Senior Program Officer

Date posted: 19 August 2014
Agency: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade- Australian Embassy Manila

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) within the Australian Embassy in Manila, Philippines is a lead agency managing Australia’s international presence. DFAT is seeking a highly motivated and experienced person to fill the Senior Program Officer position in the Governance Section.

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) is responsible for contributing advice and technical inputs to the Portfolio Manager on broader governance issues, particularly on development entrepreneurship, political economy analyses, and institutional strengthening. The successful candidate should have demonstrated experience in and knowledge of development issues, including economic constraints, governance, institutional strengthening, civil society and political economy analysis. Demonstrated experience and skills in program management and aid delivery in the Philippine context is required.

Eligibility/ Other requirements
Further details on job description and selection criteria for the position can be accessed in the ‘Applicant Information Pack’ located under job vacancies at the Australian Embassy website:

Terms of Employment
The position is a locally engaged staff (LES), not an Australian Public Service position. The position is full time, with a permanent employment contract, based in the Australian Embassy Manila office. The successful candidate is expected to commence as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be entitled to leave, comprehensive health and group life insurance and other conditions as per the locally engaged staff conditions of service.

How to Apply
Interested applicants must address the selection criteria, and detail suitability to perform the duties of the position including personal qualities, experience, skills and knowledge. The selection process will be strictly merit-based. Applications that do not address each selection criteria will not be considered. Both internal and external applications will be considered. Information on how to apply for the job can be found in the ‘Applicant Information Pack’ posted in the Embassy website,

Lodgement of applications and all position specific inquiries should be sent via email to or mailed/delivered to DFAT HR Section, Australian Embassy Manila, Level 23 Tower 2 RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1200, Philippines by midnight Friday, 29 August 2014.

If you have not been requested to attend an interview within four weeks from the closing date, please assume that your application has not been successful. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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