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7841 TASP Vacancy 21 March - 14 April 2024

DT Global - TASP


Team Leader - Tonga-Australia Governance Program (TAGP)

Job Brief

Team Leader - Tonga-Australia Governance Program (TAGP)

Program Background

The Tonga Australia Support Platform (TASP) is a mechanism which will support the work of the Australian Government in meeting development objectives in Tonga. It is a multi-sector development facility that uses multiple modalities including development program management, technical advisory support, grants management, and subcontracting. TASP supports Australian Government policy development and dialogue to deliver the desired outcomes.

About DT Global

DT Global is shaping a future where sustainable development and innovation empower individuals, communities, and nations. We work in partnership with local stakeholders to foster inclusive prosperity, social equity, and environmental stewardship. Our global team of 2,500 staff and experts work in over 90 countries to solve complex problems in the peacebuilding, governance, economic development, environment, and human development sectors. With a track record of technical excellence and more than 60 years of international development experience and relationships, we deliver innovative solutions that transform lives.

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The Role

The Team Leader will be responsible for:

Strategic Engagement

  • Facilitate the development of strategic priorities for the Program, in close coordination with the Australian High Commission.
  • Lead the expansion of activities and engagements outlined in the IDD.
  • Ensure that technical support is leveraging the changes envisioned by the IDD and pay attention to the evolving needs of ministries as they move forward with their reforms. Identify risks and opportunities for reform.
  • Maintain regular engagement with GoT, other TASP pillars and DFAT programs (health, education, infrastructure, Pacific Women Lead, Climate Partnerships, etc), civil society, regional partners, and institutions (ADB, IMF/WB, JICA, UNDP, etc) to support the achievement of development outcomes.
  • Identify opportunities for strategic collaboration between partners and prepare and maintain a policy dialogue matrix.
  • Ensure that effective ways-of-working between TAGP, TASP, GoT and the Australian High Commission are agreed, documented, and implemented.

Program Management and Coordination

  • Lead the development of key planning, reporting and MEL outputs including the annual work plan, six-monthly and annual reports, risk matrix, MEL Framework, and associated MEL outputs.
  • Support the Director TASP and Contractor Representative to ensure the requirements of the Head Contract are met in a timely manner and to the quality required by DFAT and DT Global.
  • Lead the establishment and implementation of program governance arrangements as required by DFAT.
  • Participate in regular senior management team (SMT) and operational meetings with TASP to ensure coordination and smooth implementation of projects and interventions, including twinning, training, workshops, technical advice and other support.
  • Ensure the program complies with DFAT, TASP and DT Global policies and procedures.
  • Ensure risks and safeguards are managed and monitored effectively, including development and regular review and updating of a comprehensive risk management framework.
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the Program technical assistance team.
  • Manage the coordinated and targeted application of TA in consultation with senior ministry officials.
  • Manage the work planning and performance management of advisers and program support personnel, in partnership with GoT counterparts and DFAT where required.
  • Other activities as reasonably requested by the Director TASP and DFAT.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

  • With support from the TASP MEL Team:
  • Lead Program outcome analysis processes with stakeholders, convene joint Theory of Change forums, and update the MELF as required.
  • Actively track progress against outcomes through the development of six-monthly and annual progress reports from personnel and activities.
  • Ensure MEL analysis informs project proposal development, adjustments to program implementation, risk management, and development of future workplans.
  • Implement an adaptive management approach through planning, reflection and analysis.
  • Ensure the Program actively incorporates evidence from TSDF reporting, multilateral and regional partner assessments [eg. ADB Policy Reform Matrix, IMF Article IV, Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA)], and the Program’s MEL into decision making and work planning.
  • Ensure that GEDSI outcomes are incorporated into program activities and meet reporting responsibilities as outlined in the MEL Framework.

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About You

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline (economics, commerce, public financial management, public policy, international development) or equivalent experience and training.
  • Extensive and demonstrated experience in senior-level management of international development and governance programs, ideally in the Pacific and for DFAT.
  • Significant experience building and leading diverse, multi-disciplinary teams that includes specialised TA.
  • Significant experience and abilities in working effectively with Pacific Island governments, donors, development partners and other stakeholders, and in different cultural contexts.
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills in written and oral English, including report writing.
  • Understanding of the importance of cross-cutting development issues particularly GEDSI and climate change, and experience with the implementation of safeguarding policies for child protection, PSEAH, prevention of human trafficking, fraud and anti- corruption, and environmental protection


  • Experience and knowledge of the Tongan governance systems and context .

How To Apply

Click the 'Apply Now' button or email your application with the reference “TASP – Team Leader, TAGP” to recruitment [at] tasplatform [dot] net

Please submit:

  • Response against each of the essential and desirable selection criteria (maximum five pages).
  • Curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Name and contact details (phone and email) of three referees.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 14 April 2024 / 23h59 / UTC +13 (Tonga Standard Time)

Should this role be of interest, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Kindly note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

DT Global is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our international development programs. We are committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), and bribery prevention. DT Global is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage women, men, people with diverse backgrounds and people living with disabilities to apply. This program is funded by the Australian Government and Managed by DT Global.