Letter to Senator the Hon Bob Carr
August 2nd, 2012
Dear Senator Carr,
I am writing to you to express my disappointment in the Australian Ambassador for Youth Development (AYAD) recruitment process.
For the past ten months, I have been working in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in the position of Volunteer Coordinator at Anjali House. I fulfill this role with the utmost integrity, commitment, and dedication. I am doing so at my own cost, as I believe in this organization, the differences it makes in the children’s lives, and my ability to capacity build the staff.
A position came available in June through the AYAD program as a Fundraising and Marketing Support Officer (AY0612CO04) at Anjali House. I spent three weeks working on the application, had it reviewed by numerous people in my organization and those who have been in AYAD positions, and was certain I would qualify for an interview.
A few weeks later, I received an email that stated I was not successful in my application. I wasn’t even given the opportunity to prove myself through a phone interview. To say I was devastated was an extreme understatement. I registered for feedback, and when I received a phone call the next week I was disgusted at what I was told – only the first ranked person is interviewed.
How is this fair, Mr Carr? I have excellent written communication skills, but like many others, I could better prove myself through a phone interview, when not constrained by word limits. Why should only the first ranked candidate be interviewed? Obviously, working in the organization the AYAD position is for, coupled with my experience living in a developing country and adapting to the culture, along with my extensive volunteer experience in Australia should enable me to receive a phone interview. If then, I was told I was not successful, I would be a lot more accepting of the decision.
Do you believe outsourcing of this contract to Austraining International is the best way to manage recruitment process for AYAD? AYADs are representing Australia in a form of a scholarship to work for the Australian Government on an overseas aid project. Is the recruitment process in line with the Public Service Act 1999? Outsourcing a contract should not reduce the quality of the recruitment process. How do you manage the contract and the recruitment process?
I look forward to hearing from you soon.