Australia: Team Leader Projects (International Programs Unit)

Organization: Government of Australia
Country: Australia
Closing date: 20 Jun 2017

Position Details

Title: Team Leader Projects

Section: International Programs Unit

Classification: Federal Court Manager Level 1 (Executive Level 1)

Salary: $95,493 – $103,131 per annum, plus superannuation

Job Type: This is an expected vacancy. The position will be Non-Ongoing, Part-Time (2 days per week) for a period of 18 months with possible extensions for a further 18 months.

Location: Sydney, NSW

Position No: 5544

Reports to: Director, International Programs

Court Overview **

The Federal Court of Australia was created by the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) as a superior court of record and a court of law and equity. Its overarching goal is to contribute to the social and economic development and wellbeing of all Australians by applying and upholding the rule of law. It sits in all capital cities and elsewhere in Australia when necessary.

The Court has jurisdiction in relation to almost all civil matters and some summary and indictable criminal matters arising under Australian federal law. The Court is able to hear cases in relation to admiralty, bankruptcy, competition, consumer protection, corporations, fair work, human rights, intellectual property and native title. It also has the power to review some Federal Government decisions in areas such as social security, immigration and taxation.

Position Overview

The Federal Court of Australia is globally recognised as an exemplar of judicial development with an uncompromising commitment to the quality of its services. The Court has close relationships with judges and courts around the world, particularly across Asia and the Pacific. Since its establishment in 1977 the Court has played a significant role in the provision of assistance to over 40 countries. Its strong collaborative links and unparalleled access to networks and individuals around the world provide invaluable resources in the delivery of high quality professional development and capacity building support to partner judiciaries in both bilateral and multilateral contexts. The Court seeks a Team Leader to drive the design, management and oversight of projects and activities under the Pacific Judicial Strengthening Initiative (PJSI).

Major Activities

  1. Designing, planning, implementing and have overall responsibility for the management and delivery of the PJSI in line with the Initiative’s goals, purpose, outcomes, objectives and annual plans.

  2. Establishing and maintaining strong and cooperative working relationships with all stakeholders and team members, including remote personnel.

  3. Provide direction on procedures, maintain oversight of logistics arrangements for all activities and approve expenditure in line with project budgets, client/donor financial policy, and value for money considerations.

  4. Undertake all progress reporting as defined in the head contract with the client/donor in a succinct, analytical and informative manner, and review technical and activity reports from sub-/contractor activities.

  5. Working collaboratively with the Director, and other team members to promote team cohesion, performance improvement and a commitment to quality.

  6. Overseeing day-to-day activities of the team, including staff performance, assigning accountabilities, setting objectives, establishing priorities and conducting annual performance appraisals within the business unit.

Competencies & Attributes

  1. Initiative Management: Ensure that all aspects of the PJSI are implemented within agreed timeframes, within budget and to a standard acceptable to the Initiative Executive Committee.

  2. Strategic Communications: Establish and maintain strong and cooperative working relationships with all PJSI counterparts, stakeholders, and technical experts.

  3. Preparation and Planning: Ensure a consultative approach is adopted in all activities (including needs assessment, annual planning, etc.) to encourage and maintain counterpart’s involvement in the PJSI.

  4. Procurement and Sub-contracting: Establish and manage an open, competitive, transparent process in line with procurement requirements to identify quality staff, technical consultants, judicial institutions and sector specialists from whom services can be sub-/contracted.

  5. Administration, Logistical and Financial Oversight: Provide direction on procedures; maintain oversight of logistics arrangements for all activities; approve and monitor PJSI expenditure to align with approved budgets, client/donor financial policy, and value for money considerations.

  6. Monitoring and Evaluation: Assure quality by reporting against the MEF developed, monitoring activities and sub-/contractor inputs, evaluating outcomes and identify lessons for future activities.

  7. Reporting: Undertake all progress reporting as defined in the head contract with the client/donor in a succinct, analytical and informative manner, and review technical and activity reports from sub-/contractor activities.

Formal Qualifications

Program Management, legal and/or international development certification is highly desired

Special Requirements

· Potential travel across Pacific region, including remote locations;

· Flexibility to work irregular hours if required, particularly during travel.

Selection Criteria

  1. At least 10 years’ experience of strategic, advisory and team leadership work in the field of judicial development within developing country contexts. A degree in a related field will be highly regarded;

  2. An in-depth understanding of courts, and their interface with rule-of-law institutions, civil society organisations and local communities;

  3. Experience working with major development partners is required. Previous experience working with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade would be highly advantageous; and

  4. Previous project leadership within the Pacific in particular would be highly advantageous though not essential.


Employment with the Court is subject to the terms and conditions in the Public Service Act 1999, and the following conditions:

  • Australian citizenship – the successful applicant must hold Australian citizenship;

  • National Police Check – the successful applicant must satisfy a Police Records Check, and may also be required to complete security clearances during the course of their employment;

  • Health clearance – the successful applicant will be required to complete a health declaration and may be required to attend a medical assessment to confirm their fitness for duty.

    Interested candidates who have received a redundancy benefit from an APS agency are welcome to apply, but note that they cannot be engaged until their redundancy benefit period has expired.

How to apply:

To apply for this position please click on the “apply now” button on the Federal Court website (

To be considered you will need to upload a comprehensive statement of claims against the selection criteria, attach an up to date resume and any relevant qualifications by 11:55PM on 20 June 2017.

For more information contact Claire Hammerton, Coordinator, International Programmes, by email or phone +61 (0)2 9230 8253.