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Project Manager


Applications closed.


● Assist in the design of New Zealand Aid Programme’s support for secondary education in Vanuatu

● Contract full-time position open to Vanuatu citizens only

● Based in Port Vila with travel to the islands


The Organisation

The Vanuatu Secondary Education Support Project is seeking Vanuatu nationals to assist in the design of New Zealand Aid Programme’s support for secondary education in Vanuatu.


This is a project that will support equitable participation in quality learning for young people in Vanuatu and involves taking a co-design and collaborative approach to provide a comprehensive design of the New Zealand Aid Programme’s activity for Vanuatu’s secondary education support.


A co-design approach involves engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders (e.g. students, teachers, families, community leaders, officials, NGOs, and individuals in different islands across Vanuatu) through interactive events and interviews. This allows the project team to understand lived experiences from different perspectives.


Organisations involved in this project include Creative HQ, AATEA solutions, Robert Walters Consulting, and two Australia-based independent consultants.


The Position

The Project Manager is responsible for leading a team of three local staff (2 x Project Officers and 1 x Project Support Officer) to deliver Vanuatu-based project activities. They will be the main point of contact for the New Zealand-based project team. The Project Manager is the main representative of the project team in Vanuatu and is therefore expected to maintain integrity and display appropriate behaviour. They will be responsible for ensuring that project-related activities in Vanuatu are delivered to a high standard and are managed to the agreed timeframe and budget.


The Project Manager will also be involved in stakeholder management and co-design activities, including liaising with the Project’s Partnership Reference Group. They may also be expected to travel outside Port Vila during a particular phase of the project to support interviews, events and stakeholder engagement.


The substantive work will begin in April 2021 and it is expected to conclude by June 2022.


This project offers great professional development opportunities. The successful candidate will receive full training on co-design, design thinking and other facilitation techniques.


Essential Selection Criteria

► A minimum of 3 years’ experience in programme/project management and/or equivalent professional experience, with particular regard to planning, logistics and budget management

► Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to manage multiple deadlines, to pay attention to detail ensuring accuracy in outputs, and to follow guidance provided by the New Zealand-based project team

► Familiarity with Vanuatu secondary education systems

► People management experience / demonstrated ability to lead and manage a team

► Demonstrated proactive self-starter with proven ability to manage successful delivery of tasks and to work with multiple stakeholders from diverse backgrounds

► Fluent in written and spoken Bislama and English - French also desirable


Desirable Selection Criteria

► Bachelor or Diploma is desirable, preferably in the fields of Business administration, Management/Project management, Education or related discipline

► Experience in education programmes at provincial and national level is desirable

► Experience in community engagement work (e.g. interviewing, teaching, coaching, facilitating, hosting events) is desirable

► Proficiency in Google workspace products (e.g. Google docs, Google sheets) is desirable


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Applications closed on Tue 27 April 2021

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