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Press release: The Cook Islands leading the way in the region for access to the Green Climate Fund Readiness Support

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The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) and the Green Climate Fund National Designated Authority (NDA) Office of the Prime Minister are extremely pleased to announce that the Cook Islands Government have been approved approximately USD $700,000 from the Green Climate fund to carry out readiness activities for a period of 24 months.

The Cook Islands was the first country in the Pacific region and the first Small Island Developing State (SIDS) to receive readiness funding to strengthen capacity to access finance through GCF in March 2016.

The Cook Islands were granted readiness funding of USD $150,000 last year to carry out activities to strengthen the capacity of (NDA) OPM and MFEM. The readiness programme supported two local consultancy roles, the NDA consultant within the OPM and the Climate Change programme manager within the Development Coordination division of MFEM.

The Green Climate Fund provides early support for readiness and preparatory activities to enhance country ownership and access to the fund.

Readiness and preparatory support activities are not one-off measures, but part of an ongoing process to strengthen a country’s engagement with the Fund. GCF focuses its readiness support on particularly vulnerable countries, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and African States.

The Development Coordination Division of MFEM have been working tirelessly with the Climate Change Cook Islands division of OPM on this second readiness programme since September 2016 and were happy to receive confirmation that the second Readiness Project has now been approved by the GCF to continue to strengthen the NDA and MFEM, in developing strategic frameworks for engagement with the GCF, including the preparation of country programmes and progress towards Direct Access accreditation and programme development.

The process has been challenging however it has been a good opportunity to build capacity and familiarization with GCF processes. The activities under the second readiness programme will look to continue to build capacity and strengthen the NDA, strengthen national systems to assist the MFEM in becoming accredited to the Green Climate Fund and finally to develop Cook Islands develop a County Programme of climate change proposal ideas.

MFEM are also pleased to announce that a formal National Implementing Entity accreditation application has been submitted to the Green Climate Fund for consideration. Direct access to climate finance remains a high priority for the Government.

The Cook Islands Government wish to extend their greatest appreciation and gratitude to the Green Climate Fund secretariat for continuing to support the nation in our journey to become an accredited entity.

PHOTO: Participants from last years’ Brilliant Resilient Workshop on Climate and Disaster Risk Management Action


Vacancy: Contracts Manager - Project Management Unit

The Development Coordination Division (DCD) is seeking applications for a Contracts Manager – Project Management Unit (CM). This is a Cook Islands based full time, permanent role sitting within the Development Coordination Division (DCD) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management.

The CM will be responsible for providing oversight management of multiple contracts for suppliers of goods and/or services funded by government and its development partners. The position mainly involves, but is not limited to the effective and efficient implementation of the national water and wastewater infrastructure programmes. The CM is also responsible for training key stakeholders within the Water & Wastewater sector, as well as management and administrative support to Government authorities and stakeholders. Extensive collaboration with a wide range of government, private sector and NGO’s is a key element to this position. 

This is an excellent career opportunity as you will be involved in programmes of national importance, driving improved outcomes for the progression of the Cook Islands.

To be successful in this role, you will need to have:

  • Proven experience in supplier and contract management;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of financial management, implementing development initiatives, and project/programme management;
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and manage partnerships with donors, government counterparts, the private sector and civil society;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills (written and verbal);
  • Knowledge of governance and development issues in the Cook Islands and the region in general;
  • Solid knowledge of core governmental policies, in relation to the Development field.

The Development Coordination Division is a dynamic environment with a focus on outcomes and delivery.  We offer flexibility and a team atmosphere where your career development is taken seriously.

Application deadline extended to 4:00pm Friday 30th June 2017.

Click on the link below to view the full job description:

To apply address your cover letter and resume to Lavinia Tama, DCD Manager (

Vacancy: Communications and Engagement Coordinator, Te Mato Vai & Wastewater PMU

Hurry don't miss out - applications closing soon!

Are you a good communicator? Are you interested in facilitating greater community involvement in decision-making? We are looking for a Communications and Engagement Coordinator to join our team!

As a member of the Communications and Engagement team, your role will be to engage stakeholders throughout the project, explain the issues and options in terms everyone can understand, and seek community input into how the issues facing the lagoons in Muri and Aitutaki can be best addressed.

This is a fantastic opportunity contribute to a challenging and interesting project that has important implications for the future of the country. You will play a key role in helping to identifying an appropriate solution for safeguarding our environment for the benefit of our people and our economy.

Your role will include:

  • Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Identifying communication and engagement risks and working with the team to mitigate or manage risks
  • Drafting communications collateral including frequently asked questions, website content, fact sheets, e-newsletter
  • Drafting media releases and social media posts
  • Developing PowerPoint presentations, run sheets and agendas for workshops and drafting summary reports
  • Managing an online stakeholder database and online engagement platform

Required skills

  • Able to develop good working relationships
  • Able to write clearly and concisely in English with good grammar and attention to detail
  • Able to think logically and creatively about how to present information
  • Understands the need for engagement to be inclusive and well-thought out

Desirable skills

  • Fluent in English and Maori
  • Good organisation skills and event management
  • Willing and able to learn how to use simple engagement software
  • Able to occasionally work outside normal working hours for workshops etc.

You must be available to start immediately. You will be expected to work an average of 25 hours per week and be available on request over the next 18 months.

You will be part of the Te Mato Vai and Wastewater Project Management Unit. It is a multi-disciplinary team including both local and New Zealand based staff. Previous experience in a similar project or role would be highly regarded.


Please send your CV to or call +682 78-582 for more information about the role


Applications close 4p.m., Wednesday 22 February 2017