Tonga Country Manager for the Balance of Power program

Balance of Power (BOP, or, the Program) is an initiative of the Australian Government focused on enabling women and men in the Pacific to improve the political, social and economic opportunities for women and girls. The program goal is that “women are increasingly culturally, socially and politically accepted, and act, as legitimate political leaders and decision makers across the Pacific region”. The Investment is delivered intensively in up to three countries in the Pacific (Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga), with some elements implemented across the region.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a highly motivated Country Manager with a strong adherence to key values such as gender equality, respect, inclusion, humility, innovation and creativity. The Tonga Country Manager will have overall responsibility for the management of the BOP’s country activities in Tonga through the provision of specialist local knowledge, advice and expertise.

The Tonga Country Manager will play an integral part in representing the BOP program to DFAT, Government and other stakeholders; identifying strategic opportunities for BOP in country; convening and maximising coordination between BOP partners; meaningful participation in, and support to, the Strategic Advisory Committee; oversight of finance, administrative and logistical functions; and monitoring and reporting on BOP activities.

Key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Leading the design and implementation of partnerships, initiatives and activities in support of BOP objectives in Tonga
  • Identifying and advising on strategic opportunities and risks that may impact on BOP development and implementation in-country.
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with partners and stakeholders within and across BOP priority focus areas in-country, prioritising collaboration and collective action to achieve BOP objectives.
  • Playing a lead role in developing and implementing strategies for culturally-sensitive communications of BOP activity in Tonga, with the objective of building buy-in to BOP objectives, and shifting negative and discriminatory attitudes towards women in leadership.
  • Representing and promoting the Program at national and sub-national level, including with DFAT officers, Government representatives, Church leaders, civil society actors, communities, other donor-funded programs and a range of other diverse
  • stakeholders.
  • Collaborating with other BOP personnel, partners and stakeholders to identify key learning and emerging trends to inform activities and Annual Implementation Plans.
  • Monitoring, reviewing and reporting on program activities including progress towards objectives, budget management and impact.
  • Overseeing the preparation of clear and up-to-date financial records of expenditures and commitments and outstanding acquittals for the BOP Tonga activities.
  • Championing good governance, gender equality, disability rights and child protection and promote a working culture based on a values based approach.

Applications due 5 September

Applications are to be submitted online with the reference number CID/MN/BOP/TCM by 11.59PM (AEST) Sunday 5 September 2021.

For details refer to the Terms of Reference and selection criteria: