National Project Coordinator: Mining for Sustainable Development (Australia)
Application Closing Date - 07 Feb 2018
Job Start Date - March 2018
Duration - until 31 December 2020
Pay Scale - AUD 100,000 p.a.
Location - Melbourne, Australia
Transparency International Australia (TI Australia), the Australian chapter of the world’s leading non-governmental anti-corruption movement, is seeking a full-time National Project Coordinator (Australia) located in Melbourne, Australia, to lead the Australia-focussed national project in Phase II of the global ‘Mining for Sustainable Development’ programme activities in Australia. This global programme seeks to achieve real change by combatting corruption in the mining sector and building the capacity of TI Australia as a Centre of Expertise on anti-corruption in mining.
The role requires a highly skilled professional Project Coordinator with demonstrated experience in transformative project design, planning and implementation. The successful candidate will have outstanding communication skills, demonstrated experience in multi-stakeholder forums, and the capacity to influence government, industry and engage with civil society. The ability to identify, collate and present best practice and guidance is required. An understanding of the mining sector in Australia is essential.
Transparency International (TI) is a global movement, composed of more than 100 national chapters worldwide and an International Secretariat in Berlin, Germany. We are united by our shared vision: a world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption. For more than 20 years, TI has played a leading global role in combatting corruption, which is widely recognised to be a serious impediment to economic development and a destabilising social force.
TI Australia has operated as an accredited TI national chapter since 1995, focussing on ways in which Government and Australian-based companies and institutions can address corruption issues both in Australia and abroad.
Led by TI Australia with the support of the TI Secretariat, the ‘Mining for Sustainable Development’ programme (M4SD) seeks to enhance the contribution of mining to sustainable economic and human development through a focus on improved transparency and accountability in the award of mining-related permits, licences and contracts across a range of national jurisdictions. Based on the programme’s ‘bottom up’ approach to ensure that change happens at the level where decisions about mining approvals are made - in jurisdictions around the world, including in Australia.
Phase I of the programme has been successfully completed. During Phase I, participating TI chapters (including Australia) identified and assessed corruption vulnerabilities in the mining approvals processes in their countries and began building multi-stakeholder networks. Phase II will focus on addressing those vulnerabilities at a national, regional and global level through multi-stakeholder engagement, advocacy and policy initiatives.
The National Project Coordinator (Australia) will lead and coordinate the Australian component of the ‘Mining for Sustainable Development’ programme, and will ensure that the National Action Plan is implemented. They will identify, collate and share best practice and develop guidance. They will manage multi-stakeholder efforts to improve specific aspects of the mining awards process design and practice in Queensland and Western Australia, particularly in relation to due diligence, prevention of policy and state capture, State Agreements, and improved verification of social and environmental impact assessments. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a candidate who is inspired and energised by the opportunity to contribute to a national initiative designed to generate tangible and lasting change in the fight against corruption; while directly contributing to TI Australia’s strategic development and national leadership.
The National Project Coordinator (Australia) will report to the Chief Executive Officer, Transparency Australia. They will have no direct line reports, but are expected to work closely with the M4SD team in Australia, and other programme staff regionally and internationally, as required.
The National Project Coordinator (Australia) will be expected to:
- Finalise the National Action Plan using the findings of the Phase I research, and in consultation with key stakeholders;
- Design a project plan and implement the Australian National Action Plan to meet the objectives of improved due diligence, prevention of policy and state capture, and improved verification of social and environmental impact assessments;
- Actively engage with government and industry to strengthen the mining awards process and practice, with a focus on Queensland and Western Australia;
- Lead multi-stakeholder engagement and dialogue with government authorities, private sector, and civil society in Queensland and Western Australia to establish leading practice development forums;
- Support the M4SD programme global agenda, through the improved practice of Australian mining companies, and the mining equipment, technology and services companies that support them;
- Advocate for legislative and practice changes in Australia that require Australian mining companies to mitigate and detect corruption in their organisation when seeking approvals and licences for their mining operations promoting good corporate engagement and ownership transparency;
- Provide guidance to Australian mining companies to mitigate corruption vulnerabilities in mining approvals in the jurisdictions in which they operate;
- Complete all donor reporting requirements including financial and narrative reports to ensure reporting, deliverables, and project milestones are met in a timely manner;
- Liaise with relevant team members in Australia and Berlin and contribute to the exchange of learning and expertise within a community of practice across TI M4SD; and
- Contribute to the growth and development of TI Australia as a leading TI chapter.
To be successful in this role, the National Project Coordinator (Australia) will have:
- relevant professional qualifications in Business, International Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Law, Engineering, Science, or another relevant field;
- seven - ten years of experience in working in a relevant role in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors;
- demonstrated experience and knowledge of the mining sector;
- significant experience in facilitating and leading multi-stakeholder initiatives, dialogue and forums and managing diverse stakeholder relationships to address sensitive and complex issues;
- outstanding oral and written communication skills with excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills and the ability to present complex issues effectively to a wide range of stakeholders;
- demonstrated experience in government relations, policy development and participation in government processes such as submissions and briefings;
- proven experience in identifying best practice and the capacity to develop practical tools and guidance material;
- proven high level project management and budgeting skills, including project planning, review and reporting;
- proven experience in budget management and financial reporting;
- demonstrated experience of engaging/working with or within civil society organisations, and a sound understanding of their role in advocating for change.
Desirable skills and experience
- experience of working on natural resource governance and anti-corruption programmes an advantage; and
- knowledge of the Western Australia and Queensland mining sector an advantage
The National Project Coordinator (Australia) will demonstrate the following qualities:
- able to work collaboratively and flexibly with diverse stakeholders;
- a results-driven self-starter who can work in a small team and fast paced environment
- pays attention to detail, accuracy and the timely completion of all tasks;
- high level of personal maturity, self-awareness, self-management, and integrity;
- energy, drive, resilience and focus, and the capacity to flourish when responding to complex and competing demands;
- demonstrated ability to develop creative solutions to complex problems; and
- passionately committed to transparency and anti-corruption and motivated by the challenge and opportunity of making a positive difference by combatting corruption both in Australia and around the world.
The successful candidate will be offered a contract till 31 December 2020 (subject to funding and a successful probation).
The successful candidate will be offered a remuneration package, with a salary of AUD 100,000 p.a. (including Australian superannuation contributions) and an additional relocation allowance, if required.
The successful candidate will be expected to start work as soon as possible. The position is based in Melbourne, Australia, with some international travel, as required.
Applications, including a Curriculum Vitae, and a letter of motivation clearly addressing the required competencies, should be sent by email to:
Three referees will be required.
The deadline for applications is 7 February 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
TI Australia is an equal opportunity employer.
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