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Policy Fellow / Senior Policy Fellow (Pacific Security)

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Work type: Continuing (Contingent Funded)
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic

Classification: Level D

Classification: Academic Level C or D
Salary package: $119,844 - $152,124 AUD plus 17% superannuation

Terms: Full-time, Continuing Contingent Funded (funding confirmed up to 30 September 2022)

  • Non-traditional academic appointment that cuts across academia and policy development at a regional level
  • Leadership position in a fast-paced and impactful government-funded initiative focused on Pacific security cooperation
  • High-level representation, partnership brokering and engagement with the public, private and community sectors


About Us 

The Australian National University (ANU) has an international reputation as a leading university in research, education, and policy expertise. Distinguished by its relentless pursuit of excellence, the ANU attracts leading academics and outstanding students from Australia and around the world.

The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region. 

Crawford School of Public Policy is located within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and is the public policy school at the Australian National University. The School’s approach to public policy draws upon disciplinary excellence in the core areas of economics, government, environment and development, and also deep geographical knowledge of Asia and the Pacific, including Australia.

The Australia Pacific Security College (PSC) is funded by the Australian Government and sits within Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia and the Pacific. The PSC works with Pacific Island countries to build the capacity of officials and deal with a broad range of security challenges through executive and professional development courses, policy workshops, technical assistance and research. 

Read more about PSC:


About the role

PSC is seeking to appoint a scholar and expert in fields related to Pacific Security at either the Fellow or Senior Fellow level.  The Policy Fellow / Senior Policy Fellow (Pacific Security) will support the PSC Director in leading consultation and engagement with Forum Island Countries regarding their security priorities, national security policy frameworks and security capabilities, with a view to informing the development of relevant and effective national security strategies, professional education on Pacific security, and high impact research on Pacific security. 

The Policy Fellow / Senior Policy Fellow will also lead a research and education program focused on enhancing Pacific security, provide direction to PSC researchers and consultants on research priorities and training needs of national and regional security capability across Pacific Island Forum, contribute to these training workshops and courses, and oversee the monitoring and evaluation of programs.

Please download the Position Description linked below to review the role statement and key accountability areas.


Our ideal candidate

The Policy Fellow / Senior Policy Fellow will have a PhD or equivalent professional experience in fields related to Pacific Security with a comprehensive understanding of the broad range of security challenges facing the Pacific Islands region, such as climate security, human security, maritime security, defence, policing, resource/environmental security, climate change, resilience to natural disasters and humanitarian assistance.  

The role requires a comprehensive understanding of national security policy-making environments in Australia and Pacific island Forum member countries, and a demonstrated capability to effectively engage with the national security community to address national and regional security issues.

Additionally, high-level representational skills and experience engaging at senior levels of government, both in Australia and in Forum Island Countries, is essential, as is high level facilitation, networking and partnership brokering skills.

The role also demands high-quality analytical and reporting skills and demonstrated experience designing and delivering a broad range of education programs (training, professional development, executive education, coaching and mentoring) on security and policy issues in developing country and cross-cultural environments.

The Policy Fellow / Senior Policy Fellow will hold an important academic leadership position within the School, making a major contribution to the teaching and research program.

The appointment will be at either Academic Level C (Fellow) or Level D (Senior Fellow / Associate Professor), depending on the attributes and experience of the successful applicant. 


Applicant enquiries

For a confidential discussion regarding this role and the application process, please contact Professor Meg Keen, Director, Australia Pacific Security College at


Selection Process Timeline

  • Applications close at midnight on Sunday 18 July 2021.
  • We anticipate interviewing shortlisted candidates at the end of July or early August.
  • Interviews will be held in Canberra where travel permits or alternatively via Zoom videoconferencing.
  • The position is based at the ANU campus in Canberra, Australia.
  • PSC will sponsor an Australian work visa nomination and provide relocation assistance for the successful candidate, if required.
  • All applicants will be contacted and advised of the outcome of their applications.


Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process.  An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results. 


Position Description & Selection Criteria

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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