Equitable Partnerships Lead

CARE Australia  
Employment Type:
PT - Part-time Temporary  
IPO - Capability and Impact
Closing Date:
Supporting Documentation:

  • Work with a team dedicated to supporting women around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice
  • Australia or Pacific based applicants will be considered in PNG, Vanuatu, or Timor Leste
  • Fixed term- 3 years with possibility of extension, full time or part time / job share available

CARE Australia works to defeat global poverty by supporting women to create lasting change in their communities around the world.

About the Role 

The Partnership Lead is the thematic lead and specialist on partnership for CARE Australia and works in collaboration with other partnership specialists in country offices and presence teams. The role leads the review, adaptation and development of CAREs Partnership system and approach within CARE’s 2022-2027 Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)‘Pacific Partnerships for Gender Equality’

The role is the focal point for the Program level aspects of ANCP program delivery in relation to partnership, learning and advocacy/influence activities that work with partners. It will support and engage with the Pacific Partnerships Unit and the CARE Vanuatu office in development of and improving partnership approaches and systems. The role will ensure that Partnership models and approaches meet relevant policy, risk and compliance and minimum program standards. The development of the partnership approach will include developing a strategic framework for CARE’s model of mutual capability strengthening with partners.

Key Responsibilities 

  • In collaboration with organisation and country office stakeholders lead the development of a Partnership System and Approach for CARE that encompasses the relational aspirations of CARE in building equitable partnerships for gender transformative outcomes
  • In collaboration with a broad array of stakeholders lead the development of a holistic model for capability strengthening for CARE’s capability strengthening with partners
  • Working in collaboration with key ANCP stakeholders contribute to delivery of the Partnership objectives within ANCP including (but not limited to) annual planning, project inception, annual reflection, learning agenda development and research agenda development
  • Support key partnership scoping and research initiatives to support CARE Australia in identifying its value add within the women’s right’s ecosystem in the Pacific
  • Support CARE Australia to engage in ANCP program delivery in ways that support an equitable partnership model
  • Actively contribute to the roll out, learning from and adaptation of CA’s Theory of Change as it relates to Partnership and Locally Led development – this includes related policies and approaches, advocacy and ongoing monitoring of context to ensure adaptation of programs and approaches
  • Lead ANCP Program budget and resourcing management, supported by Head CIU to ensure financial oversight and delivery of program level initiatives and activities against budget and on time
  • Ensure that ANCP project activities and partnership systems and approaches meet risk and compliance obligations, policy expectations and program quality standards. in collaboration with Senior Program Officer, Systems and Accreditation

Ideally you will have: 

  • Practical experience combined with subject matter expertise – equitable partnership, transformative feminist partnerships, decolonial and locally led approaches – you are well versed in and have a demonstrated track record in building partnerships that live these values. You are passionate about pushing the boundaries for the most transformational relationships to deliver impact
  • Demonstrated track record in building partnership-based strategies, programs and research in an international context with local organisations – you build from evidence, you know what it means to put partnership approaches at the centre and how to live your values in cross cultural relationships
  • Experience in developing and improving organisational systems in complex organisations – you understand how small changes result in big impacts in felt impacts in partnership and how to balance risk, compliance and financial management with relational aspirations
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience in using different models of capability strengthening – you want to help build a truly transformational approach to strengthening that is mutual and holistic, and you’re aware of the benefits and shortcomings of traditional approaches, particularly in the international development sector
  • Demonstrated experience in working in diverse teams, and exceptional cross-cultural skills and experience with intersectional feminist approaches, localised approaches and sensitivity to power and privilege in its different forms
  • Ideally, experience with humanitarian and development programming
  • Personal experience of the contexts we work in and/or the forms of injustice we seek to address would be an advantage
  • A commitment to the protection of children and the prevention of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse

What we can offer you

  • A flexible and supportive working environment
  • Professional development and training opportunities

CARE Australia will  seek information from job applicants’ previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment, and/or child abuse the applicant may have been found guilty to have committed or about which an investigation was in the process of being carried out at the time of the termination of the applicant’s employment with that employer.  By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no objection to CARE Australia requesting the information specified above.

CARE Australia is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and encourage applications from people living with a disability and/or have lived experience of disability. We also encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply. 

How to Apply?

Please review the Candidate Information Pack linked above and complete the online application form by clicking ‘Apply Now’. Please ensure you attach your CV and cover letter addressing each of the selection criteria (max 4 pages) at the bottom of our application form. After submitting your application you will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt. Only applicants who fully address the criteria will be considered.

This will be conducted as a rolling recruitment process, with shortlisting and interviews being completed as applications are received. Please submit your application ASAP if you are interested in the role.

Questions about the role? 

Please contact Suzi Chinnery on suzi.chinnery@care.org.au , using the subject line “Equitable Partnerships Lead enquiry” (please do not email applications to this address).

Applications close: 11:59 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time, Sunday 26 June 2022.