Program Manager, Papua New Guinea

International Women's Development Agency

Location Melbourne (hybrid work from home and office model - as per COVID restrictions)
Salary SCHADS 6 plus superannuation and salary packaging
Team Systemic Change & Partnerships
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 9th Oct 2022 AEDT

Job Description

  • Full-time permanent role

  • Based in Melbourne (combination WFH and office as per COVID restrictions)

  • Support and lead partnerships with women's rights organisations in PNG programs to diverse Pacific women's voice & to bring change through a vibrant & resilient feminist movement.


IWDA is an Australian-based organisation, resourcing diverse women’s rights organisations, primarily in Asia and the Pacific, and contributing to global feminist movements to advance our vision of gender equality for all.

VISION: Gender equality for all

PURPOSE: To defend and advance the rights of diverse women and girls

VALUES: Feminist, Accountable, Collaborative, Transformative

OUR GOALS 2020-2023:

1.      Resource and contribute to a resilient and vibrant feminist movement

2.      Promote systemic change towards gender equality for all

3.      Build a resilient and relevant feminist organisation

IWDA works in partnership with gender equality focused organisations in Asia and the Pacific; with international women’s movement coalitions; and with government and academic institutions in Australia to address the practical and structural barriers to gender equality. IWDA’s partnership work seeks to achieve transformational systemic change in order to realise our vision of gender equality for all.

As part of this contribution, we take actions to decolonise our approach to feminism and development. We want to become the best we can be in the world at north-south partnerships.  This means we seek to understand and leverage our locational power so that we know when to:

STEP UP: and use our power to leverage resources and access for women’s rights organisations, and make our own contribution to feminist movements

STAND WITH: feminist movements in solidarity and amplify the work of global south actors

STEP BACK: when others are better placed to take the lead.


The Program Manager Pacific - Papua New Guinea, contributes to IWDA’s partnership and program implementation as a part of IWDA’s Strategic Plan (Goal 1). This position sits within the Systemic Change and Partnerships team at IWDA.   

Reporting to the Senior Program Manager, this role drives feminist, systemic change approaches to partnership building, program development and implementation, organisational strengthening, financial management, advocacy, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and contract management.

The current focus of the role is to lead and facilitate a number of IWDA’s partnerships with women’s rights organisations in the Pacific. The position will lead and manage relationships in Papua New Guinea (Voice for Change and Wide Bay Conversation Association). These programs are funded by DFAT’s Pacific Women Lead program and UN Women’s Spotlight Initiative. Role responsibilities will include overseeing program management and partnership processes with a feminist approach, ensuring these processes are relevant to partners, program outcomes and in line with IWDA strategic priorities. This position also leads technical accompaniment to Voice for Change through IWDA’s Advisor Model.

The Program Manager will manage and lead support to partners, including: to identify organisational strengthening needs and source capacity building support; build, review and acquit budgets in line with IWDA financial procedures and donor requirements; adhere to reporting requirements, and support the advocacy and movement building work of IWDA. Through the Advisor Model, the Program Manager is responsible for ensuring that IWDA delivers technical accompaniment to Voice for Change in line with our contractual agreements, and build learning and evidence for this new model of working with partner organisations.

The Program Manager will be expected to contribute to increased resource mobilisation for IWDA, including expanding networks and relationships with women’s rights organisations and the broader women’s rights and feminist movement. This role will also support activities by the Communications and Fundraising Teams, including supporting content gathering and involvement as required in supporting relationships with other donors.

The Program Manager will be expected to contribute to IWDA’s organisational culture and functions through: collaborative working across organisational teams (primarily Systemic Change and Partnership teams, Finance, and Business Transformation); connecting the work of partners to related systemic change work across the organisation; reviewing and implementing policies; and providing relevant input to IWDA’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) systems and processes.


Permanent full-time role. Classified at SCHADS 6 plus superannuation and salary packaging.


If you are looking for an opportunity to make a key contribution to a rights-based international development agency committed to gender equality for all, click apply and submit your application by 11:59pm on 2 October 2022.

Encourage candidates to apply ASAP, as the applications will be reviewed as they come in and suitable candidates will be invited for interview ASAP.

Find the full position description here.

International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) has an Equal Opportunity exemption (H69/2022) and requests applications from people who identify as women (including trans women) only.

IWDA welcomes people with different skills and life experiences, and encourages women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women with disabilities and First Nations women to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in, or strong community ties to, one of the countries in which IWDA supports partners.

Any offer of employment will require a National Police Check and endorsement of IWDA’s Child Protection Code of Conduct. All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Australia.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Sun 9th Oct 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Sun 9th Oct 2022