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Title: Labour Mobility Officer – Worker Welfare
Duration : Until 30 Dec, 2023 with possible extension
Government pay scale 4.1
Annual salary 1,195,500
Purpose of the Position:
The Labour Mobility Officer – Worker Welfare will coordinate with the Country Liaison Officer (CLO) roles, to provide specialised welfare support and advice to workers and their families who are participating in labour mobility programs in Australia and New Zealand. This officer will work closely with the CLO based in Australia & New Zealand, the Australian Government Department of Employment & Workplace Relations (DEWR), Approved Employers in Australia and New Zealand, and others who are part of the ‘community care model’; to coordinate and monitor Ni-Vanuatu workers’ welfare.
Labour Mobility Programs (PALM, RSE):
There are currently two labour mobility programs being implemented in Vanuatu. The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme offers opportunities for Ni-Vanuatu to work in Australia for up to four years, in various sectors (meatworks, agriculture and tourism). The Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) program offers opportunities for Ni-Vanuatu to work in New Zealand for up to 7 months at a time primarily in the viticulture and horticulture sectors.
Under the direction of senior LMU staff, the Labour Mobility Officer – Worker Welfare will:
- Coordinate all welfare requests received by the LSU, as per approved worker welfare protocols and processes (i.e. link the concern/ request back to CLO unless it requires specific management or response in Vanuatu)
- Coordinate and communicate with workers, community care case managers, families, employers and community members as required/ requested.
- Liaise with Department of Employment & Workplace Relations (DEWR) to support approved employers, the community coordinators and other relevant stakeholders regarding any Ni-Vanuatu worker welfare issues.
- Pro-actively liaise with workers, CLOS, team leaders and AEs to create regular and open dialogue to manage any issues that may arise.
- Identify prevention and/ or early intervention opportunities (e.g. information awareness sessions in collaboration with relevant ‘community care’ welfare stakeholders: police, health sector etc).
- Record worker welfare incidents, including data entry and reporting (within IRD)
- Provide strategic analysis on worker welfare trends and recommend interventions/ responses to these increasing worker welfare trends.
- Provide input/ facilitate ‘worker welfare’ sessions at pre-departure briefings for mobilising workers.
- Work with the LSU to develop family support mechanisms within Vanuatu, when the workers are away in NZ and/ or Australia.
- Where appropriate and if there’s time, support mobilization, preparation and re-integration activities.
- Support research opportunities around worker welfare/ family welfare, through partnerships with government ministries, academia, private sector and relevant Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) including faith based organisations, social services and NGOs.
- Provide timely ‘worker welfare’ reports to management in relation to the labour mobility programs.
- Travel locally and internationally, as required.
- Other tasks as reasonably requested by LSU senior staff.
Qualifications, Experience, Skills & Abilities:
- Have a background in labour mobilty, social welfare, counselling or related fields.
- Experience in psychology, welfare support, and/ or community needs analysis.
- 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 cross-cultural environments with an understanding of challenges and opportunities
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- A demonstrated ability to build productive and sustainable working partnerships with a variety of stakeholders (including partner government, civil society and the private sector)
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of different individuals and organisations
- Demonstrates high levels of initiative.
- Excellent computer skills (Internet, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
- Experience in managing and implementing projects.
- Understanding of Gender, Disability and Social inclusion
- Experience in fast paced working environments, with tight deadlines
- Fluent in English and Bislama
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