Vacancy Details

About TAFE Queensland and the Australia Pacific Training Coalition

TAFE Queensland is proud to be the largest and most experienced Vocational Education and Training provider in the State. For more than 140 years, TAFE Queensland has delivered practical and industry-relevant training to provide students with the skills and experience they need to build lifelong careers. We have recently been named the State Winner of the 2022 Large Training Provider of the Year at the prestigious Queensland Training Awards. Our training is delivered to students and apprentices on-site, online, in the workplace, or on-campus to give people the skills they need to enrich their communities, support their industries, and strengthen their local economies. 

TAFE Queensland also implements the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). APTC is a centre for training excellence, providing Australian-standard training qualifications and skills across the Pacific and Timor-Leste. As Australia’s key Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) investment in the region, APTC works collaboratively with TVET stakeholders to achieve training delivery outcomes and reforms to national and regional TVET systems. 

APTC has country offices in Fiji, Vanuatu, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste and representatives in Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu. The Country Offices are supported by a range of services provided from a regional head office located in Suva, Fiji.

By working at TAFE Queensland, you can be part of a highly experienced workforce closely connected with their industries and dedicated to delivering best practices and innovative training for our students, TVET partners and the Government of Australia.

Your Opportunity

The GEDSI Coordinator will play a key role in coordinating and providing ongoing support contributing to the Gender Equity, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Action Plan ensuring information is most recent and relevant that promotes best practice. The GEDSI Coordinator will work closely with the Country Director and GEDSI Manager to ensure effective GEDSI practices are integrated into the APTC GEDSI framework, strengthening and supporting gender equality strategies and facilitating gender equality capacity strengthening to all stakeholders via training. 

This position will provide extensive exposure to the work of APTC in operations and in building strong stakeholder relationship to best reflect APTCs commitment of the Samoa and Tonga Offices.

This position reports to the Country Director – Samoa/Tonga.

The Total Remuneration Package (TRP) for this role is WST 65,266 

Key Responsibilities


  • Coordinate and implement the Samoa/ Tonga Office GEDSI Action Plan.
  • Support and Collaborate with the GEDSI Manager in the overall implementation of the APTC GEDSI Framework.
  • Ensure that the Samoa/Tonga GEDSI Action Plan is updated as and when needed, reflects best practice, remains relevant and implementable.
  • Design and deliver training to promote GEDSI practices and any other GEDSI related activity to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Act as a resource and liaison point with other campus countries to ensure GEDSI practices are embedded into APTC systems, processes and program activities as appropriate.
  • Coordinate and facilitate training and knowledge sharing activities and ensure the broad participation of women, people with disabilities, LGBTQI and those from remote and maritime areas through accessible and inclusive training arrangements. 
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, particularly across a range of cross cultures.
  • Ensure up-to-date information is effectively communicated across all training teams.
  • Participate in team activities and meetings demonstrating respect and consideration for individual experience and expertise.
  • Engage in continuous learning and contribute positively to a collaborative and respectful working environment aligned with the culture and values of APTC and GEDSI. 
  • Establish and sustain a stakeholder network for GEDSI which reflects APTC commitments. 
  • Work Collaboratory with Country Director and relevant teams on TQ Monthly, 6 Monthly and annual APTC and DFAT reports.
  • Plan, design, implement and monitor actions undertaken within the APTC and Samoa/Tonga in budgeting guidelines. 
  • Support and assist coordinated targeted marketing activities.
  • Work with partnership team to coordinate GEDSI activity as part of APTC’s broader partnership with local TVET Institutions and stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively with HR to encourage partnerships with peoples with disability.
  • Be the Focal Point for APTC and Samoa/Tonga Campus and work collaboratively with all APTC campus to provide support and training to existing GEDSI officers.  

How you will be assessed

The ideal applicant will be someone who has the following key capabilities:

  1. Demonstrated experience in mainstreaming GEDSI across program activities in the Pacific.
  2. Sound understanding of DFAT’s gender equality and disability declarations.
  3. Excellent team working and interpersonal skills including dealing both directly and indirectly with communities and government officials at various levels. 
  4. Demonstrated ability to work productively in a diverse, fast-paced environment, and to work under pressure to tight deadlines 
  5. Excellent ICT skills including Microsoft Office applications. 
  6. Strong network and experience working with women’s organisations, Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and NGOs would be an advantage.
  7. Experience working in DFAT-funded programs would be an advantage. 

Mandatory Qualifications/Requirements

  • A tertiary level qualification in Gender Studies or a relevant development field.

Highly Desirable Requirements

  • Experience working or travelling in the Pacific islands would be an advantage.
  • Experience working on an aid funded project, preferably Australian Government, would be an advantage.

How to apply

If you’re interested in this role, click the ‘Apply’ button to submit your application via the TAFE Queensland Recruitment Portal.  When submitting your application, please ensure you provide the following:

  • A detailed resume; 
  • A cover letter that outlines your known skills, abilities, knowledge and experience in response to the “How you will be assessed” criteria above (maximum of 2 pages in total); and
  • The contact details for two referees (one of whom is your current supervisor)

Please note – this recruitment is open to Samoan National only. 

Closing date: 11.59pm Thursday 7 March 2024

Job Reference Number: TQ2024-184

For further information, please contact:

Lagaaia Lealiifano Easter Manila-Silipa - Country Director Samoa & Tonga

+685 7775705 or