Project Advisor – Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP)

  • Passionate about financial inclusion in Australia?
  • Bring your co-design skills to guide and support collective actions and see real change in the community of Geelong (while based in the Melbourne CBD with the national FIAP team)
  • Full-time position for an 18 month term


Good Shepherd Microfinance is a leader in financial inclusion products, programs and advisory services. We offer safe, fair and affordable financial programs to people on low incomes and advisory services for governments, businesses and other organisations. Our purpose is to enable economic wellbeing for people on low incomes, especially women and girls.

As a part of this important work, the Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) program is an innovative national collaboration between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Good Shepherd Microfinance (GSM). The aim of the program is to build equitable, inclusive and resilient Australian communities. Financial Inclusion Action Plans enable organisations to commit to practical measures to improve financial inclusion and financial resilience through their product/service offerings as well as their interactions with their clients, employees, suppliers, partners and the wider community.


What will be your key focus?

Reporting to the Program Consultant, you will work closely with internal and key external stakeholders including local actors from within the government, corporate, community and education sectors, in a specific place of disadvantage (the Geelong region) to increase awareness and understanding of financial inclusion. A key objective of the position is to design and implement a place-based Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) program, in conjunction with the national FIAP program, by providing best-practice program design and support through data analysis and participatory co-design approaches. The place-based program will also liaise with national FIAP program partners, including the FIAP Partnership and Advisory Groups, and the Community of Practice.


What will you need to succeed?

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and knowledge of social policy in Australia; with strong understanding of financial inclusion, financial resilience and economic participation
  • Previous experience in co-designing and managing programs/projects; preferably place based projects
  • Proven analytical skill and demonstrated capacity to convert data into insights that can be shared with a wide range of audiences
  • Experience in multi stakeholder engagement with an ability to build strong relationships
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to communicate complex ideas to diverse stakeholders; preparing program reports etc.
  • Demonstrated capacity to organise and facilitate workshops
  • Demonstrated initiative, and ability to work both independently and in teams, in a highly collaborative environment
  • The capacity and commitment to work in alignment with the values of Good Shepherd Microfinance


More about us?

At the core of our team are our values and a culture that invests strongly in professional development, workplace flexibility and employee wellbeing. In 2016, we were ranked in the top 10 most innovative not-for-profits in Australia and we’re proud that women make up 66% of management and to have team engagement scores that are some of the highest nationally. In addition, our remuneration includes generous salary packaging benefits that can increase take home pay.

Plus, our Advisory team are a world-class, lovely bunch of professionals who are committed to high performance for the best possible outcomes for our community.


Interested? To view the position description, click the ‘Download’ button below. For further information and queries, contact Nicole Anderson, People and Culture Consultant at or on 03 9495 9677.

To apply send your resume and a cover letter to: by 9am Monday 22nd October 2018. Your cover letter should tell us why you want to work with us, why you see yourself in this role and how you believe you meet the criteria outlined in the points above (also in the Position Description).


We recognise the rich diversity of people across Australia. We are committed to ensuring that our team is reflective of the diverse community we serve and to supporting a culture of equity, inclusion and diversity.

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