Project Officer - maternity cover


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About us:

MSIA, as part of the MSI Reproductive Choices global partnership, is unapologetically pro-choice. We believe that every person has the right to make choices about their own body and their own future. As one of the world’s leading providers of contraception and safe abortion care, MSI gives women and individuals of all sexual and gender orientations the means to do so. Working across 37 countries, MSI provides high quality, safe services, and advocate to create an enabling environment, so every client has safe access to services when and where they are needed. When people can determine their own future, they can contribute to creating a better, more sustainable future for everyone.

MSI is committed to creating an inclusive environment with a workforce which is representative of the communities we serve. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and give equal consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. We operate across diverse cultural and global regions and want to actively contribute to building a more diverse and inclusive MSIA team. We are committed to promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups.

The role:

The Project Officer is responsible for the effective project management of a portfolio of large scale, multi-country DFAT projects. Currently this consists of EMPOWER (Gender Empowerment in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar), RESPOND (Addressing SRH impacts of Covid-19 across 9 MSI countries) and ANCP (Australian NGO Cooperation Program in 3 MSI countries). 

The role ensures that projects within this portfolio are well managed and reported on in line with DFAT and MSIA requirements. The focus of the position is on coordination, project management, grant administration and compliance. This role works closely with county programs to understand donor requirements, monitor project deliverables, and plays an important role in improving the capacity of country programs to meet donor commitments. The Project Officer has a lead role in planning and implementing the annual project cycle and liaising with DFAT for the ANCP program. 

In addition to the above, this role may from time to time be required to support business development and communications to support the External Relations team. This position requires flexibility with work hours during travel periods and working with stakeholders across multiple time zones.

About you:

We want individuals who support our mission of eliminating unsafe abortion by 2030 and who work with us to build an enabling environment to increase access to safe services everywhere. We expect all team members to share our vision and commitment to achieving our mission whilst promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all clients and colleagues.

To succeed in this role, you must have:


  • Demonstrated administrative, finance and programme management experience 
  • Experience of working in an overseas location (preferably a developing country) 
  • Knowledge of donor regulations, policies, and procedures 
  • Knowledge of reproductive health care (desirable)

Personal Attributes and Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit donor proposals and reports 
  • Strong planning and coordinating skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritise a fluctuating workload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to organise and present information in a compelling and succinct manner
  • Excellent IT skills, including Advanced Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint.


  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent 
  • Post-graduate qualification in public health, international development, public management or related field (desirable) 

For more information about the role, please view the full job description.

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Full-time: 38 hours

Contract type: 12 Month Contract – maternity leave cover

Salary: AUD75,000 – AUD85,000

Application: Please include a letter addressing the experience and skills required along with your CV.

For more information, or to discuss the role, please contact

Closing date: Wednesday 29th September 2021. Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

MSIA is a child-safe organisation and has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation abuse and harassment.  All successful applicants will be required to abide by our Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct and our Global Code of Conduct in addition to undergoing a police check prior to commencement. 

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