Position Vacant: Chief Executive Officer

Canberra based

The Organisation

The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) was established in 2015 to enhance the sustainable management of water resources in the Indo-Pacific region, in turn supporting inclusive economic development, improvements to water security for all and reductions in environmental and social impacts and regional tensions.

The AWP brings together public and private partners from across the Australian water sector.  It links them with demand for Australian water expertise from international partners including development banks and foreign governments.  It facilitates partner collaboration to plan and deliver innovative capacity-development programs that respond to water resource management challenges in developing countries.  AWP does not duplicate the services of other national or international players, but seeks to maximise its partners’ expertise and existing networks.

The AWP was established and is funded under a grant agreement between eWater Ltd and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Australian aid program.  The AWP is responsible for the delivery of the requirements of the AWP agreement.

The Opportunity

The eWater Board is looking to appoint a CEO who will lead and inspire the next phase of the AWP.

In consultation with the AWP Advisory Committee, you will lead the AWP in achieving its objectives.  You will strengthen existing partnerships and foster new ones, and represent the AWP nationally and internationally.  You will build the capacity of a small AWP team and ensure that all AWP’s business systems are efficient and ethical.  You will have considerable freedom to determine how best to achieve results within an approved framework of strategies, policies and business objectives.

The Person

To be a strong contender for this high profile and exciting role, you will thrive in a dynamic, innovative and multi-stakeholder environment.  You will have a deep understanding of the water sector and Australia’s water reform journey, well developed networks across the Australian water sector and international experience in the sector, including in developing countries.  You will have the authority and acumen to deepen and broaden AWP’s relationships with a wide range of national and international partners and stakeholders and a track record of building relationships of trust and mutuality across the public and private sectors.  You will have the ability to engage influentially with governments across Australia and abroad on water.

You will have a strong contemporary business focus, high-level management skills and a proven ability to create organisational capacity and value.

Your drive, integrity and professional credibility will be complemented by first class communication skills, a strong sense of collaboration, sound judgement and an orientation to results.  Commitment to sustainable development, gender equality and social inclusion will be essential.

You will have post-graduate qualifications or demonstrated equivalent experience in the water sector.


Reporting to the AWP Advisory Committee and the eWater Board, the successful applicant will be offered an up to six year contract, subject to funding and performance.

An executive package which reflects the responsibilities of the position will be negotiated with the successful candidate.


 Position description and selection criteria

If you require further information please contact Felicity Paul, HR Manager, eWater Ltd on +61 2 6201 5167 or by email at felicity.paul@ewater.org.au  All enquiries will be handled in strict confidence.

Applications are now closed.