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Vacancies: VSA and PCRC

There are two positions included below:

1) Field Representative (Pacific), Volunteer Service Abroad - applications close on 23 November 2001;

2) Assistant Director (Demilitarisation), Pacific Concerns Resource Centre - applications close on 30 November 2001.

1) Field Representative (Pacific), Volunteer Service Abroad

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is a New Zealand based international development agency, working in developing countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific. VSA provides highly skilled New Zealanders to work in partnership with organisations and communities and assist them to achieve their own positive and sustainable development outcomes. Field Representative (Pacific)

As the Field Representative (Pacific), based in Wellington, you will support the Programme Manager (Pacific) in the development and management of VSA's programmes throughout the Pacific.

You will have proven management abilities in a range of fields, an understanding of development principles, including gender and development methodologies, and will have lived or worked in a developing country, preferably in the Pacific. A high level of interpersonal and communication skills is required including an ability to relate to people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. Substantial travel will be required throughout Pacific Island nations to identify, assess and develop new assignments, and monitor existing assignments.

The successful appointee will be required to take up the position in late January 2001. Applications close on Friday 23 November 2001.

Terms and Conditions: the starting salary for this position is around NZ$39,700 (gross) per annum depending upon qualifications and experience. For application guidelines and a position description, including person and job specifications, please contact: Sonja Herbst, Volunteer Service Abroad Te Tuao Tawahi, PO Box 12-246, Wellington. Phone 04 472 5759 , fax 04 472 5052, email


2) Assistant Director (Demilitarisation), Pacific Concerns Resource Centre.

Applications are sought for the above position with the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC) in Suva, Fiji. PCRC is the secretariat for the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific (NFIP) movement. PCRC has programs on Sustainable Human Development, Environment, Demilitarisation, Human Rights and Good Governance, and Decolonisation. The position is open to applicants from throughout the Pacific Region.

This position requires:
a.. Experience in lobbying and campaigning on demilitarisation issues;
b.. Knowledge of Pacific issues and a commitment to the NFIP agenda;
c.. Experience and ability in academic research and report writing;
d.. Organising, administrative and co-ordination skills;
e.. A university degree in relevant fields or equivalent qualification;
f.. Fluency in spoken and written English (Pacific languages and French an advantage).

The position will be based in Suva, Fiji with a salary package of in the range of F$30,000 - $40,000, to commence in January 2002. Applications for the position should include a C.V, three letters of reference, and a recent example of writing on relevant Pacific issues. Applications must be submitted, addressed to the following address by close of business Friday 30th November 2001.

The Pacific Concerns Resource Centre Inc. (PCRC) serves as the secretariat for the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific (NFIP) movement, with over 100 affiliated members around the Pacific region.

PCRC's objective is to educate the peoples of the Pacific regarding their environment, political and economic equity, and justice and peace in their region.

PCRC acts as the regional secretariat for non-governmental and community organisations engaged in campaigning, advocacy, research and information. It works to co-ordinate participation in national, regional and international fora, especially on issues of sustainable human development, environment, demilitarisation, decolonisation, human rights and governance.

PCRC is a non-government organisation with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. PCRC staff have participated in, and organised Pacific NGO participants for, UN summits and international meetings (e.g. Vienna Human Rights Summit, Rio on Environment and Development, Barbados on Small Island States, Cairo on Population, Beijing on Women). We monitor and organise around Platforms of Action and Declarations arising from these summits.

PCRC publishes a monthly magazine Pacific News Bulletin, and regular research papers, action alerts and other information bulletins. PCRC works with government, intergovernmental and non-government agencies through conferences, meetings, lobbying and information briefings. PCRC also produces a range of education and information resources (videos, books, and pamphlets) on issues of concern to the region and the international community.


Secretariat PCRC is located in Suva, Fiji, and is headed by a Director, who is appointed by and responsible to the PCRC / NFIP Executive Board for the efficient management of PCRC.

The Director also monitors and oversees functions of all members of staff, who are also appointed by the Executive Board. As well as the Director, the Suva office is staffed by Assistant Directors for to the five Campaign Desks (Decolonisation, land rights and sovereignty; Demilitarisation; Sustainable Human Development; Human rights and good governance; Environment), an Assistant Director for Finance and an Educational Resource Developer. PCRC's monthly magazine Pacific News Bulletin is also produced from the Suva office, co-ordinated by an Assistant Director.

The PCRC structure makes provision for an English / French Translator, and a Conference Organiser / Fund Raiser. The support staff includes a receptionist / typist, an office assistant, three campaign assistants and part time campaigns researchers.

Assistant Director (Demilitarisation) Through lobbying, advocacy, information and campaigning, the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC) supports its affiliates in a range of Demilitarisation campaigns.

PCRC's programs on Demilitarisation look at the impact on Pacific communities of militarisation in the Pacific The Assistant Director (Demilitarisation) co-ordinates these campaigns, with the responsibility:

1. To identify, establish and maintain relationships with key activists on identified priority campaigns;
2. To facilitate campaign support work and information flow between and among the regions on identified priority campaigns;
3. To stimulate potential international levels of support action for local and regional campaigns;
4. To liaise with the Educational Resource Developer on the production of resources for international audiences;
5. To provide Pacific News Bulletin with regular and accurate campaign information on a monthly basis;
6. To produce Action Alerts and notices where necessary;
7. To identify appropriate resources for campaigns;
8. To maintain files and correspondence appropriate to the campaign desk;
9. To prepare campaign proposals and budgets for Executive Board consideration;
10. To maintain a mailing list for campaign purposes;
11. To liaise with fundraiser for alternatives for funding campaigns.

For further information, contact: The Director, Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC) 83 Amy Street, Toorak Private Mail Bag, Suva, FIJI Telephone: (679) 304649 Facsimile: (679) 304755 email:


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