Labour Mobility Engagement Manager - Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) - Tonga
The Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) facilitates the connection of Australian employers with Pacific workers. The PLF will act as trusted intermediary in connecting Australian employers with Pacific workers and in its partnerships with Pacific countries, the private sector and other stakeholders. The PLF is managed by Palladium on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT).
The Labour Mobility Engagement Manager will be responsible for developing and implementing a program of assistance to the Overseas Employment Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other in-country stakeholders to ensure Tonga’s effective engagement in Pacific Labour Mobility programs; by improving the supply of quality Tongan workers and maximise the development impacts of Tonga’s participation in Labour Mobility programs.
Under the direction of the Labour Mobility Supply Lead t he Labour Engagement Mobility Manager will:
* Consult with the Labour Sending Unit in Tonga, as well as line stakeholders, to determine their objectives and priorities for labour mobility and establish a common understanding of their existing capacities and future requirements to support the expected future growth in labour mobility participation of Tonga.
* Develop and implement a program of assistance to Tongan government agencies and other in-country stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of the Tonga Labour Mobility Policy Framework and the TLMPF Action Plan 2019/20 – 2023/24
* Provide strategic management support to the organizational reform of the Labour Sending Unit in Tonga and the set up of a conducive institutional framework that can improve governance of labour mobility and increase its development impact in the country
* Facilitate linkages between the Labour Sending Unit in Tonga, government ministries, labour agents, bi-lateral programs, APTC and other training providers, and community groups to harness synergies between actors and programs that support growth of labour mobility in Tonga.
* Manage country-level planning and budgeting, incorporating needs analysis of sending country capacity development and institutional strengthening as required.
* Implement initiatives to increase the supply of Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Workers, in line with Tongan government plans and objectives, and to meet Australian industry demands.
* Facilitate improvement of quality of worker pool for deployment to Australia through the design and delivery of processes that support worker recruitment, including capacity building assistance and training to participating government agencies/recruitment agents and other relevant stakeholders.
* Encourage government ministries and labour sending units to actively lead annual planning, marketing, monitoring, reflection and learning to ensure they meet employer needs and worker welfare needs.
* Work closely with the PLF employer engagement team in Australia and Tongan government agencies to support marketing activities to enhance awareness of Pacific workers amongst eligible employers.
* Develop a program to improve the quality of pre-departure training so as to ensure that quality workers are deployed and that labour mobility gains for workers, their households, and communities are increased.
* Develop a capacity building program to build the capacity of the Labour Sending Unit and transfer skills for better management of Tonga’s participation in Pacific Labour Mobility Programs
* Support reintegration initiatives by leveraging connections with other DFAT funded programs and in-country networks.
* Promote inclusion across all aspects of labour sending activities, including equality, disability and child protection.
* Ensure communication, cross-learning and sharing of tools across the Pacific Labour Facility team.
* Participate as a member of the PLF team and contribute to planning and reporting activities.
It is essential that the successful candidate has:
* Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline, such as international development, economics, or human resources, and experience working in a project management, and/or partnership brokering role;
* A demonstrated ability to build respectful, productive and sustainable working relationships with a variety of stakeholders (including partner government, civil society and the private sector) and working together to achieve results;
* Demonstrated ability to work autonomously with limited supervision
* Demonstrated skill and experience at convening and facilitating productive interaction between diverse groups of people;
* Experience working with programs in the Pacific with a strong understanding of gender equality concepts and issues;
* Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of different individuals and organisations across countries and time zones;
* High level proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web browsers;
* Ability to work to deadlines, and to balance competing priorities.
* Demonstrated personal probity and freedom from, or ability to effectively manage, conflicts of interest.
It is desirable that the successful candidate will have
* An understanding of current issues in relation to circular labour mobility, including related policy and regulatory frameworks, and the ability to translate these to implementation;
* Experience in the design and delivery of training programs and/or facilitation;
* Demonstrated understanding of best practice human resources and recruitment practices.
* The ability to speak Tongan.