The Project

The Diocese of Tarawa & Nauru requires an experienced project manager to provide administrative and project management support and mentoring of staff within their office in South Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati. This role will equip the staff of the Diocese with the administrative and financial capacity to manage the various social, educational, and infrastructure projects undertaken by the Diocese to address causes of inequality and poverty within the local community.

Note: The monthly living allowance enables you to live a modest local lifestyle. Based on the cost of living in a particular country, it covers food, your daily commute, communication and other local costs. It is not set to enable you to meet financial commitments at home, such as a mortgage or a personal loan.  It will not cover the costs of eating out and other entertainment. Read more about what is covered in our FAQ. All applicants will be required to complete a Working with Children and Police Check.

The Location

The Diocesan office is located in the village area of Teaoreareke on the island of South Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati. The total population of Kiribati is 100,000, and approximately 50% of I-Kiribati people have settled on this very densely urbanised crescent of land.

Kiribati is a stunningly beautiful atoll and the only country to span all four hemispheres. Tides can be extreme, with King Tides reaching up to 1.9 metres, damaging causeways and seawalls. As a remote island nation with a low population, most resources and commodities are shipped to Tarawa. Disruptions can cause shortages in some items and volunteers should be prepared to take with them any medications with them.

The Challenge

Kiribati is facing various economic, social and environmental challenges. Around one-in-five households and almost one-in-four of the population of Kiribati live below the national minimum cost of living or basic needs poverty line. People living on South Tarawa are slightly more likely to experience poverty than those living in the rural areas where subsistence production underpins daily life.

In response to the hardship experienced by I-Kiribati people, the Diocese is responsible for a number of social and infrastructure projects that provide assistance in areas of water and sanitation, building, education and health. With external funding, monitoring and reporting requirements so integral to the implementation of ongoing projects, a project manager to provide support and mentoring of local staff in these areas is vital for the sustainability of the projects.

About You

The Diocese has requested a suitably qualified and experienced project manager. The successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • Experience in grant applications; project implementation; budget management and grant acquittals
  • Experience in developing administration procedures
  • Capacity to work alongside staff building administrative and project management skills
  • Bookkeeping skills (desirable)
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Cultural sensitivity and openness to working within a different cultural context
  • Willingness to work in South Tarawa for 1-2 years, with limited resources and facilities.

The volunteer must also demonstrate a willingness to engage their Australian community in promoting the work of the host organisation and their role.

Previous experience in Kiribati or in a Pacific island nation is not essential.

How You Will Help

You will work alongside I-Kiribati Diocesan staff to further build their capacity. Previously, an Australian on a Palms assignment has undertaken considerable training and mentoring of local staff. Elements of the role have been localised, but more time is needed to continue to build skills and confidence.

It is expected that at the conclusion of your assignment, this role will be able to be conducted by a local you have supported.

Think you have what it takes? Register your interest

    I am not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand.I am a citizen of Australia or New Zealand.
    * Successful applicants must be available to attend an orientation course in Sydney. Palms Australia will not fund international flights and will not sponsor visas to attend this course. Read our FAQ for more.