Positions Available:

Senior Manager – International Partnerships

– Wahroonga, Sydney, NSW
– Full Time
– Applications Close: 17 March 2019

ADRA is seeking a qualified and experienced person with drive, expertise, and vision to inspire and lead its International Programs team. In this role, you will be required to oversee updates to ADRA Australia’s program cycle, lead program compliance, build and maintain a highly competent and motivated team, and support the Director of Programs. The successful applicant will have strong leadership and relationship management skills, and a high level of experience working within International Partnerships.

Primary Job Description

The Program Senior Manager – International Partnerships, is responsible for

  1. Building and maintaining a highly competent and motivated team of Australian based Programs staff to professionally manage relationships and commitments with International Partners using a Values Based approach.
  2. Overseeing updates to ADRA Australia’s program cycle management system to ensure it supports the implementation of high quality and innovative programming by program partners while meeting International standards and ADRA’s internal and external compliance commitments.
  3. Leading program compliance to ensure internal and external policies and compliance requirements are adhered to by all implementing partners: including in the areas relevant for DFAT Accreditation, ACFID Code of Conduct, safeguarding (Child protection and PSEA), security, risk and counter terrorism.
  4. Attracting appropriate financial and other resources from various sources, including SDA Church institutions, departments and members as well as the Australian Government, private institutions, and private business, in support of ADRA Australia’s program activities.
  5. Supporting the Director of Programs in providing evidence based strategic leadership for ADRA Australia’s International programs in response to the changing development context.
  6. Contributing relevant information as well as practical and forward thinking advice to support decision making on ADRA Australia’s Programs Committee.


Essential Selection Criteria

  1. At least 4 years’ experience in international development
  2. Proven ability to build effective and collaborative teams
  3. Program and project management experience, including designing, budgeting, planning, reporting and financial analysis at a portfolio level
  4. Proven ability to manage day to day operations within strict deadlines and under time constraints
  5. Masters level Degree in International Development, or related discipline, and/or proven relevant field experience
  6. Willingness to work within a Christian ethos and consistent with the values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
  7. Ability to contribute strategically to innovative practice, develop high quality program designs, and engage in learning processes constructively
  8. Advanced level of written/verbal English communication skills, and computer literacy skills
  9. Ability to travel on a regular basis (up to 100 days per year)

Desirable Selection Criteria

  1. Familiarity with compliance requirements of DFAT including the ANCP accreditation process.
  2. Credentials in training and development
  3. A technical specialty within the areas of health, education, or livelihoods

For additional information please contact: Alison Young, ADRA Australia, phone 02 9489 5488, or email alisonyoung@adra.org.au.

Candidates should address the selection criteria in their application letter through examples of past experiences and qualifications.  Forward your letter and resume by 17 March 2019 along with the names of three work related referees to: alisonyoung@adra.org.au

At the time of application the successful applicant will already have the legal right to live and work in Australia.

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ADRA Australia is a child safe organisation and screens applicants for suitability to work with children, successful applicants will be required to obtain a police check. Police checks must be conducted for each country in which the individual has lived for 12 months or longer over the last five years, and for the individual’s country of citizenship (including dual citizenship holders). Individuals need to provide their consent to a criminal record check and should be informed of the purpose for which the resulting police clearance certificate should be used. ADRA Australia recognises that in limited instances it may prove impossible to obtain a reliable criminal record check. A statutory declaration outlining efforts made to obtain a foreign police check, and disclosing any charges and spent convictions related to child exploitation, may be accepted in lieu.

ADRA Australia is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. A copy of relevant policies are available on request. The appointing body reserves the right to fill positions at its discretion. Successful applicants will already have the legal right to live and work in Australia.