Senior Advisor, Program Design and Development - Melbourne, Australia


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About us:

MSIA, as part of the MSI Reproductive Choices global partnership, is unapologetically pro-choice. We believe that every woman has the right to make choices about her own body and her own future. As one of the world’s leading providers of contraception and safe abortion care, MSI gives women the means to do so. Working across 37 countries, MSI provides high quality, safe services, and work with advocacy to create an enabling environment, so every client has safe access to services when and where they are needed. Because when a woman can determine her own future, she 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 are committed to promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups.

The role:

This role works within the MSIA External Relations team which plays a critical role in driving the strategic growth of our global partnership, with a focus on MSI’s Pacific Asia country programs. The team plays a pivotal role in strengthening regional and local capacity in the design of our health programming.

Working alongside MSI’s global Programme Design and Development (PDD) team, this role primarily supports country programs to develop dynamic and successful proposals and tenders for institutional donors, including bi-lateral and multilateral donors and host country governments. This role works closely with country and technical teams across the organisation to lead the development of single- and multi-country proposals, including lead writing and bid coordination. This role also plays a key role in developing country fundraising strategies, facilitating project design processes, engaging with partners related to potential and specific business development opportunities, and building the capacity of MSI country programs to execute effective new business development strategies.

By working with MSI’s global Innovation, Evidence and Research team, this role also supports and strengthens the capacity of country staff to: write high-quality research, monitoring and evaluation (RME) plans aligned with MSI global research priorities; deliver against RME plans, ensuring country team members are fully aware of and able to successfully employ MSI’s tools and guidance; and routinely and succinctly share evidence of what works. 

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 experience working in international program management, business development, or international development. Experience in international health and with bilateral donors including Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
  • Proven track record of developing technical strategies for complex proposals and in securing high-value contracts from donors, foundations, and trusts.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, programmatic design, and budget development.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to manage a heavy and fluctuating workload.
  • Experience in working with statistical and financial data.
  • Developing country work experience (desirable).

Personal Attributes and Skills

  • Proven relationship building skills and ability to work collaboratively and effectively in cross-cultural settings and with a wide variety of organisations.
  • Outstanding English writing skills. Applicants may be required to undergo a written evaluation as part of the recruitment process.
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and the ability to perform effectively under pressure.
  • Solid analytical skills and ability to present complex concepts in clear and concise formats.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Can do attitude and flexibility with work hours as deadlines approach.
  • Advanced computers skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe).
  • Pro MSI philosophy of social enterprise and cost recovery.
  • Alignment with MSI values and mission.
  • Ability to travel up to 6 weeks per year (once travelling resumes post-COVID; no travel expected in 2021).


  • Relevant Degree (MPH, MA, MBA desirable) or equivalent.

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

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Full-time: 38 hours

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: $85,000 – $100,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience

For more information, or to discuss the role, please contact Melita Alcock, Team Coordinator on 0468 669 870.

Closing date: 2nd May 2021 (midnight GMT). 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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