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Development Coordinator

Employer: indigo foundation
Work Type/s: Part Time
Classification/s: International Aid & Development, Community Development, Legal & Human Rights, Women's Organisations & Services
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Australia-Wide

Job posted on: 13 June, 2019.
Applications close: 07 July, 2019. (Expired)

We are recruiting for a Development Coordinator to manage our community development program in collaboration with a network of community partners across seven countries.

This role is a fantastic opportunity to become a key part of our passionate and dedicated team, reporting to the General Manager and supporting a diverse network of volunteer Partnership Coordinators.

If you have a deep commitment to community-led development and gender equity, extensive experience working collaboratively with marginalised communities and strong organisational and interpersonal skills, this may be the role for you.

Key responsibilities

As Development Coordinator, you will promote and work within indigo foundation's guiding principles – community ownership, sustainability, transparency and equity – to lead and coordinate our development program through a network of grassroots community partners and Australia-based Partnership Coordinators.

You will support our team of Partnership Coordinators to ensure that our development programs is grounded in strong and respectful relationships with community partners and operates within indigo foundation’s guiding principles, strategy and policies.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing advice and expertise to shape planning, policy, procedures and practices required for direction setting and management of the development program.
  • Supporting Partnership Coordinators in their role and maintaining oversight of community partnerships as they move through the project cycle
  • Leading and managing the design of tools and practical guidance relating to project planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Overseeing Commitment Agreements with partners, and reporting of activities, risks and finances.
  • Working in a participatory manner with Partnership Coordinators and community partners to identify training and resources that assist them in their role and mission
  • Acting as a conduit for cross-cutting insights, themes and lessons learned across projects and within the organisation to contribute to organisational learning and share good practice
  • Ensuring robust systems and tools to measure impact across the development program.

The full role description is attached.

Selection criteria – critical values, skills and abilities

  • Commitment to social justice and to indigo foundations guiding principles – community ownership, sustainability, transparency and equity
  • Passionate about community-led development and working collaboratively to build the power and capacity of local grassroots organisations
  • Commitment to securing the human rights of women and girls
  • A minimum five years’ experience in community development, including working collaboratively with partner organisations on program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, risk assessment, budget management and reporting on outcomes
  • Tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in international or community development or a related field
  • Ability to identify, analyse and solve problems and obstacles arising in the process of managing partner relationships
  • Experience creating a supportive and productive team environment for staff or volunteers
  • Ability to work collaboratively, value diversity and listen and learn from others
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills


  • Experience in programs, research or advocacy working towards gender equity
  • Experience in programs involving advocacy and/or movement-building models of change
  • Experience writing proposals for grants or funding
  • Experience as a volunteer or in a volunteer-based organisation

indigo foundation is a child-safe organisation. The Development Coordinator must sign our Code of Conduct for Working with Children and Young People and hold a current Working with Children and Vulnerable People clearance.

The role

This is an Australia-based part-time role (20 hours per week) with some international travel. You will be employed under the SCHADS Award at a level 4 or 5, depending on skills and experience.

indigo foundation is a virtual organisation with great team of staff and volunteers throughout Australia, with hubs in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. You will work from home and the role can be based anywhere in Australia for the right candidate but with a preference for the role to be based in NSW, Victoria or the ACT.

The role is a unique opportunity to use your skills, initiative and passions to play a leadership role with a fantastic team and flexible work conditions.

About indigo foundation

indigo foundation is an innovative and independent community development organisation based in Australia. For almost 20 years, indigo foundation has supported grassroots organisations in some of the most marginalised communities in the world to pursue their development goals. We currently partner with 17 local organisations across seven countries.

We support local community partners to empower women and girls, improve education and health outcomes, secure better livelihoods for families and defend their human rights. We believe powerful and positive change is achieved through community control over decision-making, honest communication between communities and ourselves and building strong community organisations. We know from the evidence that community-led development works to transform lives and build more resilient communities. Our approach to partnership is built on respect, mutual learning and accepting that progress and setbacks are a normal part of community development.

We are a proudly nimble and creative organisation, with committed volunteers and supporters across Australia.

How to apply for this job

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