Asia Program Manager

AFAP – Action on Poverty: Asia Program Manager

Established in 1968 as the Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific (AFAP), our organisation has recently adopted a new name – Action on Poverty (AOP). We are an independent, secular, not-for-profit, fully accredited Australian non-governmental development organisation working to alleviate poverty in developing countries.

Throughout the Pacific, Asia and Africa, we work directly with local partners, who in the main are independent agencies employing local professionals with proven experience, skills and cultural understanding. Our partners have excellent working relations with their respective local governments and implement programs which meet the needs and suit the capacities of the communities in which they live and work.

At present, AOP has funded programs in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam. These programs are largely funded by contributions made from the Australian public and from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Australian NGO Corporation Program (ANCP).

AOP is seeking qualified candidates for a vacant position of Asia Program Manager, based in Vietnam Country Office in Hanoi. The purpose of this role is to provide overall management and steer the directions of AOP South East Asia Program Portfolio, in collaboration with the Sydney-based International Program Director and our Vietnam Country Director, with inputs from other regional program teams and departments.

Position:         Asia Program Manager
Type of contract:    Full-time fixed-term contract
Work location:     Hanoi, Vietnam with frequent travels to Asian countries
Salary:         Negotiable based on qualifications and experiences


1. Managing Asia Program Portfolio effectively:

  • Provide program guidance and support to Vietnam Office and other partner organisations in Asia;
  • Identify, design, implement, monitor and evaluate programs and projects; undertake monitoring visits;
  • Develop and manage project budgets, financial progress and reporting;
  • Maintain project files and coordinate to produce project reports;
  • Assist partners in understanding and complying with AOP processes and systems;
  • Address arising issues and make recommendations to the strategy and allocations of human and financial resources;
  • Participate in networking, information sharing, capacity building activities and relevant learning initiatives.

2. Developing revenue and mobilising resource:

  • Lead the design and implementation of regional resource mobilisation strategies;
  • Contribute to the development of sustainable fundraising strategies;
  • Identify and review new funding opportunities and contribute to the development of proposals;
  • Grants and key donors acquisition.

3. Communication and engagement:

  • Provide input for Annual Report; assist in updating the Asia components of AOP website and social media spaces;
  • Support International Program Director in maintaining and developing key relationships with stakeholders;
  • Work with Communications team to organise Asia Program focused learning events in Australia, and scope out potential new partners under the Action on Poverty Partnership Program;
  • Support the Asia Program Portfolio to recruit volunteers and interns when required.

4. Develop strategy, policy and system:

  • Lead the Asia Program Portfolio strategy development and implementation;
  • Participate in the development of AOP Development Effectiveness System;
  • Support organisational policy development;
  • Participate in strategic planning and staff meetings; Represent AOP at professional forums, meetings and conferences;
  • Comply with AOP systems, procedures and operating philosophy.



  • Degree in social science, development studies, community development, or a related field;
  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in the development sector with similar role(s);
  • High proficiency of English language skills, both written and verbal;
  • Experience working in a technical sector (i.e. health, economic empowerment, education, water and sanitation, or social accountability and governance) will be highly regarded;
  • Demonstrated experience in program and financial management, including budget preparation, monitoring and evaluation, learning and report writing;
  • Outstanding program/project design and program cycle management and coordination skills;
  • Outstanding analytical skills with a strong background in basic research;
  • Demonstrated experience of working in a donor-funded environment, preparing donor reports and grant applications;
  • A proven team player with ability to work in a small team environment, manage competing priorities and work under pressure;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in diverse circumstances in a culturally appropriate manner;
  • Confidence and ability to lead workshops, meetings and presentations;
  • Highly developed communication skills;
  • Highly organised with reliable attention to details;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • High level of computer literacy, including Microsoft Office skills;
  • Ability to travel within Asia/interstate as required.


  • Experience working with institutional donors, particularly DFAT;
  • Master’s Degree in relevant discipline will be highly regarded;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of international development issues, the Australian NGO context, DFAT policy and the ACFID Code of Conduct;
  • Experience working in Asia, Vietnam and Cambodia in particular.

For more information, please see the attached job description.

How to apply:

Please email your CV and cover letter in English with the subject line of:
“APM Application – Your name” by 7th July 2017 to [email protected]

Candidate reviews will commence immediately upon publication of this announcement and will continue until suitable candidate has been identified. While we appreciate all responses, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AOP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on grounds of ethnic origin, race, religious beliefs, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation. All employees, volunteers and interns are required to comply with AOP Policies. In line with AOP’s Child Protection Policy, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a police check.

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Action on Poverty (AOP)
Application Deadline: 
Fri, 2017-07-07