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7486 TASANOC Vacancy 30 August - 15 September 2023



• Sport Development Officer

Position Description – Sport Development Officer
Position Title: Sport Development Officer
Location: Vahaákolo Rd, Haveluloto, Tongatapu.
Employer: Tonga Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC)
Reports To In the office, the position reports to the Secretary General/CEO.
Tenure Full-Time, 1 year contract. Renewable.

The position works with other members of the organization in particular:
  • Secretary General/CEO;
  • Sport Education and Training Officer;
  • Finance Officer; and
  • Other staff in the organisation.
  • NF Executive Board and Management;
  • Government Sport Agency, Government Health Agency, Government Education Agency;
  • Media Organizations;
  • Training providers
  • Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC)
  • Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)
  • Pacific Games Council (PGC)
  • UN Partners on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Oceania and International Sport Federations including Olympic Sport Federations in Oceania; and
  • Other NOC Sport Development Officers.
SALARY Negotiable
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION The Sport Development Officer will plan, organize and coordinate sports development projects, with the objective of building the capacity of National Federations through the professional development of their members ie. the athletes and the athlete entourage. Provide leadership in the capacity building of NF infrastructures and human resources in accordance with the NOC Strategic Plan and on the request of individual members.

The Sport Development Officer will also support the Secretary General/CEO with administrative duties (but not limited to) the drafting and preparation of reports, presentations/briefings and undertaking research and other duties as required.

Provide advice to the Executive Board of the NOC on any or all sport development matters under consideration by the Board.
  • The establishment of viable sport development activities within the country.
  • The establishment of successful NFs within the Country.
  • The successful implementation of Regional initiatives such as coordinated administration of teams to major games, and the Regional Programs currently managed by ONOC, including the OSEP, ORADO and Voices of the Athletes (VOA)
  • The improved capacity of NFs and their staff to deliver national and local sport development programs.
  • Continued identification of new opportunities for the development of athletes, coaches and administrators in sport.

Key Day to Day Responsibilities include:

Evaluation and Planning

  • Contribution to the NOC Strategic Plan;
  • Research and Evaluation of Olympic Solidarity and other programs supported by Olympic Solidarity; assist in coordinating and managing Olympic Solidarity Program applications, funding allocations and payments.
  • Identification and prioritization of task demands as they arise.


  • Contribute towards the development of the NFs Communications Strategy and implement accordingly;
  • Communication with Sport Development Officers in each of the NFs employing them. Contribute towards a ‘virtual’ forum of regional SDOs for regular exchanges on lessons learned and best practices to strengthen outcomes;
  • Provide day to day guidance on any matters that arise within the NFs
  • Update and maintain NOC website and social media platform as required;
  • Establish link with government agencies, national and regional organizations, NGOs, educational institutions.
  • Establish relationship with media representatives and regularly provide information on the activities undertaken. Recommendation: to have a regular ‘sports spot’ with radio, TV or print media.

Project Management

  • Working with new and existing partners in the development and implementation of sport development programs within the Country;
  • Facilitating the NF Readiness Assessment Tool (RAT) assessment to identify NF gaps;
  • Working with the NOC Sport Education Officer to identify and coordinate OSEP education programmes to help address NF gaps;
  • Overseeing and monitoring the implementation of NOC Programs by designated staff or consultants, key stakeholder groups and monitoring quality control on the delivery of these programs;
  • Maintaining good communications with all stakeholders;
  • Working closely with the National and International Sports Federations who are looking to developing complimentary training programs;

Management Responsibilities

  • The SDO will have no subordinate staff and will be responsible for his/her own day-to-day administration, and file management;


  1. Provide advice and support to the NOC Secretary General/CEO as required;
  2. Maintain the NOC Development Web site;
  3. Develop appropriate resources (materials), policies and procedures that facilitate the implementation of Development Programs;
  4. Developing appropriate systems and strategies to assist NFs to make better and more informed choices on how they utilize the valuable but limited Solidarity Funds.
  5. Present a positive image of TASANOC through professional dealings with service providers and regulatory bodies.
  6. Undertake any other relevant duties and projects as directed by the SG/CEO, or by the Executive Board.


A tertiary qualification in a relevant field is desirable (e.g., Sport Management,
Sport Education, Athlete Development, Business Management with other degrees
also considered).


  • A minimum of 5 years experience in a relevant industry including extensive involvement in the development and implementation of training and education programs.
  • Experience in budgeting and daily financial record keeping
  • Experience in report writing
  • Experience using M&E Tools



  • An understanding and experience in a number of aspects of sport, sport development and sport management.
  • Project management experience, preferably at the national or international level is essential.
  • A demonstrated ability to make written and oral presentations of a high standard is expected.


  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluating development programs.
  • Complementary experience in a relevant field is desirable (Education and/or sport related).
  • Passion for a doping-free sport

Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices of sport administration and/or coaching & officiating
  • Ability to prepare strategic and operational plans
  • Ability to prepare policies and procedures
  • Ability to prepare concept briefs and papers on topics across the broad spectrum of sport
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to administer project management
  • Ability to evaluate program effectiveness
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sport education
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation skills and oral communication skill generally
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to work independently using sound liaison, negotiation and organisational skills.
  • Teachable
  • Computer literate - particularly in the use of email, Internet, websites and website editing, Microsoft suite, maintaining spreadsheets and databases, as well as other relevant tools.


  • Can operate autonomously in a complex structure with several key stakeholders
  • A “big picture’ or visionary thinker
  • A keen interest in sport
  • A self-motivated and dedicated individual with ability to think creatively and take responsibility for their actions.
  • Identify appropriate partner organisations to assist in delivery of NOC’s National Sport Development initiatives.

Interested candidates should apply in writing (cover letter) addressed to;

Mrs. Netina Latu Vea
Secretary General – CEO
Tonga Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC)
Vahaakolo Rd

Include CV and copy/copies of qualification(s) with references. Soft copies of application is acceptable via email to tasanocceo [at] gmail [dot] com Application closes on 15th of September.


Matangi Tonga Online ref. #7486 TASANOC, 30 August - 15 September 2023