Organisational Development Trainer

Closing Date: 21 February 2023

Category: Education & Training

Organisational Development Trainer - The Cook Islands Civil Society Organisations

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 - The Cook Islands Civil Society Organisations

The Cook Islands Civil Society Organisations (CICSO) has been in operation since 2012 and is a member of the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations.

CICSO acts as the coordination arm for 80 civil society organisations (CSOs), NGO’s and community groups in the Cook Islands.

CICSO offers leadership, training, and support for all CSOs and is a network for obtaining and disseminating information and resources.
It is also a conduit between government, donors, small community organisations and CSOs.

The Country

Kia Orana, Aere mai, experience the lively culture, the beautiful beaches and the friendly happy people of the Cook Islands.

The Assignment

In this assignment a VSA volunteer is required to provide support and work alongside two current volunteers in continuation of building capacity, the two current VSA volunteers will complete their assignments in June 2023, and in October 2023 funds will be available to employ a local office administrator.

For the first month, the volunteer will work alongside the current volunteers, learning the systems & processes and making key connections with member organisations. Working with the CICSO Exec, they will continue CICSO’s work until the new administrator is employed.
The volunteer will then mentor and support the new administrator, building capacity until they are ready to work independently.

The volunteer will support effective and efficient management and administrative processes, ensuring CICSO can carry out its strategic purpose of supporting Civil Societies in the Cook Islands and supporting member Civil Societies to do the same.

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:

  • Organisational experience developing and implementing strategic and financial plans, and standard operating procedures (SOP’s)
  • Strong communication, administrative, and organisational skills
  • Competence in running workshops
  • Experience with accounting software
  • Advanced computer skills on MS office
  • Experience in mentoring and training staff
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
Apply Now!

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Full time volunteering opportunity in the beautiful Cook Islands
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses covered by VSA
  • Change your scene, transform your life and the lives of others

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