Australia nationals: Program Officer

Australia Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Australia 🇦🇺

•    Be part of the management of vitally important Commonwealth water assets (worth $4 billion).
•    Work in a motivated, professional, innovative and supportive team.
•    Implement procedures that are best practice in the Australian Public Service.

Who we are
The Wetlands, Policy and Northern Water Use Branch is comprised of the Wetlands Section, the Environmental Water Policy Section, the Northern Basin Section, and the Portfolio Management Section.

The Portfolio Management Section supports the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to implement statutory functions on behalf of the Commonwealth including to manage the Commonwealth environmental water holdings, and to administer the Environmental Water Holdings Special Account. More specific functions undertaken by the Portfolio Management Section include:
•     maintaining the environmental water holdings register
•     managing water transfers and holdings
•     reporting on water and finance
•     providing acquisitions advice and long-term portfolio management advice
•     undertaking short-term portfolio management planning, and providing information updates on portfolio management including carryover and trade
•     undertaking financial management, including supporting the administration of the Environmental Water Holdings Special Account
•     managing the development of the Environmental Water Management System
•     implementing trading, including collecting or managing the collection of market data
•     developing trade operating rules, and insider trading protocols, having reference to s106 of the Water Act.

The Jobs
The duties include:
•     assisting with the transfer of environmental water to delivery partners
•     assisting in the preparation of financial reports and budget forecasting
•     preparing reports on Commonwealth environmental water holdings in a range of formats, including web page updates
•     preparing forecasts of water availability for the Commonwealth environmental water holdings
•     assisting with the revision and finalisation of an Investment Framework, including the development of the management processes, approvals and reporting of the allocation of Investment Framework funds
•     liaising with State water management bodies regarding the joint funding of projects to achieve common water management objectives, using Investment Framework funds
•     assisting with the water allocation sales process, including approvals, water market analysis, review of the sales documentation including the on-line bid form, analysis of offers and recommendation report
•     assisting with the implementation of a bespoke computer system (the Environmental Water Management System) including database administration and data entry
•     undertaking other duties associated with the management of Commonwealth environmental water holdings and the associated Special Account as requested.

Based on the skills and interests of the successful candidates, we will finalise the duties of each position collaboratively following appointment.

Please note if your interest is more in communications or environmental science, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office is also running a bulk recruitment round at the APS5 level in these areas and we suggest that you apply for that bulk round. If your interest is being more directly involved in managing the Commonwealth environmental water holdings then this is the recruitment process for you! We recommend applying for one recruitment process or the other, because each will result in merit pools from which you may be recruited to join the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office.

What we are looking for
Knowledge and experience
Experience and knowledge of the Murray-Darling Basin water matters and financial regulations applying to the Commonwealth would be desirable.

Skills and capabilities
Important skills and capabilities for these positions include:
•     administrative and financial skills
•     project management and governance skills
•     high level written and oral communication skills including an ability to synthesise and tailor diverse messages and information in plain English
•     high level skills as a team player, with strong interpersonal skills to quickly form productive working relationships with government and non-government stakeholders
•     ability to manage and prioritise multiple activities and deliver against short timeframes.

For additional information, please read the Job Description below.

Candidate Information Package docx

Candidate Information Package pdf

Job Description

How to apply: