Adam Smith International (ASI) manages the Samoa Governance Support Programme, which is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Established in 2016 following agreement between the Government of Samoa (GoS) and the Government of Australia, the Samoa Governance Support Programme (the Programme) works with the GoS to achieve sustainable and equitable development in accordance with the Strategy for the Development of Samoa (2017-2020) and the Australia-Samoa Aid Partnership Arrangement (2016-2019). The Programme has two objectives: to develop and strengthen policies and institutions that enable sustainable and inclusive economic growth, especially private sector-led growth; and to improve economic governance by addressing issues that affect underlying public sector capability and performance.
Responsibility for the strategic management of the Programme rests with the Programme Steering Committee, whose membership comprises the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ministry of Finance (chair); the CEO of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet (deputy chair); the Chair of the Public Service Commission; and the Australian High Commissioner to Samoa.
The overall aim of this assignment is to help the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (MCIL) of the Government of Samoa (GoS) to improve the marketing of Samoan labour to the main regional markets of Australia and New Zealand. The project will gather and analyse market intelligence on what employers in the recipient countries of Australia and New Zealand look for most, and like the least, in the migrant workers they employ. This information will serve two vital purposes. First, it will enable Samoa to highlight in its advertising those Samoa employee characterisitics that correspond to those qualities most sought after by employers. And second, it will enable the Labour Employment and Export Programme (LEEP) to build on the strengths that it has in these terms and to reduce or eliminate weaknesses among its export labour.
The main objectives of the assignment are to:
- In the major markets of Australia and New Zealand, identify a representative sample of major employers that covers low-skilled; semi-skilled and trades; and sports professionals; and different ‘pathways’ and sectors
- Design a survey questionnaire and a semi-structured interview guide that will produce detailed information on employer likes and dislikes regarding migrant workers. The design of samples and data collection instruments should provide for the validity and reliability of the findings and conclusions. These qualities will have to be established to the satisfaction of the Programme Team Leader (PTL) before data collection commences.
- Gather and analyse quantitative and qualitative data on employer likes and dislikes and write a report that sets out the findings and implications for worker development and LEEP advertising.
Consultant selection will be based on the following criteria:
- Work experience: Experience of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis that is clearly relevant – in terms of substantive technical content, scope, and level(s) – to the work outlined in these TOR.
- Qualifications: An advanced degree in the social sciences.
- Substantive knowledge: Strong and up-to-date knowledge and experience of social science research methodologies. A knowledge of Pacific migrant worker programmes and related matters will be viewed favourably.
- Analytical capability: The consultants should be capable of analysing complex problems, evaluating the quality of different types of data, and producing practical and workable solutions.
- Performance under pressure: A consistent record of producing outstanding performance under pressure and of working with senior government counterparts.
- Judgement and mediation: The ability to make independent judgments and to lead discussion, develop consensus on sometimes difficult and controversial issues, and to balance and mediate multiple stakeholder expectations and objectives.
- Knowledge and skill transfer: The ability to convey effectively his/her own knowledge and skills to others.
- Written and oral communication capabilities: It is essential that the consultant possesses the ability to express complex ideas – both in writing and orally – clearly and in plain English to a variety of audiences, including government officials, community groups, entrepreneurs, donors, and other professionals. Short-listed candidates may be required to provide examples of their written work.
- Interpersonal and intercultural skills: Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills and the ability to manage questions of national and organizational culture skilfully and to build effective and harmonious working relations with clients and counterparts.
- Multiple reporting: The consultant should also be able to work effectively in a matrix management structure or one that has multiple lines of reporting.
How to apply
The assignment will be carried out by two consultants – one in Australia and one in New Zealand – for 35 days each. The assignment will commence in mid 2019 or as soon thereafter as possible. It is expected that the two consultants will present their work in Samoa for the final 5 days of input.
Interested applicants are requested to submit a CV and a short covering note in an email indicating which location you are applying for, with the subject “Market Intelligence Analyst” to Kate Coulman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, due to high application volume, we won’t be able to respond to unsuccessful applicants. Applications close Thursday 30th May 2019.