Country Representative, Pacific Leadership Program, Australasia, Samoa

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Job Summary

​The Pacific Leadership Program (PLP) is a regional governance initiative of the Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, that recognises the pivotal role of leadership in development. PLP builds, applies and shares knowledge on developmental leadership, i.e. leadership involving collective action towards locally owned, inclusive policy and institutional change for the public good. PLP considers leadership and coalitions as key factors in building effective states, promoting economic growth and consolidating patterns of good governance.
PLP works with influential individuals, organisations and coalitions to learn from and support them in the exercise of developmental leadership. It works regionally, and at national and sub-national levels in Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. The Secretariat office is based in Suva, Fiji, supported by Country Representatives in each of the Program’s four focus countries.
The Country Representative will represent and promote the program at the national and sub-national level; identifying and advising on strategic opportunities for program development in Samoa; and will build and maintain effective relationships with national partners and stakeholders in Samoa.
Selection Criteria:
  • Demonstrated representational, relationship building and negotiation skills, with experience liaising at different levels with a range of organisations, including with senior government and other officials.
  • Significant senior project management experience, including budget management, activity analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting.
  • Comprehensive understanding of leadership issues and challenges as they relate to Samoa, or the ability to develop this.
  • Established active personal and professional networks in Samoa across a range of sectors.
  • Experience arranging and facilitating events such as workshops, training, seminars, and meetings.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, in English and the national language of Samoa.
  • Sound computing skills in word processing and spread sheets.
  • Ability and enthusiasm to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Experience in donor-funded programs is desirable.
The Terms of Reference can be obtained by clicking on the link: Terms of Reference_Samoa Country Rep_FINAL.PDF

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​To apply for this position please email applications, including a response to the selection criteria and a current CV, quoting ‘PLP Samoa Country Representative’ to PLP.Recruitment@cardno.com.
Cardno is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our international development programs. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect this commitment and may include relevant criminal record checks. Cardno is an equal opportunity employer.
Applications close 5.00pm (local time), Sunday 21 February 2016. Please note that late applications may not be considered.

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