• Programme Officer (Research and Advocacy, South East Asia and Pacific Team)
  • Full-time: 37.5 hours
  • Fixed term: Contract until December 2022
  • Location:  Melbourne
  • Salary: AUD$67,830 + 9.5% Super
  • Closing date: 09.00 (UK time) 22 May 2020

We are seeking a motivated Research and Advocacy Programme Officer to support our peacebuilding work in the Pacific Region. We are seeking a diligent and organised individual who has strong interpersonal skills, displays a high level of initiative, problem-solving skills and works well as part of a team. It is essential that applicants for this role have the right to work in Australia.

Job purpose

This role sits within the South East Asia and the Pacific Team and supports programme teams through coordinating internal analysis, research, and policy advocacy. The role also has a strong link to developing and supporting best practice within the SEAP team. Conciliation Resources’ staff operate in a spirit of programme partnership, which demands team-work and collaborative decision-making, transparency and mutual respect, integrity, personal initiative, creativity, political and interpersonal sensitivity and professional discretion.

The post holder will report to, and be performance-managed by the Pacific Projects Manager. Additionally, the post holder will work collaboratively with the Accord, Policy and Learning team based in London. They will coordinate the Melbourne office’s internal analysis of conflict and peacebuilding issues in the Pacific, act as the central coordination point with the Accord, Policy and Learning team in London; organise policy events such as comparative learning, donor and partner roundtables; contribute to organisation-wide learning initiatives; and provide general research and administrative assistance to projects where required.

Essential knowledge, skills and experience

  • Knowledge of, and interest in, the Pacific region.
  • Academic qualifications, preferably to post-graduate level in a relevant field, such as peace and conflict studies, pacific studies, international relations, conflict resolution, human rights or development studies
  • Sound understanding of conflict resolution theory and practice
  • Demonstrable knowledge and use of administrative, financial and information management systems.
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced, multi-task environment with a diverse range of people
  • Experience of working in an internationally-focused policy/advocacy organisation with and through networks
  • Experience of providing research and producing high-quality written work
  • Experience of working with international, national and local partner organisations and consultants
  • Experience of organising and managing events for research and outreach
  • Experience of planning, gathering, analysing and interpreting information for monitoring and evaluation purposes
  • Experience of project management, including budget management. 
  • Knowledge of standard Microsoft Office packages (advanced Word and Excel essential), databases, email and internet, preferably in a Macintosh environment
  • Excellent verbal and written English language skills; other language skills would be an advantage (preferably French)
  • Strong organisational skills including planning, developing, implementing and maintaining projects or work streams.
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills 
  • Ability to listen actively to, engage with, and persuade people from varying backgrounds and with a range of political, cultural, and value orientations
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently, and to work collaboratively with a flexible approach to projects
  • Ability to meet deadlines, problem-solve, prioritise a complex and varied work load and work well under pressure
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Computer literate (and preferably experience of working in a MAC environment)

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience


  • A spoken or written Pacific Islands language
  • Experience of working in the Pacific and/or Philippines region.

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