Te Mato Vai’ Communications Team Leader

24 July 2013

The Government of the Cook Islands (CI Gov) is embarking on a multimillion dollar upgrade of the water supply system on Rarotonga, with the goal of “delivering potable water, reliably, to the boundaries of properties connected to the existing water supply network, by 2015”.

In order to achieve its target, the CI Gov has formed ‘Te Mato Vai’ – the Cook Islands Water Partnership – with the governments of the People’s Republic of China and New Zealand.

Funding for the water supply upgrade will be provided through a combination of Cook Islands budget funding, a Chinese government loan and grant assistance from New Zealand.

The upgrade to be carried out on Rarotonga, will involve rehabilitation of 12 water intakes, creation of additional storage capacity, construction of treatment plants and replacement of all trunk mains, ring mains and local distribution to the boundaries of all properties served by the current network.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning (MOIP) in partnership with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) invites applications for the posts of ‘Te Mato Vai’ Communications Team Leader in its Water, Waste and Sanitation (WATSAN) Unit. 

WATSAN seeks applications from appropriately qualified and experienced individuals or firms, to provide leadership of the Communications Work stream for 'Te Mato Vai'.  The Communications Team Leader will be appointed on a contract basis, for an initial period of one year, with the possibility of extension to the full duration of ‘Te Mato Vai’.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a new team, tasked with making improvements in water infrastructure, policy and practice that will contribute to the supply of reliable potable water to the boundaries of all properties on Rarotonga.

Te Mato Vai Communications Team Leader

Communication with our stakeholders is a critical component in the successful delivery of the Te Mato Vai project.  This includes working with schools awareness programmes; writing press releases and news columns; managing social media; working with event’s organisers; overseeing the design and production of collateral; co-ordinating community information events and preparing briefing documents for senior politicians.

To lead these activities, we are seeking an experienced Communications Team Leader who has the energy, expertise and skills to implement a comprehensive communications strategy across a wide-ranging programme of work, throughout Rarotonga.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a track record of successful delivery of communications in multi-faceted programmes of work.

For this position an interest in or understanding of the water sector and environment would be a distinct advantage.  Above all, the successful candidate must be passionate about making a difference to the long-term well-being of the Cook Islands.

If you would like to apply for this position, please submit a letter of application with a current CV to:

Tekao Herrmann

Acting WATSAN Manager

Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning

PO Box 102, Rarotonga

A copy of the TOR can be emailed to you upon request.

The ‘Te Mato Vai’ Communications Strategy to be implemented by the Communications Team Leader is in place, and available for interested applicants. 

The closing date for applications is Friday, 2 August 2013.

For more information please contact Tangi Taoro by phone on 20 321 or by email at t.taoro@moip.gov.ck