Australian High Commission
Republic of Nauru
High Commission address: MQ45 NPC Oe, Aiwo District, Republic of Nauru - Telephone: 674 557 3380 - Fax: 674 557 3382

The Australian High Commission in Nauru

Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Nauru. This website outlines important information for Australians travelling to or living in Nauru, including how to contact the High Commission and the range of consular and passport services available. We also provide a limited range of consular services to Canadian citizens.  

The Australian High Commission in Nauru is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

We urge all Australians planning to travel to Nauru, as well as all resident Australians, to:  

•Check the website for the latest travel advice information, including general advice on security and health matters.

Register on-line with SmartTraveller so that in the event of an emergency, such as a natural disaster, a civil disturbance or a family emergency, we can contact you.

•Ensure that each person travelling in your party (including children) is covered by adequate travel insurance. While Nauru offers a range of experiences and activities, it is important that your travel insurance covers everything you could potentially engage in.

•Carefully read the advice under Services for Australians and ensure that people travelling in your party are aware of the potential problems that may be encountered.



After hours emergency contact

FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY, Australian and Canadian citizens requiring urgent assistance outside normal High Commission office hours (9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays):

•Call (+674) 557 3380. Follow the instructions (wait for the information recording to begin and then press 1), this will connect you to the 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra.

•Alternatively, call the Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra directly on (+61 2) 6261 3305.

 The 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra can be contacted for assistance from anywhere in the world on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 (local call cost within Australia).



Visas and Immigration

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VACANCY – Australian Aid Program Manager Education and Scholarships     Closing Date – 16 May 2014

The Australian High Commission would like to fill the position of Program Manager – Education and Scholarships in the Australian Aid Office. The position is fulltime and ongoing. The position includes a competitive salary (with performance increments) and related training opportunities for the successful applicant.

The key objectives of the position include, but are not limited to:
• Manage the education program and Australian Awards Scholarship program
• Develop and manage relationships with relevant counterparts and stakeholders
• Provide advice on issues relating to the education and scholarship sectors
• Write relevant reports and correspondence
• Monitor and evaluate the performance of the education and scholarship program
• Provide administrative support to the program including reporting, maintaining databases and files

Position Description
Program Manager – Education and Scholarships

TITLE : Program Manager – Education and Scholarships
POST : Nauru
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR : Counsellor Development Cooperation
SALARY : Starting salary $16,000

Work at the LE5 position is performed independently or as part of a work group under general direction, and will contribute to the attainment of the aid program’s goals and objectives. Program managers have a high level of capability and will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of their role and responsibilities, and be able to communicate with others the purpose of their work.

This position is involved in program management in one of the five priority areas for the aid program in Nauru– Improved Education.

Support to the implementation of the aid program may (at times) require staff to work for extended hours, undertake short term international travel and attend official functions outside of standard office hours.

More information about the Australian Aid program can be found at:
The key responsibilities for this position are:
• Engage with a wide range of stakeholders to support coordinated education program planning and implementation.
• Develop and manage relationships with relevant counterparts and stakeholders including participating in forums and meetings to develop strong formal and informal relationships with senior partner government officials, and human resources officials
• Provide regular advice on emerging and on-going implementation issues relating to the education sector and Australia Awards.
• Manage the processes for the Australia Awards in Nauru, ensuring compliance with the Australia Awards policies and procedures, monitoring, quality assessment and review.
• Monitor and evaluate the performance of the education program and Australia Awards.
• Organise and attend meetings and prepare meeting documents, including the minutes of meetings as required.
• Maintain accurate data on the Online Australian Scholarships Information System (OASIS) and student files.
• Manage the pre-departure briefings and other events for recipients of the Australia Awards and assist with event arrangements
• Manage student contracts, including contract variations and amendments
• Maintain and provide accurate financial data to achieve compliance with budget and system requirements relating to the Australia Awards.
• Liaise with recipients of the Australia Awards, the relevant Australian Awards sections in Suva and Canberra and the education providers to resolve problems as they occur, seeking assistance when required on more complex cases
• Promote the Australia Awards for Nauru through events and media releases, alumni programs and student profiles, with assistance from the scholarships and communications offices in Suva.
• Provide administrative support to the program including logistical assistance to visiting aid program staff and consultants, paper based and electronic records management and data entry.
• Undertake other administrative and monitoring duties related to education, scholarships, development and training activities in Nauru, including reporting, travel arrangements, and project visits

The successful candidate must have strong written and spoken English, and fluent spoken Nauruan. The successful candidate is required to obtain a satisfactory police and medical check. A current driver’s licence is required to drive an official work vehicle.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to assess a candidate’s suitability for a position. When considering your application, the Selection Panel will seek evidence of performance against each of the criteria. When completing your responses, please draw on real examples from your work experience and/or study which demonstrate your abilities against these criteria.

Essential To be successful, candidates must respond to each of the following criteria (maximum ½ page per criterion)

1. Supports and contributes to strategic direction
The ability to - identify the relationship between goals and operational tasks; draw on information from diverse sources; use results of analysis and judgement to develop advice and recommendations and identify problems; and work toward resolution.

2. Achieves results
The ability to - draft plans and timeframes for project implementation; respond positively and flexibly to change and uncertainty; monitor project progress and manage priorities; review project performance; and identify opportunities for improvement.

3. Values teamwork and builds partnerships
The ability to - actively listen to stakeholders; involve others and recognise contributions; develop and sustain working relationships with others; and recognise different working styles of individuals.

4. Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
The ability to - persevere to achieve goals in the face of obstacles; remain calm and in control under pressure; cope effectively with setbacks; and acknowledge mistakes and learn from them.

5. Communicates and works with influence
The ability to - gain support and commitment from others; understand desired outcomes; apply a range of tactics to achieve solutions that attempt to meet interests of all parties; check own understanding of others’ comments; and not allow misunderstandings to linger.

6. Operational knowledge of aid management and development policy
Operational knowledge of the Australian Government’s priorities for international development policy and management of official development assistance.

7. Knowledge of Nauru and government systems
An appreciation of the relevant stakeholders in Nauru and knowledge of Nauruan government systems.

Desirable Candidates may wish to demonstrate additional relevant experience against the following desirable criteria but it is not compulsory

1. Professional qualifications, knowledge or experience in capacity building, tertiary education and/or human resources development desirable

How to Apply

If after reading the above information, you have decided to apply for the position, you must follow these steps:

1. You must submit a completed application form. The application form is made up of:
• A cover page which briefly indicates your interest in the role and includes your full name and contact details (phone number and email address)
• Your responses (maximum ½ page for each criterion) to each of the 7 Essential selection criteria above, and if you would like to, response against the desirable criteria.

2. You must also include a Curriculum Vitae (CV – 3 page maximum) which outlines:
• Personal details (do not include marital status, religion or date of birth)
• Employment history
• Education, qualifications and relevant training
• The names and contact details of two professional referees (not friends or relatives)

3. Submit your completed application form and CV by 5.00pm local (Nauru) time Friday 16 May 2014. This can be submitted via:

• Email to
• Hard copy addressed to Karyn Murray, Counsellor Development Cooperation and delivered to the Australian Aid office at the Australian High Commission (MQ43 NPC, Aiwo District).

Next steps

Your application will be acknowledged within 5 working days of the closing date.
Shortlisting of candidates would be expected to commence soon after the closing date for applications. Only the candidates who demonstrate the strongest claims will be selected for interview.

Candidates who are interviewed will be given a minimum of three days’ notice prior to your interview. The interview may include asking questions relevant to the selection criteria, a written exercise or a specific skill test.

The selection process is governed by the merit principle which requires that selections are based on abilities, qualifications, experience and standard of work performance as reflected in the selection criteria.


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