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Social Inclusion Specialist, Australian Sports Partnerships Program

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Social Inclusion Specialist, Australian Sports Partnerships Program

An exciting new role for a Pacific Islander who is passionate about gender equality, inclusion and the potential of sport to achieve development outcomes, based full-time in Suva, Fiji. Deadline 4 March 2020.

The company and program

The Australian Sports Partnerships Program (ASPP) is a 10-year initiative to be delivered in six Pacific island countries and up to four Asian countries. Globally, sport is a way people convene, gain status, create norms and celebrate culture. But access to sport is unequal. Women, girls and people with disabilities face barriers or are systematically excluded from participation, coaching, officiating, administrating and governing sport. Sport for development programming such as the ASPP offers an opportunity to address the ‘play gap’ that exists in mainstream sport through carefully designed and targeted activities that can level the playing field. GHD has been engaged to provide the management, coordination and technical services required to design, implement and manage ASPP.

Privately owned by our people, GHD is one of the world’s leading engineering professional services companies. Our global network of over 10,000 people operates in the water, energy and resources, property and buildings, environment, and transportation markets. GHD's International Development Assistance (IDA) Team delivers project management and technical services for the world's largest development organisations to improve the lives of people in developing countries.

The role

ASPP is seeking applications for the position of Social Inclusion Specialist, an exciting new role for a Pacific Islander who is passionate about gender equality, inclusion and the potential of sport to achieve development outcomes, based full-time in Suva, Fiji until August 2022, with likely extension. Reporting to the Partnership Manager and working closely with our partners Women Win, the Social Inclusion Specialist will be someone who can challenge existing gender norms and current discriminatory practices with strong technical expertise on gender, safeguarding, inclusion and/or protection. This person will be an excellent communicator with great coaching and facilitation skills. Responsibilities include:

  • Support ASPP partners to self-assess their current activities and develop and implement child and people protection and inclusion plans based on the ASPP child protection and people protection and inclusion plans
  • Build collaborative protection and inclusion partnerships working across multiple programs, stakeholders countries and cultures
  • Conduct ongoing partner needs assessments, develop training materials and implement local training programs in partnership with local providers
  • Support ASPP partners to use the protection and inclusion tools and processes, tools and reporting, and assist in developing innovative ways to present data and results to target audiences
  • Support the ASPP program management team to conduct learning and reflection workshops with partners and implementers
  • Support ASPP partners to use protection and inclusion systems to identify and manage risks
  • Collate and quality assure information from partners to support DFAT reporting requirements including for departmental annual reports and aid quality reporting
  • Support grant funding contracting and procurement processes as they relate to ASPP child protection and people protection and inclusion plans

Specific skill requirements:

  • Tertiary qualifications in any discipline and a tertiary qualification in a field related to protection, inclusion or organisational change management would be an advantage
  • Relevant knowledge and specialist experience gained from experience in protection, inclusion, especially in gender equality and disability inclusion
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of gender and disability inclusion principles and sport structures
  • Demonstrated competence with a range of software programs including Microsoft Office programs
  • Experience working in development partner programs
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural work environment with people from different backgrounds and disciplines
  • Experience conducting protection and inclusion activities aimed at assessing change in organisations and identifying capacity development outcomes
  • Well-developed analytical skills including the ability to assess problems and identify and implement solutions in a change resistant environment
  • Ability to work with ASPP partners to analyse issues, draw conclusions and indicate next steps for the program in an engaging manner
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to coordinate meetings, communicate and interact and build relationships with representatives from multiple organisations
  • Excellent organisational skills including the ability to meet deadlines, prioritise workload, and manage conflicting work demands
  • Sensitivity to safeguarding, gender, disability, environment and development issues
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently as well as contribute positively in a team environment
  • An understanding of the challenges and general environment of developing countries

All candidates must adhere to GHD’s Child Protection Policy, Integrity Management Policy, Code of Conduct and other key policies.This position is only open to candidates with the appropriate work rights in Fiji.

To express your interest please visit the GHD website and submit your CV and cover letter addressing the specific skill requirements above. Closing date Wednesday 4 March 2020. Please request a copy of the ASPP design overview by emailing

GHD is committed to protecting children and their rights and requires all IDA Personnel to comply with the GHD Child Protection Policy and the GHD International Development Assistance Child Protection Procedures in delivering development assistance services.

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