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Socio-Economic Specialist - Tuvalu

Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform
  • Immediate start, for up to 6 months with an option to extend
  • Funafuti, Tuvalu based with an option for some remote work.
  • Applicants from this position may be used to establish a merit list for similar roles in other Pacific Island Countries.

The Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform (The Partnerships Platform) is looking for motivated and skilled professionals who are keen to make a difference. We seek passionate staff who work collaboratively to deliver ideas and advice that can help our Pacific Island Country partners meet their governance and stability goals.

The Partnerships Platform is seeking an experienced and motivated Socio-Economic Specialist with a proven track record preparing socio-economic reviews, and conducting strategic policy focused financial planning to support fiscally achievable economic and social development outcomes. The ideal candidate is a collaborative, respectful, flexible and resilient Socio-Economic Specialist with a keen focus on providing advisory services and reviewing the cost of living in Tuvalu or a similar economy.

The role of Socio-Economic Specialist under the Ministry of Finance will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive review of the Country's taxation regime, price control regulations, freight costs, and developing actionable recommendations to address the cost of living challenges, social inclusion and economic equity.

The areas of focus of the assignment are:

  • Consult with all relevant stakeholders and gather information and data relevant to the review.
  • Ensure regular discussions are carried out during the consultancy period to ensure that the review findings reflect the actual context of Tuvalu.
  • Analyse and consolidate information and data gathered for the review.
  • Support the development of quality and timely implementation of deliverables expected in the terms of reference, to ensure the whole review is reflective of priorities, strategies and opportunities are inclusive and relevant for Tuvalu in future years.
  • Coordinate inputs from relevant Government of Tuvalu policy, strategic and operational areas into the review.
  • Identify opportunities to promote the Government of Tuvalu’s priorities to existing and new audiences, through different platforms and networks.

The position is a 6-month posting with the option to extend. A competitive international standard remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate, including housing, and return airfares if required for international candidates.

Click on the link or copy and paste it to access the Candidate Information Pack, including the full Terms of Reference for this position:

About the Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform

The 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 Countries with a suite of flexible, fit-for-purpose options that support broad governance and stability development outcomes.

About the Ministry of Finance, Government of Tuvalu

The Ministry of Finance is charged with delivering the key economic development strategic priority under Tuvalu’s national development plan, Te Kete.

For more information about Tuvalu’s national development plan, Te Kete, please visit: www.australiaawards.Te-Kete-2021-2030-National-Development-Strategy.pdf.

About You

We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate a high degree of flexibility, respect, resilience and adaptability, and a preparedness to work with limited resources in a challenging environment, this includes the ability to successfully build and manage relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.

To be successful in this role, you will have tertiary qualifications in tax, economics, finance, commerce or public financial management or a related discipline with proven experience in a technical position preparing socio-economic reviews and strategic policy focused financial planning to support fiscally achievable economic and social development outcomes., including demonstrated knowledge of commitment to meet with stakeholders, gather information and data to inform the review of the cost of living in Tuvalu. Experience in working in Tuvalu or Pacific Island Countries will be highly valued.

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

About Tuvalu

There are inherent opportunities and challenges that come with living and working in Pacific Country contexts, including considerations unique to being a remote low-lying atoll. Applicants should consider these prior to applying.

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Other Information

Applicants (and approved dependents) will need to undergo psychometric and medical screening prior to travel. Amendments to the position’s terms of reference may be made during the period of engagement as required.

The Partnerships Platform is committed to increasing the pool of Pacific Islander, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander expertise. Suitably qualified people of the Pacific, Aboriginals or Torres Strait Islanders are strongly encouraged to apply.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities, including LGBTQIA+, women, gender diverse, neurodiverse and people of different abilities.

We can make adjustments during the recruitment process for people with a disability. If required, please contact our recruitment team via email at [email protected] using the subject line: Socio-Economic Specialist - Tuvalu enquiry via EthicalJobs to discuss how we can support you.


We welcome your interest in joining the Australia-Pacific Partnerships Platform as an Adviser.

Please ensure you review the Candidate Information Pack before applying (click the link or copy and paste it into your browser):

To submit your application, kindly click on the 'Apply Now' button and ensure you upload your resume as part of the application process. You will also be required to provide a response in 160 words or less, to explain why you believe you are the ideal candidate for this position. Please note that we will only accept applications submitted through the online portal.

Should this role be of interest, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Kindly note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Applicants may be contacted to establish a merit list for similar roles in other Pacific Island Countries.

About DT Global

DT Global is shaping a future where sustainable development and innovation empower individuals, communities, and nations. We work in partnership with local stakeholders to foster inclusive prosperity, social equity, and environmental stewardship. Our global team of 2,500 staff and experts work in over 90 countries to solve complex problems in the peacebuilding, governance, economic development, environment, and human development sectors. With a track record of technical excellence and more than 60 years of international development experience and relationships, we deliver innovative solutions that transform lives.

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.

A terms of reference document is attached.

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