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Who is AFAO?


See below the current job vacancies at AFAO:

Project Manager – DFAT Accreditation

  • Lead AFAO’s preparation and submission for full DFAT accreditation – Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
  • Develop working relationships with stakeholders including DFAT personnel, the AFAO International Advisory Committee, AFAO management and staff and country partners in Asia and Pacific.
  • Applicants not domiciled in Sydney, who can perform the position’s duties remotely, will be considered.
  • Competitive not for profit salary packaging offered.

The Organisation
AFAO is the national federation for the HIV community response in Australia. AFAO works to end HIV transmission and reduce its impact on communities in Australia and, also, in Asia and the Pacific through an eight country multi-country grant funded by the Global Fund for AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

AFAO’s member organisations represent the diverse communities most affected by HIV – sexuality and gender diverse communities, sex workers, people who inject drugs, people with HIV and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

AFAO’s close connection with communities, provides rapid intelligence on changes in the HIV epidemic, allowing the organisation to respond quickly, and to act as a trusted communication channel to government, multi-lateral funders, research and clinical partners.

The Role
The Project Manager: DFAT Accreditation is an integral member of AFAO, dedicated to leading AFAO’s application for full accreditation in the ANCP. Reporting to the Deputy CEO, the role’s duties include:

  • Lead the development of AFAO’s strategy to achieve full accreditation in the ANCP.
  • Lead the development of systems to document the organisation’s practices in formal policies to demonstrate AFAO’s preparedness for full accreditation.
  • Cultivate networks of stakeholders, including from AFAO’s members and regional stakeholders to support the organisation’s pursuit of full accreditation in the ANCP.
  • Support the preparation of reports, analysis, briefings and discussion papers and communications for AFAO’s Board.
  • Analyse, engage and cultivate potential partners and resources to achieve full accreditation in the ANCP.
  • Lead the preparation of internal policies and documents, strategies and engagement with technical experts to best position AFAO for accreditation of ANCP.
  • Understand, implement, participate in, and promote AFAO’s business processes, policies and procedures, and WHS objectives, processes and procedures.
  • Perform other appropriate duties and responsibilities as assigned by senior management.

The position is a fixed term full time until 30 June 2022, with a likely extension to complete the accreditation process.

Skills Required:
Essential Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated experience leading submissions for full DFAT accreditation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience of engaging with the international development sector.
  • A proven track record of autonomously planning and using systems and project management to map, implement and complete complex projects, including the capacity to manage concurrent projects and meet deadlines.
  • Development programming.
  • High quality understanding of governance and financial risk in non-government organisation settings with proven ability to define and codify an organisation’s governance and financial risk frameworks to achieve full accreditation in the ANCP.
  • Recognition of, and a willingness to work with, the diverse range of stakeholder constituting AFAO’s membership and the global HIV response, in particular diverse sexual and gender identities.
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to resolve complex issues, including with stakeholders who may have differing views and conflicting interests.
  • Excellent judgement to manage and advise on sensitive issues that may involve reputational risk.
  • Tertiary qualifications in in a relevant field.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience in the evaluation of programs, projects or services.
  • Experience working or volunteering in community organisations in Australia or elsewhere.

Download a copy of the Position Description, here.

How to Apply
To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter responding to the skills required (maximum 5 pages) via email to Renee Parker ( as soon as possible. For further information about this position please contact AFAO Deputy CEO, Heath Paynter (