Australian High Commission

Position Vacant

Senior Program Manager, Development Cooperation

The Australian High Commission is seeking applications for the position of Senior Program Manager – Development Cooperation.

The position is available immediately, and after an initial three months probationary period the successful candidate may be offered an ongoing contract. The commencing salary is $19,504. 

Duties will include:

·         Manage the effective delivery of the development program with a high level of independent decision-making and accountability for     compliance, financial and risk management

·         Build and maintain strategic relationships/partnerships with the Government of Tuvalu, donor and development partners, and Australian government counterparts, and influence and support the Tuvaluan Government to drive program performance

·         Liaise with a wide range of partners, contractors and service providers to support high-level coordinated program planning and implementation

·         Negotiate and collaborate with key partners concerning the formulation and the implementation of the program, defining objectives, forward and strategic planning, risk management, identifying innovations and program improvements

·         Monitor and evaluate program performance, ensuring that monitoring and evaluation activities directly inform broader performance reporting as well as program decision-making

·         Lead and coordinate the mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues through the program

·         Commission, oversee and undertake research, analysis, pipeline planning, and problem solving on relevant cross-cutting issues to inform DFAT engagement

·         Report on program outcomes, provide expert analysis and evidence-based advice on operational issues, strategic program direction and program planning, and draft complex correspondence, briefs and submissions

·         Represent the Australian High Commission, promote policy dialogue and provide detailed advice on Australian participation at a range of local, regional and international forums, events and meetings

·         Monitor and report on emerging DFAT, partner government and other agency policy developments, and maintain a thorough understanding of how issues directly relate to the multilateral and bilateral relationships between Australia and the Pacific

·         Manage, review and interpret policies relevant to the program, monitor policy implementation and mitigate risks

·         Provide analysis, support and direction for new activity developments including developing concept documents and participate in design development missions

·         Set the strategic framework for performance management in a small team, supervise, and assist in the recruitment and development of staff

The specific requirements of the role may be adjusted slightly subject to operational requirements. Unsuccessful candidates who reach the interview stage but are assessed to meet the requirements of the position will be included in an order of merit which may be used to fill the same position should it become vacant within the following 12 month period.

The successful candidate will have tertiary qualifications in a relevant area including economics or development studies, and/or at least five years’ experience in program/project management.

The candidate should be fluent in spoken and written English and Tuvaluan, have an extensive knowledge and understanding of government systems and experience in development context.

For selection criteria and information on how to apply are available here. Only applications which address the selection criteria will be considered. Applications must be submitted by email to with “Application for Senior Program Manager” as the subject line by 4pm on Monday 11 March 2019.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interview.