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Head of International Programs

  ACC International Relief (ACCIR) -
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Position Name:     Head of International Programs

Position Type:       Full-time

Location:               ACCI Operations Centre, 5/2 Sarton Rd, Clayton VIC 3168

Reports To:            General Manager


ACC International Relief is the aid and development arm of the Australian Christian Churches movement. ACCIR is a member of ACFID (the Australian Council for International Development) and a signatory to the ACFID code of conduct, which provides standards on management, public communication and disbursement of funds.

Our vision is for a world where Christian principles of justice and equality are actualised. Where individuals, families and communities are empowered to influence decisions affecting their own lives, advocate for their own rights as human beings with equal voice and equal value under the premise that all life has intrinsic value before God who created life. Where every child’s right to a family is upheld and defended.

We achieve our vision through community development and child rights projects implemented by ACCIR’s small team of project officers and through strategic partners and field workers.


ACCIR is committed to protecting each child’s right to be nurtured and raised in a family. To this end, we developed our Kinnected program, which seeks to take a proactive approach to scaling down the overuse of residential care around the world (inclusive of orphanages, children’s homes, children’s villages and shelters). ACCIR works alongside organisations involved in residential care to help them deinstitutionalise and reintegrate the children within their care to their families or family-based alternative care. Kinnected also seeks to prevent family separation through the development of family strengthening and preservation programs and by advocating and raising awareness for this issue such as orphanage trafficking.

The Kinnected program is now a core aspect and focus of ACCIR’s work. The management of the Kinnected program will form a significant component of this role.


ACCIR is looking for a highly motivated person to oversee our project portfolio and to head up the project management, ongoing development and expansion of the Kinnected program.

Depending on the unique skills and experience you bring to the role, there is scope to adapt the following responsibilities. However, key areas of responsibility will are targeting in this role include:

1. Program Quality (0.4 FTE)

  • Providing support and guidance to ACCIR projects officers and managers in partnership management and coaching, including:
    • Overseeing the continued professional development of staff and project managers;
    • Involvement and representation in the Church Agencies Network (CAN) Program Managers, Program Effectiveness and the joint MICAH advocacy agenda; and
    • Development of resources and training. 
  • Oversee the project onboarding, coaching and partnership renewal processes, including:
    • Development of monitoring and evaluation frameworks;
    • Identification of gaps, poor practice and non-compliance;
    • Creation and outworking of partnership coaching goals and strategies; and
    • Project Review Committee.
  • Coordinate our organisations ACFID code of conduct compliance, policy development and implementation.

2. Kinnected Program Coordinator (0.6 FTE)

  • Kinnected partnership management and coaching, including
    • Develop program frameworks and documentation;
    • Ensure that projects meet compliance, governance, financial and child protection requirements;
    • Collect, review and provide feedback to projects on a six-monthly basis; and
    • Coaching partners through transitions. 
  • Managing and expanding Kinnected’s Grant Portfolio, including:
    • Grant applications reporting and acquittals;
    • Consulting assignments and reporting; and
    • Managing relationships, including engagement with various communities of practice. 
  • Manage the implementation of the Kinnected Strategic Plan, including:
    • Coordinating the Kinnected Advisory Committee;
    • Development of resources, tools and training;
    • Advocacy strategies, including ACCIR’s ethical volunteering campaign; and
    • Participating and planning for various conferences and training events. 


Essential skills and experience:

  • Tertiary qualifications and at least 5 years’ experience in relevant field which may include international development, social work, child protection or out of home care
  • Previous experience in the not for profit or international development sector
  • Strategic planning
  • Grant management
  • Overseas field experience
  • Strong intercultural skills and competencies
  • Stakeholder relationships experience, including coordinating multiple complex relationships and problem-solving in addressing various issues with stakeholders
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Good grasp of the Australian faith-based sector as this role engages directly with faith-based donors and other stakeholders
  • Experience working in care reform
  • ACFID code of conduct

Other Requirements:

  • You would be required to undertake domestic and international travel to carry out field visits (when restrictions ease), training and events between two and four times per year
  • As a faith based organisation, an understanding of churches is essential, as our donor base is made up predominantly of churches and Christian organisations
  • As a child safe organisation, we take the safeguarding of children seriously and will undertake child safe recruitment practices for this role

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