Labour Mobility Engagement Manager, Kiribati - The Pacific Labour Facility (PLF)
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Project Overview and Role

The Pacific Labour Scheme and the Seasonal Worker Programme are two employment programs sponsored by the Australian government, which allow citizens of Pacific Countries to take up low and semi-skilled work opportunities with Australian employers in certain locations and industries. These programs increase circular labour mobility within Pacific countries, which builds people-to-people links and supports increased economic growth, employment and investment across the region.

The Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) facilitates the connection of Australian employers with Pacific workers for both these programs. The facility also provides continuous support to Pacific workers who are taking part in the programs. The PLF will act as trusted intermediary in connecting Australian employers with Pacific workers and in its partnerships with Pacific countries, the private sector and other stakeholders. The PLF is managed by Palladium on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT).

The Labour Mobility Engagement Manager, Kiribati will be responsible for developing and implementing a program of assistance to government agencies and other in-country stakeholders to ensure effective engagement of the participating countries in Pacific Labour Mobility programs, by improving the supply of quality workers and also maximise the development impacts of participation in Labour Mobility programs. This focus will be on increasing the participation of Kiribati and Nauru in these programs.

While located in Kiribati, it is anticipated that the incumbent will spend at least one week in every 6-8 weeks at the PLF offices in Brisbane or one of the other Pacific Labour Sending Unit locations. Semi regular travel to Nauru on an as needs basis will also be included.


Duties: Under the direction of the Labour Mobility Supply Lead the Labour Engagement Mobility Manager will:
  1. Consult with the Kiribati and Nauru governments and labour sending authorities to determine their objectives for labour mobility and establish a common understanding of their existing capacities and future requirements to support the expected future growth in labour mobility participation for Kiribati and Nauru.
  2. Develop and implement a program of assistance to Kiribati's Ministry of Employment and Human Resources and Nauru's Public Service Commission (Dept. of Foreign Affairs) and other in-country stakeholders to ensure effective engagement in Pacific Labour Mobility programs.
  3. Regularly undertake political economy analysis to inform program implementation.
  4. Facilitate linkages between Labour Sending Units, ministries, the Australian High Commission in Kiribati and Nauru, APTC, KIT, MTC and community groups to harness synergies between actors and programs that support growth of labour mobility in Kiribati and Nauru.
  5. Manage country-level planning and budgeting, incorporating needs analysis for Kiribati and Nauru's capacity development and institutional strengthening as required.
  6. Engage with local Ministry staff to implement initiatives to increase the supply of Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Workers, in line with Kiribati and Nauru government plans and objectives, and to meet Australian industry demands.
  7. Facilitate improvement of quality of workers in the pool for deployment to Australia through the design and delivery of processes that support worker recruitment.
  8. Train local Ministry staff and other relevant stakeholders in these processes that support worker recruitment (point 7) and further build capacity of Ministries to move forward with the on-going program after the completion of this contract.
  9. Engage with the Kiribati Ministry and Employment Unit and Nauru's Public Service Commission team to actively lead annual planning, marketing, monitoring, reflection and learning to ensure they meet employer needs and worker welfare needs.
  10. Work closely with the PLF employer engagement team in Australia and Kiribati/Nauru Governments to support marketing activities to enhance awareness of Pacific workers amongst eligible employers.
  11. Provide timely and regular update on employment forecast including newly approved PLF employer to ensure that the Kiribati & Nauru teams are informed in advance for preparation of suitable workers.
  12. Facilitate connection between PLF approved employers and the employment teams to build relations and ongoing communications on worker preparations.
  13. Deliver training, either one-on-one or to large groups and facilitate workshops to SWP and PLS stakeholders.
  14. Support reintegration initiatives by leveraging connections with other DFAT funded programs and in-country networks.
  15. Promote inclusion across all aspects of labour sending activities, including equality, disability and child protection.
  16. Ensure communication, cross-learning and sharing of tools across the Pacific Labour Facility team.
  17. Participate as a member of the PLF team and contribute to planning and reporting activities.
  18. Engage with approved employers and returning workers to garner feedback for system improvements and utilise this knowledge to inform and assist Kiribati & Nauru stakeholders to be more efficient and effective.
  19. Establish mechanisms to ensure in country communication between the stakeholders allows for a timely and sufficient lead time in country for all stakeholders to fully prepare the workers for mobilisation.
  20. Review the current pool of workers for currency and identify those that are work ready and the vocations and industries to which they are best suited.


  1. An understanding of current issues in relation to circular labour mobility within the Kiribati and Nauru context, including related policy and regulatory frameworks, and the ability to translate these to implementation;
  2. Experience working in a project management, and/or partnership brokering role;
  3. A demonstrated ability to build respectful, productive and sustainable working relationships with a variety of stakeholders (including partner government, civil society and the private sector) and working together to achieve results;
  4. Demonstrated experience of private sector best practice human resources and recruitment practices;
  5. Demonstrated ability to work autonomously with limited supervision;
  6. Demonstrated skill and experience at convening and facilitating productive interaction between diverse groups of people;
  7. Experience working with programs in the Pacific with a strong understanding of gender equality concepts and issues;
  8. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of different individuals and organisations across countries and time zones;
  9. High level proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web browsers;
  10. Ability to work to deadlines, and to balance competing priorities.

  1. Experience in the design and delivery of training programs and/or facilitation;
  2. Have experience and connections within the Australian agriculture, aged care and/or hospitality industries and business community;
  3. Have experience on how Australian recruitment companies operate and have the ability to transfer this knowledge to work within a Pacific context.
This position has been classified as C3 under the Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF).

Senior Level
Tarawa, Kiribati
Closing date:
23 May 2019