Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform (AusP3) - DT Global



Job Type


Closing Date

9th Oct 2022

— Description —

  • Based in Apia, Samoa
  • Up to 100 inputs to 31 December 2022
  • Working with the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development in Samoa


About the Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform

Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform is an Australian Government initiative funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and managed by DT Global. It provides Pacific Island Countries with a suite of flexible, fit-for-purpose options that support broad governance and stability development outcomes.


About the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development

The Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) is responsible for the achievement of community, social and development outcomes, as mapped out by the Government of Samoa’s national and sectoral strategic priorities.


The Role

The National Specialist will be based with the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development.


With its vision and mission on inclusive development for the benefit of all, the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development has been implementing community centred sustainable development and local governance projects and programs in the country. The Ministry plans to implement community empowerment and development through District Development Councils by promoting coordinated District Development Plans. The Ministry has a draft concept note outlining the intent and scope of the project titled ‘Enhancing Development of Communities (EDC)’.


The objective of the National Specialist will be to provide technical advisory and implementation support working closely with the International Specialist and the PMU in the management and roll out of the EDC Project and reporting to the EDC Steering Committee.


Key outputs for this role include:

  • Work Plan
  • Operations Manual for the phase 2 of the EDC project
  • Funding Agreements for 51 district projects for phase 1
  • Funding Agreements for 51 district projects for phase 2
  • Periodic reports against the project’s key deliverables


Click on the link or copy paste it to access the full Terms of Reference for this position: https://bit.ly/3Bxp7De


About You

We are seeking candidates with a strong understanding of Samoan culture and protocol and demonstrated experience in social and development issues at the village and district level in Samoa.


To be successful in this role, you will have at least 10 years’ experience in project management and implementation, ideally within a donor funded community development programs in the region. You will have excellent Samoan and English communication skills and demonstrated interpersonal and cross-cultural consultation skills.


You will be required to demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI), child protection and the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harrassment (PSEAH), anti-corruption and other DFAT safeguarding policies.


This is a locally engaged position, and a locally competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate commensurate with their skills and experience and local labour rates.


Selection Criteria

Essential personal attributes

  • An understanding and appreciation of the challenges of working in different cultural contexts
  • An ability to work with limited resources and professional support in a remote location
  • Patience, resilience, adaptability, creative problem-solving skills, and a commitment to teamwork and consultation
  • Professionalism, neutrality and political awareness
  • High degree of flexibility, resilience, with the ability to adapt quickly with proven ability to work remotely.\
  • Be open minded, keen to listen and learn and respectful.
  • Commitment to meeting deadlines in accordance with set service level agreements.
  • Commitment to building relationships in a team environment.
  • Understanding of and commitment to Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI), Child Protection, PSEAH, prevention of human trafficking, environmental protection, anti-corruption and other DFAT safeguarding policies.


Essential qualifications and experience

  • At least 10 years of working experience in project management and project implementation, ideally of donor funded community development projects in the region
  • Strong understanding of Samoan culture and protocol
  • An understanding of the Samoa’s government systems and processes
  • Demonstrated experience in technical, social and development issues involved at the village and district level in Samoa
  • Experience providing high level technical and strategic advice for similar programs
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver outputs in a timely manner
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and cross-cultural consultation skills
  • Excellent Samoan and English written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of the importance of cross cutting development issues such as gender, anti-corruption and disability inclusion, and ability to incorporate them into community development programs.



We welcome your interest in joining the Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform as an Adviser. Please ensure you review the Terms of Reference before applying (copy and paste into your browser): https://bit.ly/3Bxp7De


Please click the 'Apply Now' button.


Please submit:

  1. Your CV; and
  2. A cover letter addressing the selection criteria (no more than 250 words per criterion).


Kindly note that applications that do not include a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria will not be considered.


APPLICATIONS CLOSE Sunday, 9 October 2022 at 11:59 pm AEST


We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities, LGBTQIA+, women, mature age workers and people with different abilities.


We are happy to make adjustments during the recruitment process for people with a disability. Please contact our recruitment team via email at recruitment@auspacpartnerships.com.au to discuss how we can support you.


Should this role be of interest, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Kindly note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.



About DT Global

DT Global is driven by a fundamental commitment to one goal: to work in partnership with communities, governments, and the private sector to deliver innovative, data-driven solutions that transform lives beyond expectations. DT Global—launched in 2019—is built on legacy companies AECOM International Development’s Services Sector, Development Transformations, IMC Worldwide, and Cardno International Development. To fulfill its profit-for-purpose mission, DT Global is a key donor to the DT Institute, an independent not-for-profit organization, in support of DTI’s efforts to test new ideas or expand on donor partner priorities with the aim to improve as many lives as possible.


Our global team of almost 2,500 staff and experts work in over 100 countries. We aim to maximize sustainable development impact across a wide range of practice areas, including Conflict Prevention, Stabilization & Transition; Economic Growth; Environment & Infrastructure; Governance; and Human Development. We meet communities where they are on the development spectrum and help them move to where they want to be. Together, we bring over 60 years of experience, relationships, and technical excellence to improve lives around the world on behalf of our partners, clients, and stakeholders.


DT Global is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our international development programs. We are committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), and bribery prevention. DT Global is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage women, men, people with diverse backgrounds and people living with disabilities to apply. This program is funded by the Australian Government and Managed by DT Global.


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