Pacific Islands Museums Association Seeks Secretary-General

Pacific Islands Museums Association Seeks Secretary-General
Date: 15 Oct 2009
The closing date for applications is December 1, 2009.

The Pacific Heritage Network (PHN) is recruiting a Secretary-General to manage and grow the Pacific Islands Museum Association (PIMA) The PHN, a pan-Pacific regional and international alliance promoting the role and profile of culture in the Pacific across all sectors of society, was formed in 2007 through the joining up of PIMA and ICOMOS Pasifika Scientific Committee for the preservation and promotion of world heritage sites in Oceania. The appointee will manage and reinforce PIMA and work closely with ICOMOS Pasifika and develop the PHN. Further information on the history and mission of PIMA can be obtained from Mr. Pierrick LESINES (address below).

Position location and duration: The PIMA Secretariat is based in Port-Vila, Vanuatu where the position is located. The position will be for one year from the date of recruitment and renewal will be dependent on the appointee's raising of funds.

Key responsibilities:
- Consolidating the Secretariat for the present and the future, including securing funds for the continuation of the position of the Secretary-General and for the programs and projects of PIMA, ICOMOS Pasifika and the PHN

- Expanding the membership of the organization and working closely with regional museums and cultural centres

- Raising the profile of PIMA and the PHN

- Working closely with the Deputy Secretary-General

Priority duties:

- Develop project proposals and source funding for the Secretary-General position and priority projects

- Ensure sufficient funding is available for ongoing core activities

- Implement PIMA's five year plan strategic plan and recommendations from the Inaugural Pacific Arts Symposium

- Liaise closely with PIMA members to serve their needs and interests

- Work closely with Deputy Secretary General on a regular basis on overall operational running and progress of the secretariat

- Advise the PIMA Board on the development of PIMA, ICOMOS Pasifika and PHN

- Report to and provide secretariat services to the Executive Board

Additional duties:
- Represent and promote the PHN at conferences, workshops and universities, here possible, at the national, regional and international levels

- Maintain the profile and networks of the Pacific Heritage Network at diplomatic and international levels with governments, heritage organizations, museums and donors 

- Ensure regular communication with UNESCO Pacific Office culture advisor, Communications advisor and SPC Human Development Program Adviser Culture Working together, preserving, celebrating and nurturing the heritage of the peoples of the Pacific Islands

Qualifications, skills and experience:
- Degree in social sciences, humanities, with a preference for cultural heritage management field.

- Minimum 2 years experience in a cultural-heritage related field.

- Good knowledge of the Pacific region (Preference will be accorded to a Pacific Islander)

- Proven ability to work independently and as a team member

- Experience in raising funds and good financial management skills

- Excellent communication skills

- Experience in working at community and international levels

- Second degree in social sciences, humanities with a preference for cultural heritage management field.

- Knowledge of a Pacific language and/or bislama (pidgin)

- Computer skills

Salary terms and conditions: The salary will be US$24000 for 12 months. Funding for the relocation of the successful applicant from another country in the Pacific to Vanuatu is also provided for.

Applicants should send (1) a letter stating why they are interested in this position, (2) a CV, and (3) contacts of three references, to:

Mr. Pierrick Lesines
Pacific Islands Museums Association Headquarter
PO Box 5043
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Phone: +678 25319
Mobile: +678 5340447
Fax: +678 26590
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