Senior Program Manager, Quality

International Women's Development Agency

Employment Type Full time Permanent
Location Hybrid · Melbourne, Australia Melbourne (hybrid work from home and office model)
Salary SCHADS 6 (paid above award) plus superannuation and salary packaging
Team Systemic Change & Partnerships
Seniority Senior
  • Closing: 11:55pm, 21st Apr 2024 AEST

Job Description

  • Permanent, Full time (with opportunity to work part time at 0.8 FTE)

  • Based in Melbourne (combination WFH and office)

  • Brilliant role to work in the space of Monitoring, Evaluation and learning closely with Partnerships team in the International Development Sector


IWDA is an Australia 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


1.     Resource and contribute to a resilient and vibrant feminist movement, primarily in the areas of freedom from violence and power, leadership and civic space

2.     Promote systemic change towards gender equality for all

3.     Build a resilient and relevant feminist organisation

We resource the work of diverse women’s rights organisations, enable them to be more effective by providing support that goes beyond money, and we make our own contributions to feminist movements through advocacy, knowledge creation and translation.

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 at partnerships across the Majority and Minority worlds. 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

SIT WITH uncertainty, embrace communal learning and deep listening, and accept that time is needed to collectively discern the best course of action.

Our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan outlines a third way between the models of women’s funds and international development NGOs.


The Senior Program Manager, Quality (SPMQ) is responsible for supporting and providing technical guidance to IWDA program staff and our grantee women’s rights organisational partners to strengthen design and evidence-based adaptive programming and reporting. This role is responsible for developing, strengthening, and implementing design and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) tools, systems, processes, and methodologies.

The SPMQ will also build and strengthen the capacity of IWDA staff and partners and provide specialist advice and support to establish/strengthen their respective designs, including theories of change and MEL mechanisms, including accountability and knowledge management. The role also plays a thought-leadership role on the what and how of feminist approaches to MEL.

This role collaborates across IWDA to communicate impact and change through data aggregation, analysis, reporting, learning, and storytelling.

Find the full position description for complete position context and focus here.


This role is permanent, full time (with an opportunity to work part time at 0.8 FTE). Classified at SCHADS 6 (paid above award) plus superannuation and salary packaging.

Some of the benefits:

  • Salary packaging options

  • Employee Assistance program

  • Additional end of year leave for all and additional paid personal/carer's and parental leave


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.

IWDA is committed to the wellbeing and safety of our staff including with respect to COVID-19. All our team members are able to work flexibly from home as well as from our office in Melbourne. All staff are fully equipped to work productively and safely from their homes. As long as it is COVID-19 safe, the candidate will be expected to work from our physical office space at least two days a week.

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

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.

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