Join our Team | Policy & Program Manager position

Duty Station: Remote

Position: Policy & Program Manager

Type of contract: Volunteer

Duration of contract: 24 months

Recruitment open to External and Internal candidates

Application Deadline: 9 September 2022


About us

The Australia Vietnam Leadership Dialogue (AVLD) is an independent non-profit initiative that was established to nurture relationships, promote engagement and incubate collaboration between Australian and Vietnamese young leaders from a broad spectrum of society. Through people to people links, we believe the bilateral relationship between Australia and Vietnam can be strengthened to contribute to the development of each respective nation.

The inaugural Dialogue occurred in May 2017, Sydney, Australia and was followed by the second Dialogue in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in May 2019. In 2019, 20 leaders between the ages of 25-35 years of age were selected to represent each country out of a total of 2000 expressions of interest. And in 2021, the virtual Dialogue took place with immense impact on the Delegates and all speakers involved.

Our AVLD Alumni are an inspirational, talented group of young leaders. They have been identified to be significant people of impact in their respective nations in the next 10 years and beyond. They came together as part of the Dialogues to incubate relationships and establish a powerful network of influential changemakers. The Dialogue is an biannual initiative with locations rotating between the countries, together with a series of events and activities between the Dialogues to nurture the powerful Alumni network and strengthen the Australia-Vietnam bilateral relationship.

More info at or on the AVLD social media via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube.


The Dialogue was supported previously by the Australia ASEAN Council, as part of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and significant corporate partnerships from both Australia and Vietnam. In the past, delegates have been invited to meet both Vietnamese and Australian Prime Ministers as well as Foreign Ministers of both countries. The Dialogue has become a key platform to develop high level people to people links. Since 2017, as a result of AVYLD, a social enterprise has been created assisting victims of domestic violence. The non-profit was created during AVYLD 2017 and is now fully operational in Vietnam. It is aptly named Hope Box. A sister city relationship has been initiated and pursued, as well as education, healthcare and other linkages. The people to people links are deep and ongoing as a result of our intentional design of nurturing exceptional change makers.

Policy and Program Manager, Policy and Program Committee

AVYLD is recruiting a volunteer Policy and Program Manager to join the Steering Committee which will plan and implement the 2023 Australia Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue in mid-2022, Australia, together with other smaller milestone events and deliverables in the lead up, in both Australia and Vietnam. The Steering Committee will also be offered the chance to participate in the Dialogue. In 2017, 2019, and 2021, our Steering Committee were able to hear from over 50 speakers, attended multiple high-level receptions, networked with influential leaders from a diverse array of sectors, and took great pride in being part of the AVLD community. They also received a personal written acknowledgment letter from the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam for their significant contributions.

Policy and Program Manager reporting to: Steering Committee Directors

You will work closely with the Steering Committee Directors to identify current issues relating to Australia and Vietnam, help to develop content and public materials, and inform the Dialogue key themes. A core element of the role will be undertaking research to inform content design for the Dialogue, and also for the broader Steering Committee streams. This role will also be required to produce briefing notes and documentation to support our engagement with respective Governments.


Leadership and supervision

  • Co-ordinate approximately 8 Policy Lead experts and co-ordinate their activities to meet AVLD’s vision, mission and strategy

  • Manage a team to drive the policy and project components of AVYLD and successfully execute on AVYLD content strategy.

  • Review and collate concept notes for each policy area

  • Oversee and provide feedback on quarterly Policy Lead reports and submit to the Board of Directors for dissemination

  • Develop/support development of briefing notes and materials for engagement with Government representatives on behalf of Steering Committee Directors and the Board of Director.

Strategic planning

  • Work with Steering Committee Directors to execute on the AVLD’s Horizon 2 strategy and vision.

AVYLD2023 (the Dialogue)

  • Collaborate, brainstorm, and plan the 2023 Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue with the Steering Committee and the AVLD Board of Directors.

  • Drive the operational design of the 2023 Dialogue program, and identification of relevant speakers based on research undertaken and engagement with the Board of Directors.

  • Oversee stakeholder engagement in relation to briefings with speakers and representatives attending AVYLD events ensuring relevant research and content is provided and topical for the Dialogue.

  • Collate and synthesize research and prepare evidence to support our content materials and communicate research findings to inform team members and relevant stakeholders.

  • Co-ordinate preparation of relevant reports, articles and research pieces on Australia and Vietnam from Policy Leads for a non-technical audience.


  • Provide and/or assist with informative presentations about Australia and Vietnam and AVLD.

  • Other tasks relating to the Policy and Project function.


  • Embodies the values and mission of AVYLD

  • Demonstrated experience in the Australia Vietnam relationship

  • At least 2-4 years’ experience in a policy position engaging with government

  • Deep understanding of key issues across the bilateral relationship

  • Research experience and familiarity with sourcing quality information in both Vietnam and Australia

  • Willingness to commit to 2-5 hours per week for the duration of the role, but with a one week commitment during the actual Dialogue (hours may vary leading up to and during events) noting a significant increase in hours may be required closer to the Dialogue.

  • Responsive, diligent, open and honest

  • Passionate about contributing to the development of society

  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.

Duration of appointment:

The appointment will be made for a period of 2 years. After which time, the agreement will be reviewed. Changes to the agreement can be made through mutual agreement of the Steering Committee Director, Board of Directors and the appointee.

Deadline: 9 September 2022

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