Australian High Commission
Kingdom of Tonga

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AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION – NUKU’ALOFA

Program Manager

The Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa invites applications for the position of Program Manager

About the role:

Under general direction, Program Managers support the management of Australia’s development program in Tonga, overseeing programs including economic governance, gender, health, infrastructure, skills, scholarships, and climate resilience. Sectoral responsibilities are flexible according to operational requirements. Program Managers work as part of a small team under the direction of a senior manager.

International or domestic travel is occasionally required to represent the program at meetings, attend training and monitor aid investments.

To discuss any aspects of the role, you can contact [email protected] or phone (+676) 20400.

Terms of employment:

The terms of employment will be in accordance with the Nuku’alofa – Locally Engaged Staff Terms and Conditions of Employment.  Employment will be offered on a permanent (on-going) contract basis at the LE5 broadband level with an annual salary range between TOP31,045 and TOP36,318 depending on experience.  Continued employment is subject to a successful completion of a six month probation period.

The Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa offers a package that includes recreation and personal carer’s days, medical benefits, and superannuation contributions.

The Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa will not be responsible for any costs incurred if applying for a Tongan visa, relocation costs, nor the return of the officer and family to their country of origin at the end of the contract.

How to apply:

A full copy of the Duty Statement and Requirements may be downloaded from our website www.tonga.embassy.gov.au; from our Facebook page, through email by contacting the Australian High Commission via email – [email protected] or collected from the Australian High Commission reception.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00 pm on Thursday 27 January 2022. . Applications should include

  • A covering letter (maximum one page);

  • A curriculum vitae (maximum three pages) which includes details of two referees, one of whom should be a current or recent manager; and

  • A written response addressing the qualifications and experience criteria (maximum 750 words)

Please submit your application either by email to [email protected] or in a hard copy addressed to HR Personnel – Job Vacancy and dropped off at the Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa.

 Late or incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Agency

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Position number

10884

Title

Program Manager

Classification

LE5

Section

Policy and Programs

Reports to (title)

Senior Program Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas development program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.

About the position

Under general direction, Program Managers support the management of Australia’s development program in Tonga, overseeing programs including economic governance, gender, health, infrastructure, skills, scholarships, and climate resilience. Sectoral responsibilities are flexible according to operational requirements. Program Managers work as part of a small team under the direction of a senior manager.

International or domestic travel is occasionally required to represent the program at meetings, attend training and monitor aid investments. Part-time hours are negotiable subject to the ability to meet operational requirements.

 The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage  complex aid investments in the development portfolio.  This will include:
    • Supporting the identification, planning and design of new aid investments and the implementation of existing investments;
    • Managing contracts, including developing scope of services, managing tender processes, and monitoring contract performance;
    • Managing, analysing and reporting on investments’ financial information;
    • Approving and certifying payments, entitlements and other forms of expenditure with appropriate delegation;
    • Monitoring and evaluating activities, such as drafting investment quality reporting and managing independent evaluation teams;
    • Seeking new opportunities to strengthen program performance;
    • Identifying development, fraud and other program risks, coordinating risk assessments, and implementing risk management activities; and
    • Sourcing expert advice where necessary, such as from DFAT’s Pacific Women Support Unit, or the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership Support Unit.
  • Ensure development programs meet Australia’s legislative, financial and administrative frameworks, and policy requirements. This includes cross-cutting policies such as gender equality, child protection, disability inclusion and disaster risk reduction.
  • Develop and maintain strong internal relationships across DFAT and external relationships with relevant Tongan Government officials, development partners and other stakeholders.
  • Liaise with stakeholders on policy, project and operational issues.
  • Undertake research on program matters, and prepare high-quality written analyses, briefing papers, cables, speeches and correspondence.
  • Represent and promote the interests of the Australian High Commission at a range of forums, events and meetings, and report on program outcomes.
  • Develop strong capability in DFAT aid management systems, policies and processes, and mentor program staff.
  • Provide logistical and other support to high-level Australian visits.

Qualifications/Experience

  • Tertiary qualifications and/or work experience in development or other relevant field.
  • Highly developed program management skills, including project planning, financial management, contract management, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • The ability to build effective working relationships with a diverse and cross-cultural set of stakeholders, and to support other team members.
  • Highly developed and influential English language communication skills (written and oral) that support decision-making, advocacy, partnerships and public diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently make decisions, and progress work, on complex and sensitive issues.
  • Experience and understanding of the Tongan development context, including culture and governance.
  • Fluent Tongan language is essential in most instances.