative, compliance and best practice requirements for NFPs, including those under the ACNC, ASIC nad ACFID;
  • Strong attention to detail and experience in developing tracking and compliance monitoring plans and tools
  • Experience developing risk registers and or risk treatment plans
  • Experience developing reports and briefing papers (eg. for ET and or Board)
  • Understanding of audit and compliance processes and ability to undertake internal audit activity (under supervision) and work with managers and teams to develop improvement plans in response to audit findings
  • Understanding of accreditation requirements and processes in the not-for-profit sector, with experience in Australian Government Aid program requirements an advantage;]Experience to develop and implement information management systems
  • A demonstrated level of communication and coordination skills including the ability to work collaboratively and productively with internal and external stakeholders;
  • A strong focus on empowering others to understand compliance and governance requirements, including the ability to lead cross-organisational working groups;An understanding of the importance of empowering women and girls and a commitment to the protection of children and the prevention of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse.

What we can offer you

  •  A flexible and supportive working environment
  • Generous salary packaging benefits
  • 17.5% leave loading
  • Professional development and training opportunities

CARE Australia will  seek information from job applicants’ previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment, and/or child abuse the applicant may have been found guilty to have committed or about which an investigation was in the process of being carried out at the time of the termination of the applicant’s employment with that employer.  By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no objection to CARE Australia requesting the information specified above.

CARE Australia is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and encourage applications from people living with a disability and/or have lived experience of disability. We also encourage Pacific Islander people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply?

Please review the Candidate Information Pack available on our website and complete the online application form by clicking ‘Apply Now’ via the portal on our website. Please ensure you attach your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria (max 2 pages). After submitting your application you will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt. Only applicants who fully address the criteria will be considered.

This will be conducted as a rolling recruitment process, with shortlisting and interviews being completed as applications are received. Please submit your application ASAP if you are interested in the role. More information can be found at careaustralia.connxcareers.com/Job/ViewJobs

Questions about the role?

Please contact Sue Cunningham on [email protected] using the subject line “Senior Advisor, Policy and Compliance Enquiry”. Please do not email applications to this address.

Applications Close: 11:59 pm (AEDT), Monday 13th March 2023.

Closing Date: Mar 13, 2023