April 16, 2018

Project Manager


NAIF’s vision is to contribute to transforming northern Australia through financing infrastructure development. NAIF is a Commonwealth Government $5 billion lending facility with the capacity for the period up to 30 June 2021, to provide financial assistance for that purpose. Its loan finance is contributed via the governments of the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia for that purpose. NAIF will seek to encourage and complement private sector investment in that development.

The NAIF is a Commonwealth corporate entity governed by an independent Board of Directors. The NAIF Board is responsible for deciding within the scope of an Investment Mandate set by Government, the strategies and policies to be followed by the NAIF and to ensure the proper, efficient and effective performance of the NAIF’s functions.


To provide project management oversight of NAIF’s mandatory criteria for finance regarding a project proponent’s development of an Indigenous Engagement Strategy, including due diligence and review of proponent strategies.  To also provide support on broader corporate and administration functions of the NAIF organisation.


  • Responsibility for liaising with proponents, sponsors and other stakeholders in the development of their Indigenous Engagement Strategy required in seeking NAIF finance and working closely with the relevant NAIF deal team leader in that regard.
  • Undertake due diligence and consultation to assist with analysis and recommendations to the NAIF Board to support decision making in regards to Indigenous Engagement Strategies prepared by proponents.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with Indigenous proponents and stakeholders on opportunities for NAIF finance.
  • Project manage and lead research and analysis on discrete projects relevant to NAIF’s Investment Mandate and broader functions, including Indigenous engagement.
  • Provide assistance to the Chief of Staff, Chief Executive Officer and other members of the Executive as required including for example in managing responses to Government information requests and Board meeting preparation.


  • Experience in public sector or private sector governance (an advantage if in both).
  • Solid understanding and experience working with Indigenous and other stakeholders on matters relating to participation, procurement, employment and social development.
  • Excellent written, communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to liaise effectively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders utilising strong influencing skills.
  • An ability to work under pressure in a fluid and rapidly changing environment, as well as part of a small collaborative team.
  • Able to handle ambiguity and challenging situations comfortably and calmly.
  • A self-starter who has the ability to manage own work and prioritise tasks, and project manage.
  • Collaborative, positive can do mindset so able to drive creative solutions and outcomes focussed.
  • Problem solving and high level strategic thinking on wider business issues including Indigenous engagement.
  • Understanding of State and Commonwealth government processes and policies in particular relevant to Indigenous engagement in northern Australia (an advantage).

How to Apply

If this sounds like the right organisation for you, please send a cover letter and your CV to naif@naif.gov.au. For further information contact Carol Bellettini  (naif@naif.gov.au or 1300 466 243).

Applications close Monday 30 April 2018.

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