1) Pacific Island Law Officers Network (PILON)

 Secretariat Coordinator

The Pacific Islands Law Officers’ Network (PILON) is a network of senior public law officers from Pacific island countries that focuses on common legal issues within the Pacific. Member countries are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The PILON Secretariat provides organisational, administrative and strategic support to PILON.


The PILON Secretariat requires a Coordinator based in Apia, Samoa for a period of 2 years (from September 2016, or as negotiated), with the possibility of an extension. Potential candidates should be from a PILON member country.

The salary range is $WST 65,000 - 85,000 per annum, with reasonable relocation expenses, plus 1st month’s accommodation for applicants living outside of Samoa.

Duty Statement

The Secretariat Coordinator will be expected to:

- coordinate and organise the annual PILON meeting with the host country and PILON Executive Committee

- identify and coordinate PILON initiatives between meetings

- cooperate with regional partners on other relevant activities

- attend and contribute to relevant regional meetings

- act as a coordination and focal point for connecting member countries with one another and with regional bodies

- take responsibility for the progress of the PILON Work Plan

- provide PILON members with a support and research resource with respect to regional law and justice priorities

- facilitate law and justice development assistance opportunities, through cooperation with donors and development service providers in the region

- provide Secretariat support for related regional initiatives, including the Pacific Prosecutors’ Association

- actively manage and report on the program’s budget

- facilitate PILON legal policy working groups on cybercrime, environmental crime and corruption and sexual and gender-based violence

- liaise and maintain productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including: PILON members, observers, donors, regional organisations and other interested parties

- represent the interests of PILON members at regional fora and report and share resulting information and outcomes

- actively participate in PILON related functions and social events to build networks and key contacts for members; and

- perform other duties as directed by the PILON Executive Committee.

Selection Criteria

In preparing your expression of interest letter please also give regard to the following criteria:

1.Experience working in the areas of law and justice and/or public policy

2.Experience in project management

3.Ability to communicate effectively and advocate member interests

4.Ability to develop productive working relationships and engage with stakeholders

5.Good understanding of regional law and justice initiatives, and

6.University degree in Law.

Submission of Application

Your application should consist of the following:

* An expression of interest (no longer than 1,000 words) which:

- addresses the duty statment and relevant criteria, and how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position, and

- provides a brief overview of how you would promote PILON in the Pacific region.

* A detailed resume, including:

- a summary of your employment history

- a description of your previous professional roles and responsibilities, and

- any other information which you deem relevant to the application.

* The names and contact details of at least two referees (one of whom would ideally be a current supervisor) who will be able to provide feedback on your work.

If you have any questions on the position or selection process please contact Tracey Pearce at the Australian Attorney-General’s Department by e-mail at

or by phone on +61 (2) 6141 4808.

Closing date:  Applications are due by 11:30pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) 25 July 2016 to If you have difficulties emailing your application please contact Temalesi Buatoka on or +685 23589.

2) AGD Pacific Legal Policy Twinning Program:

Interested in doing a placement with the Australian Attorney-General’s Department?

*Applications for the AGD Pacific Legal Policy Twinning Program are now open, and close on Monday 11 July 2016.

*You can apply online or download an application form from the AGD website at:

*Acceptance is through a competitive process. The successful candidates will undertake a two month placement in AGD to work on a current legal policy project with a crime and policing focus, improve their legal policy development skills, and become effective role models and advocates for good policy practices at home and in the region.

*Applications can also be used to choose AGD’s next Pacific Legal Policy Champions.  

*Enquiries about the Program and the application process more generally should be directed to Marie Wynter on +61 2 6141 2742 or and cc’ed to



Pacific Islands Law Officers' Network

PILON is a network of senior public law officers from Pacific Island countries,

including Australia and New Zealand, which focuses on common legal issues

within the Pacific region. PILON was established in 1982 and holds meetings annually.

At the 25th meeting in Kiribati in February 2007, PILON changed its name from the

Pacific Islands Law Officers’ Meeting (PILOM), reflecting members’ desire for

emphasis to be placed on the information-sharing role of the organisation.

The PILON Secretariat is the coordination mechanism for PILON and is

responsible for progressing the PILON Work Plan and assisting with

organisation of the annual meeting. The Secretariat has been based in Apia,

Samoa since early 2011.