Government of Australia Job Vacancy: Humanitarian Policy Officers (Specialist) - Canberra, Australia

APS Level 5/6 & Executive Level 1
Ongoing, Full time positions
Salary: $71,708 - $110,129 plus superannuation

Job Reference: 710 (Several Positions)
  • There are multiple positions to be filled in the Humanitarian, NGOs and Partnerships Division (HPD).
  • With consideration for the APS level that the candidate is applying for, specialist recruits will be required to perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Contribute to the management of DFAT’s relationships with humanitarian, NGOs or volunteer sending partners;
  • Provide advice and support to senior management, posts, country and regional programs to ensure day to day work and initiatives align with Australia’s humanitarian, NGOs and volunteer policies and deployments;
  • Liaise with internal and external clients/stakeholders to inform and clarify operational and policy issues/requirements;
  • Research and prepare briefings, correspondence, submissions and reporting cables on humanitarian, NGOs or volunteer policy and programs;
  • Co-ordinate, shape and participate in formal meetings, events, committees and working groups to implement or develop Australian Government policies and programs; and
  • Oversee program management, including financial management, contract management and quality and performance activities, which may include improving monitoring, evaluation and learning systems.
  • Applications for each APS level will be assessed at the discretion of the selection panel. Successful applicants will be offered a position at the level deemed appropriate by the selection panel. This may be above or below the level applied for.
  • Tertiary qualification(s) in a relevant field and/or experience working on humanitarian operations and/or development partnerships or programs (domestic or international); Understanding of international development issues and challenges and related policy issues;
  • Understanding of international guidelines, standards and principles;
  • Demonstrated contract management, project management and partnership management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and representational skills for engaging with internal and external stakeholders; and Experience in civilian and/or military engagement (desirable).
How to apply:
Candidates must be Australian citizens to be eligible for engagement and the successful candidate will undergo a comprehensive security assessment. Employment in the department is dependent on gaining a valid security clearance. Loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment.
DFAT employees are expected to adhere to the APS values and employment principles in terms of performance and standards of behaviour.

Candidate’s attention is drawn to the department’s policy on recruitment or promotion to specialist positions. This position is categorised as “specialist”. Staff recruited to this position will be required to remain in their area of specialisation for the duration of their employment with the department, unless they are successful in a subsequent merit-based selection process.

Please visit the DFAT website to view further details of the position and to submit an online application by Thursday 25 February 2016 at 2pm AEDT.