Public Health and Engagement Mentor

Closing Date: 20 June 2024

Category: Education & Training

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 Water and Sanitation Engagement Mentor, looking for an extraordinary overseas experience in the Pacific to build into your field of expertise – working collaboratively with World Vision Papua New Guinea, then read on, as we have an exciting opportunity in store for you!
Our Partner Organisation - World Vision Papua New Guinea.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

World Vision started working in PNG n 1974 and uses an integrated approach to deliver in its core programming sectors of Education,Health, Livelihoods, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, Social Cohesion and Peace building.

The Assignment
This assignment is a partnership assignment between VSA and World Vision Papua New Guinea.

In this assignment the VSA volunteer will provide support and build capacity working with the project manager to engage with the Autonomous Bougainville Government stakeholders, and local level government, to see improved WASH policy implementation and governance in South Bougainville.

A VSA volunteer, with experience in public health advocacy and stakeholder engagement will play a key role in supporting World Vision Papua New Guinea to strengthen the enabling environment for better WASH outcomes,
through engagement with the Autonomous Bougainville Government and local-level government. 

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:

  • Bachelors degree in public health, environmental health, or a health related field
  • Experience in government or stakeholder engagement (ideally in the Pacific).
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a cross-cultural setting
  • Experience of mentoring or coaching staff to build capacity.
  • Experience in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) projects in a developing country.
  • Experience working in a public health system.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders towards a common goal.
The Country
The Autonomous Region of Bougainville, previously known as the North Solomons, comprises Buka, Bougainville, and other small outlying islands. Bougainville is situated in the Solomon Sea between Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands, and the capital city is Buka.

While most Bougainvilleans are Melanesian, the people of Takuu and Nukuman islands are Polynesian.

Apply Now!

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Full time 12-month volunteering assignment in Arawa, Bougainville
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses provided.
  • Unique volunteer experience you will never forget!

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