Australian High Commission
Kingdom of Tonga

Opportunities

 

                                                 Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) Program Manager

The Australian High Commission in Nuku'alofa invites applications for the position of PALM Program Manager.

About the role:

The PALM Coordinator is a key member of the Australian High Commission team and will work under the direction of the Senior Program Manager to support Tonga’s participation in the PALM scheme. The officer will support policy and program coordination with Tongan government ministries, the Pacific Labour Facility, other Australian bilateral programs in Tonga and Australian government agencies. The officer will be responsible for administrative support to the broader Labour Mobility, Skills, and Education team. International or domestic travel may be occasionally required to represent the program at meetings, attend training and monitor aid investments.

To discuss any aspects of the role, you can contact [email protected]

Terms of employment:

The terms of employment will be in accordance with the Nuku’alofa – Locally Engaged Staff Terms and Conditions of Employment.  Employment will be offered on a permanent (on-going) contract basis at the LE4 broadband level with an annual salary range between TOP29,521 and TOP34,536 depending on experience.  Continued employment is subject to a successful completion of a six-month probation period.

The Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa offers a package that includes recreation and personal carer’s days, medical benefits, and superannuation contributions.

The Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa will not be responsible for any costs incurred if applying for a Tongan visa, relocation costs, nor the return of the officer and family to their country of origin at the end of the contract.

How to apply:

A full copy of the Duty Statement and Requirements may be downloaded from our website www.tonga.embassy.gov.au; from our Facebook page, through email by contacting the Australian High Commission via email – [email protected] or collected from the Australian High Commission reception.

 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00 pm on Tuesday 25 June 2024. Applications should include

  • A covering letter (maximum one page);
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum three pages) which includes details of two referees, one of whom should be a current or recent manager; and
  • A written response addressing the qualifications and experience criteria (maximum 400 words)

Please submit your application either by email to [email protected] or in a hard copy addressed to HR Personnel – Job Vacancy and dropped off at the Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa.

 Late or incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

                                                           LES Position Description

AGENCY

DFAT

POSITION NUMBER

TBA

POSITION TITLE

PALM Program Coordinator

CLASSIFICATION

LE4

SECTION

Labour Mobility, Skills, Education

REPORTS TO (TITLE)

Senior Program Manager, Labour Mobility, Skills, Education

 

About The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally.  This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high-quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.  The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government.  DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests. The Australian High Commission in Tonga advances these objectives at a national and regional level from Nuku’alofa.

About the position

The PALM Coordinator is a key member of the Australian High Commission team and will work under the direction of the Senior Program Manager to support Tonga’s participation in the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme. The officer will support policy and program coordination with Tongan government ministries, the Pacific Labour Facility, other Australian bilateral programs in Tonga and Australian government agencies. The officer will be responsible for administrative support to the broader Labour Mobility, Skills, and Education team. International or domestic travel may be occasionally required to represent the program at meetings, attend training and monitor aid investments.

Key responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Liaise with stakeholders on policy, project and operational issues relating to Tonga’s participation in the PALM Scheme, including communicating about improvements and expansion of the scheme.
  • Coordinate meetings for Australian officials and undertake relevant follow up.
  • Undertake research on program matters, and prepare high-quality written analyses, briefing papers, cables, speeches, and correspondence.
  • Monitor, translate and analyse media reports and key publications (local and international) on PALM-; identify emerging issues, and prepare timely and relevant advice on key issues.
  • Develop and maintain strong internal relationships across DFAT as well as external relationships with relevant Tongan Government officials, development partners and other stakeholders.
  • Provide note taking duties and prepare meeting records of conversation.
  • Support the High Commission’s public diplomacy and visits programs.
  • Represent and promote the interests of the Australian High Commission at a range of forums, events and meetings, and report on program outcomes.

Qualifications/Experience/Knowledge/Skills

  • Tertiary qualifications and/or work experience in development, labour mobility or education, or other relevant field desirable
  • Proven ability to work under general direction to support a busy team across a range of diverse activities.
  • The ability to build effective working relationships with a diverse and cross-cultural set of stakeholders
  • Strong English language communication skills (written and oral) that support partnerships and public diplomacy.
  • Experience and understanding of the Tongan development context.
  • Fluent Tongan language essential
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