School Leadership Program Officer

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Full time Staff
  • Opportunity to contribute to the education sector in Vanuatu
  • Full time until December 2020
  • Based in Port Vila, Vanuatu

The Program

On behalf of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Coffey is managing the delivery of support and technical assistance to the Vanuatu Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) as part of the Vanuatu Education Support Program (VESP II). We support the MoE in implementing its reform program, focused on children across Vanuatu having better access to an inclusive, quality basic education, as well as supporting the management and allocation of education resources through evidence-based decision making.

VESP II commenced in February 2019 and will help build on the Ministry’s reforms to date and support teachers and students into the senior Primary years. Coffey through VESP II is seeking applications for the position of School Leadership Program Officer to join this program. 

The Position

Reserved for Vanuatu Citizens

The objective of this position is to support the MoET strengthening school leadership and management as part of the Ministry’s devolution of responsibilities and decision making, closer to where the services are delivered. This position has a dual focus in support of the MoET Provincial and the school leadership

Key duties

Reporting to the Devolution and Provincial Education Manager, the School Leadership Program Officer will support the plans and work of the SBM Unit and MoET, through providing advice and personal development that focuses on strengthening school-level leadership and management (including school improvement plans). School leadership includes community and parental engagement, while embedding the principles of Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI), as well as child safeguarding, advocating for reduction of violence and reporting of school data and of student learning.

Some key responsibilities will include:

  • through close collaboration with the SIU and PEOs, support the strengthening of SIOs and SICOs and how  work with their schools to improve classroom and school performance, as well as community engagement and ownership through working with i2i supportwith VESP II staff and the M&E Officer, analyse data obtained on leadership development to adjust VESP II2 support in the Provinces and the Partner schools through providing evidence of best practice;
  • Support MoET to strengthen school Principal leadership and management training, including ways that can lead to an opportunity to gain a recognized qualification
  • Work with units within MoET to help them strengthen School Zones and potential to establish local Principals Associations, including guidelines and support to the local school leadership and management


The Person

We are seeking applicants with a degree qualification in education or education leadership. It is essential that the successful candidate demonstrates senior level experience in education management, including in a leadership role in a school and/or in the MoET. You will also have demonstrated extensive experience with both challenges and opportunities faced by leaders and by schools in delivering quality and inclusive education in urban and rural settings. Proven experience in writing succinct and timely reports that are accurate and easily understood is essential.

To be successful in this role, you must have knowledge of basic education, pedagogy and appropriate teaching practices as well as an understanding of cross cutting issues. With a deep understanding of the Vanuatu education context and operating environment you will be an effective communicator with excellent attention to detail and have the ability to work in a cooperative manner as part of a dynamic team and with a diverse range of people and cultures. Proficiency in English is essential and proficiency in French and / or Bislama is highly desirable.

How to Apply

For a detailed position description and to apply for this position please visit click on ‘career opportunities’ and search for the reference number 497798.

Applications close 5.00pm (Port Vila time) 14th June 2019

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Closing date: 
14th June 2019