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Featured Positions

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Climate Change Mitigation Adviser (40040)


Bougainville Community Development Long Term (2 years)

Support the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Bougainville Disaster Office with the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Atolls Project. The Climate Change Mitigation Adviser will work with The Bougainville Disaster Office... View full listing

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Violence Against Women Prevention Officer (40029)


Timor-Leste Community Development Long Term (2 years)

 Support the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) to strengthen the skills and expertise of government and civil society in their efforts to address violence against... View full listing

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Fruit Tree Specialist (40028)


New Zealand and Regional Partnerships Programme Economic Development Long Term (1 year)

Work with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to increase the number and quality of fruit trees in Niue. The Government of Niue has identified the need to promote the local food... View full listing


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Tourism Marketing Adviser (40012)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Business Adviser (3339)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Small Business Management Adviser (3492)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Vanuatu Economic Development Short Term (6 months)

Support the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) to effectively manage small businesses. The volunteer will work with ACOM staff to assess training needs and maintenance for businesses.  The volunteer will also work with ACOM...
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Planning Adviser (40017)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Vanuatu Economic Development Short Term (6 months)

 Work with Torba Provincial Government to facilitate the delivery of public services and revenue growth through improved planning processes. The Planning Adviser will assess the current capacity of Torba provincial planning unit and Torba...
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Maritime Adviser (40007)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Tonga Economic Development Long Term (1 year)

Assist with the development and implementation of maritime policy that supports Tonga's obligations to the International Maritime Organisation.   We are seeking a volunteer with: Qualification/s in a relevant field, preferably in maritime law...
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Computer Training Adviser (3538)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Vanuatu Education Long Term (1 year)

Support Torgil Rural Training Centre to deliver computer technology training that increases livelihood opportunities for students and their communities. The Computer Training Adviser will work with Torgil RTC staff to establish the Computer Centre. This...
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Infrastructure Adviser (3279)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Solomon Islands Education Long Term (2 years)

Support the planning and delivery of education infrastructure projects to improve the access, management and quality of education in the Solomon Islands. The Infrastructure Adviser will work with the Ministry of Education and Human...
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Women in Business Adviser (3299)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Lecturer - Animal Science (3501)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Web Development Adviser (3487)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Doctor (3537)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Office Management Adviser (40046)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Bougainville Community Development Short Term (6 months)

Support health centres of the Catholic Diocese of Bougainville to implement office management systems. The Office Management Adviser will review the current office management process and systems and will create or add to systems...
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Cultural Centre Oral Historian (40041)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Bougainville Community Development Short Term (6 months)

Work with Haus Stori to establish and promote an effective and efficient cultural centre. For this assignment we are seeking a volunteer with: Extensive experience collecting, recording and publishing oral histories Cataloguing and...
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Climate Change Mitigation Adviser (40040)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Bougainville Community Development Long Term (2 years)

Support the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Bougainville Disaster Office with the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Atolls Project. The Climate Change Mitigation Adviser will work with The Bougainville Disaster Office...
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Management Adviser (40014)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Farm Business Adviser (3502)

Closing 20 Sep 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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School Management Adviser (3493)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Curriculum Development Adviser (3534)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Marketing Adviser (3522)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Partnerships Development Adviser (3494)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Road Works Adviser (3228)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Solomon Islands Economic Development Long Term (1 year)

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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Quantity Surveyor Adviser (3474)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Construction Adviser (3539)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Timor-Leste Economic Development Short Term (9 months)

Work with Community Housing Limited to build socially, economically and environmentally sustainable houses. For this assignment we are seeking: A minimum of five years of experience in construction/building (carpentry and masonry skills) An ability...
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Sign Language Training Assistant (3364)

Closing 20 Sep 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 Assistant will work with staff to research and write training modules for the Vanuatu...
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National Building Code Adviser (3236)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Solomon Islands Economic Development Long Term (1 year)

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 20 Sep 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 20 Sep 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) (40049)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Pearl Artisan Trainer (3457)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Marketing Adviser (3527)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Family Planning & Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Specialist (40037)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Vanuatu Health Short Term (6 months)

Support the Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) mobile clinic to deliver family planning and youth sexual reproductive health programmes to urban and rural populations in Vanuatu. The volunteer will facilitate training for VFHA Staff...
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Network/Systems Adviser (3036)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Bougainville Governance Long Term (2 years)

Work with the staff of the Division of Communications and Media to build the capacity of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) website and establish an intranet for its various divisions. This assignment is designed...
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Marine Engineering Training Instructor (3333)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Kiribati Education Long Term (2 years)

Support the Marine Training Centre (MTC) to develop and deliver Marine Engineer Officer courses. MTC is a government education institution that sits under the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development. MTC provides training...
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Violence Against Women Prevention Officer (40029)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Timor-Leste Community Development Long Term (2 years)

 Support the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) to strengthen the skills and expertise of government and civil society in their efforts to address violence against...
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Management and Administration Adviser (40034)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Papua New Guinea Long Term (2 years)

 Assist East New Britain Counselling Services to effectively manage their management and administration processes. The Management and Administration Adviser will undertake a review of existing management and administrative capacities, and will work with ENB Counselling...
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Sales and Marketing Adviser (40033)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Timor-Leste Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Support Timorese women in the promotion and sale of local products. The Sales and Marketing Adviser will work with Hamahon Feto Timor (HAFOTI) to update existing communications and marketing material that promote and the...
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Business Development Adviser (40016)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Vanuatu Economic Development Long Term (1 year)

Work with the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry to build the capacity of the private sector in Vanuatu by strengthening mentoring programmes. The Business Development Adviser will promote entrepreneurship through quality business training...
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Fruit Tree Specialist (40028)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

New Zealand and Regional Partnerships Programme Economic Development Long Term (1 year)

Work with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to increase the number and quality of fruit trees in Niue. The Government of Niue has identified the need to promote the local food...
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Office Management Adviser (40048)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Bougainville Health Short Term (1 year)

 Work with the Family Support Centre at Buka General Hospital to develop their management and administrative processes. For this assignment we are looking for a volunteer with: Extensive office management experience Experience implementing change...
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Landscaping Adviser (3480)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Samoa Environment Long Term (1 Year)

Work with the Samoa Tourisim 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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Literacy and Numeracy Resource Adviser (40050)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Timor-Leste Education Long Term (2 years)

Support Lafaek staff in the production of quality magazines which contribute to improved learning outcomes for children and low literate adults and support family well-being. The volunteer will work with the Lafaek production...
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English Language Adviser (40030)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Small Business Adviser (40055)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Timor-Leste Economic Development Long Term (2 years)

Assist the Nazareth Foundation to develop small business initiatives that support and provide employment for people with disabilities. The Small Business Adviser will work closely with Nazareth Foundation Staff, and will build their capacity...
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Office Management Adviser (40051)

Closing 20 Sep 2015

Vanuatu Economic Development Short Term (3 months)

 Support the Santo Department of Biosecurity office to strengthen processes and practices in management, administrative and planning. For this assignment we are seeking a volunteer with: Extensive experience in office management Experience conducting workplace...
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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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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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Planning Administration Adviser (40031)

Closing 16 Aug 2015

Kiribati Economic Development Long Term (One Year)

Work with the Land Management Division (LMD) to increase efficiency through improved administration systems and processes. The Planning Administration Adviser will assess the current administration processes, identify and adapt systems and processes to improve efficiency...
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Legal Trainer (40023)

Closing 20 Sep 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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Database Adviser (40010)

Closing 16 Aug 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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Legal Adviser (40032)

Closing 16 Aug 2015

Solomon Islands Governance Long Term (2 years)

 Assist the Guadalcanal Provincial Government (GPG) to comply with relevant legislation through the provision of sound legal advice. The Legal Adviser will review current ordinances and will recommend potential amendments to the GPG. The...
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