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Local Programs Officer

Islamic Relief Australia


Islamic Relief Australia works to deliver high-quality aid and development projects in line with our aims of alleviating suffering, ending poverty, and addressing inequality for vulnerable people. We are a nonproselytising, faith-based NGO that provides support to those less fortunate – regardless of race, political affiliation, gender, or belief. Our Islamic values of compassion, excellence, social justice, custodianship, and sincerity inspires the work we do and informs our organisational culture.

We are a small, dynamic team based in Auburn, Western Sydney. We are proud to be an Australian NGO, and work in accordance with the ACFID Code of Conduct. We are a child-safe organisation and require all staff to comply with our Child Protection Code of Conduct.


The Local Programs Officer’s role is to coordinate, support and manage the IRAUS Local Programs Strategy to achieve significant growth and quality impacts. The position will deliver across two primary modalities for local programming:

  • To lead and manage small local projects where IRAUS is the implementing agent; and,
  • To coordinate and support local IRAUS partner projects managed by local Not-For-Profits and Community-Based Organisations.

Both modalities require efficient and effective project development skills, project cycle management and grant management expertise, the ability to apply quality and accountability frameworks, and the ability to effectively engage members of the community in Australia.


  • Support the Director of Programs and Institutional Relations in the management of the portfolio of local emergency, welfare and development projects directly implemented by IRAUS and its local partners in Australia.
  • Contribute to organisational planning and strategic direction setting for IRAUS local programs.
  • Support, manage and motivate staff and volunteers directly involved in local programs and projects.
  • Assist the Director with program development, assessing opportunities for IRAUS to engage in local and international programming, designing proposals, and liaising with partners and beneficiaries.
  • Facilitate, manage, coordinate or support project implementation teams to efficiently and effectively perform each function of project cycle management – from project identification and design, through implementation, monitoring, review and evaluation, learning and reporting.
  • Support local partners (Not-for-Profit and Community Based Organisations) to develop their capacities to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate local and international projects, and comply with and meet regulation requirements.
  • Ensure quality and accountability in local program and project monitoring and evaluation activities, ensuring that IRAUS-supported projects comply with requirements and meet minimum financial management and audit requirements.


  • Significant previous experience in a similar role, at a local level.
  • Qualified to a degree level, ideally in the social sciences, including social work.
  • At least 2 years of experience working with local programs in a community development setting.
  • At least 2 years experience in program development, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of program implementation within the charity sector
  • Good leadership and people management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Additional relevant language skills will be
  • highly regarded.
  • Cross-cultural communication skills and knowledge of Islamic faith values.
  • Good IT skills
  • Report and proposal writing skills
  • Complex problem-solving and decision-making skills

A position description is attached.

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