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Youth Development Project Manager - West Kimberley

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Work type: Permanent
Location: Australia Wide, WA - Metro, WA - Regional
Categories: Transformational Development, Technical Specialists

The West Kimberley Youth Development Project Manager manages the adaptation, development, implementation and evaluation of the West Kimberley Youth Development project with our partner communities. You will manage relationships with stakeholders and lead staff in remote communities.

In addition to this you will:

  • Development of annual budgets and implementation plans in collaboration with World Vision Operations
  • Ensure project activities are tracked against annual implementation plan and exception reports provided to Manager if activities are not on track 
  • Engage with (Australia First Nations (AFN) Initiative priorities with regards to operations and development of West Kimberley work.
  • Work closely with the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Project Manager to ensure that staff feel a sense of belonging and are well connected to each other, operate effectively as the broader Kimberley team and are connected to all of Australia First Nations Program (AFNP) in general 
  • Lead annual participatory implementation planning for the projects considering feedback from stakeholders, team learnings and project design, monitoring and evaluation, as well as quarterly team reflections.  
  • Support the team to engage community and stakeholders to successfully implement the annual project implementation plan.  
  • Undertake timely visits to each of the project communities with Project Facilitators to ensure progress towards project outcomes, stakeholders are appropriately engaged in implementation and community engagement and ownership of development outcomes increases 
  • Develop annual budget in collaboration with World Vision operations team 
  • In collaboration with the Operations Coordinator, manage the project cost centre (creating budgets, reforecasting, monthly budget reports and day-to-day budget management) to maximise spending of grant funding in line with the donor contract
  • Manage relationship and expectations of grant providers to maintain ongoing funding, providing regular updates and reporting on time 
  • Provide leadership and management for project staff to work towards the project goals.  
  • Manage the project data collection system and ensure project staff are collecting and recording monitoring data in line with grant and program requirements and photo permissions are kept

Who we’re looking for 

We are looking for someone with proven leadership skills and qualities who has a strong positive community development approach. You will be innovative, adaptable and have deep cross cultural experience.

You will have:

  • Proven project management experience and success and experience managing a team including mentoring and training staff
  • Demonstrated professional experience working with remote First Nations communities in a development context
  • Experience facilitating community consultations and influencing community participation
  • Experience working with youth and children
  • Experience developing partnerships
  • An interest and understanding of youth development issues in Australia  
  • Understanding of the cultural, political, economic and social issues affecting First Nations people in the West Kimberley Australia 
  • Good understanding of, & firm commitment to, community development processes, gender equity, participatory approaches and development theory 
  • Degree qualification in Education, Community Development, Youth Work, Behavioural or Social Sciences, related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Manual driving license (unrestricted)

What you need to know:

Permanent role based in Derby, Remote allowance and relocation assistance provided, 5 weeks’ leave each year.

The selection process 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

For your information, the interviews will start immediately, and the role may be filled before the closing date.

We embrace diversity, employing people from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. We take our Safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we are committed to providing an environment that is safe for children. Our stringent recruitment procedures make sure the safest and most suitable people work with the children in our programs. All successful candidates will undergo a criminal record and Working with Children check prior to employment. We provide our staff and volunteers with ongoing supervision, support and training in their work with vulnerable children and their families.

Who we are

For more than 40 years, World Vision has been partnering with First Nations communities through our Australia First Nations Program. The program is dedicated to helping First Nations communities build on their strengths and achieve their own development goals. Working at World Vision as a First Nations staff means you will be well represented and supported within the team. Through the program’s staff network, you will have a safe space to connect, collaborate and seek advice no matter where you are based. 

World Vision is a Christian organisation that empowers everyday Australians to create meaningful change for children through relief, development and advocacy work.

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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