Data Governance Specialist

Closing Date: 08 March 2024

Category: Policy, Governance, Monitoring & Evaluation

Bula Vinaka!

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. 

Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident. 

Volunteering with VSA 
Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is not your typical volunteering agency, we are committed to building sustainable communities across the Pacific. If you’re an experienced Data Governance Specialist, looking for an extraordinary overseas experience in the Pacific to build into your field of expertise – working collaboratively with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. (PIFS), then read on, as we have an exciting opportunity in store for you!
Our Partner Organisation - The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. (PIFS).
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) is the region’s premier political and economic policy organisation. Founded in 1971, it comprises 18 members:
Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat operates by fostering cooperation between governments, collaborating with international agencies and representing the interests of its members. The PIFS’s Pacific Vision envisions a region of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion, and prosperity, allowing all Pacific people to lead free, healthy, and productive lives.

The Assignment
This assignment is a partnership assignment between VSA and The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. 

In this assignment a VSA Volunteer will provide support as a Data Governance Specialist to strengthen the Forums data governance strategies, capacity, and capabilities and contribute to the development of a comprehensive and effective data governance strategy. The VSA volunteer will work alongside staff and stakeholders to assess the Forum’s current data governance practices, identifying areas for improvement, and delivering recommendations for tailored solutions to enhance overall data management capabilities.

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:

  •  Bachelor's or Master's degree in a related field (e.g., Data   Management, Information Systems, Business Analytics).
  •  Proven experience (10 years plus) in a data governance role, with a   focus on developing and implementing data governance frameworks.
  •  In-depth knowledge of data governance principles, data quality   management, and regulatory compliance.
  •  Sound project management skills.
  •  Familiarity with data management tools and technologies.
  •  Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with attention to detail.
  •  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to   engage effectively with diverse audiences.
• Experience with data governance tools and frameworks is desirable.
• Certification in data management or data governance is a plus.
• Experience working in a large-scale complex organisation.

The Country
Fiji includes the other 3 cultural groups called Fijians -Rotuma, Rabi, and Kioa (Rabian and Kioans) were resettled in Fiji after being evacuated from Ocean islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati).

It is a destination attraction for its coral reefs, clear lagoons, and tropical landscapes. Fijian indigenous society is very communal, with great importance attached to the family unit, the village, and the vanua (land). With the introduction of traditions such as Indian and Chinese and significant influences from Europe and Fiji's Pacific neighbours, particularly Tonga and Samoa, these various cultures have come together to create a multicultural national identity for Fiji.
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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Full time 4-month volunteering assignment based in Suva, Fiji
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses provided.
  • Share your skills and experience and make a difference to your life and the live

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