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Featured Positions

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Land Valuation Adviser (3543)


Kiribati Governance Short Term (8 months)

Assist the Land Management Division (LMD) of the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture (MELAD) to successfully complete a land rent review. The Land Valuation Adviser will conduct an assessment of current land values... View full listing

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Pearl Artisan Trainer (3457)


Tonga Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Support the development of the pearl industry in Tonga through the production of a diverse range of quality pearl products. Pearl farming has been identified as having the potential to be one of Tonga’s... View full listing


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Doctor (3537)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Papua New Guinea Health Long Term (1 year)

Support St Mary’s Hospital to provide health services that meet the needs of residents in East New Britain. The doctor will provide support to staff at the hospital through the provision of clinical...
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Lecturer - Animal Science (3501)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Papua New Guinea Education Short Term (6+ months)

Support staff at PNG University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE) to provide quality teaching programmes to students.  The Lecturer – Animal Sciences will be reviewing the animal science and animal production programmes at...
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Tourism Marketing Adviser (40012)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Samoa Economic Development Long Term (18 months)

Support Savai'i Samoa Tourism Association to utilise marketing tools and strategies that generate growth for business.  For this assignment we are seeking a volunteer with: Significant experience in tourism or hospitality marketing Significant experience in...
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Management Adviser (40014)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Vanuatu Community Development Long Term (1 year)

Strengthen the management capacity at Malakula Kaljoral Senta (MKS) to better promote and preserve the cultural heritage of MALAMPA province. Malakula is one of the most diverse islands in the world with a very...
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Horticulture Project Adviser (40027)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Samoa Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Work with Lalomalava village to develop a sustainable commercial garden that generates revenue for the community. For this assignment we are seeking a volunteer with a qualification in horticulture or relevant experience, and substantial...
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Farm Business Adviser (3502)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Papua New Guinea Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Support the National Agricultural Research Institute to improve farming technologies. The volunteer will implement a business plan for the NARI regional centres that will allow the centres to increase income generating farming activities. The...
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Quantity Surveyor Adviser (3474)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Solomon Islands Long Term (1 year)

Support the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening with the implementation of infrastructure projects. For this assignment we are looking for someone with: A degree in Quantity Surveying with three years' work experience...
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Teacher (3340)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Bougainville Education Long Term (1 year)

Work with the Bougainville Institute of Business and Technology to provide high-quality education for students.  The Volunteer will support staff to in the delivery of subjects and will provide tutoring and advice to...
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Administration and Events Assistant (40009)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Vanuatu Community Development Long Term (1 year)

Strengthen administrative capacities at Traditional Entertainment and Kastom Sapot (TEKS) that support the provision of high-quality programmes and events. For this assignment we are seeking a volunteer with: Experience organising events Sound administration skills...
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Livestock & Farm Marketing Adviser (3366)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Bougainville Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Assist the Rotokas Fresh Produce Group (RFPG) to produce quality agricultural products to sell in markets around Bougainville. The Rotokas area produces high quality fresh produce and has a climatic and local advantage growing...
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Land Valuation Adviser (3543)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Kiribati Governance Short Term (8 months)

Assist the Land Management Division (LMD) of the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture (MELAD) to successfully complete a land rent review. The Land Valuation Adviser will conduct an assessment of current land values...
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Counselling Adviser (40026)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Samoa Community Development Long Term (2 years)

Support Samoa Victim Support Group to provide responsive and effective counselling services to survivors of violence. The Counselling Adviser will work with SVSG staff to establish counselling programmes to meet the needs of clients....
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Sign Language Training Adviser (3364)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Vanuatu Education Long Term (2 years)

Work with the Sanma Frangipani Association to support people with disabilities to achieve maximum independence. The Sign Language Training Adviser will work with staff to research and write training modules for the Vanuatu...
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Nautical Officer Training Instructor (3334)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Kiribati Education Long Term (2 years)

Work with the Marine Training Centre (MTC) to deliver Nautical Officer courses. MTC is a government education institution that sits under the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development. MTC provides training to young...
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National Building Code Adviser (3236)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Solomon Islands Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Assist the Ministry for Infrastructure and Development (MID) to facilitate the professional and technical update of the current National Building Code (NBC). The volunteer will coordinate the review of the current NBC and organise...
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Agriculture Resource Centre Management Adviser (3513)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Papua New Guinea Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Work with Ramoaina Technical High School to effectively manage their agriculture centre. For this assignment we are looking for someone with: Experience of managing and operating small to medium size enterprises Agricultural experience...
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Management Adviser (3512)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Papua New Guinea Education Long Term (2 years)

Support Callan Services to efficiently manage special education centres. For this assignment we are looking for someone with: Management experience in an appropriate setting including developing and implementing strategic and operational plans Financial management...
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Legal Adviser(s) (3544)

Closing 14 Jun 2015

Solomon Islands Governance Long Term (Two years)

Work with the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) to support provincial government systems and good governance through the provision of legal services. The Legal Adviser(s) will provide advice and assistance to ensure...
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IT Adviser (3521)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Papua New Guinea Education Long Term (Two Years)

Work with Gaulim Teachers College to develop their delivery and use of IT in college activities.  Gaulim Teachers’ College (GTC) is a rural primary teacher training college in East New Britain. GTC has identified...
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Web Development Adviser (3487)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Papua New Guinea Economic Development Long Term (1 year)

Work with the Forest Management & Product Certification Service to generate interest and funding through increased web activities. The Web Development Adviser will provide FORCERT with a range of funding options and will ensure...
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Curriculum Development Adviser (3534)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Vanuatu Education Long Term (2 years)

Support Vanuatu Agriculture College (VAC) to deliver training courses that provide greater income and employment opportunities for rural communities in Vanuatu. The Curriculum Development Adviser will support VAC in their bid to gain Vanuatu...
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Business Adviser (3490)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Tonga Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Work with the Tonga Business Enterprise Centre (TBEC) to improve business capability and promote sustainable economic growth. The Business Adviser will work with TBEC to provide business advice and mentoring services.  The volunteer will also support...
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Business Adviser (3339)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Vanuatu Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Work with the Office of the Registrar of Co-operatives and Business Development Services (ORCBDS) to strengthen business activities in rural areas of Vanuatu. The Business Adviser will be developing business training activities with the...
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Partnerships Development Adviser (3494)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Samoa Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Assist the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa to form partnerships generating investment in research and development activities. For this assignment we are looking for someone with: - A tertiary degree in marketing or business -...
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Pearl Artisan Trainer (3457)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Tonga Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Support the development of the pearl industry in Tonga through the production of a diverse range of quality pearl products. Pearl farming has been identified as having the potential to be one of Tonga’s...
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Vocational Education Adviser (3550)

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Papua New Guinea Economic Development Long Term

This assignment is currently on hold. We apologise for any inconvenience. 
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Women in Business Adviser (3299)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Solomon Islands Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Work with the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) to effectively support its members. The Women in Business Adviser will work with SIWIBA staff to establish a baseline for member planning and...
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Information Technology Adviser (40024)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Solomon Islands Governance Long Term (1 year, with the possibility of extension)

Assist the Isabel Provincial Government to provide efficient public services through the implementation of IT systems. For this role we are seeking a volunteer with: ICT/IT tertiary qualification or relevant work experience Demonstrable...
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English Language Adviser (40030)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Timor-Leste Education Long Term (2 years)

Assist the Dili Institute of Technology to strengthen the delivery of English programmes. The Dili Institute of Technology has decided to move from Indonesian to English and Tetun as the languages of instruction for...
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Marketing Adviser (3522)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Samoa Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Assist the Samoa Hotels Association (SHA) to raise their profile and effectively market their products and services. The Samoa Hotels Association (SHA) is a non-government industry association of members who share common interests and...
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Database Adviser (40010)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Samoa Economic Development Short Term (6 months)

 Support Samoa Victim Support Group to meet the needs of survivors of violence through the development of computer systems that capture relevant and accurate data. For this role we are seeking a volunteer...
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School Management Adviser (3493)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Vanuatu Education Long Term (2 years)

Support the Anglican Church of Melanesia to strengthen the capacity of schools and rural training centres. For this assignment we are looking for someone with: A qualification in education / teaching Substantial practical...
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Legal Trainer (40023)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Samoa Governance Long Term (2 years)

Support staff at the Samoa Law Reform Commission to strengthen their legal skills through ongoing training and mentoring.  For this role we are seeking a volunteer with:  A Bachelor of Laws Eight years’...
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Landscaping Adviser (3480)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Samoa Environment Long Term (1 Year)

Work with the Samoa Tourist Authority (STA) to increase the positive profile of Samoa as a safe tourism and conference destination. The Landscaper will assist in ensuring the public spaces on Upolu and Savai’i...
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Marketing Adviser (3527)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Samoa Community Development Long Term (Two years)

Work with the Pacific Water and Waste Association (PWWA) to promote its work through marketing activities. The Marketing Adviser will review and implement new marketing strategies, procedures and policies and will provide training to...
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Horticulture Business Adviser (3445)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Timor-Leste Economic Development Long Term (1 year)

Work with Josephina Farm to strengthen business and marketing practices. The Horticulture Business Adviser will support staff to ensure financial and business systems are in place, as well as establishing marketing processes. The volunteer will...
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Road Works Adviser (3228)

Closing 19 Jul 2015

Solomon Islands Economic Development Long Term (1 to 2 years)

Strengthen the labour-based contracting industry in the Solomon Islands to provide economic opportunities for rural communities. This role involves working with local labour-based contractors to improve their roading skills, and provide support in all areas...
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