Team Leader

  • Location
    Suva, Fiji
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 20

Position description

Balance of Power (BOP) is an initiative of Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development, a 10-year commitment by the Australian Government focused on enabling women and men in the Pacific to improve the political, social and economic opportunities for women and girls.

The goal of the BOP initiative is that “women are increasingly culturally, socially and politically accepted, and act, as legitimate political leaders and decision makers across the Pacific region”.

BOP is intended to be delivered intensively in up to three countries in the Pacific (including Vanuatu and Tonga), with some elements to be implemented across the region. A brief description of the initiative is attached.

The Opportunity 

Cardno International Development has been engaged by the Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), to establish and support BOP. 

We are seeking a Team Leader who has the passion, commitment and vision to lead the BOP initiative across three Pacific countries (including Vanuatu and Tonga) as well as regionally. The Team Leader will play an integral part in representing the BOP program, building and maintaining strategic and effective relationships with a range of program partners and stakeholders and leading a high-performing team to deliver an innovative new women’s leadership program. 

Key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Providing high level, strategic guidance and leadership to the BOP program and program team, including in the development of the BOP country-level designs
  • Proactively developing partnerships and strategic initiatives in close collaboration with DFAT and BOP governance and implementation partners
  • Facilitating structured relationships with a diverse range of individuals and organisations, including regional and national partner organisations, DFAT and other stakeholders
  • Leading the team in ensuring sound program management practices and systems are in place to underpin effective delivery of BOP

Please copy paste this link to access the Terms of Reference detailing responsibilities and selection criteria:

About you

You will be a motivated and proactive individual with the right combination of talent, energy and a commitment to excellence and social change. You will also have:

  • Demonstrated senior leadership and management experience in a similar context with networks across the Pacific and in Pacific Island countries
  • Ability to develop and maintain resultsā€focused stakeholder relationships with both Government partners and other stakeholders, particularly in a politically sensitive context, and ability to support the strategic brokering of relationships between stakeholders to progress reform within a framework of collective action.
  • Demonstrated skills in effective leadership, capacity building, communication and coordination, with a commitment to empowering others.
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant area such as international development, gender, program management, law or human rights.

This position is open to nationals of the following Pacific Island Countries: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Samoa, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Tuvalu, Niue, Palau, Cook Islands, Republic of Marshall Islands.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from men and women of all ages, including people with a disability.


This position is classified under DFAT’s Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF) as Discipline C, Level 3 and will be offered at a level commensurate to the successful candidate’s experience relevant to the role.

To access the ARF rates, please copy and paste the following link:

Location and travel requirements

The position will be based in Suva and lead a team that is spread across Suva and three other Pacific Island countries (including Tonga and Vanuatu). Regular travel will be required.

Why join the Balance of Power program?

The Balance of Power program is a new, innovative and unique initiative based on extensive research, consultation and lessons learned about efforts to support greater participation of women in leadership roles.

By joining the Balance of Power program, you will lead a significant effort to drive meaningful and sustainable change in this critical area. You will apply and develop your leadership attributes, challenge and grow your professional skills, be part of a cutting-edge initiative and join a team of other dedicated professionals.

We welcome your interest in joining the Balance of Power team. Click the "apply" button to submit your application online with the reference number CID/CL/BOP/TL by Monday 3 June 2019 5pm (Melbourne).
Your application must include the following: 

  • A results-oriented curriculum vitae (description of education, qualifications, experience, and details of two contactable referees); and
  • A cover letter addressing the selection criteria

We acknowledge receipt of all applications and thank all applicants; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Due to an expected large number of applicants, we regret that we are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates on the outcome of their applications.

We encourage Pacific Islander women to apply.

Shortlisted candidates may be requested to travel to Suva be part of multi-stage interviews in mid-June. Online interviews may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. 

Application instructions

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