Parliamentary Counseller Mentor

Closing Date: 21 February 2023

Category: Education & Training

Parliamentary Counseller Mentor ABG - Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) Parliamentary Services

Change your scene and become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many. Work with our partner organisation to create a fair future for all. 
VSA will organise and fund, flights, visas, insurance, accommodation, living allowance and utilities while on assignment. 

About volunteering with VSA 
VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually. 
Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident. 
Our Partner Organisation – Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) Parliamentary Services

The Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) was inaugurated on 15 June 2005 under a new constitution for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB).

The ABG derives its authority from:
• The Constitution of Papua New Guinea
• The Constitution of Bougainville
• The Organic Law on Peace Building in Bougainville, Autonomous Bougainville Government and Bougainville Referendum

ABG's governance is separated into three divisions of power – the Legislative, the Executive, the Judiciary.
The legislative power of the ABG is vested in the House of Representatives.

The Bougainville House of Representatives (BHoR) was convened in 2005 and assumed its constitutional function as the legislature, including legislative powers to implement pillar 1 of the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA), autonomy.

Parliamentary Services is an administrative function of the BHoR. It consists of the Office of the Clerk and Officers and employees of the Service.
According to the Parliamentary Services Annual Report (2016), the principal functions of the Parliamentary Service are:
1. To provide an administrative and support service to the BHoR and Members of the House; and
2. To administer, in accordance with directives given by the Speaker, the payment of funding entitlements for parliamentary purposes.

Parliamentary Committees

The Bougainville Constitution authorises the BHoR to appoint parliamentary committees. Parliamentary committees are small groups of elected members of the House of Representatives appointed by Parliament to consider, investigate and report to Parliament on particular matters

The Country 

Get off the beaten path to Bougainville! Now being the autonomous region of Bougainville, its rugged landscape is covered in rainforests. 
The Assignment 

The VSA volunteer will contribute to a functional ABG Legal Counsel Office by providing mentorship, training, guidance, and support to the Legal Counsel Office

The Volunteer 
Are you someone who wants to make a difference, have a sense of adventure and like the challenge of being outside your comfort zone?  VSA Volunteers are technical experts who impart their skills and knowledge to the local community. You will need to be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, resilient with a passion for Aotearoa and the wider Pacific community. 

We're looking for a volunteer with the following: 

  • Experience working within parliament systems
  • Significant experience in the justice sector
  • A relevant qualification, eg a law degree
  • Experience conducting organisational reviews or situation analysis
  • Experience assessing staff training needs and mentoring and training others
Apply Now! 

Apply for this amazing opportunity through our website. For more information on this assignment, email 

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Full time Volunteering opportunity in Bougainville
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses covered by VSA
  • Change your scene and transform your life and the lives of others!

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