Scope Global appointed by DFAT to manage the Kiribati Facility

13 December 2016

We’re pleased to announce that Scope Global has been appointed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to manage the next phase of the Australian Government’s skills development and employment program in Kiribati, the Kiribati Facility, which includes the Skills for Employment Program and the Flexible Support Facility.

The Skills for Employment Program will develop a more capable, qualified and mobile i-Kiribati workforce. It will support the Government of Kiribati to provide labour market demand-driven skills development for young people who seek to work in local and offshore labour markets and improve labour mobility. In Kiribati, employment opportunities for trained local graduates are limited, so finding regional and international employment is a realistic solution for young people.

The Skills for Employment Program builds on Scope Global’s previous work in delivering the first two phases of the Kiribati TVET Sector Strengthening Program, from 2011 to 2016, on behalf of DFAT. Significant outcomes of that program include:

  • Enabling Kiribati Institute of Technology graduates to achieve internationally recognised qualifications and access pathways to work or further education
  • Supporting the Kiribati Institute of Technology to develop the foundations of a well-functioning TVET institution with strategies in place to enhance the leadership, management, planning and teaching skills of staff.

The second component of the Kiribati Facility, the Flexible Support Facility, is designed to deliver specific program initiatives that can be developed and implemented using real-time planning and resourcing to meet short-term needs. It will provide DFAT with an efficient and flexible mechanism to implement its aid investments in multiple sectors in Kiribati.

The Australian Government will invest $20M over 3½ years in this exciting and innovative facility.

This program builds on Scope Global’s extensive experience in Kiribati, which also includes current work delivering other Australian Government aid initiatives (Australian Volunteers for International Development and the Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism) and our previous work supporting activities under the Kiribati TVET Sector Strengthening Programand the Asian Development Bank funded Strengthening Public Financial Management. Scope Global has an intimate understanding of the remote and resource constrained small island Pacific context that is Kiribati.