Senior Program Manager

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: 11:59pm, 4th Oct 2023 AEDT

Job Description

  • Full time (1.0 FTE), permanent

  • Based in Melbourne (combination WFH and office)

  • Excellent opportunity to lead the partnerships team and to work 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

OUR GOALS 2023-2025:

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 is a key leadership role at IWDA, responsible for leading IWDA’s partnerships in Asia and the Pacific. Reporting to the Director, Systemic Change & Partnerships and working closely with the Partnerships team and Leadership team, this role drives and administers systematic approaches to program development, implementation and financial management as well as leading cross-team engagement to establish and improve operational policies and processes. The role also supports the successful implementation of advocacy, monitoring, evaluation and learning related to the portfolio.

Presiding a team of Program Managers and Coordinators, the Senior Program Manager leads the development of relevant organisational strategy and operations, including the development of thematic frameworks and guidance, within their program portfolio, and ensures the delivery of contractual obligations and an integrated program.

This role also engages with key external stakeholders, alliances, networks and working groups, is a key representative of IWDA in the community, and maintains and enhances links and dialogue with government, donors and key agencies.

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


This is a permanent, full time role . Classified at SCHADS 6 (paid above award) plus superannuation and salary packaging.

Some of the benefits:

  • Flexible work arrangements such as compressed hours

  • Salary packaging options

  • Employee Assistance program


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.

International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) has an Equal Opportunity exemption (H69/2022) and requests applications from 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 Wed 4th Oct 2023


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 Wed 4th Oct 2023