Statement by the Supervisor of Elections
Mr Mohammed Saneem
Trainer positions for 2018 General Election Advertised Thursday 1 June, 2017
10.00am

Bula Vinaka.
This morning I would like to announce the commencement of the recruitment process for Trainers for the 2018 General Elections.
We will advertise these positions in the newspapers tomorrow and on the FEO website by this afternoon. The FEO will shortlist 100 suitably qualified and skilled persons to train Election Officials for the 2018 General Election. They will undergo a special Electoral Training of Trainers Program before the final 80 Trainers are appointed.

Just like in 2014, the FEO will directly train the entire 17,000 Election Officials around the country in approximately 900 plus training sessions. However, this time the FEO plans to conduct an initial training directly after recruitment followed by a refresher training closer to the Election once we know the date for Election.

The 80 casual, short-term positions will be spread out around the country, and interested applicants are required to state their preferred location in their applications. In total there are18 locations in total for which we will need trainers.

The locations are:

  • Suva
  • Navua
  • Sigatoka
  •  Nadi
  •  Lautoka
  •  Ba
  •  Tavua
  •  Rakiraki
  •  Nabouwalu
  •  Saqani
  •  Korovou
  •  Nausori
  •  Labasa
  • Savusavu
  • Seaqaqa
  • Taveuni
  • Levuka
  • Rotuma

The advertisements will state the requirements in these locations.

For the 2018 General Election recruitment for trainers program, many of the training days will be on weekends, so those in weekday employment are still encouraged to apply without hassle to their daily routine. These position will be advantageous for persons who may have Training of Trainers, Teacher Training Certificate, Workplace Trainer or equivalent skills and qualifications.

In terms of pay, shortlisted candidates who attend the 1-week Training of Trainers Program followed by the assessment within this period, they will be paid at the rate of $25,000 per annum for this period.

The successful candidates who thereafter conduct Trainings will be paid for the training sessions that they conduct on a package basis. The package details are as follows:

• 4 hr Round one Training – $150/per person/ per session (inclusive of FNPF & Tax)
• Full day (8hr) Sessions – $300/per person/ per session (inclusive of FNPF & Tax)

These have been packed at a higher rate so as to attract the best people to train the Election Officials for the 2018 General Election.

Trainers form the backbone of the FEO as they will directly train those official who will be working on the ground during the elections. There’ll be about 12,000 Election Officials who will be out and about during the 2018 General Election.

Of course, we have been working on tweaking the training content since the review of the 2014 General Election as we hope to enhance consistency in polling operations. We hope to improve on the operation aspects of the conduct of election and reduce complaints received in the 2014 General Election.

The FEO operates in a politically sensitive environment. As such, any person who is, or is seen to be, active in political affairs, and intends to carry on this activity, may compromise the strict political neutrality of the FEO and cannot therefore be considered for employment. All applicants for employment must declare any current political activity, and must sign and return the declaration provided in the Applicant Information Package as part of their application for employment that they do not intend to carry on this political activity whilst employed by the FEO.

Interested applicants can retrieve more intricate details of the position on the vacancies section of the FEO website or in advertisements in the local daily newspapers.

Applications for Trainer positions close on 16 June 2017 at 4pm.

Vinaka Vakalevu.

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