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Country Director, Vanuatu & Nauru - Vanuatu

Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC)
  • Executive leadership role in the Pacific
  • Located in our Port Vila office with travel across the Australia-Pacific region

About Australia Pacific Training Coalition

The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) is a centre for training excellence providing Australian standard training qualifications and skills across the Pacific region. As Australia’s flagship Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) investment in the Pacific, APTC works collaboratively with TVET stakeholders to achieve training delivery outcomes and reforms to Pacific TVET systems. By joining APTC, you will have the opportunity to contribute towards a more skilled, inclusive and productive workforce for the region.

APTC has country offices in Fiji, Vanuatu, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. The Regional Head Office is located in Suva, Fiji

The Role

Reporting to the Executive Director APTC, the position of Country Director has the key overall responsibility in leading the APTC Vanuatu and Nauru country office to drive TVET strengthening and supporting labour mobility across the region. The Country Director will be politically astute and well-connected in the Pacific.

This key role requires a highly motivated and strategic leader who can demonstrate:

  • Sound understanding of the local context and enhanced capability for ‘thinking, working politically’.
  • Continuous quality delivery of training programs most relevant to national and international labour market needs whilst engaging nationally and negotiating partnerships and coalitions with stakeholders interested in and critical to, reform of TVET.

The Country Director will work cohesively as part of the APTC Executive Leadership Team and has overall responsibility for ensuring the successful operation of APTC against its goals and objectives, including discussion with DFAT and other key stakeholders on the strategic and longer-term direction for TVET provision.

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  1. Extensive demonstrated experience leading and managing in a complex environment.
  2. Established conceptual, analytical and Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) skills including the ability to identify emerging issues, and expertise to resolve operational issues and manage innovative solutions to complex problems in an adaptive manner.
  3. Practical experience in negotiating and developing new business opportunities as demonstrated through industry relationships management.
  4. Experience working in the Pacific, preferably in TVET management or a development program.
  5. Proven ability to establish priorities, organise and manage staff performance, achieve end-of-program objectives and to meet tight deadlines within a complex organisation.
  6. Excellent verbal, written and ICT skills, stakeholder and relationship management skills, change management skills and an ability to prepare high-level responses and reports.



  1. Tertiary qualification in international development or education or another relevant discipline such as political science, international business or change management.

Highly desirable requirements:

  1. Experience working within an educational organisation, preferably TVET.
  2. Experience working on an aid funded project, preferably Australian Government.

APTC is an equal opportunity employer; fostering a fair, safe and socially inclusive environment, embracing all forms of diversity.

APTC is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious and ethnical background, including persons living with disabilities to apply.

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