Local recruitment: Program Lead

Australian Water Partnership


The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is seeking a suitably experienced and qualified person to fill the senior-level position of AWP Program Lead.  If you believe you are the right fit for this role, please submit your application by COB Friday 15 October 2021.

About us:

eWater (ewater.org.au) is a not-for-profit company owned by Australia’s State, Territory and Federal governments, promoting ecologically and economically sustainable water management. Since 2016 the Australian Water Partnership division has been assisting developing countries in the Indo-Pacific region as they work on the sustainable management of their water resources, actively supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (www.waterpartnership.org.au).

eWater and the AWP are based in Canberra, operating with dedicated divisional teams of water scientists, engineers, software developers, project officers and supporting staff.  We are committed to being an employer of choice, creating a dynamic, open and innovative work-place.

About the role:

The Program Lead is a senior-level position within the AWP and part of the Senior Leadership Team.  The role is responsible for the shaping, management and oversight of all components of the activity programs of Grant Agreements with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), including the Australian Water Partnership; Australia Mekong Water Facility and other Simple Grant Agreements.

The position offers the opportunity to shape and influence policy, strategy and partnerships, and its role in building and maintaining a high-performing program management team is critical.

This position is suited to an experienced self-starter with strong awareness of the international development policy and operating context who can manage and and oversight multiple activities at once.  Appointment will be full time, fixed term to January 2023, with possible extension based on further funding of the AWP program.

About you:

Qualifications & Knowledge:

  • Tertiary qualifications or equivalent in water resources and /or international development or similar relevant discipline/s;
  • Knowledge of water resources management in an international development context is highly desirable;
  • Program or project management knowledge is essential, and extensive program management experience would be a distinct advantage.

Required Experience:

  • Extensive senior-level experience in water resources management, international development or similar related fields;
  • Extensive experience in policy implementation and project/program management.


  • Understanding of the Australian and international water sectors;
  • Experience working in developing countries or working in cross-cultural situations;
  • Experience in policy, management and capacity building/education.


  • Ability to work flexible hours and undertake domestic and international travel as required;
  • Eligible to work in Australia.

Skills and Attributes:


  • Proven track record in effective project/program management including task and time management to ensure effective delivery of program activities.
  • Strong collaboration and high-level stakeholder management skills across the water sector, government, tertiary institutions, non-profits and industry.
  • Demonstrated understanding of program performance and monitoring and evaluation frameworks and principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate activities across multi-disciplinary teams and/or organisations.
  • High-level analytical skills and the ability to use initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply judgement in complex environments and negotiations.
  • Ability to manage and motivate a small team in pursuit of agreed strategic goals and delivery milestones.


  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically.
  • Ability to marshal resources to effectively solve problems, both independently and within team environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise workloads and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work autonomously.
  • Be a strong team player and model good leadership behaviour.

Effective leadership and management of a small team.


Applications should be submitted via Seek by COB Friday 15 October.

The position is only open to Australian citizens or people with eligibility to work in Australia and that fulfil the role requirements.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in the following week for preliminary interviews.  Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

For any questions please email [email protected]