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Foreign Affairs and Trade Vacancy N.N. 10739191
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Closing date: Monday, 10 December 2018
Job Title: First Assistant Secretary – Contracting and Aid Management
Division: Contracting and Aid Management Division
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Job Description


Located within DFAT’s Service Delivery Group, the Contracting and Aid Management Division (ACD) is responsible for aid management, performance and procurement, program risk management, integrity and safeguard systems across the department. ACD is responsible for the development and oversight of systems for planning, managing and assessing aid investments and their risks and performance. The application of those systems, processes and policies is the responsibility of line areas of the department, with guidance and support provided by ACD. ACD also supports suppliers of services to the aid program.

The division is at the forefront of ongoing initiatives to strengthen the quality and impact of the department’s aid program. The division conducted an aid operations health check in 2017, leads on annual bilateral and global health checks and acts as the secretariat for DFAT’s Aid Governance Board. The division is also responsible for specialist risk areas such as fraud control and child protection in the aid program.

The position provides overall management and leadership for the division. With up to six direct reports, the role oversees the operations of the division and represents key priorities to the Secretary and Executive. As a senior member of DFAT, the position also contributes to the leadership, governance and culture of the broader department, including through demonstrated personal leadership, mentoring and engagement on cross-departmental issues such as the department’s diversity strategies, corporate plan, risk management and organisational capability.

You will have excellent judgement and be an outstanding communicator and a consummate networker and collaborator. The position requires you to have a strong delivery focus and capacity to manage internal and external relationships and achieve successful outcomes.

You will drive policy change necessary to deliver outcomes in support of the priorities identified in the Foreign Policy White Paper and manage key emerging risks. You must be capable of providing practical advice in a timely manner and be able to translate that advice into implementable proposals. An understanding of global good practice in development will be an advantage in performing this role.

You will be required to manage a large and diverse team, which includes a high number of staff with subject matter expertise.

You will have extensive experience developing, implementing and monitoring aid programs. Experience of the Australian aid program would be an asset, particularly if that experience has been based on field-level program delivery in the Indo-Pacific region.

You will be comfortable working with departmental heads, ministers and senior government members in Australia and our region, and capable at arguing your position on changes to established practice.


Candidates must be Australian citizens.

This is a security-designated position. Prior to engagement selected candidates will be required to obtain an Australian national security clearance at Negative Vetting Level 2. Ongoing employment with the department requires the successful candidates to maintain a security clearance. Loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment.

A face-to-face interview is a critical part of the security clearance process. This interview will be conducted in Australia, preferably in Canberra. If you reside overseas, please be aware that you will be required to travel to Canberra at your own expense to undertake the security clearance interview. Interviews cannot be conducted by video link or Skype.

Depending on the role into which you are placed, you may be required to obtain and maintain a Working with Vulnerable People/Children registration (or equivalent).

DFAT employees are expected to adhere to the APS Values and Code of Conduct and the DFAT Values Statement.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Candidates

In support of the Government’s Closing the Gap Strategy: Indigenous Economic Participation Agreement, the department is aiming to increase its recruitment of Indigenous Australians, and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

People with Disabilities

Under Section 45 of the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), the department aims to ensure its recruitment processes are inclusive of people with disabilities and strongly encourages people with disability to apply.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments for people with disability in our selection processes and for our employees in the workplace.



Please note applications close on Monday 10 December 2018 at 2:00pm AEDT.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

About Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade helps make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting Australia’s interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth.

We work to: advance Australia’s security; open up new markets and increase trade and investment; shape the regional and international environment in ways that advance Australia’s interests; deliver an effective and high quality aid program; and provide passport and consular services to Australians.

We are the lead agency managing Australia's international presence through a global network of around 100 overseas posts.

To Apply

Selection Documentation: DFAT Recruitment Team, (02) 6261 9811
Position Contact: James Gilling, First Assistant Secretary, (02) 6261 1924
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS48-Fri - 23 Nov 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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