Program Senior Officer

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  • ADRA Australia - Open Heart International
  • Wahroonga, NSW
  • Full Time
  • Applications Close: 03 Nov 2019

ADRA Australia strives for excellence and practical impact in all its program activities. To help achieve this, ADRA Australia is seeking a pragmatic person with expertise and drive, to lead and provide program management, design, guidance and support specifically for Open Heart International.

Open Heart International is a partnership between ADRA Australia and Sydney Adventist Hospital. Through the engagement of volunteer clinicians, Open Heart International implements projects that strengthen health systems, increase the capacity and expertise of developing country clinicians, and provide direct care to patients that would otherwise go untreated. The volunteer clinicians are integral stakeholders and participators in the program strategy, and an ability to effectively work with volunteers is essential for success in the role.

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The Program Senior Officer is responsible for
1. Program Management: Manage the development aspects of Open Heart International relationships ensuring all contractual obligations to stakeholders are met. Partnerships are managed in collaboration with volunteer Project Coordinators who manage clinical aspects.
2. Program Design: Leading a team in the design of new projects/programs and new phases of existing projects, collaborating with ADRA technical specialists, using ADRA’s Values-Based Development approach.
3. Developing Best Practice: Continue to align Open Heart International strategy with Development Best Practice and ADRA Australia program strategy.
4. Safeguarding: Focal point for the protection of children and vulnerable adults, PSEAH, and Counter-Terrorism within Open Heart International.
5. Program Representation: Represent Open Heart International within ADRA Australia program structure including contribution to Technical Learning Labs, membership in Programs Committee, Open Heart International Steering Committee, Clinical Governance Committee(s).

1. At least two years’ experience in all aspects of the program management cycle within cross-cultural contexts, and management of grants.
2. Proven expertise in facilitation, mentoring and capability development within a cross-cultural context.
3. Proven ability to contribute strategically to innovative practice, develop high-quality program designs, and engage in learning processes constructively.
4. Willingness to work within a Christian ethos with conduct that is respectful of the beliefs and practices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church when in the workplace or otherwise representing ADRA Australia.
5. Proven ability to manage day-to-day operations within strict deadlines and under time constraints.
6. Bachelor level degree in a relevant discipline, and/or proven relevant field/business experience.
7. Advanced level of written/verbal English communication skills, and computer literacy skills.
8. Ability to travel on a regular basis (up to 100 days per year).

1. Field experience within a developing country and/or working with indigenous populations in Australia.
2. Familiarity with the compliance requirements of DFAT including the Australian NGO Cooperation Program.
3. Experience in health sector development programs including a Ministry of Health.
4. Experience collaborating with partners with limited development capacity.
5. Experience collaborating with volunteers as part of program implementation.
6. Masters level degree in a relevant discipline, and/or proven relevant field/business experience.

At the time of application, the successful applicant will already have the legal right to live and work in Australia.

ADRA Australia is a child-safe organisation and screens applicants for suitability to work with children, the successful applicant will be required to obtain a police check. Police checks must be conducted for each country in which the individual has lived for 12 months or longer over the last five years, and for the individual’s country of citizenship (including dual citizenship holders). Individuals need to provide their consent to a criminal record check and should be informed of the purpose for which the resulting police clearance certificate should be used. ADRA Australia recognises that in limited instances it may prove impossible to obtain a reliable criminal record check. A statutory declaration outlining efforts made to obtain a foreign police check, and disclosing any charges and spent convictions related to child exploitation, may be accepted in lieu.

ADRA Australia is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.

A copy of relevant policies are available on request.

The appointing body reserves the right to fill this position at its discretion.

Applicants will be requested to disclose whether or not they have had a substantiated Sexual Exploitation Abuse or Harassment claim of any nature made against them in Australia or overseas. This is included in the Job Application Form and Consultant Agreement.

For additional information please contact: Alison Young, ADRA Australia, Phone 02 9473 9503 or email Please click here for a job description.

Candidates should address the selection criteria in their application letter through examples of past experiences and qualifications. Forward your letter and resume by 3 November 2019 along with the names of three work-related referees to:

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