Sep 06, 2021

International Partnerships Officer - Oceania Rugby - Closing 30 Sep 2021

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  • Samoa Court, West Lakes SA, Australia
Full time Participation

Job Description


Oceania Rugby is one of six regional associations of World Rugby, responsible for representing the interests of its 16 Members. Oceania Rugby works closely with Member Unions on the development and reach of Rugby in the region to promote the growth of Rugby throughout Oceania. Central to this is a series of tournaments and development programs run and coordinated by Oceania Rugby. Oceania Rugby’s sport for development programs contribute to achieving gender equality, reducing inequality, and ending violence against women and children, and are built around rugby values: respect, integrity, solidarity, discipline and passion.

Oceania Rugby strongly believes that everyone has the right to participate in rugby in a physically and emotionally safe environment because this is the foundation of a life-long positive and high-quality experience of our sport.


The International Partnerships Officer is responsible for delivering a suite of projects funded by the Australian Government’s PacificAus Sports programme and supporting the associated partnerships between Oceania Rugby and the Australian Government, Rugby Australia, and relevant Pacific Island Rugby Unions. The projects are focussed on driving the growth and development of men’s and women’s high performance rugby union in selected Pacific Island nations, and Australia’s public diplomacy initiatives.

Oceania Rugby partners with Rugby Australia and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to support a range of Sport Diplomacy and Sport for Development initiatives in the Pacific Islands. Oceania Rugby works closely with Rugby Australia and Pacific Island Rugby Unions to deliver these initiatives.

Principal Accountabilities

Working closely with the Sport for Development & Partnerships Manager and other Oceania Rugby staff the International Partnerships Officer will be responsible for:


  • Oversee and deliver all Oceania Rugby projects funded under the Australian Government’s PacificAus Sports program:
    • Oceania Women’s Rugby Pathway
    • Pacific Island Rugby Professional Development project
    • Women’s high performance equipment investment
    • Oceania Rugby U20 Championship
    • Sport Diplomacy Events
    • Others as developed
  • Establish a project plan, detailed budget, appropriate governance, internal communication arrangements and media and diplomacy initiatives for each project.
  • Implement and monitor activity progress and risks, and revise plans as required.
  • Manage all contractual obligations, including qualitative reporting and acquittal of funds. 
  • Maximise the impact of PacificAus Sports projects for the intended beneficiaries and the partners.
  • Identify and deliver creative international diplomacy, media and engagement opportunities

Partnership Management

  • Assist to manage the strategic partnership with DFAT and Rugby Australia.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships and close collaboration with:
    • Rugby Australia representatives to coordinate and deliver shared projects and service the DFAT agreement and relationship.
    • Rugby Unions in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands to deliver relevant, tailored benefits to each country
    • With DFAT, Canberra and representatives at the Australian High Commissions in the target countries.
  • Support other DFAT funded Oceania Rugby programming including coordination of Rugby Australia activities, liaison with Pacific Unions, reporting, acquittals, procurement, and diplomacy activities.

Strategy & Collaboration

  • Provide input into Oceania Rugby’s strategic planning and implementation with an emphasis on partnerships, diplomacy, and high-performance rugby outcomes.
  • Prepare grant submissions.

Essential Requirements

Desirable Criteria

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