Sports Development Advisor

Closing Date: 04 November 2020

Location: Kiribati

Category: Youth Engagement & Community Development

Sport Development is a new concept in Kiribati and is increasingly being recognised as an important pillar of national development with positive impacts on youth, and more widely in the community.  In this assignment you will play a key role in education and raising awareness of the long-term health and physical benefits of active participation in sport.

You’ll work alongside Ministry of Youth, Women, Sport & Social Affairs (MYWSA) staff to review the National Sports Plan and help them to collaborate more effectively with stakeholders including schools, community organisations and the Ministry of Education.  You will also help identify opportunities for sponsorship and marketing for sport and athletes in Kiribati.

This is a unique opportunity to help build a strong sporting infrastructure across Kiribati.

We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • A relevant tertiary level degree
  • Strong demonstrated experience in a sports development role at a government or community level
  • Knowledge of active recreation and the sport sector
  • Ability to forge strong relationships with partners and stakeholders
  • Experience in strategic planning and project management
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.