Business Association Adviser

Closing Date: 14 October 2020

Location: Bougainville

Category: Finance & Business Support

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville is located in the north east of mainland Papua New Guinea. Bougainville offers a diverse variety of geographic features that includes a beautiful coastline, thick forest and towering mountains. Bougainville also possesses a rich culture and history.

VSA assignments provide a unique opportunity for professional development by sharing your skills to build thriving communities in the Pacific and beyond. VSA began working in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Bougainville) in 1998 with a programme that focused upon reconstruction efforts and responding to immediate post-conflict needs. Today, VSA volunteers work alongside the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), the private sector, and international and national non-government organisations.

This role is based in Buka Town which is located on Buka Island. Buka Town is the hub of the island and is the administrative centre of Bougainville and the location of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG).

This assignment will require you to work alongside the Department of Economic Development (DED) to ensure that business associations within Buka have improved institutional capacity. The ideal candidate will have relevant experience in developing fundamental business documents such as a strategic plan, budget and annual work plan. You will assist the business association in Bougainville to identify and understand key issues that they face and support in conducting research to develop an advocacy position.  

The successful candidate will be able to provide mentoring, coaching, training and support. More specifically, you will be involved in mentoring associations in the marketing of their services.

Experience required for this assignment:
  • Qualification in a relevant discipline such as business studies/administration, economics or institutional development
  • Experience providing business know-how training and/or running a business
  • Experience providing organisational/institutional strengthening
  • Experience supporting/working with business associations and/or the private sector groups
  • Excellent advocacy, stakeholder engagement and stakeholder mapping 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.

We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Play a key role in building institutional capacity
  • Be part of a community with a unique and rich history
  • Volunteer overseas for 12 months

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