Country Manager - Vanuatu

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 10 May 2019

Job Description

The Opportunity

Cardno International Development has been engaged by the Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), to establish and support BOP.

We are seeking a highly motivated Country Manager with a strong adherence to key values such as gender equality, respect, inclusion, humility, innovation and creativity. The Country Manager – Vanuatu will have overall responsibility for the management of the BOP’s country activities in Tonga through the provision of specialist local knowledge, advice and expertise.

The Country Manager -Vanuatu will play an integral part in representing the BOP program, identifying strategic opportunities for BOP in country – including new activities, partnerships or other collaboration entry points for BOP, and meaningfully contribute to strategic planning and implementation approaches.

Key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Representing and promoting the Program at national and sub-national level, including with DFAT officers, Government representatives, Church leaders, civil society actors, communities, other donor-funded programs and a range of other diverse stakeholders
  • Playing a lead role in the identification, convening and induction of Strategy Testing Group members and in the development of the overarching BOP Vanuatu design during the BOP Inception Phase.
  • Leading the design and implementation of partnerships, initiatives and activities in support of BOP objectives in Vanuatu, consistent with the country-level design, through a process of close consultation with the Vanuatu Strategy Testing Group, deep analysis and ongoing monitoring, assessment, learning, refinement and adaptation.
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with national partners and stakeholders within and across BOP focus areas in-country, prioritising collaboration and collective action to achieve BOP objectives.

Please copy paste this link to access the Terms of Reference detailing responsibilities and selection criteria:

About you

You will be a motivated and proactive individual with the right combination of talent, energy and a commitment to excellence and social change. You will also have:

Demonstrated representational, relationship building and negotiation skills, with experience liaising at different levels with a range of organisations, from government and public service to private sector, civil society, Churches and communities, as well as promoting collaboration and collective action.

  • Deep understanding of the political economy of Vanuatu, including an understanding of the role and functions of traditional, customary, religious and/or informal systems
  • Comprehensive understanding of gender and leadership issues and challenges as they relate to Vanuatu.
  • Project management experience, such as in an NGO or donor program, including budget management, activity analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting.
  • Strong analytical, verbal and written communication skills, in English and the national languages of Vanuatu

This position is a locally engaged position, open to nationals of Vanuatu or permanent residents who have the authority to live and work in Vanuatu.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from men and women of all ages, including people with a disability.


This position is classified under DFAT’s Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF) as Discipline B, Level 2 and will be offered at a level commensurate to the successful candidate’s experience relevant to the role.

To access the ARF rates, please copy and paste the following link:

Location and travel requirements

The position will be based in Port Vila, Vanuatu with some domestic and international travel required.

Why join the Balance of Power program?

The Balance of Power program is a new, innovative and unique initiative based on extensive research, consultation and lessons learned about efforts to support greater participation of women in leadership roles.

By joining the Balance of Power program, you will lead a significant effort to drive meaningful and sustainable change in this critical area. You will apply and develop your leadership attributes, challenge and grow your professional skills, be part of a cutting-edge initiative and join a team of other dedicated professionals.

For further information about this Program, please copy and paste the following link:

How to apply?

We welcome your interest in joining the Balance of Power team. Click the “apply” button to submit your application online with the reference number CID/MN/BOP/CMV by Wednesday 5 June 2019 5pm (Melbourne).

Your application must include the following:

  • A results-oriented curriculum vitae (description of education, qualifications, experience, and details of two contactable referees); and
  • A cover letter addressing the selection criteria

We acknowledge receipt of all applications and thank all applicants; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Due to an expected large number of applicants, we regret that we are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates on the outcome of their applications.

We encourage Pacific Islander women to apply.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in Port Vila, Vanuatu in mid-July. Online interviews may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

About the Organization

About Cardno

We are a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.

Notice to recruitment agencies:

Please note that Cardno does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or recruitment agencies.

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