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FIJI RUGBY UNION VACANCY

The Fiji Rugby Union (‘FRU’) is based in the Nation’s capital of Suva and administers the sport of Rugby Union over the Nation’s 14 provinces. The major responsibility of FRU is to continuously develop and improve processes by enabling pathways from “grass root” level to elite, professional level and national level. FRU endeavors to enhance players’ and officials’ competencies locally and internationally.

Get into Rugby PLUS is a powerful sport-for-development program developed for the Pacific by Oceania Rugby and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office. It is an intervention program targeting girls and boys aged 10-14 years with distinct social development and sport development objectives. The program builds upon the World Rugby Get Into Rugby development program which introduces the skills, rules and strategies of rugby union in a safe, non-contact playing environment (tag rugby). A life skills curriculum is integrated with Get into Rugby to promote positive behaviours, gender equality, and prevent violence against women and girls.

The Fiji Rugby Union in partnership with Oceania Rugby is seeking to recruit the following positions:

1. HEAD OF WOMEN’S RUGBY & COMPETITION’S

About The Role:

The Head of Women’s Rugby & Competitions will be a senior, strategic manager dedicated to women’s rugby and will manage the increasing volume and sophistication of teams, products, programs, competitions, media, workforce, and partners, address financial equity and sustainability of women’s rugby, and respond to the huge interest from girls following the success of the women’s teams.  This position reports to Chief Executive Officer.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Formulate and lead implementation of Woman Rugby strategies
  • Formulating and implementing policies, procedures, and processes in relation to women’s domestic competition and National Team logistics.
  • Assist the formulation and implementation of the FRU objectives and action plans.
  • To provide efficient ad professional organizational assistance to women’s competitions and national representative teams.
  • The supply, allocation and management of training aids and equipment, including apparel and gear.
  • Facilitating women’s match day arrangements for international matches.
  • Lead the ongoing development of the women’s rugby strategy and maintain oversight of its implementation
  • Identifying the long-term needs of women’s rugby and ensuring these are addressed in a women’s rugby strategy and through initiatives developed and supported by the Fiji Rugby Board.
  • Championing this strategic direction with management at Fiji Rugby and in conjunction with the Women’s Development Manager at Provincial Union level.
  • Taking a proactive and entrepreneurial approach to research and investigate ways in which will ensure women’s rugby is owned, integrated and is sustainable in the Fijian community.
  • Ensuring the alignment of the Fiji Rugby’s Women’s Rugby Strategy with World Rugby’s Women’s Strategy.
  • Responsible for scheduling, arranging and coordinating Women’s Rugby fixtures involving the FRU.
  • The efficient, timely and coordinated communication of fixture information to the wider rugby audience
  • Ensuring that all stakeholders are continually made aware of events and/or fixtures as they are added or removed from the programme
  • The role will be responsible for formalizing a strategy that clearly and visibly shows the fixture priorities and timings within a season and dictates the placement of fixtures within the time frames appropriate

Qualification, Knowledge, and Skill Requirement for the above positions:

  • A degree in Sports Science, Human Movement, Sports Administration, or another relevant qualification would be desirable.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a High-Performance or Development role in a professional and/or Olympic sporting environment or international Academy/Institute specifically focused towards woman
  • Must hold a valid driving license
  • An excellent understanding of elite and/or International Rugby and a thorough understanding of the World Rugby High-Performance and Development Programs specifically targeted for the growth of Womans Rugby.
  • A high level of operational IT competency,
  • A high level of cultural awareness
  • A record of working as a team member, as well as a history of performing in situations that require self-leadership and initiative.
  • A background that displays excellent customer relations and workplace co-operation skills.
  • Demonstrated evidence of being able to influence others including an ability to build good relationships with others who may not be receptive to change.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, sound personnel, financial and administration skills
  • Excellent financial management skills with demonstrated experience in managing significant budgets

2. GET INTO RUGBY PLUS – NATIONAL COORDINATOR

About The Role:

National Coordinator – Get into Rugby PLUS will oversee and lead the strategic direction and implementation of the Get into Rugby PLUS Life skills (GIR PLUS) program in Fiji.

  Principal Accountabilities:

As the National Coordinator – GIR PLUS you will:

  • Provide strategic leadership for the program in conjunction with FRU and the Advisory Group
  • Oversee growth and delivery strategy, implementation, monitoring progress against plans, budgets, payments and acquittals, evaluation and reporting.
  • Schedule and oversee the work of Support Officers, who support program delivery by 50+ coaches  
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation and maintenance of data and records
  • Lead communication with program Coaches, schools, and partners on program delivery
  • Oversee and approve logistics arrangements (accommodation booking, catering, resources, travel) for all GIR PLUS coach training and meetings. 
  • Lead coach recruitment including interviewing, police checks, induction and monitoring.
  • Act as a Focal Point and lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection practice and reporting.
  • Lead the program’s relationship with local partners and stakeholders including Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Welfare, Head Teachers, FRU and Oceania Rugby staff
  • Meet the Communications and Reporting requirements of funders and partner organisations including Australian government, UN Women, ChildFund Rugby for Development, Oceania Rugby and Rugby Australia
  • Lead program analysis and continuous improvement
  • Represent GIR PLUS in meetings, media and events

Qualification, Knowledge, and Skill Requirement for the above positions:

  • Must have leadership experience and subject matter expertise in one or more of:
    • Sport for development / sport development / rugby development
    • Gender equality / ending violence against women and girls
    • Youth / International / Community / Social Development
  • Experience leading programs or projects
  • Experience and skill in managing relationships and influence with a variety of stakeholders
  • Experience in report writing and budget preparation and delivery around projects
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, and computer literacy
  • A self- starter and independent critical thinker who challenges the status quo
  • A genuine interest in rugby and promoting gender equality
  • Ability to travel within Fiji, and potentially overseas

      Qualification and Work Experience:

  • Tertiary qualification in Management, Social development, Sport management, Education or any other relevant qualification desirable.
  • At least 3 years work experience in a role that demonstrate your capabilities in delivering all aspects of the position

       Additional Information:

  • Term: Two-year fulltime contract January 2023 to December 2024.
  • Location: Must be located in Fiji, either Suva or West Viti Levu, by negotiation
  • Conditions: Full time, with variable hours based on the needs of the program, includes work outside of core business hours and some weekends. Travel within Fiji is required, and there may be overseas travel.
  • Reports to: FRU National Development Manager and is support by staff from Oceania Rugby

3. GET INTO RUGBY PLUS – SUPPORT OFFICERS

(2 x positions: one based in Suva; one based in the West – Nadi or Lautoka)

About The Role:

Get into Rugby PLUS Support Officers supports the delivery of all program activities with a special focus on supporting the coach’s delivery and training, monitoring and evaluation, administration and rugby festivals and program events.

Get into Rugby PLUS Support Officers will work as part of the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) Development team and report to the GIR PLUS National Coordinator. They will interact with GIR PLUS staff, coaches/teachers, head teachers, parents, FRU staff, various government departments and program partners (Oceania Rugby, Australian government, UN Women, ChildFund & Rugby Australia). The roles will be based in the Western (1) and Suva (1) and look after a cluster of 3 – 5 districts or division. There is potential for Support Officers to assume higher responsibilities in if competent.

        Principal Accountabilities

  • Lead communication and maintain relationships with the coaches, teachers, Head Teachers, community volunteers, FRU Development Officers in their region/portfolio.
  • Track & record progress against implementation plans
  • Coordinate mentoring and monitoring visits to Coaches and schools/clubs; liaise with Development Officers and Educators to support upskilling.
  • Deliver the schedule of monitoring and evaluation activities; support coaches to complete data and monitoring requirements; enter data; provide feedback and insights to support decision making and reporting.
  • Assist with financial reporting including providing monthly budgets, acquittals, maintaining financial records, tracking coach payments.
  • Support preparations and logistics for trainings, festivals, meetings, media, events and other activities.
  • Act as a Focal Point and lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection practice and reporting (training will be provided)
  • Create social media posts / small videos, support media opportunities.
  • Support coach recruitment including interviewing, police checks, induction and monitoring.
  • Track Get into Rugby PLUS stock and equipment.

Qualification and Work Experience:

Essential

  • Tertiary qualification in Project Management, Social development, Sport management, Education or any other relevant qualification desirable.
  • Previous experience in project or program delivery with sport, youth or schools.
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders (community, staff, partners).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to influence.
  • Ability to observe, identify and support the needs of others. Has a service-attitude.
  • Ability to work independently, and get things done. Great attention to detail.
  • Strong computer skills, especially with Microsoft Word, Excel and/or data management systems.
  • A strong understanding of Fiji culture
  • Willing to undertake regular field visits and interact with stakeholders at a local level.
  • A strong belief in gender equality and willingness to advocate and promote it

Desirable:

  • Previous work experience/knowledge of monitoring and evaluation
  • Strong passion for Rugby Coaching and/or Lifeskills (gender equality & ending violence), and the ability to be trained as a mentor in one or both.
  • Basic graphic design/ability to create appealing social media.

Additional Information:

  • Term: Two-year fulltime contract January 2023 to December 2024.
  • Location: One position is available in Suva. One position in either Nadi or Lautoka.
  • Conditions: Full time, with variable hours based on the needs of the program. Includes work outside of core business hours and some weekends. Travel within Fiji is required.
  • Reports to: FRU National Development Manager and is support by staff from Oceania Rugby

Application

Applications for this position should include three referees and a current up to date resumé with an outline of your proven experience to carry out the role and how you meet the criteria mentioned above. In addition, person must be fully vaccinated. Job descriptions for this position can be obtained from http://www.fijirugby.com/. All applications will be treated with strict confidence and should be received by 4.00pm Sunday 11th December 2022, with reference to the position being applied for. Applications for this position need to be emailed to hro@fijirugby.net. Hard copies of application will not be accepted.

Women with relevant qualification are encouraged to apply.

Fiji Rugby Union thanks all applicants for your interest; please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.