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Tonga Skills and Labour Mobility Program Pillar Lead

Posted date:
November 6, 2022
Close date:
November 27, 2022
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Job Description

Based in Tonga, for the Tonga Australia Support Platform (TASP)

Program Background

The Tonga Australia Support Platform (TASP) is a mechanism which will support the work of the Australian Government in meeting development objectives in Tonga. It is a multi-sector development facility that uses multiple modalities including development program management, technical advisory support, grants management, subcontracting and supports Australian Government policy development and dialogue to deliver the desired outcomes.

The Tonga Skills and Labour Mobility Program (TSLMP, the ‘Program’) is one of several pillars supported under TASP. It seeks to integrate Australia’s skills and labour mobility support to ensure Tongans can maximise economic opportunities available to them, whether they are in Tonga or Australia. TSLMP will strengthen the Tongan skills sector to ensure there is a sustainable supply of well-trained Tongans who can respond to local and international demand by working with Government of Tonga counterparts to:

  1. Strengthen the enabling environment for skills and labour mobility;
  2. Improve supply of demand-driven, flexible and inclusive skills and labour mobility initiatives; and
  3. Enhance social and economic benefits from skills development and labour mobility.

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.

The Role

The TSLMP Pillar Lead has overall responsibility for the delivery of TSLMP—from planning to implementation and evidencing progress toward the End of Program Outcomes (EOPOs). The role is dualistic in nature, serving both as a high-level strategic and technical adviser to Government of Tonga counterparts and TSLMP personnel, and as the day-to-day leader and manager of TSLMP with operational and Technical Advisory (TA) support from TASP.

Key objectives for the TSLMP Pillar Lead include:

  • Establishment and maintenance of forthright and amicable professional relationships with senior Government of Tonga (GoT) counterparts, DFAT staff and TASP/TSLMP personnel; and
  • Effective and efficient planning and implementation of TSLMP in accordance with the endorsed Investment Design Document, agreed partner requests and applicable policies.

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About You

  • Extensive experience working with the TVET and/or labour mobility field
  • Considerable experience in a senior or executive leadership role, preferably in a medium-large sized organisation related to skills development or labour mobility
  • Significant experience working on an official development assistance program, or for a donor agency
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, with expertise developing frank and respectful relationships and sensitively navigating competing agendas in complex, cross-cultural environments

Internationally-competitive remuneration package.

Why join TSLMP?

An outstanding senior leadership opportunity to contribute to the development of a more inclusive and demand-driven workforce that delivers enhanced social and economic benefits to Tonga. The successful candidate will work within a progressive, growing team on a new initiative backed by long-term support from the Australian Government.


Please submit
1) Your CV
2) A cover letter addressing the selection criteria

 APPLICATIONS CLOSE 27 November 2022, 23h59 AEST

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

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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