Australian Sports Partnerships Program Vacancy

The Australian Sports Partnerships Program (ASPP) is a 10-year initiative to be delivered in six Pacific island countries and up to four Asian countries. Globally, sport is a way people convene, gain status, create norms and celebrate culture. But access to sport is unequal. Women, girls and people with disabilities face barriers or are systematically excluded from participation, coaching, officiating, administrating and governing sport. Sport for development programming such as the ASPP offers an opportunity to address the ‘play gap’ that exists in mainstream sport through carefully designed and targeted activities that can level the playing field. GHD has been engaged to provide the management, coordination and technical services required to design, implement and manage ASPP.

Privately owned by our people, GHD is one of the world’s leading engineering professional services companies. Our global network of over 10,000 people operates in the water, energy and resources, property and buildings, environment, and transportation markets. GHD's International Development Assistance (IDA) Team delivers project management and technical services for the world's largest development organisations to improve the lives of people in developing countries.

The Role

ASPP is seeking applications for the position of Partnership Manager to lead the Pacific Island operations of the ASPP, based full-time in Suva, Fiji for an initial 12-month contract period, with likely extension. Reporting to the Program Manager, this position will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the ASPP partnerships in the Pacific region. The Partnerships Manager will collaborate with and provide technical advice and assistance to a range of strategic partners and stakeholders to strengthen overall ASPP approaches in the Pacific. Responsibilities include:

Leading and managing ASPP staff in the Fiji Office;

Supporting ASPP partners to manage their partnerships throughout the phases of the partnership cycle including scoping, building, managing, maintaining, reviewing and revising;

Applying adaptive management techniques to ensure ASPP partnerships evolve with the flexible and reflective processes to best serve their communities;

Supporting locally engaged specialists in social inclusion and monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning (MERL) to work with ASPP partners in implementing inclusion plans and MERL approaches;

Representing the ASPP in strategic partnerships that contribute to safeguarding, communication and leadership outcomes;

Contributing to the ASPP team in implementing the communications strategy, promoting positive news stories and supporting the Media and Strategic Communications Adviser in public diplomacy activities with the DFAT Posts across the Pacific;

Building collaborative approaches to shared objectives working across multiple programs, stakeholders, countries and cultures;

Contributing to the ASPP team in conducting learning and reflection workshops with partners and implementers;

Supporting the ASPP partners and program team to use protection, inclusion and monitoring and evaluation systems to identify and manage risks;

Working with partners to identify lessons learned to facilitate important programming decisions and encourage wider learning;

Engaging with potential partners for ASPP and supporting partners to broker new partnerships with in-country donors and private sector actors;

Supporting grant funding contracting and procurement processes;

Ensuring that ASPP staff in Fiji adhere to the highest standards of integrity and observe other GHD values, particularly on the safety of staff.

Specific skill requirements

Tertiary qualifications in any related discipline in management, community development, organisational change;

Proven experience in leading and working with teams of technical staff across different disciplines in international settings;

Specialist knowledge and experience in, and demonstrated commitment to: gender equity; disability inclusion; safeguarding and/or sport for development;

Demonstrated experience in developing and managing partnerships for development programs;

Experience in development program management processes including design, adaptive management, MERL, partnership brokering and systems management;

Experience managing and contributing to complex cross-sector, multi stakeholder development programs;

Well-developed analytical skills including the ability to assess problems and identify and implement solutions in a change-resistant environment;

Ability to work with partners to analyse issues, draw conclusions and indicate next steps in an engaging manner;

Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to coordinate meetings, communicate and interact and build relationships with representatives from multiple organisations;

An understanding of the challenges and general environment of developing countries, particularly related to the Pacific;

Experience working in a cross-cultural work environment with people from different backgrounds and disciplines;

Sensitive to safeguarding, gender, disability, environment and development issues;

Excellent organisational skills including the ability to meet deadlines, prioritise workload, and manage conflicting work demands;

Demonstrated capacity to work autonomously and contribute positively in a team environment;

Demonstrated proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of programs.

All candidates must adhere to GHD’s Child Protection Policy, Integrity Management Policy, Code of Conduct and other key policies. This position is classified as Discipline C Level 3 under the DFAT Adviser Remuneration Framework. To express your interest please click Apply Online and submit your CV and cover letter addressing the specific skill requirements above. Closing date Friday 25 October 2019. Please request a copy of the ASPP design overview by emailing

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