Team Leader Education - Suva, Fiji

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 15 October 2020

Job Description

  • Full time contract to January 2022
  • Based in Suva, Fiji with travel to Divisions

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.

Australia’s Support to Fiji’s Education Sector program (the program) works in close partnership with the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA) to enable all girls and boys to learn. It focuses on strengthening MEHA HR capacity, literacy and numeracy, inclusive education, Fiji Education Management Information System (FEMIS), and teacher preparation and development.

The Program contributes to the strategic priorities of MEHA that support quality learning and teaching through targeted support including demand driven technical assistance, grants to support analytics and partnerships.

The Position

The Team Leader (TL) is responsible for leading and managing the delivery of the program to achieve high quality and sustainable results to support MEHA’S strategic priorities and DFAT’s bi-lateral relationship with the Government of Fiji (GoF). This requires the TL to maintain highly effective working relationships with MEHA leadership and the DFAT team. The TL sets the strategic direction of the program in close collaboration with DFAT and MEHA and is responsible for delivering the program through the full program life cycle.

The TL will be a member of the Facility’s Management Group (MG) and Facility Performance Group (FPG), will be a champion for cross-cutting themes and accountable for ensuring compliance with DFAT and the Facility/Coffey organisational and operational policies and procedures across the program.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have substantial demonstrated experience in senior management of Education programs in developing countries, preferably in the Asia-Pacific region with a specific focus on education systems strengthening and capacity building. The successful candidate will also have proven experience in program management, including planning and implementation for results, leadership of teams of national and international staff of diverse backgrounds, financial management, reporting and work planning.

We seek an outstanding and highly motivated individual with excellent relationship management skills and broad experience liaising at a strategic level with governments and other donors, and leading and managing education development programs.

The position is classified as Discipline Category C Job Level 4 under the DFAT Adviser Remuneration Framework. To learn more, please visit

How to Apply

To apply for this position or to view a detailed position description, please visit and search for job reference number 498544. Please note that applications will only be accepted via the online application process on Coffey Careers.

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter to support their application and provide responses to the following selection criteria:

  1. Provide examples to demonstrate your successes in managing senior management of education programs in developing countries preferably in the Asia-Pacific region and/or in a donor funded environment.
  2. Provide examples of your success leading teams of national and international staff of diverse backgrounds including successful team building, capacity building and performance management.
  3. Provide examples liaising at a strategic level with governments and other donors, provision of advice to counter-part ministries/departments, senior policy makers and in policy analysis for education sector development initiatives.

For any enquiries, please contact and quote the job reference number 498544.

Applications close: Wednesday, 4 November 2020 at 5:00pm (Suva)

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

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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