Australian High Commission
New Delhi
India, Bhutan

Vacancy: Senior Program Manager - Development

                                                                               Vacancy: Senior Program Manager - Development

Office Circular No 04/18

The Australian High Commission, New Delhi, is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Senior Program Manager.

Applicants are advised to read the Position Description prior to addressing the selection criteria. Applicants must address each of the selection criteria. Applications that do not specifically address the selection criteria will not be considered. Further information on selection criteria is available on our website

Subject to the successful completion of up to a six month probationary period, satisfactory medical check and background verification, the successful applicant will be offered a two-year contract of employment, inclusive of the probation period. The contract may be extended subject to agreement between the employer and employee.

The commencing salary will be determined based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The package will include annual leave, limited medical reimbursements, Diwali bonus, provident fund provisions and gratuity provisions when service length is sufficient. The starting salary will be 160,392 per month. AHC staff work a 5-day week.

The Australian High Commission (AHC) is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity - a core element of AHC policy and programs. Clear objectives, mutual respect, good communication and team work are characteristics of workplace diversity in action.


Applicants must submit to the HR Manager by Monday, 19 February 2018 the following documents in Microsoft Word format with subject header ‘Application for Senior Program Manager’ to

(1) A typed statement (12pt font) addressing each of the selection criteria (no longer than 3 pages).

(2) A curriculum vitae detailing your contact details, work experience, academic qualifications and the names and contact details of two professional referees.

Applications not meeting these criteria will not be considered. No late applications will be accepted and only short listed candidates will be contacted.


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Position number



Senior Program Manager - Development




DFAT Development

Reports to (title)

First Secretary - Development











About the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

The Department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.

About the Position

The Senior Program Manager – Development (SPM) works under limited direction from the First Secretary to support the implementation of Australia’s South Asia Regional Development Program, including DFAT’s Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP). The SPM will build strong relationships with aid delivery partners and stakeholders across a number of sectors, have excellent English language skills, and an interest in / knowledge of Australia and Australian development assistance policy and processes. The position will require travel primarily in South Asia.

More information on DFAT’s development assistance to South Asia is available here:

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the implementation of DFAT’s Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP)
  • Manage relationships with India-based SDIP partners, and build and maintain strong relationships with other program partners and key stakeholders;
  • Work closely with DFAT colleagues, SDIP advisers and partners to develop and shape program implementation;
  • Represent DFAT at meetings and discussions with stakeholders and government officials;
  • Keep up to date on water, energy and food security issues/developments, including transboundary issues, in South Asia and provide reporting;
  • Participate in performance evaluations and aid quality reporting processes for SDIP;
  • Identify opportunities to showcase Australian support in the region.
  • Undertake analysis and reporting on India’s water sector, and support Australian engagement in India.
  • Undertake analysis and reporting related to the Australian aid program, multilateral donor activities and other development issues in South Asia.
  • Prepare and provide inputs to briefing/talking points/speeches for the High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner and other senior staff, and for high level visits.
  • Maintain accurate files and records, and perform other administrative duties to support the team.  


  • Highly developed interpersonal, representational and networking skills; and a strong command of English.
  • Highly developed organisational and administrative skills; minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in a related field or similar position.
  • An understanding of energy, water and agriculture issues in South Asia.
  • Experience managing development cooperation programs is desirable.
  • Tertiary education is essential and Post-Graduation is desired.

Selection Criteria

Please provide a response of no more than 300 words against each selection criterion.

1.    Experience in, or knowledge of, transboundary water, agriculture and energy issues in South Asia, preferably in the development sector.

2.    Excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal and representational skills, including building networks and working individually or as part of a team.

3.    Strong strategic thinking, research and analytical skills, and demonstrated ability to use these in a policy context and in written reporting.

4.    Experience in planning and administration, including facilitation of meetings, visits and events.