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Head of Policy and Advocacy

Organisation : CBM Australia

Location : Melbourne (Richmond)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Advocacy

Sector : Community Engagement

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 10 Jul, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : CBM Australia

Joining CBM Australia means joining an organisation on a mission to end the cycle of poverty and disability. Through its programs, technical advice, and advocacy, it helps millions of people transform their lives each year. It is Australia’s only international development organisation focussed on disability inclusion and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities living in the poorest countries. CBM Australia partners with local organisations to build and promote an inclusive world in which all people with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential. CBM Australia helps other leading international organisations and institutions to do the same, spreading its learnings wide to ensure sustainable change. CBM Australia’s values and culture drive strong connectivity to its mission and, with a focus on professional development, competitive salary, salary packaging and flexible working conditions, it is a great place to work. It is our compelling culture and our powerful case for support that has enabled robust growth through fundraising and storytelling in the past few years. CBM Australia is a member of the CBM Global Disability Inclusion Federation, a world leader in global disability inclusion. 

About the role

Head of Policy and Advocacy 

  • Work with a values-based, global organisation that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in the poorest communities. 
  • Enhance the government, sector, and public’s understanding of and commitment to disability-inclusive development. 
  • Join our passionate team and become a pivotal member of our organisation. 

The Role  

CBM Australia is seeking a full-time, collaborative Head of Policy and Advocacy who will lead a skilled team to drive the development of its new advocacy platform for disability-inclusive development. Advocacy is developed and implemented in close collaboration with the disability movement and other sector stakeholders. Our advocacy aims to mobilise government, sector and new audiences through increased awareness, engagement, and activation in service of our mission. This person will work closely with the Public Engagement Director, the Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) Director, CEO and all other managers. The position harnesses the organisation’s evidence and impact to ensure strategy, policy and key messages are developed to meet strategic outcomes, while overseeing a high standard of communications from the team. 

This is a leadership role in the organisation and includes staff management and leadership responsibilities, as well as responsibility for managing the budget allocated to the area. 

About You   

The successful applicant will bring the following: 

  • Demonstrated senior experience in Policy and Advocacy; preferably with Tertiary Qualifications. 
  • Excellent external stakeholder management.  
  • Demonstrated experience working on and contributing to the management of organisation-wide projects in a cross-functional environment. 
  • Excellent communication and written skills at both the senior organisational level and for varied audiences. 
  • Proven experience in leading the development of evidence-based, rolling advocacy and policy strategy.  
  • Proven ability to model and include the voice and participation of disadvantaged people in policy advocacy and community engagement work. 
  • Demonstrated design thinking, innovation and research that support the achievement of objectives. 
  • A willingness to contribute to the growth and development of CBM and its work. 
  • An understanding of right-based development approaches (desirable). 

How to apply

To view the full Position Description or to apply for this position, visit the CBM Australia Careers page ( Include your resume or CV (Curriculum Vitae) and a cover letter that addresses the points above. We will only accept applications via our applicant portal (click here). 

Applications close on Sunday 10th July 2022.  Applications will be reviewed as received. 

Background checks 

CBM Australia is committed to workplace equity and diversity and encourages applications from Australian Residents with disabilities and those from diverse cultural backgrounds. CBM Australia is committed to the safety and best interest of all children accessing CBM-supported services, programs, and workplaces. Relevant background checks will be completed prior to the preferred candidate’s confirmation of employment including working with children, police, and reference checks. 


Please quote in application: Head of Policy and Advocacy via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Advocacy
Sector: #Community_Engagement


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