Mining Governance Study Tour Coordinator (Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility - AAPF)

Duration: 1 July 2012 on a casual consultancy basis through 30 June 2013

Reporting to: Key Project Development Specialist (Mining)

Location: Australia

Objective: To provide coordination, facilitation and program management services to the AAPF’s Mining Governance Study Tour programs in Africa and Australia.

The Australia-Africa Partnership Facility (AAPF) has managed nine mining study tours in Australia and Africa since August 2011, with over 230 participants from across 25 African countries. Several more study tours are planned for the 2012/13.

Selection Criteria:

  • Post-graduate degree, in International Relations, Development Studies, Economics or other disciplines related to the AAPF;
  • At least 10 years work experience in the management, coordination and delivery of technical assistance programs or projects, preferably in mining governance;
  • Experience in the management, administration and delivery of donor agency funded development projects. Familiarity with Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) funded projects preferred;
  • Experience, networks and contacts with reputable international and national mining sector companies and government bodies within both locations of Australia and Africa;
  • Experience organising and facilitating study tours, exchange programs, capacity building trainings or related activities that involve cultural diversity, development priorities and political imperatives in a range of settings and sectors, and preferably for mining activities;
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work with African and Australian officials at both senior and mid-levels;
  • Excellent written and spoken English, and strong report writing skills. Language ability in either French or Portuguese would also be an advantage;
  • Proven high level communication, negotiation and teamwork skills; and
  • A high level of computing skills, including the ability to use applications in word processing (MS Word), financial spreadsheet (MS Excel) and project management (MS Project).


  • In consultation with the AAPF Facility Director and other team members, and as instructed by AAPF, contribute to the design of:

    1. The overall AAPF mining governance study programme for 2012-2013 and

    2. Individual mining governance study tours in Australia and in Africa, including the identification of study tour locations, activities and institutions to be met, all in line with agreed study tour objectives;

  • Make and maintain contact with necessary networks, organisations and personnel to enable the effective organization and arrangement of study tour activities;
  • Manage partnerships and relationships in Australia and elsewhere in relation to the study tours;
  • Liaise with all members of the AAPF team and Study Tour Team on matters relating to the study tour including

    1. Third party contracting,

    2. Budget and funds,

    3. Logistics, and

    4. How to work collectively together to achieve the best possible outcomes for the study tour;

  • Provide advice to the Facility Director and/or Activity Managers on what specific study tours should focus on, who the study tours should meet, where the study tours should go, and any other factor that will have a bearing on study tours attaining their objectives;
  • Provide input into study tour programs, briefing materials, evaluations, completion reports, de-briefings and other reporting requirements;
  • Represent the AAPF with government officials and others upon their arrival for the start of a study tour;
  • Participate in, and lead study tours, both in Australia and Africa;
  • On all study tours, whether participating or not,

    1. Encourage the harmonious interaction of study tour participants among themselves, with the study tour leaders and facilitators, and with people they come in contact, and

    2. Facilitate the creation and maintenance of a constructive learning environment;

  • Where participating in a study tour have overall responsibility for the success of the study tour including;

    1. The allocation of responsibilities to facilitators and their well-being,

    2. Trouble-shooting issues and developing effective solutions,

    3. Manage program adjustments; and

    4. Providing comprehensive pastoral care to participants; and

  • When participating in a study tour have overall responsibility for the administrative component in accordance with AAPF policies and procedures. This will include, but not limited to, maintaining sufficient documentation for acquittal and audit purposes, paying and managing per diems and expenditure on common purposes (meals, transport, accommodation etc.), photograph and narrative story collection; provision of study tour documentation; certificates; and name tags. Prepare a consultant activity completion report at the end of each activity.

    How to apply:

    To express interest, please send an e-mail with a covering letter (no longer than 2 pages) which briefly demonstrates your experience against the key skills/experience, along with your current CV including at least two referees, to recruitment.aapf [at] quoting your name, position title and reference number in the subject line.

    The closing date for applications is midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday 6 July 2012. Note that the appointment of this position is subject to approval by AusAID.


    This position is a casual consultancy position, with no minimum guaranteed amount of work.

    This position reports to and will be tasked by the AAPF Key Project Development Specialist (Mining), and will undergo annual performance assessments that are mandatory for all AusAID adviser engagements.

    The appointed consultant will be paid fees consistent with the AusAID Adviser Remuneration Framework. This position has been classified as a short-term position under Discipline Category C and Job Level 3.

    Cardno Emerging Markets is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to Child Protection.

    For further information about the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility, please visit the website:

    Request for Tender (Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility - AAPF)

    The Australian Government, through AusAID, is committed to broadening and deepening its engagement with African countries and institutions.

    The Australia Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF) is one of the mechanisms used to achieve the second objective of Australia’s strategic approach to aid to Africa 2011-2015, which is ‘to help build the human resources capacity of African countries, particularly in areas and ways where Australia has recognised strengths and expertise’.

    The goal of the AAPF is to develop partnerships between Australia and African countries that contribute to achieving African countries’ development priorities.

    Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia) Pty Ltd, through the AAPF, is seeking bids from Companies in response to a need under the Liberia Natural Resource Tax Unit Activity.

    This activity calls for a Technical Adviser to work closely with the Liberia Ministry of Finance for a period of 15 months. Support services will also be required by the Company to assist the Adviser in performing all duties. This application process is open to companies who can provide such a technical expert, and related support to meet the Terms of Reference.

    Interested companies should contact Cardno Emerging Markets at procurement [at] to request a full set of application documents, including detailed Terms of Reference and application instructions All applications must be received by no later than 5:00pm South Africa time on Tuesday 26th June 2012.

    Cardno Emerging Markets is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to Child Protection.

    Further information about the Australia Africa Partnerships Facility please visit