Human Resources and Employment Policy Adviser

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  • Posted on 10 March 2020
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Job Description

The Program
The Solomon Islands Governance Program is a four-year, $30 million initiative, running from 2017 to 2021. The Program’s goal is to strengthen the ability of government agencies to more effectively support economic growth and improve public service delivery.
The Governance Program supports all three strategic objectives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Aid Investment Plan for Solomon Islands by supporting stability, enabling economic growth and enhancing human development.
The Governance Program seeks to do this by building and sustaining capacity across the Solomon Islands’ public sector. The aim is to improve service delivery by removing barriers associated with weak governance in areas such as public financial management, human resource planning and systems administration.
There are three end of program outcomes:

  1. fiscally and socially responsible budgeting and borrowing policies;
  2. professional public financial management cadre that facilitates improved service delivery;
  3. a more accountable and responsive public service.

Ministry of Public Service
The Ministry of Public Service (MPS) is responsible for the regulatory framework that governs all aspects of human resource management (HRM) and employment conditions for public officers.

The role
The HR and Employment Policy Adviser will work under the direction of the Under Secretary, MPS Policy and Governance Division and assist the MPS Working Group to develop a comprehensive HR and employment policy framework which align to the primary legislation (PSA). This will require transformation of the existing Public Service General Orders into a more modern, fit-for-purpose set of Orders and/or Regulations to support implementation of the PSA.

The HR and Employment Policy adviser will:

  • Support the MPS Working Group to review existing public service legislation (PSA) and policies (PSC Regulations, General Orders), to gain a full appreciation of the current situation and what changes are required going forward.
  • Support the MPS Working Group to present draft policies and options to the Steering Committee for high-level decision-making, guidance and direction.
  • Support MPS to develop a policy development plan, including policy development process, stakeholder engagement, consultations, timeframes, etc.
  • Support MPS to develop a comprehensive set of HR and employment policies using best practice approaches for developing new policy.
  • Support the MPS Working Group to apply a gender and social inclusion (GESI) lens to all policy development.
  • Consult with the Public Service Commission (PSC) in relation to PSC Regulations on and seek PSC endorsement or approval for policy changes when required.
  • Work collaboratively and consultatively with a range of stakeholders, including other government agencies, technical advisers and other development partners in the development of new HR and employment related policies.

For further information, please copy paste this link to access the Terms of Reference detailing responsibilities and selection criteria:

About you
You will have the right combination of experience, talent, energy and a commitment to technical excellence. You will also have:

  • Tertiary qualification in public policy, HRM, business administration or related area.
  • Minimum 15 years of experience in HRM including the development, implementation and management of HR employment and remuneration policies (preferably public sector).
  • Demonstrated experience providing high level HR and employment advice to different stakeholder groups.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to build effective relationships, convey complicated/sensitive feedback, and work with multiple stakeholders in a cross-cultural context.
  • Demonstrated ability to share knowledge, build relationships, mentor and coach people to transfer skills, preferably in an international development context.
  • Excellent organisational skills and a practical approach to problem solving and risk management.
  • Experience working in a Pacific Islands country.

This position is classified under DFAT’s Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF) as Discipline C, Level 4 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 requires in country inputs in combination with desk-based.

Why join Cardno?
Cardno offers meaningful opportunities for each individual member of our team to grow, make an impact and leave a legacy for local communities, globally.
By joining Cardno, you will be part of an environment where you can collaborate with leading experts from diverse backgrounds, access development programs to achieve your career goals, and be challenged to take a global outlook.

How to apply
We welcome your interest in joining the Cardno team. Click the “apply” button to submit your application online with the reference number CID/MN/SIRF/HREP by Wednesday 15th April, 2020. Your application must include the following:

  • Your CV; and
  • Completed application form in lieu of a cover letter. Please copy paste this link to access the application form:

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.

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