Facility Management Adviser

Closing Date: 13 August 2020

Location: Solomon Islands

Category: Youth Engagement & Community Development

Demand for community spaces is growing in Honiara, and while the Multi-Purpose Hall is already used by around 100 people per day, there is scope to improve the facilities. You’ll be working in the City Council’s Youth, Women and Sports division to improve the delivery and development of sporting and community activities in Honaria.

In this assignment you will work alongside the current Facilities Officer and occasionally the Sports Development Officer. You will assess operational knowledge gaps and work to develop the capacity of individuals in their roles, ensuring they have the skills and tools to improve operational outcomes for the medium and long term future of community and sporting facilities in Honiara.

The Honiara City Council currently manages the Multi-Purpose Hall, which is the Council’s primary community sports facility. The Hall is used for training, sport and cultural events. The New Zealand Aid Programme has funded an upgrade of the facilities, due for completion in 2019, so you’ll be working towards matching improved processes with the new and improved facilities.

One of the major opportunities of this assignment is to support the development of operational maintenance, and to implement policies and improve current booking systems. There is also further opportunity to develop processes and operational plans to improve local engagement with sports federations and relevant stakeholders.

We are looking for a volunteer with:
  • Experience managing facility operations and knowledge of purchasing, supplies, grounds keeping and equipment repair
  • Experience developing and/or implementing a suitable facility booking management system
  • Strong communication and relationship management skills
  • Good understanding of the commercial environment and a strong awareness of customer satisfaction
  • Experience mentoring others
  • Analytical skills to assess needs and budgets


VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.

VSA's response to COVID-19

Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
  
The Volunteer Recruitment team is continuing to work through all our current applications and keep in touch with applicants.

Recruitment will continue although our usual processes will be amended where necessary to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained, such as a greater emphasis on carrying out interviews remotely.
  
Meanwhile, Programme Managers are working with partner organisations and on updating assignment descriptions. This work will help us determine which skills and experience our volunteers will need once we begin to redeploy people in the Pacific.

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.