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9 Jul 2019

Overseas Policy and Legislation Adviser – Tonga

Volunteer Service Abroad Overseas

Job Description

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.

The Electoral Commission of the Kingdom of Tonga (TEC), with the assistance of the New Zealand Electoral Commission (NZEC), is undergoing a programme of reforms targeted at helping Tonga enhance its democratic electoral processes.

In this assignment you will support TEC staff to interpret policy and legislation and also assist in the development, research and implementation of a robust package of reforms. Another key area will be supporting TEC to develop a public education programme to ensure community members understand the reforms, and can participate in the democratic electoral process.

This is a unique opportunity to strengthen the democratic process in Tonga and to deepen citizens’ understanding of their rights and responsibilities as voters.

Experience required for this assignment:

– Holds or is eligible to hold a practicing certificate in Law
– Strong understanding of election laws and the legislative process
– Relevant policy development experience (ideally in electoral policy)
– Strong research skills and experience drafting/implementing legislation
– Experience in coaching and mentoring staff
– Community engagement experience

This is an assignment of up to 2-years based in Tonga.

About volunteering with VSA

VSA is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development.

We cover living allowances, accommodation and utilities. Travel, visas, insurance and medical costs are organised and funded by VSA.

Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.

If current VSA assignments don’t suit your skills and experience you can register your interest with us and we’ll let you know when something in your field is available.

Job Expired August 8, 2019

Job Categories: Legal (other). Job Types: Overseas.

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