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International Program Officer

Staff Vacancies

Tearfund is looking for an International Program Officer

(2yr fixed term contract, part time (0.8 FTE))

Use your superb international development skills to nurture respectful and effective working relationships with local partners in South Asia as they work with communities to address poverty and injustice. An opportunity to work with one of Australia’s most-loved international development agencies.

About Tearfund:

Tearfund is a Christian development, relief and advocacy organisation responding to global poverty and injustice. We work in partnership with local Christian agencies to end poverty, challenge inequality and build sustainable communities. We go where the need is greatest, acting with courage to tackle injustice so that all may experience fullness of life.

To work at Tearfund is to live out your vocation; a space where your faith, passion for justice and skills intersect. Tearfund offers you the opportunity to use your professional skills and expertise to make a real difference in the lives of people who need it the most. As part of the Tearfund team, you are part of a movement which works toward a just and compassionate world in which all people can achieve their God-given potential.

Tearfund offers a friendly and flexible work environment, generous salary packaging benefits, and the challenge to grow and explore in your faith and justice journey.

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About the role

When you are successful in this role, you’ll have the joy of...

  • Developing a strong and supportive relationship with staff of Tearfund’s Christian partners working in often extremely challenging situations.
  • Participating with local Christian partners as they develop their own capacity to work effectively in bringing about positive change in communities living with poverty.
  • Seeing growth in your own skills and practice as you are challenged to support partners in a constantly changing operating environment.

This part time (0.8) fixed 2 year term role will play a critical part in Tearfund’s mission to support community based Christian organisations working to see an end to poverty and injustice.

Is this you? To be successful in this role, you will have;

  • Good development practice
  • Excellent project administration skills
  • Experience working with project management systems.
  • Skills in program design and implementation including management of compliance obligations and related systems.
  • Ability to engage with multiple partners and stakeholders and work collaboratively.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple competing demands.
  • Experience living in a developing country.
  • Experience working effectively across cultures.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to create reports.
  • A sound understanding of Tearfund and commitment to working towards ending poverty, challenging inequality and building sustainable communities.
  • Willingness to travel up to eight weeks per year to sometimes challenging locations.
  • Relevant qualifications.

Position Location

Blackburn, Melbourne (ideally). COVIDSafe office requirements apply.

Position Description

Download the position description

How to apply:

To apply, send us your CV to [email protected]

In a short cover letter, tell us:

  • Why Tearfund? How do your values align with ours?
  • Why the role resonates with you.
  • How your experience aligns with the role requirements in the position description.


Please contact Paul Hansen on Ph: 03 9264 7000.

Applications Close 31 March

NOTE: Short-listing of candidates will commence prior to the closure of this role, so please do not delay submitting your application.

Tearfund Australia’s recruitment and selection procedures and checks reflect our commitment to the well-being and protection of children and vulnerable adults. Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, such as a National Police Check and/or a Working With Children Check.

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