Student Support Services Technical Assistant – Suva, Fiji

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 31 July 2020

Job Description

  • Based in Suva, Fiji (with travel to schools in Central and Western Divisions)
  • Up to 22 input days over 3 months; with the possibility of extension

The Program

The Fiji Program Support Facility (the Facility) was established in 2017 to support and implement Australia’s aid programs such as health, education, Australia Awards and governance in Fiji. The Facility also supports the Australia Awards and education programs in Tuvalu. The Facility integrates cross-cutting themes, including gender equality, disability inclusion, climate change, emergency preparedness and response and civil society engagement, across sectoral programs. In particular, the Facility seeks to strengthen program outcomes by better addressing the needs of targeted beneficiaries including those who are often marginalised.

The Position

The Facility is supporting a pilot of Student Support Services (counselling) in a sample of Fiji schools. The pilot is being run by two Fiji civil society organisations (CSO), Empower Pacific and Medical Services Pacific.

The Student Support Services Technical Assistant will be responsible for working with the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA) to develop materials for use by MEHA counsellors and providing technical support to the Student Support Services pilot. The role will work in conjunction with the two CSOs and MEHA to develop materials for methods of student support, capacity building for teachers and community, prevention and reintegration programs. If successful, these can be scaled up by MEHA

The Person

The ideal candidate for this position must have a Master’s level qualification in Psychology; additional qualifications in counselling would be highly regarded. They will have considerable knowledge in various counselling fields, GEDSI, child growth, development and child protection and psychosocial support needs of a diverse range of children in emergencies. Experience in developing training materials in psychosocial support for adults is vital. Previous experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders and within MEHA and government sectors, with an understanding of relevant protocols, policies and procedures including Child Protection reporting, referral process and Gender Based Violence is preferred. A willingness to travel to remote areas and sleep in modest accommodation is essential. Along with having excellent communication and cross-cultural skills, they should be able to work independently and meet deadlines. Furthermore, they will demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

Fiji citizens and non-citizens already based in Fiji are encouraged to apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position please visit, click on ‘career opportunities’ and search for job reference number 498445

Applications will only be accepted via Coffey Careers.

For any enquiries, please contact the and quote the job reference number 498445

Applications close: 6.00pm (Fiji time) Wednesday 12 August 2020.

This Facility is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government.

Coffey is an equal opportunity employer of choice and is committed to child protection.

About the Organization

Coffey has a 40 year history in successfully delivering international development projects on behalf of donors right around the world, including Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, USAID and the UK's Department for International Development. Our people work side by side with local partners to support stability, economic growth and good governance, positively changing people's lives.

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