Consultancy support - RRRT contracts consultants on a needs basis to provide support to specific activities and outputs
Australian Volunteers International support - RRRT receives support from Australian Volunteers International (AVI) to fill some positions where qualified Pacific island nationals are not available for recruitment
Pacific Interns - RRRT provides internships for emerging professionals in the Pacific
Country Focal Officers
RRRT has seven full-time Country Focal Officers based in key government ministries in the following countries: Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa (vacant â€“ TBD)
Eseta Lauti - Tuvalu
Department of Women Affairs
Government Building Vaiaku
Phone: (679) 20 816
Eseta joined the Programme in September 2013. She is based within the Department of Women's Affairs in Tuvalu. Please do not hesitate to contact her if you wish to know more about SPC RRRT's programmes in the country.
Lepolo Taunisila - Tonga
Ministry of Internal Affairs, Women Affairs Division, Nukualofa, Tonga
Office: (676) 27145, Mobile: (676) 7742967, Fax: (676) 27099
P O Box 851
C/- Women Affairs
Lepolo Taunisila is a former Member of Parliament and is a womenâ€™s rights advocate. She has been a Country Focal Officer for SPC RRRT since 2009. Lepolo supports the national task force on violence against women which is the Violence against Women Legislative Change Taskforce. Like the Tuvalu and Kiribati CFOâ€™s, she has assisted the committee in reviewing Tongaâ€™s laws, making recommendations on improvements and supporting the drafting of a bill which more comprehensively addresses violence against women (and families) within the domestic setting. This bill, entitled, â€śTonga Family Protection Bill 2012â€ś is now in its final stages of drafting in the Attorney Generalâ€™s office. Once submitted to Cabinet, this Bill will also go out for national consultations. Lepolo also supports other human rights work in Tonga, such as reporting to the Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review process.
Josephine Kalsuak - Vanuatu
Department of Women Affairs, Rue Pierre Lammy, Vanuatu
P O Box 1607
Josephine has been a RRRT Country Focal Officer for over 4 years, and prior to that was a Legal Rights Training Officer for RRRT. Josephine has great experience as a community advocate. She is currently based in the Department of Womenâ€™s Affairs and is supporting DWA in implementing the Family Protection Act. Josephine is currently drafting a Handbook for Authorized Persons and will be supporting DWA in providing training to government, civil society and service providers such as the police and judicial officials in the implementation of the FPA. Josie also supports broader human rights work including assisting DPOs in reporting on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as reporting to the Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review process as well as assisting both State and civil society with CEDAW and CRC reports.
George Isom - Federated States of Micronesia
C/- SPC Northern Pacific Office Kolonia
Pohnpei FM 96941
George Isom has recently joined SPC RRRT as a Country Focal Officer.
He will be based in the SPC North Pacific Office in Pohnpei.George is a lawyer and comes with several years of experience working in the FSM Government. His work will initially focus on reviewing legislation in FSM and making recommendations to develop a comprehensive bill which addresses violence against women (and families).
His work will also include the provision of human rights education and training, and support to the FSM Government in reporting on existing human rights conventions (CEDAW, CRC) and reporting to the Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review process.
Rose Maebiru Martin - Solomons Islands
SPC Solomon Islands Country Office and the Department for Women's Affairs.
Rose Maebiru is a former Youth Advisor for SPC and recently joined SPC RRRT as the Solomon Islands Country Focal Officer. Rose assists with the implementation of the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) Policy especially in the area of the strengthening the legal framework, law enforcement and the justice system, in particular the work on the Family Protection Bill and other advocacy related activities.
She also works with the Community based Rehabilitation, which is the National Disability focal point within the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and DPOs. As Focal Officer for SPC RRRT in Solomon Islands, Rose facilitates RRRT's technical assistance towards achieving the National Governments priorities and needs in the area of Human Rights.
Amberoti Nikora - Kiribati
Ministry of Internal and Social Affairs, Kiribati
SPC RRRT welcomed Mr. Amberoti Nikora as Country Focal Officer in January 2013. Amberoti is a former Member of Parliament has replaced our previous CFO, Teretia Mantaia who is now the Sexual and Gender Based Violence Coordinator under MISA. Amberotiâ€™s work as a Country Focal Officer will be supporting the Changing Law Protecting Women and Families Taskforce in advancing the passing of the, â€ś KIRIBATI TE RAU N TE MWEENGA BILL 2012 (Family Peace Bill)â€ś which is now going out for national consultations. The new CFOs role will be both to undertake national consultations as well as start to work on an implementation plan. Kiribati Family Peace Bill (FPB). In addition, his work will focus on provision of education around this new Bill as well as community consultations on the content and implementation of the FPB. Amberoti will also be supporting RRRTâ€™s work on the ground in Kiribati including the development of a national implementation plan for the draft FPB, supporting legislative lobbying training for Pacific VAW grantees as well as groups trained under the Pacific Leadership Programme. He is also a member of the CEDAW and CRC Committees and will be assisting Kiribati in coordination of human rights reporting efforts, supporting disability rights organisations and supporting the HIV legislative task force.
Ms Sylvanna Deireragea - Nauru
Ministry of Justice
+(674) 558 4912
Ms Lisa Piccolo
Secretary for Justice
Yaren District, Nauru
SPC RRRT welcomed Sylvanna Deireragea as the new CFO for Nauru. Sylvanna has been a teacher for over 20 years and has worked in early childhood education. Sylvannaâ€™s role will continue to support the review and drafting of new legislation which addresses violence against women (and families). The role would also provide support to the Government of Nauru in reporting on existing human rights conventions (CEDAW, CRPD, CRC) and reporting to the Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review process. The previous CFO in Nauru, Jasmina Giouba was also very active in supporting civil society and worked closely with the Nauru Disabled Persons Association; work which Sylvanna will continue.
Vacant , Samoa - TBD
The Country Focal Officer position for Samoa has been vacant now for over 1 year. Previous work in Samoa supported the discussions around the current Family Safety Bill. Should a CFO be recruited for Samoa, their role would also focus on providing education, awareness and assistance with the implementation strategy of this Bill.