Program Capacity Building Adviser

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Solomon Islands Resource Facility (SIRF) - Cardno

Time Posted On: 29 Sep 2020
Time Closing Date: 25 Oct 2020

Solomon Islands Education Sector Support Program
The Solomon Islands Education Sector Support Program (ESSP) provides the strategic direction and implementation arrangements for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) combined investment to support the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) to implement its Education Strategic Framework 2016–2030 (ESF), the National Education Action Plan 2016-2020 (NEAP) and its successor.
The Program adopts a modified version of a sector-wide approach, using mixed-modalities.  It positions the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) as the central partner, adopts MEHRD’s ESF and NEAP as the guiding frameworks for all investment, promotes strengthened sector-wide donor coordination and provides the majority of Program funding through sector budget support. Funding is also available to support targeted capacity development and activities implemented by non-governmental organisations.
ESSP is managed under Australia’s Solomon Islands Resource Facility (SIRF) by Cardno. 

The role
The Program Capacity Building Advisor will be a part of the Program Management Team (PMT) who are responsible for the day-to-day management, implementation, coordination and administration of the Solomon Islands ESSP. 
The Program Capacity Building Advisor will work with MEHRD to develop and design a Capacity Development Framework. The Capacity Development Framework will be pivotal in strengthening the organisational capacity and strategic support for MEHRD and framing the criteria for the Capacity Development Fund, which aims to provide ongoing long and short-term capacity development support.

The adviser will also: 
1.    Undertake a stocktake or scoping of existing performance review or capacity related approaches that are being used across MEHRD;
2.    Draw on learnings from the understanding of MEHRD, it’s environment and state of play, to develop a Capacity Development Framework 
3.    As part of the Capacity Development Framework, develop a package of assistance including interactive tools, resources, facilitation notes and methods that can be applied within the Ministry and schools or Education Authorities at different levels. 
4.    Facilitate and support capacity building for MEHRD and partners (including NGOs and in-kind support recipients) that implement activities or programs in the Education sector.
5.    Identify opportunities to integrate gender equality, child protection, disability and other social inclusion principles into the overall approach.

For further information, please copy paste this link to access the Terms of Reference detailing responsibilities and selection criteria: 
About you
Cardno encourages Solomon Islands nationals and nationals from other Pacific island countries to apply.
You will be a motivated and proactive individual with the right combination of experience, talent, energy and a commitment to technical excellence. You will also have:
    Tertiary qualification in education, social sciences, international and/or community development, training or similar discipline.
    10-15 years’ professional experience providing technical support working in in capacity building related to education or a similar field
    Demonstrated experience in developing, delivering and facilitating capacity development tools/frameworks and strategies
    Outstanding communication and facilitation skills and experience conveying complex information to stakeholders of varying levels of experience or ability
    Excellent analytical and report writing skills, including the ability to write to DFAT/MFAT and MEHRD specifications.
    Demonstrated commitment to gender equality and social inclusion. 
    Proven ability to analyse and manage risks and identify sustainable solutions in solving complex problems.
Desired experience and Knowledge
    Experience working on international development programs in Solomon Islands or in the Melanesian/Pacific Islands context, demonstrating cross cultural skills.
    Ability to converse in Pidgin English would be an advantage but not essential.

This position is classified under DFAT’s Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF) as Discipline C, Level 3 and will be offered at a level commensurate to the successful candidate’s experience relevant to the role.
To access the ARF rates, please copy and paste the following link: 

Location and travel requirements
The position will be based in Honiara with regular provincial travel required.
Solomon Islands Resource Facility (SIRF)
The Solomon Islands Resource Facility (SIRF) is supported by the Australian Government and managed by Cardno. SIRF is an integrated facility that delivers both Technical Assistance (TA) and Deployee Support Services (DSS), in Solomon Islands.
Why join Cardno?
Cardno offers meaningful opportunities for each individual member of our team to grow, make an impact and leave a legacy for local communities, globally.
By joining Cardno, you will be part of an environment where you can collaborate with leading experts from diverse backgrounds, access development programs to achieve your career goals, and be challenged to take a global outlook
How to apply
We welcome your interest in joining the Cardno team. Click the ‘apply’ button to submit your application online with the reference number CID/MN/SIRF/PCA by Sunday 25th October. Your application must include the following:
    Your CV; and
    Completed application form in lieu of a cover letter. Please copy paste this link to access the application form: 

If you are having any technical issues with  submitting your application online, please email them directly to the SIRF recruitment team 
About Cardno
We are a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.
Cardno is an equal opportunity employer. Cardno encourages women and Solomon Islands nationals to apply. 
Cardno is committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection and bribery prevention. We want to engage with the right people to deliver our client programs. As part of our approach you will be subjected to formal background screening, criminal record checks, employment verification, and periodic compliance checks. All Cardno staff receive safety, compliance and safeguards training and are responsible for contributing to a safer working culture. 

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