Portfolio Manager

A rewarding opportunity exists for a suitable candidate to join Action on Poverty, a Sydney-based, overseas development organisation that aims to make a positive difference in the lives of people throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific.  Action on Poverty is looking for a highly motivated person that can contribute positively to managing a regional portfolio of work, and who can contribute to the development of our organisation.

The successful applicant will be an important member of our small team, contributing to a number of key organisational result areas including:

  • Contributing to the development of our organisation’s regional portfolio strategy and work plans.
  • The management, oversight and coordination of program activities
  • Providing technical and mentoring support to our partner organisations
  • Contributing to the development of Action on Poverty organisational policies and systems.

This is a full-time position with competitive benefits, potentially including salary packaging, the potential for career development, travel and the opportunity to work in a friendly, professional work environment. This position offers the right person an opportunity to participate in shaping the direction of our Programs and in being a part of delivering effective development work that brings benefits to communities.

We envisage this position will be based in the targeted region. Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience and there is an opportunity for flexible work arrangements to be negotiated with the right candidate.

The successful candidate will be subject to reference and police checks in accordance with Action on Poverty’s Child Protection Policy. Action on Poverty is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we encourage any qualified person to apply.

Selection Criteria

  1. An effective manager with demonstrated ability to work independently and constructively with partners.
  2. Relevant qualifications in international development, social science, or a related field.
  3. Highly developed written and verbal communication skills, and knowledge and experience with the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  4. Minimum 5-years work experience in the development sector.
  5. Experience in developing strategies that enhance program quality.
  6. Ability to manage competing work priorities and to meet tight deadlines.
  7. Able to travel nationally and internationally on a regular basis.


  1. Experience working with institutional donors, particularly DFAT will be highly regarded.
  2. Experience working in a technical sector (e.g. agriculture, water and sanitation, climate change etc.) will be highly regarded.

Position Description

Download the Portfolio Manager Position Description

How to apply

To apply please submit the following by email to info@actiononpoverty.org:

  • Cover letter with contact details
  • Concise statement responding briefly to the Selection Criteria
  • Resume (no longer than four A4 pages) including the contact details of two  referees.  You will be notified if referees are to be contacted.

Applications close on 30 September 2018.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by telephone for interview.

It is expected that interviews will be held in the Action on Poverty Sydney office in October 2018.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email.

Action on Poverty

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