MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Applications invited for
Tonga Family Protection Act Counsellors
The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) invites applications for positions of Tonga Family Protection Act Counsellors to be registered under the Family Protection Act, 2013 Panel of Counsellors located in Tonga.
The Family Protection Act, 2013 directed for the establishment of a Family Protection Advisory Council in Part 9, section 37 appointed by the Minister of Internal Affairs.
The Family Protection Advisory Council is mandated to make recommendations to the Minister of Internal Affairs concerning:
- The effective operation of the Family Protection Act, 2013 and other legislation relating to domestic violence;
- The adequacy of preventive measures, responses, shelters, healthcare and counselling support services provided to victims and children of domestic violence; and
- All matters relating to domestic violence and violence against women and children.
The Minister of Internal Affairs in consultation with the Family Protection Advisory Council shall appoint a Panel of Counsellors consisting of persons approved as:
- Qualified counsellors
- Community workers experienced in domestic violence counselling
- Counsellors in voluntary organizations
The Register of persons appointed under the Family Protection Panel of Counsellors will be established by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and located at offices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Roles and Responsibilities
1. Counselling Duties
- Carry out duties of family and anti-domestic violence counselling.
- Address causes of domestic violence.
- Victims or/survivors on prevention, responding and recovering from domestic violence.
- Provide advice on problems in personal relationships that are likely or have led to the use of domestic violence.
- Carry out, upon the directions of a Court, any counselling, assessment or investigation relating to the children and the family of the parties and providing reports accordingly.
2. Additional Duties
- Facilitate arrangements for accommodation of the complainant and other persons at risk, as necessary.
- Facilitate immediate arrangements for medical or other examination of a child of the household.
- Perform any other function which the Minister may assign for the purposes of the Family Protection Act.
3. Formal Qualifications
- Minimum qualification of at least a diploma in Counselling from a recognized/ accredited institution.
- Certificate on EVAW Training Program from a recognized institution.
- Has a proven counselling record with any of the following NGO service providers in any DV/GBV specialized areas (TNCWC, WCCC, MFF, TFHA, SA, Talitha Project etc).
4. Informal Qualifications
- Completed at least 160 hours (4 weeks) of accumulated workshop tuition on DV/GBV.
- Completed a 40 hour GBV/DV and GBV Counselling course for a total of 200 hours of tuition.
- Had 30 hours of supervision as a domestic violence counselling and mentoring as a part of the domestic violence counselling training.
- At least 3 years (450 hours) experience providing domestic violence counselling.
5. Essential Experiences and Skills
- At least 3 years of counselling experience in domestic violence, family violence, violence against women and children.
- Received specialized counselling in any of the following areas of domestic violence, family violence, violence against women, girl and children.
- Proven counselling record and experience.
- Prepared to undertake regular ongoing supervision from the professional counselling supervisor.
6. Interpersonal and Language Skills
- Advanced written and verbal communication skills in Tongan and English.
- Excellent understanding of the Tongan context of both family and community living.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and respects diversity of culture, gender, age, disability, religion and sexual orientation.
- Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships.
7. Additional Requirements
- Police clearance certificate.
- Certified copy of either their birth certificate or passport.
- Certified copy of a valid National Identification Card or Driver’s license.
- Certified copy of degree, diploma and/or certificate(s).
- Names and contact details of 2 referees that can verify hours of supervision and counselling.
- Certified copy of written assessment by your most recent or current supervisor.
Terms and Conditions
Required Starting Date – This position is available immediately
Registration Duration – The registration is valid for a one (1) year period and is subject to renewal depending on performance review
Counselling Cost – Any counselling duties perform under the Family Protection Act, 2013 and within the capacity of a registered member of the Panel of Counsellors will be free
Equal Opportunity – The Government of Tonga is an equal opportunity employer and recruitment is based entirely on merit
Child Protection – The Government of Tonga is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of counselling work involves direct contact with children
Please note that applicants must be Tongan Nationals currently residing in the country.
Closing Date – Thursday 23rd September, 2021
Applicants may email applications to aina_kavaliku [at] yahoo [dot] com
Hard copies of applications may be delivered to:
Women Affairs & Gender Equality Division
Old Tonga Water Board Building
All applications must be addressed to:
Chief Executive Officer
Ministry of Internal Affairs
Head Office, Taufa’ahau Road
To be considered for this role, you must provide us with:
- An updated resume with contact details for 2 professional referees
- A cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
- A completed Counselling Registration Form - Registration Form - Tongan.pdf
Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.