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Program Coordinator - Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship - East Arnhem

Good Return

About the Good Return Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship Program

Good Return is an international non-governmental organisation specialising in women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion. We work mainly with rural women running agricultural businesses throughout Asia and the Pacific. In Northern Australia, we work exclusively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women leaders creating businesses related to their cultural knowledge and connected to their traditional homelands. Our work is led by Indigenous women living on their Country with the support of locally engaged Program Managers. We deeply respect their cultural authority and self-determination and are committed to social justice.

This work is funded by numerous sources, including the Sir Robert Menzies Foundation, the Paul Ramsay Foundation, the Visa Foundation and other philanthropic donations.

Note that sponsorships are not available for this position, therefore you must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency to apply. Applicants not meeting this requirement will not be considered.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply for this job.

Scope of position

The Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator supports the Program Director through detail-oriented administration and coordination of agreements with implementation partners, the Good Return IWE Programme Budget, and the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) strategy. Your role will also provide confidential, patient support for women applying for loans via an online portal.


Provide Administrative support to Program Director and Program Ambassador (25%)

  • Assist the Program Director in planning and coordinating program-related activities such as co-design workshops, preparing documentation, organising facilities, resources, and stakeholders, and assisting with execution.
  • Supporting the Program Director and Program Ambassadors in travel arrangements and expense tracking
  • Provide project administrative support. Including:
    • Coordination and management of the monthly reporting cycle for program status and financial position
    • Performing the secretariat role for the Collaboration Team
  • KPIS
    • High-quality project coordination strategy in place at all times
    • Successful project implementation, with overall project expenditure not exceeding budget

Coordinate Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activities (25%)

  • Support the Program Director and partners in designing evaluation projects. This may include client workshops, development of evaluation frameworks and other key components of evaluations.

  • Support the management and administration of evaluation projects. This may include assisting with monitoring project plans and budgets, coordinating project meetings, organising focus groups and progress reporting.

  • Contribute to preparing evaluation reports, presentations, and other outputs for internal and external audiences.

  • KPIs
    • Consistent execution and coordination of the agreed MEL framework with our implementation partners.

Assist Indigenous women to Access no and low-interest financial products (Tomorrow Fund) (50%)

  • Receiving referrals from our Program Managers, triage and process women’s applications for no (or very low) interest micro-loans for essential personal (family) or business expenses
  • Adhere to all guidelines for all microfinance offerings (handbook and training will be provided)
  • Liaise with locally engaged Program Managers to market and promote the Tomorrow Fund
  • KPIs
    • Number of Partner referrals resulting in applications submitted via the GSANZ portal and referred across the Tomorrow Fund blended capital instruments.
    • Positive feedback and assessment from Participants and Partner (timely, supportive, educative).
  • Other Duties as required



  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong understanding of the historical and contemporary issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples; particularly those living in remote, rural locations.
  • Demonstrated project/program experience in an administrative project coordination role or similar, including experience in developing and maintaining budgets and process documentation and reporting on project statuses and activity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of low-income consumers' challenges and commitment to promoting financial inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain positive public relations with external stakeholders and partners.
  • Excellent numeracy skills, verbal communication, interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, competence to manage sensitive matters and material
  • Demonstrated high-level organisational and coordination skills with a diligent, energetic, and positive approach and the ability to work, use initiative, prioritise workloads and maintain flexibility.
  • Solid experience in using cloud-based document and file creation/storage (Google Docs) and the ability to quickly acquire skills in other software and ICT systems.


  • 2-3 years’ work experience in the community services sector
  • Certificate IV or Tertiary Qualification in finance, accounting or bookkeeping
  • Experience in microfinance or financial services
  • Experience in providing services to people living in very remote areas
  • Level of Effort: Part-time, 30 hours per week ( over 4 or 5 days, flexible)
  • Location: Ideally, it is based in Top End NT, East Arnhem, or the East Kimberley (WA). Work can be done remotely.


Applications can be submitted by selecting the 'Apply Now' button below.

Applicants should provide a CV and a cover letter that addresses the selection criteria listed in the full position description, along with your phone and Skype contact details. Cover letters can be included in the messages section or uploaded together with a CV file.

We would love to hear how you heard about the position.

Enquiries can be directed via the Good Return website


Good Return is an inclusive organisation. We strive to build a team that truly represents our diverse society and those of the Asia-Pacific communities we operate in. We actively encourage all applicants, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality, to apply. If you require adjustments to the recruitment or interview process to accommodate your specific needs, let us know and we will try to provide them.

Good Return is a child-safe organisation. Our recruitment processes reflect our commitment to the protection of children from abuse; successful candidates will need to comply with our Child Protection Policy and undergo pre-employment checks.

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