Claire McClintock has been working for VSA since 2017. She is currently responsible for the Fiji and Kiribati programmes, based in Wellington. She develops new volunteer assignments with local partners, looks after volunteers in the field, and establishes new partnerships that meet VSA’s strategic goals for each country. These partnerships include local NGOs, government departments, and regional agencies such as SPC and United Nations agencies. This means that every day she gets to work with skilled volunteers, and organisations who need a volunteer to support their work. Her interest is in working with partners who have a commitment to making real change in the Pacific, are committed to developing people to realise their potential, and support collaboration, capacity building and sustainable development.
Before joining VSA, Claire worked in strategy, reporting, organisational management and governance roles in the cultural, heritage, not for profit and environmental sectors, with a strong focus on strategy and relationship management. She has also worked on pro-poor tourism development projects in northern Laos and has a Masters in Cultural Heritage with a focus on sustainable development.