Organisational Development Adviser

Closing Date: 21 August 2020

Location: Kiribati

Category: Organisational Development and Human Resources

The Kiribati Health Champions (KHC) programme was launched in 2017 to enhance the skills of local women and youth to improve health outcomes, promote healthy lifestyles and increase financial literacy.  The programme delivers nutrition leadership training, supports community health promotion and builds the capability of community-based organisations.  A newly appointed Project Manager for KHC has recently been appointed and is based at Teitoiningaina, the Catholic Women’s Association.
In this assignment you will work alongside Teitoiningaina and KHC staff to ensure the programme is operating sustainably.  You will also provide advice to Teitoiningaina on their operations, management and office systems.  With a strong emphasis on capacity building, you will deliver staff training, facilitate workshops and be comfortable with mentoring.
Although you’ll be based at the Teitoiningaina Diocese office, you will travel throughout Tarawa to meet with many other organisations.  This is exciting 1-year opportunity to work alongside an organisation striving to engage and train women and youth for sustainable futures!  
We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Understanding of small business operations across the full range of corporate functions, e.g. Finance, HR, procurement, knowledge management, IT, risk management
  • Ability to understand and analyse what business and communication systems are appropriate for work environment
  • Ability to design and integrate administration/communication systems to complement and improve those already in place
  • Strong communication and mentoring skills
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.