Partnerships Lead -Australian Volunteers Program (AVI)

Cardno

The Partnerships Lead will drive a strategic, multi-faceted approach to identify, develop, and onboard new partners to the program.

About Cardno

We are a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs. 
  
Cardno ID (International Development) has extensive experience managing a number of donor-funded programs in the Asia Pacific region. We engage in international development as a holistic, multidisciplinary and integrated process. Strengthened by our geographic and market diversity, we are committed to providing innovative and integrated solutions that create opportunities for significant, lasting change in emerging economies. Collaborating with  multilateral  and  bilateral  donors,  private  clients,  governments  and  communities  to develop  sustainable  solutions  to  complex  challenges,  we  work  with  local  counterparts  to achieve meaningful impact.
  
Australian Volunteers International (AVI)
  
AVI is an Australian not-for-profit organisation committed to achieving economic and social development outcomes across Asia, the Pacific and the world. AVI believes in self-determination with locally owned and led change. 
  
The development of effective and diverse partnerships are central to the successful delivery of the Australian Volunteers program end of program outcomes identified by DFAT. Relationships between Australian Organisations and overseas Partner Organisations will strengthen Australia’s relationships with partner countries by enhancing the development benefits of Partner Organisations and building sustainable institutional linkages. Current strategic partnerships can be expanded and new partnerships explored to identify and scale up new volunteering modalities, multiply capacity development outcomes, and increase the program’s profile, outreach and capacity to recruit through leveraging Australian and international networks. These institutional linkages provide sustainability to the program beyond the individual volunteer assignment and encourages strong and enduring partnerships to facilitate a holistic approach to the achievement of Australian Government development goals.
  
Overview of the Role:

RELATIONSHIPS AND INTERACTIONS:
Internal
  • Australian Volunteers Program staff in Melbourne and overseas
External
  • Partners to the Australian Volunteers Program
  • New and existing partners
  
 
About the Program:
AVI is an Australian not-for-profit organisation committed to achieving economic and social development outcomes across Asia, the Pacific and the world. AVI believes in self-determination with locally owned and led change. 
  
The development of effective and diverse partnerships are central to the successful delivery of the Australian Volunteers program end of program outcomes identified by DFAT. Relationships between Australian Organisations and overseas Partner Organisations will strengthen Australia’s relationships with partner countries by enhancing the development benefits of Partner Organisations and building sustainable institutional linkages. Current strategic partnerships can be expanded and new partnerships explored to identify and scale up new volunteering modalities, multiply capacity development outcomes, and increase the program’s profile, outreach and capacity to recruit through leveraging Australian and international networks. These institutional linkages provide sustainability to the program beyond the individual volunteer assignment and encourages strong and enduring partnerships to facilitate a holistic approach to the achievement of Australian Government development goals
  
Responsibilities and Duties:

Experience, Skills & Attributes

  • Proven high-level networking and representational skills including an ability to develop partnerships, maintain relationships and influence key decision makers
  • Exceptional partnership brokering experience
  • Experience working on government funded programs (especially DFAT) is a significant advantage
  • Exceptional strategic relationship management and program management skills, including the ability to manage inputs from multiple stakeholders to deliver high quality outcomes
  • Commercially astute, including the ability to identify emerging trends impacting program delivery in the international development sector
  • A demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively manage a large portfolio of diverse partners
  • Energetic and motivated, proactive, with innovative ways to achieve results.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, networking, negotiation and relationship management skills
  • High level written communication skills including proposal development and documentation, together with well-developed administration, organisational skills and attention to detail
  
Knowledge and Demonstrated experience in:
  • A track record of developing and maintaining strategic partnerships that deliver impact.
  • Strong experience in negotiating and networking with senior stakeholders in a wide range of organisations (e.g. Private, NGOs, government, tertiary/education)
  • Extensive end-to-end program design and management experience, including experience developing and managing to a budget
  • Highly developed cross-cultural awareness and a deep understanding of the relevant international development issues facing partner regions and countries
  • Demonstrated senior-level experience in identifying, developing and implementing multi-partner partnership agreements, including associated management systems and processes
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as to work effectively as a team
  
Qualifications
Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience

To access the Terms of Reference detailing the role, responsibilities and selection criteria for this position, please copy and paste this link into a web browser: https://bit.ly/3xqV782
  
How to Apply?

We welcome your interest in joining the Australian Volunteers International  team. Please click 'apply' and submit your CV including a cover letter that addresses the selection criteria (no more than two pages).  Kindly note that applications that do not include a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria will not be considered.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. 
  
We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities, LGBTQ+, women, mature age workers and people with different abilities.
 
Applications must be submitted by 10 May 2021 12 noon AEST.
 
Cardno is committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse, Exploitation and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection, fraud and bribery prevention. We want to engage with the right people to deliver our client programs. As part of our approach you will be subjected to formal background screening, criminal record checks, employment verification, and periodic compliance checks. All Cardno staff receive safety, compliance and safeguards training and are responsible for contributing to a safer working culture.
 
 
Contact
If you have any questions, please contact careers@avi.org.au  quoting  Partnerships Lead  in the subject line.