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Program Manager - DFAT Partnership

CBM Australia
  • Full time – 2 Years Fixed Term
  • Hybrid role with 2 days a week in our Richmond office, and flexible work arrangements.
  • Salary packaging up to $15,900 + meals and entertainment card up to $2,650.

Who we are: The Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG)

CBM Australia’s Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) is a team of international development professionals, working alongside the disability movement, to ensure that development and humanitarian programs include people with disabilities. Our goal is to influence the programs of other aid agencies to be more inclusive of and progress the rights of people with disabilities. The Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) is an initiative of CBM Global Disability Inclusion.

We believe that tailored input, communicated effectively, with the right people at the table can help make equity and inclusion a reality. We work with a range of national and international development partners and contractors to support disability inclusion in their work, including by providing programming and policy advice, conducting disability related analysis, research, mentoring and capacity development. This includes government and non-government organisations, managing contractors and universities. Our work is fast-paced, diverse and growing.

About the role

The Program Manager - DFAT Partnership will play a pivotal role in overseeing and managing IAG Australia team’s most significant and complex advisory partnership, namely that with the Disability Equity and Rights Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The role will facilitate the successful execution and coordination of activities within this contract, ensuring compliance, stakeholder management, project management, and effective communication.

The Program Manager reports to the IAG Business Manager and the role requires minimal supervision and is expected to work autonomously.

The Program Manager will work to ensure that:

  • IAG Australia's disability inclusion technical partnership with DFAT DIS is effectively managed, on time and within scope and budget, in collaboration with the project technical lead.
  • High level of engagement and strong working relationships are built and maintained with internal and external stakeholders to deliver IAG Australia's contract with DFAT DIS.
  • Project specific workflows, templates, guidance, systems and processes are maintained and continuously improved to ensure efficient delivery of high-quality advice to DFAT and systematic monitoring and reporting is seamless.

The key responsibilities and duties of the Program Manager include:

  • Stakeholder and relationship management – including acting as the primary operational contact point for DFAT (in collaboration with the primary technical contact point for DFAT); cultivating and maintaining positive relationships and clear communication with consultants, associates, subcontractors, and disability movement stakeholders; and engaging effectively in project meetings including weekly operational level meetings, regular partnership health check processes, and governance meetings (Steering Committee).
  • Strategic capacity and workload management – including providing leadership by coordinating interdependencies among DFAT tasks and IAG advisors and consultants; and proactively anticipate demand fluctuations to execute strategic initiatives effectively.
  • Operational management – including ensuring compliance with contractual obligations; enhancing project support and management systems to facilitate project delivery; managing the multi-year program budget; and directly support the development of IAG proposals into various DFAT opportunities, including opportunity identification, proposal management, budgeting, risk assessment, and compliance.

What we’re looking for / selection criteria

CBM welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and people with lived experience of disability.

To be successful in this role you will have:​

  • An applied background in international development and/or project management, including experience managing multi-year large client-funded programs/projects.
  • Strong understanding and experience working in the international development sector, including understanding of bilateral donor and/or multilateral organisation policies and processes.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, and relationship management/partnership brokering and collaboration skills, including experience leading client relationships from a project management perspective.
  • Ability to work with, manage and engage multiple stakeholders to meet agreed objectives and deliverable, including experience working within multi-cultural teams, and the ability to negotiate and resolve conflicts.
  • Strong financial management skills, and ability to prepare, monitor, and report against project budgets and workplans.
  • Willingness to learn the content and context of advisory work and pattern of advisory projects, to contribute to continuous improvement of DFAT project-specific workflows, templates, guidance, systems and processes.
  • Passion for the mission of CBM Australia and alignment/comfort with being part of a faith-based organisation.

Additional desirable experience includes:

  • Direct experience working with DFAT.
  • Understanding of disability-inclusive development.

What we offer:

  • The chance to make an impact that matters in a team of like-minded professionals.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Hybrid role with two office days.
  • 5 additional days of leave as well as the 20 days of annual leave.
  • Salary packaging up to $15,900 + meals and entertainment card up to $2,650.
  • 8 weeks paid parental leave after 12 months service.
  • A work environment and values-driven culture that, employees state in their feedback, is one of the most inclusive, caring, and enjoyable that they have ever worked in.


If you meet the above criteria, please submit your resume and a cover letter responding to the selection criteria by clicking Apply Now.

Applications will be considered as soon as they are received.

CBM Australia is committed to workplace equity and diversity and encourages applications from candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds and people with lived experience of disability. Please contact [email protected] using the subject line: Program Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs for confidential support to ensure an equitable, barrier-free application process. We ensure that any information provided to the contact is private and confidential, will only be used to provide accommodations and will in no way determine the outcome of an application.

CBM Australia is committed to the safety and best interest of all children accessing CBM supported services and programs and workplace. Preferred candidates are advised that they will be required to sign the CBM Child Safeguarding Standard, and we reserve the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures prior to employment being confirmed.

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