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Senior Skills Advisor - Timor-Leste

Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC)

About us

The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) works in coalition with partner training institutions, industry/enterprises, and the Governments of the Pacific and Timor-Leste to achieve sustainable, country-led technical and vocational education and training (TVET) reform under a Thinking and Working Politically approach. APTC provides high quality TVET training while becoming a leading force in skills creation and a highly successful example of sustainable development assistance. We achieve this through working with Pacific and Timor-Leste TVET training providers to develop their capability to deliver qualifications and skill sets to an international standard across a range of demand-driven industry sectors to support both the domestic labour market and international labour mobility opportunities.

The APTC has country offices established in Fiji, Vanuatu, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste (from July 2021). The Country Offices are supported by a range of services provided from a Regional Head Office (RHO) located in Suva, Fiji.

The APTC is managed by TAFE Queensland on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and staff are employed by TAFE Queensland.

The role

The Senior Skills Advisor will manage APTC’s TVET capability-building activities and training delivery in Timor-Leste, providing leadership and line management to the training delivery team under the direction and guidance of the Country Director.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and implementing TVET system-strengthening and capability-building activities with key national partners and supported coalitions, in alignment with the APTC Timor-Leste Work Plan and with a particular focus on supporting labour mobility and GEDSI.
  • Manage the delivery of accredited qualifications and skill sets and non-accredited skills training, ensuring the delivery of high quality, effective and relevant programs and their regulatory compliance, whilst driving a culture of innovation and continuous improvement in vocational training delivery practice.

The role reports to the Country Director Timor-Leste and takes direction from the Skills for Employment and Training Director with regard to ASQA and TAFE Queensland TVET quality, compliance and best practice.

To be successful in this role you must have:

  1. Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116).
  2. IST Advanced TVET Trainer and Assessor Certificate (or commitment to obtain this prior to commencing contract).
  3. Diploma level, or higher, education, teaching or training qualification and extensive experience working in an Australian TVET organisation.
  4. Demonstrated high-level technical knowledge and application of TVET quality systems and activities in compliance with national TVET regulators, ASQA standards and RTOs, including a highly developed understanding of skills training packages.
  5. Demonstrated experience in managing the development and application of a full range of teaching and assessment methodologies, customisation techniques and standards.
  6. Proven ability to establish priorities and address challenges with creative solutions to achieve end-of-program objectives to deadline and within a complex environment.
  7. Proven ability to manage a diverse team, providing leadership, performance management and mentoring to facilitate capability development and support change in a culturally sensitive manner.
  8. Proven ability to lead and work collaboratively and ethically with TVET partners, government and various stakeholders on TVET quality improvement initiatives.
  9. Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to manage heavy workloads, maintain accuracy and meet deadlines, and the ability to work under pressure with the capacity to resolve issues with limited assistance.
  10. Strong IT and written and oral English communication skills with demonstrated ability to communicate specialised and nuanced information for reporting purposes.

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APTC is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious and ethnical background, including persons living with disabilities to apply.

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