Partnership and Programs Director

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


About Act for Peace

Act for Peace was founded in 1948 by the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). 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 for communities affected by conflict, disasters and displacement.

Act for Peace strives to achieve lasting change through:

  1. building and maintaining close long-term partnerships with local organisations working to assist, protect and empower crisis-affected local communities;
  2. providing funds, program technical support, organisational capacity development and, where required, direct implementation support, to local partners;
  3. networking, alliance-building, policy development and advocacy, and;
  4. prioritising ongoing research, learning, innovation to foster and maintain our ability to provide valued technical support for protection and disaster risk management.

Our overseas work in Asia, Africa, Middle East and the Pacific regions 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.

Our current focus is on community based protection, disaster resilience, emergency response and sustainable development.

Act for Peace is 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 strong global voice.

About the Position

The Partnership and Programs Director (PPD) leads and supports the Department to deliver on partnership and program goals relevant to achieving Act for Peace’s strategic plan. Working with a mobilised and skilled team, he/she leads Act for Peace’s strategic thinking on partnership and program strategy, design and implementation. The PPD is responsible for Department budget, annual plans, quality, and monitoring, evaluation and reporting against strategic objectives and donor requirements. The PPD is responsible for ensuring the Department continues to increase institutional grants to support our work. The PPD works in close collaboration with other Departments to ensure relevant policy, advocacy, public fundraising, compliance and management accountabilities are achieved. The PPD represents the Agency in external networks and joint initiatives.

The PPD works closely with our Snr Policy and Protection Advisor (SPPA) to ensure active collaboration on our Protection Framework and related advocacy initiatives. The SPPA and our Policy and Advocacy Department staff are supported by technical experts in the Partnership and Programs Department with effectiveness, business development and financial management and to ensure that our advocacy initiatives are informed by partners.

The PPD reports to the Chief Executive Officer, and is a member of the Act for Peace Leadership Team, contributing to whole of Agency development.

This is a full-time permanent position based in the Sydney CBD. The salary will be negotiated depending upon the skills and experience of the successful candidate. Some travel required.


  1. Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline, preferably at post-graduate level
  2. Demonstrated capacity to provide strategic leadership and oversee implementation of a portfolio of complex partnerships and programs initiatives supporting conflict, disaster and displacement-affected communities
  3. Current, in-depth knowledge of international development and humanitarian issues, trends and practices, including specific understanding of protection and resilience approaches
  4. Demonstrated ability to translate strategic plans into operational plans; development of monitoring, learning and reporting frameworks
  5. Demonstrated resource mobilisation and management skills including experience in developing innovative grant income strategies and securing successful grants
  6. Substantial experience in leading and supporting the design and implementation of community based humanitarian and development programs and policies
  7. Sound track record in ensuring organisational effectiveness, quality and accountability in all aspects of program, administration and finance including compliance with Agency and donor requirements, humanitarian principles and standards
  8. Capacity to build and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with key stakeholders, including staff, program partners, institutional donors, networks and alliances. Strong planning, change-management and coordination skills
  9. Capacity to lead a department in a small/medium agency; capacity to multitask and fulfil a range of tasks with limited resourcing. Demonstrated ability to foster a healthy team culture, and to manage staff and collaborative task-teams to engage in practical innovation to enhance program outcomes
  10. Strong IT capacity and ability to adapt to new systems

Please download the info pack for full details of the role, including the key responsibilities and selection criteria.

You will need to upload a copy of your resume and a covering letter detailing how you meet the selection criteria with your application.

Applications close: 9am Tuesday 12th February 2019

Please contact Deirdre Ashe on +61-439-266-160 or [email protected] if you have any queries. Thank you for your interest in this position.

Act for Peace (AfP) is committed to the safety and best interest of all children and young people accessing AfP supported services, programs and workplace. The preferred candidate is advised that they will be required to sign a Child Safeguarding Policy and AfP reserve the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures prior to employment being confirmed.

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