My passion for international development began at university where a degree in international development led to a UniVol assignment in Tanzania. After a few years back at home, I accepted a two-year VSA partnerships assignment with UN Women in Fiji building organisational capacity around NGO and youth engagement, and managing their communications work across the Pacific. Since my return, I've worked on several development projects, including managing New Zealand's Aid Programmes in Indonesia and Myanmar, and supporting VSA in developing assignments outside the Pacific.

My experience managing multimillion dollar development programmes - from developing strategy and designing projects, to financial management and evaluation - along with first-hand experience in-country, have given me a good understanding of end-to-end international development in practice. These skills coupled with my experience working for government both nationally and locally, give me a good overview of how government works, particularly in this complex sector.

I've been fortunate to work in roles where I can support increased inclusivity across development work, particularly around gender and human rights - concepts at the heart of VSA and essential to the success and sustainability of any organisation.

Lastly, my communications experience developing a social media presence for UN Women in the Pacific, creating marketing collateral, supporting strategy development, and undertaking training and reporting, would be beneficial to VSA both around fundraising and awareness raising.

Olivia