audio calendar close compressed excel Group 2 Created with Sketch. image menu pdf pin play search ticket icon Created with Sketch. Group Created with Sketch. video word

Project Director, Emergency Action Alliance

Other Opportunities

  • Opportunity to lead the development of a vital, new emergency response consortia
  • Fixed Term (three years) full time (part time of .8fte will be considered)
  • Competitive salary appropriate to the sector, with salary packaging offered
  • Located in Sydney, Melbourne, or Canberra

Today, our world is experiencing more disasters, in more complex environments, than ever before. Disaster affected communities need help, and Australians want to respond.

The Emergency Action Alliance (EAA) is committed to mobilising the Australian public’s response to the world’s largest disasters through a coordinated appeals mechanism. 17 top Australian humanitarian agencies have joined together for the first time to provide an appeal mechanism which simplifies giving for the Australian public, increasing trust, funding and program outcomes for affected communities.

We are seeking an experienced Project Director to lead us through the next phase ofdevelopment; from minimum viable project to fully functioning launch. The role provides opportunities for you to show you are a dynamic, committed, proactive leader motivated by working with a small team. You have proven ability to communicate your vision to a broad range of stakeholders, drawing on your humanitarian and fundraising expertise.

About the Role

The Project Director will be responsible for leadership, coordination and implementation for the Emergency Action Alliance. Reporting to the EAA’s Board, and engaging with the membership, the Project Director will motivate a small project team and engage seconded expertise from member agencies to achieve desired outcomes.

Success in this role requires a dynamic, motivated individual with significant experience and a strong commitment to supporting communities affected by disaster through leadership, management, operations, and fundraising. An entrepreneurial mindset and strong operational expertise is essential.

You will have:

  • Ability to lead with a vision. Ability to think and work autonomously to guide the direction of the Alliance
  • Experience in leadership of a start-up enterprise and delivery of organisation wide projects and change at both an executive and operational level
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and management skills; ability to engage at all levels across different organisations within the sector. Proven experience in facilitating, collaborating, influencing & managing multiple senior stakeholders
  • Strong project management skills including planning, resource management, risk management, communication and time management. Strong team management skills. Solid financial management skills
  • Significant experience in fundraising and/or leading high profile fundraising campaigns
  • Solid understanding of the international development sector. Sophisticated understanding of key accountability requirements for humanitarian operations, including the role of DFAT in assisting humanitarian response, particularly during activation. Ability to understand and navigate opinions within the humanitarian & development sector around funding, impact, localisation, and NGO roles
  • Understanding of the role of branding and public engagement
  • Able to develop, implement and measure multi- channel fundraising campaigns
  • Ability to navigate complex systems and processes in a political and strategic environment
  • Knowledge of change management theories and best practice
  • Tertiary qualifications in business, commerce, marketing, strategy or similar


  • Experience in human-centred design (desirable)
  • Knowledge and understanding of likely broadcasting and media partners (desirable)

Work Requirements, including the prioritization of Safeguarding

Members of the EAA are accredited with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Australian Council for International Development. The EAA prioritises the safeguarding of vulnerable people in all our work, and employees are expected to acquire relevant knowledge and skills to promote strong safeguarding practices.

ChildFund, an EAA member, will be the contracting entity for the Project Director. Employment screening is mandatory for all ChildFund staff, contractors and volunteers during the selection process. This will include criminal record and child safeguarding checks conducted during the recruitment screening process.

Travel, including interstate and international may be required to fulfil the requirements of this position. Travel to operational settings, where required, will be subject to appropriate security and health protocols.

Flexible hours will be required during activations and times of travel.

Applicants are required to have the ‘right to work’ in Australia. Australian and New Zealand citizens automatically have the right to work in Australia, as well as Australian Permanent Residents. Everyone else is required to hold a current visa with work rights in order to gain employment in Australia.

Apply today!

Please view the full details of this role in the Job Application Pack. To apply for this role, please click below. Please provide:

  • Your CV
  • Statement against selection criteria
  • A completed copy of the Application Form

Deadline for applications: Sunday 12th July 2020.

For further information please contact: Janet Cousens, CEO for Act for Peace, at [email protected] or Adrian Graham, COO for ChildFund, at [email protected]