Executive Officer, Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce

Australia · Act for Peace · ACRT

Description

Act for Peace is a leading humanitarian aid and development agency -the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia

Opportunity to create transformational change

Work with an experienced team

Contract 0.7 part-time permanent position to June 2019

Location: Melbourne or Sydney CBD

Act for Peace is seeking expressions of interest for the position of Executive Officer of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce.

About the position - Executive Officer, Australian Churches Refuge Taskforce (ACRT)

The Australian Church Refugee Taskforce (ACRT) was formed in late 2012 in response to the increasing concern of churches in Australia to the experience of refugees and people seeking asylum from the Australia Government. An initiative of the National Council of Churches in Australia, the ACRT is supported as a program of Act for Peace, with a Steering Committee representing church membership. Since 2012, the ACRT has established itself as one of the key faith-based voices in the pursuit of more humane asylum seeker and refugee policy in Australia.

In March 2017, key ACRT stakeholders met to discuss the findings of an external review of the work of the Taskforce and to confirm its future direction. We are now looking for a new Executive Officer (EO) to lead the Taskforce for the next two years.

The ACRT’s Executive Officer will be a dynamic individual leading and coordinating a program of campaign and advocacy strategies agreed with the ACRT Steering Committee and Act for Peace. Our new EO will develop and implement relevant proactive and responsive campaigns, work with a wide range of stakeholders including government officials, church representatives and aligned campaigning bodies, manage pro-bono and paid consultants, engage in fundraising for the ACRT and complete administrative tasks as required.

The salary will be negotiated depending upon the skills and experience of the successful candidate. The base salary is expected to be in the range of $78 – 85,000 pro-rata (plus superannuation. Salary packaging is available). The position will be funded on a 0.7 full-time equivalent basis.

About Act for Peace

Act for Peace is the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), a council of 19 member churches. Our 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, displacement and disaster.

The Programs and Policy Department work with partners to support a range of humanitarian and development initiatives including program implementation, organizational development and advocacy. Our overseas work assists partners working with communities in or from Syria, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Tonga and Vanuatu. In Australia, our focus is on supporting refugee initiatives. For more information about Act for Peace, including our principles and policies, please see our website, www.actforpeace.org.au

Specific information on the work of the ACRT can be found at www.acrt.com.au.

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. For more information about the Act Alliance, please see www.actalliance.org

About the Programs and Policy Department

Act for Peace includes two departments, Program and Policy, and Marketing and Communications, and works with the support of the NCCA’s Business Services Department.

The Programs and Policy Department supports overseas based partners to increase safety, justice and dignity in communities threatened by conflict, disaster and displacement. Strategies incorporate organisational, programmatic and technical capacity building, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation and donor grant management. In addition, the Department supports or implements several domestic programs and advocacy initiatives focused on refugee protection. Our work responds to our protection framework. Ensuring quality and accountability are essential elements of our work.


Success will be indicated by:

Reports to: Chair, Australia Churches Refugee Taskforce and Indirectly to: Snr Policy and Protection Advisor, Act for Peace

Selection Criteria Essential:

  1. Degree in Social Work, Social Sciences, Theology, International Development, Legal Studies/Law or related area.
  2. At least 5 years government or non-government experience in Australia, in the refugee, asylum seeker or settlement service sectors.
  3. Sound working knowledge of Australian refugee law, policy and practice - including refugee status determination, reception arrangements, resettlement and offshore detention and processing - and a good working knowledge of the international refugee protection system.
  4. Demonstrated performance in proactive leadership of campaigns or programs addressing the need for change, including advocacy skills and interaction with government and civil society actors.
  5. Demonstrated ability to develop public policy and prepare submissions to government inquiries.
  6. Demonstrated experience preparing project proposals, reports and financial acquittals.
  7. Demonstrated media experience (preferably in TV, radio and print) with excellent written, verbal and presentational skills. Experience in social media and website content development.
  8. Demonstrated experience managing consultants, casual staff and volunteers.
  9. Sympathy with Christian values and willingness to represent Christian members in secular and Christian contexts and media.

Desirable

  1. Demonstrated proficiency in digital and social media platforms such as Hootsuite, a high level of competency in the MS Office Suite, with competency in WordPress an advantage, but not essential.
  2. Excellent relationships with faith-based communities and churches in Australia.

Other Requirements

These do not need to be addressed in your covering letter, but are important considerations for us:

Requirements

Key Responsibilities:

Other Requirements

These do not need to be addressed in your covering letter, but are important considerations for us:

To apply, please include a 2-4 page covering letter addressing the Selection Criteria and your resume by 16 July, 2017.

Please contact Janet Cousens for further details: mob: 0410-676-007

Applications close 16 July, 2017. Interviews will be held on 19 July.

Benefits

The salary will be negotiated depending upon the skills and experience of the successful candidate. The base salary is expected to be in the range of $78 – 85,000 pro-rata (plus superannuation. Salary packaging is available). The position will be funded on a 0.7 full-time equivalent basis.

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