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Call for Expressions of Interest - Skills Development Advisors, Solomon Islands

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

The Skills for Economic Growth Program (S4EG) is a component of Australia's Education Support Program in the Solomon Islands. The program is funded by the Australian Government and implemented by Palladium. The strategic objective of the program is "To strengthen the capacity of the nation's tertiary and skills sector to produce quality graduates who are in demand in the labour market."
Palladium International is seeking 'expressions of interest' from people interested in working in a challenging environment and developing the capacity and capability of local skills training providers in the Solomon Islands. The positions become available from 1 February 2018.

Long Term Adviser (LTA) Positions
(S4EG-2-01)   Skills Adviser - Automotive (Light Vehicles) Trades 
(S4EG-2-02)   Skills Adviser - Electrical Trades
(S4EG-2-03)   Skills Adviser - Plumbing Trades

Short Term Adviser (STA) Position
(S4EG-2-06)   Skills Adviser - Automotive (Heavy Vehicles) Trades

Work Location:
The primary work location for all positions will be the Solomon Islands, in:
  • Honiara, at SINU's School of Technology and Maritime Studies (STMS) and when required, Don Bosco Technical Institute; and/or
  • Provincial Technical Institutes located in the Western and Malaita Provinces. 

Duration of Employment:
We are offering the successful candidates employment on fixed term contracts; for Long Term Adviser (LTA) positions, 1 or 2 year contracts commencing on 1 January to 31 December 2018, with the option of an extension to 31 December 2019. For the Short Term Adviser (STA) position, up to 90 days (with possible extensions) in-country spread over 2 inputs, the first commencing on 1 February and the second 1 August 2018.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Program's Senior Skills Advisers the positions will be responsible for leading the institutional strengthening and capacity building of S4EG's training provider partners including the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and Vocational Rural Training Centres (VRTC).

The Skills Advisers will work under the direction of the S4EG Team and in concert with partner training institutions to plan and implement initiatives that help develop the capacity and capability of all S4EG partner institutions to deliver high quality competency based skills programs which meet the needs of the Solomon Island labour market and the requirements of new nationally (SI) accredited qualifications. In summary the positions will:
  • Support teaching staff at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and Rural Training Centres (RTC's) to implement initiatives that target the quality improvement of competency based skills program development and delivery with a focus on supporting economic growth.
  • Support continuous improvement processes and mentoring initiatives around; curriculum and learning materials development, infrastructure, teacher training and development, business systems and management processes.
  • Develop and implement continuous quality improvement plans focussed on meeting provider registration standards and national course accreditation requirements. 
  • Participate in the development of new course/qualification development including industry and stakeholder consultation processes to ensure the relevance of national skills packages to labour market demand.
  • Provide advice and support to strengthen partnerships with local industry and community and other local stakeholders as and when required.
  • Provide in class or workplace support to Trainers delivering new curriculum and assessment systems and conduct professional development programs to assist their product development skills.
  • Work with SINU and RTC trainers to prepare lesson plans, teaching and assessment strategies, teaching aids and other support materials such as on-line resources through learning management systems.
  • Support the implementation of proposed changes to the SI apprenticeship scheme including participation in industry forums and workshops. 

Requirements

Selection Criteria: 
  • High performing TVET/Skills trade teacher, high level communication, analytical and team work skills.
  • An ability to coach, mentor and capacity build Solomon Islander national TVET Trainers and staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of competency based training & assessment; workforce development practices; teaching and student learning resource development.
  • Experience in developing and implementing training, assessment and quality improvement plans.
  • Between 5 and 10 years minimum recent and relevant experience in developing and delivering CBT vocational skills programs, curriculum and learning resources and workforce development.
  • A minimum, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or equivalent.
  • Relevant professional and/or industry qualifications.    
  • Prior experience working within Technical and Vocational Educational Training (TVET) environments specific to Australian and New Zealand
Remuneration Package:

An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidates at B2 level under DFAT's Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework. In addition an accommodation allowance and other incentives will be provided. 

Please apply via the website, including a cover letter defining the specific role that is being applied for i.e. (S4EG-2-01) and addresses the selection criteria. 
 
Applications close on 8 December 2017