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6427 AHC Vacancy 25 Nov - 9 Dec 2021


Program Manager

The Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa invites applications for the position of Program Manager.

About the role:

We are looking for a Program Manager to manage a portfolio of activities supporting the health sector in Tonga. Health is one of three key strategic priorities of Australia’s development partnership with Tonga. Main areas of focus include strengthening Tonga’s health system, health security and surveillance preparedness to respond to COVID-19, addressing the health and economic burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), supporting health-promoting activities to reduce NCD risk factors, and improving disability-inclusion in the health sector. You would work in a small team, under the direction of the First Secretary Development, managing investments, providing strategic advice, and working with stakeholders.

The Program Manager also provides operational support and advice to the Policy and Programs Section on DFAT’s aid management processes and practices. (Training will be provided.) Our culturally diverse team works flexibly, and other tasks may be allocated as required.

International or domestic travel is occasionally required to represent DFAT at meetings and events, attend training or conduct program management monitoring.

This is a full-time position based in the Australian High Commission.

To discuss any aspects of the role, you can contact ahctonga [at] dfat [dot] gov [dot] au or phone (+676) 20400.

Terms of employment:

The terms of employment will be in accordance with the Nuku’alofa – Locally Engaged Staff Terms and Conditions of Employment.  Employment will be offered on a permanent (on-going) contract basis at the LE6 broadband level with an annual salary range between TOP39,550 and TOP46,269 depending on experience.  Continued employment is subject to a successful completion of a six month probation period.

The Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa offers a package that includes recreation and personal carer’s days, medical benefits, and superannuation contributions.

The Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa will not be responsible for any costs incurred if applying for a Tongan visa, relocation costs, nor the return of the officer and family to their country of origin at the end of the contract.

How to apply:

A full copy of the Duty Statement and Requirements may be downloaded from our website; from our Facebook page, through email by contacting the Australian High Commission via email – ahctonga [at] dfat [dot] gov [dot] au or collected from the Australian High Commission reception.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00 pm on Thursday 9 December 2021. Applications should include

  • A covering letter (maximum one page);
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum three pages) which includes details of two referees, one of whom should be a current or recent manager; and
  • A written response addressing the qualifications and experience criteria (maximum 750 words)

Please submit your application either by email to ahctonga [at] dfat [dot] gov [dot] au or in a hard copy addressed to HR Personnel – Job Vacancy and dropped off at the Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa.

Late or incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.