Family Protection Adviser (FSM)

The role

The Family Protection Adviser will work closely and collaboratively with a range of government and non-government family protection, violence prevention and support stakeholders in the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Adviser will build the individual and institutional capacity of stakeholders to provide comprehensive prevention, protection and support services for survivors of sexual and family violence. The Adviser’s capacity development processes will proactively contribute to making sexual and family violence duty-bearers capable to plan, design, implement, monitor, review and improve violence prevention and response services at national, state and community levels.

Access the Terms of Reference detailing responsibilities and selection criteria by clicking here.

About you

You are a development professional with at least seven years’ experience working in the field of gender-based violence, domestic violence, gender and child protection issues.

You will also have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in gender-based violence, domestic violence, law, women’s studies, social welfare, international development, gender, social work, psychology or a related field.
  • Experience in designing and advising on family violence programs and applying global principles, standards and the latest best practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide family protection technical and policy advice to a wide range of stakeholders. Experience working to develop services and referral mechanisms for survivors of family violence.
  • Patience, tolerance and flexibility and the ability to work in cultural isolation and a standard of living that may be different.

Please refer to the Terms of Reference for full details on the essential criteria for this position.


This position is classified under DFAT’s Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF) as Discipline C, Level 2 and will be offered at a level commensurate to the successful candidates’ experience relevant to the role. To access the ARF rates, please click the following link:

Why join the Pacific Women Support Unit?

The Pacific Women Support Unit is a committed team that is dedicated to gender equality and making a meaningful contribution to the communities and countries in which we work. We strive for excellence, thrive on challenges and have fun along the way.

By joining the Pacific Women Support Unit, you will be part of an environment where you can collaborate with leading experts from diverse backgrounds, access development programs to achieve your career goals, and be challenged to take a global outlook.

How to apply

We welcome your interest in joining the Cardno team. Please click ‘apply’  and send your CV together with a covering letter and your responses to the following three questions. Please limit your response to 250 words per question.

  • On average, two out of three women in the Pacific experience domestic violence. Briefly describe three key factors that contribute to high rates of domestic violence in FSM.
  • Women who report domestic violence often struggle to access support services. Explain why this is the case in FSM states.
  • Women’s Councils in the four FSM states are not functioning at their optimum. How would you approach capacity building and institutional strengthening of Women’s Councils?

Applications for this position will close at 11:59pm, Wednesday 6 November 2019.


For any questions about this role, please contact quoting “Family Protection Adviser – FSM” in the email subject line.

About Cardno

We are a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.

Cardno is committed to Child Protection in all fields. Cardno is an equal opportunity employer. Any offer of employment will require criminal record clearance.