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Community Engagement Adviser

Closing Date: 11 Aug 2019

Interview: 13 & 14 September 2019

Pre-departure Briefing: 02 - 05 October or 20 - 23 November 2019

Expected Start Date: Jan or Feb 2020

Assignment Number: 41251

Duration: 18-24 months

Location: Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Mai e Nima is a healthy living campaign that promotes and encourages children to eat fruit and vegetables in Tonga.  In October 2018 it formed a partnership with Tonga National Rugby League (NRL) giving it mandate to expand to all government primary schools.

Since aligning with NRL and with support from a VSA volunteer, Mai E Nima has gone through a rapid period of growth.  The programme now finds itself in a position where it has a strong base of lessons, new resources for teachers, and a team of young presenters.

In this assignment you’ll build upon the previous volunteer’s work and support the Mai E Nima team to confidently deliver its programme.  You will also help identify and engage key members of the community to ensure Mai E Nima’s messages are embedded in to daily life following delivery of the programme.

This is an exciting role if you have a background in health promotion, strong community engagement skills, and want to play a key role in the fight against non-communicable diseases in Tonga!

We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • A relevant degree such as health science, health promotion, public health (or equivalent professional experience)
  • Experience in a community development and/or engagement role
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience establishing and maintaining relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Data analysis skills

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.

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