Use of advisers in the Australian aid program
AusAID uses advisers to support partner governments, AusAID and other partners in the implementation of the aid program. An adviser’s assignment can range from providing short-term technical expertise to working closely with counterparts for several years to build local skills and expertise in areas like health, education and food security. Advisers are an effective and flexible way of delivering the aid program and can make an important contribution to a country’s development.
Since early 2010 AusAID has introduced a series of reforms to ensure better value for money and greater effectiveness from the use of advisers in the aid program. As a result we now have in place:
Together, these reforms ensure there is a comprehensive and rigorous approach guiding the aid program’s use and remuneration of advisers. They support AusAID’s aim to make greater use of other forms of technical assistance (such as scholarships, volunteers, leadership awards, and twinning arrangements), and to only use advisers when they are considered the most effective response to agreed development needs. Where advisers are used, they will be paid in line with transparent, benchmarked standards and will clearly represent value for money.
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Last reviewed: 4 April, 2012