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Project Manager, Unlock Literacy

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Work type: Fixed Term
Location: NT - Metro, NT - Regional, Australia Wide
Categories: Technical Specialists

The Opportunity to Make a Difference:

The Project Manager for Unlock Literacy is part of the Central Australian project team. Unlock Literacy is an evidence-based model, developed by World Vision International and implemented in over 15 countries worldwide, for improving literacy levels for ‘early readers’ – children in the first few years of primary school.

The role will require the ability to be flexible and responsive to communities’ needs.  The holder of the position is expected to take responsibility for ensuring local Warlpiri facilitators and WYDAC staff are confident and competent in the project model, are delivering according to implementation plans and are collecting monitoring data on a regular basis.


A day in the life of WVA’s Project Manager, Unlock Literacy includes:

A typical day for the person in this position would include working collaboratively with community representatives, WYDAC staff, a range of stakeholders and World Vision technical staff to adapt the Unlock Literacy Program for use with Warlpiri communities.

This will entail - regular trips to community to support the adaptation of the project model; working with Warlpiri leaders, WYDAC staff and other stakeholders to identify what is currently being used in these communities to support literacy development; looking at the tools provided in the project model and working with Warlpiri leaders and other stakeholders to adapt these to the Warlpiri context.

The project manager will also work closely with WYDAC management and World Vision’s Program Development and Effectiveness Team to ensure that joint work plans are developed, project activities are undertaken according to the project design, that learnings are shared across project sites, that we are problem solving and finding solutions to challenges and to generally ensure that the project is on track.

The holder of this position will coach and mentor local Aboriginal Community Development Facilitators across the project sites to develop their facilitation skills, support the adaptation of project materials for the Warlpiri context and establish plans for after school activities which they will implement as part of WYDAC’s youth program.

In addition, the role will create networks and partnerships with key stakeholders and community leaders within the region.

The project manager will be responsible for developing and managing the project budget and ensuring all reports including financial reports are completed on time. Twice a year this will include the development of a six-monthly project report and an annual report detailing progress against outcomes, stories of change and project learnings to inform future implementation planning.


Who are you?

  • Degree qualification in Linguistics, Behavioural or Social Sciences, related discipline or equivalent experience
  • An interest and understanding of literacy issues in Australia
  • Understanding of the cultural, political, economic and social issues affecting Aboriginal people in Central Australia
  • Good understanding of, & firm commitment to, community development processes, gender equity, participatory approaches and development theory
  • Driving licence and able to drive a manual 4WD
  • Orche card – Working With Children Check NT
  • Ability to live remotely in Alice Springs NT and travel to remote communities at least 10 days per month


What you need to know

This role is a 12 months fixed term contract operating in a full-time capacity and will be based in Alice Springs. 


What does success look like?

First and foremost, you will be a leader in every aspect of your life and line of work, irrespective of your level of expertise. You excel working in an ever-changing environment and you love forming strong relationships, which lets you effectively engage with stakeholders and to perform at your peak.

Having a proactive and fresh approach, you are ready to collaborate and overcome any obstacles that may come your way. Your energy is infectious, showcasing the passion you can bring to our organisation.


Why Should You Apply?

  • We collaborate in a high performing and professional culture, committed to one common goal; the fight against global poverty, its causes and making a real difference in the world
  • We build brighter futures for vulnerable children and seeking to empower the world's poorest people.
  • Our people have access to professional development programs that include on-the-job learning, e-learning, workshops, forums, leadership development and internal mobility
  • Competitive salary and flexible salary packaging scheme


Why World Vision?

World Vision is a worldwide community development organisation that provides short-term and long-term assistance to 100 million people worldwide (including 2.4 million children).

We have more than 45,000 staff members working in 96 countries. For six decades, World Vision has been engaging people to work towards eliminating poverty and its causes.

Our vision for every child: Life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every heart: the will to make it so

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World Vision Australia is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation that is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and communities by tackling the causes of poverty. We are dedicated to increasing opportunities for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in line with our Reconciliation Action Plan

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