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Country Programme Coordinator

Applications closed Sunday, 04 September 2022

● Exciting opportunity to support Volunteer Service Abroad - Te Tūao Tāwāhi (VSA)

● Contract full-time position open to Vanuatu Citizens only

● Based in Port Vila

The Organisation

Volunteer Service Abroad - Te Tūao Tāwāhi (VSA) is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteering agency working within international development. VSA sends New Zealanders and people with strong connections to Aotearoa on overseas assignments to share their skills, experience and knowledge directly with local people and communities to make real, sustainable change.

VSA focuses on people-centred development. We give great importance to manaakitanga which means we value respectful partnerships, working and learning together, cross-cultural understanding, and the spirit of volunteering. VSA's values and our strategic focus reflect our commitment to bringing the spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to the philosophy and values of our international development programme.

The purpose of VSA’s programmes is to support countries across the Pacific to build their own capacity and sustainability. This is done by engaging skilled, committed New Zealand volunteers to work with in-country partners on short or longer-term assignments. VSA manages a range of development programmes in partnership with other organisations. These include in-country, regional, multi-lateral and New Zealand-based partners, such as Government ministries, public and academic organisations, private business and not for profit community groups. VSA’s work is funded primarily through its strategic relationship with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and independently generated income.

VSA is an independent, secular and not-for-profit organisation and is governed by a Council elected by the general membership of the organisation. VSA is registered in New Zealand as an incorporated society and is a charity registered with the Charities Commission. You can find more information at

The Position

The Country Programme Coordinator role is integral to the effective operations primarily for volunteers placed in-country. This role supports the administration and enables local customs and practices to be better understood by the volunteers.

Provide support to the Programme Manager in order to ensure delivery of a high quality volunteer development programme which meets the needs of the country programme, its partner organisations and volunteers;

To assist, and in some cases lead, the provision of administrative, financial, logistical and security and safety servicing tasks.

Essential Selection Criteria

► Clean police record and valid driver’s license (both of which must be maintained for the full duration of employment with VSA).

► The knowledge and skills to accurately interpret and translate between English and Bislama.

► Ability to organise and prioritise tasks to meet deadlines.

► Proficient computer skills including in using Microsoft Word, Excel and email.

► An adaptable approach with the ability to deal with changing work needs/tasks at short notice.

Desirable Selection Criteria

► Knowledge of and networks in the development sector in Vanuatu.

► An understanding of the role of international NGOs in the development Vanuatu.

► Proven successful experience of liaising with external organisations and relevant authorities.

► Proven effective communication and interpersonal skills (both written and verbal).

Job Description

Please read the Job Description before applying.

Apply Online

Applications for this role must be submitted online using the link below.

Do NOT email your application.

Applications closed Sunday, 04 September 2022



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