Act for Peace Job Consultant: DFAT Accreditation, Sydney - Australia

4 Month full-time Position (mid-Sept 2016 to mid-Jan 2017) with possibility of extension

Purpose of position:
To support Act for Peace to become fully re-accredited with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australian Aid program.

Act for Peace is the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), a council of 19 member churches. We are also a member of the global ACT Alliance which provides development and humanitarian assistance in more than 140 countries - enabling us to respond immediately to emergency situations and to advocate with global resources. Act for Peace’s vision is for a peaceful world where all people share a safe, just and dignified life. Our purpose is to empower passionate people to work together to achieve safety, justice and dignity in communities threatened by conflict and disaster.

With support from Act for Peace (AfP) and other agencies, our overseas partners assist people affected by conflict, disaster and displacement. Within our protection framework we have a strong focus on displaced communities, community-based disaster risk management and sustainable development. Our program staff provide capacity building for partners relating to both organisational and programmatic development and technical expertise. Our suite of programs includes field-based projects, organisational strengthening initiatives, advocacy and research initiatives. Staff are responsible for securing institutional donor funds as well as management of Agency funding. Most of our partners are long-term partners and include National Councils of Churches, their related aid agencies, and INGOs where technical expertise is required to support local agencies.

Act for Peace (AfP) has recently finalised its Strategic Plan for 2016-2021 and is reviewing our Policy Manual and Operations Manual, and rolling out various performance effectiveness measures to enhance our work and achieve our desired impact in communities affected by conflict, disaster and displacement. We are looking for an industry expert to assist us implementing our existing DFAT Re-Accreditation plan.

Position Reports to: AfP’s Senior Protection and Policy Advisor

Position location: At AfP HQ at 379 Kent Street, Sydney CBD. Possible travel to Melbourne.

Performance effectiveness-related responsibilities:
  • Coordinating the drafting and finalisation of different sections of AfP’s Agency Profile to submit for Accreditation
  • Coordinating the collection of appropriate evidence
  • Participating in the preparation and review of select procedures and tools
  • Preparing for the Mock-Accreditation Review on 24-26 October
  • Supporting the implementation of the findings of that mock review
  • Finalisation of the Agency Profile for submission on 1 December 2016.
  • Preparing for the Organisational Review on-site visit in January or February 2017.
    Other responsibilities:
  • Undertaking specific support activities for the interim Executive Director as mutually agreed
Applicants should address the following selection criteria:
  • Demonstrated recent experience in supporting an Australian NGO to prepare for ‘Full’ DFAT Accreditation.
  • Sound knowledge of DFAT’s humanitarian and development policies and standards, and the obligations of its Fully Accredited Australian NGO partners.
  • Strong understanding of humanitarian and development principles and standards (such as ACFID Code of Conduct, the Core Humanitarian Standards, and Sphere) and the contractual obligations of DFAT-funded NGOs (e.g. DFAT Head Agreements, Grant Orders and the ANCP Manual). Knowledge of ACT Alliance policies and procedures, and its emergency appeals mechanism are also desirable.
  • Ability to appraise AfP’s humanitarian and development systems, procedures and practice, and assess how they meet DFAT Accreditation criteria.
  • Demonstrated experience in reviewing and editing organisational and programmatic documentation.
  • Excellent writing skills, as well as verbal communication skills. Fluent English.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft office; desirable to have advanced formatting skills to support enhancement
  • Demonstrated time management and organisational skills.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement skills; ability to motivate a busy team to complete a body of work
Desirable: experience managing DFAT-funded programs (or similar).

Desirable: experience working for a small to medium-sized NGO. 

Desirable: University degree in international development, organisational development, or related field.
  • Commitment to the ACFID Code of Conduct and the DFAT Child Protection Policy and related Code of Conduct (a Working with Children check will be required).
For further information please visit our website: APPLY ONLINE HERE

How to apply:
Applications addressing the selection criteria should be sent to the acting Performance Effectiveness Coordinator at by Monday 12 September 2016.