Curriculum Vitae

Kylie Mullins (nèe Lowson)
PO Box 5074, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Ph / WhatsApp: +678 772 7356 / +678 29795
Skype: mullinsinvanuatu

Citizenship:   Australian citizen
Vanuatu resident

Business Licensing:   Holder of VIPA Certificate Number 1527 (Development Services)
Vanuatu Business License Number 41172
CT Number 343574 (VAT)

Languages spoken:         English                 Native language
French                 Foundation fluency (TCF Level A2 oral / B1 reading)
Bislama               Fluent written and spoken


I’m an international development practitioner based between Port Vila, Vanuatu and Canberra, Australia. I have 17 years experience working in community development and international development roles, including 11 years experience working on Australian Government funded projects in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. I have worked on projects in several sectors including my preferred areas of focus: capacity building, climate change and disaster risk management. My key skill areas are in monitoring and evaluation, program management and program administration, capacity building and training and partnerships. I hold a Masters Degree in International and Community Development, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Bachelors Degree in English (Cultural Studies), a Certificate in Participatory Project Management, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. I’ve worked with several donor agencies including World Bank, EU, DFAT, GiZ, SPC, and KfW, and INGOs / international organisations including ActionAid, Red Cross, Worldvision, and Act for Peace, and have also worked with many local organisations including Churches of Christ Vanuatu, Vanuatu Christian Council, Vanuatu Kaljural Senta, VMGD, NDMO, Dept of Forestry, and MALFBB. I’m fluent in English and Bislama and have foundational fluency in French.
Employment History

October 2014 –    Self-Employed: Development Services consultancy
current                  Consultant providing program development, management, reporting and
evaluation services for international and community development

Previous consultancy contracts include:
– Community-projects Evaluation for Churches of Christ Vanuatu, 2018.
Barriers to Education study for Vanuatu Ministry of Education and Training / UNICEF /  
  Coffey, 2018.
– Baseline Study for the ActionAid Gender Responsive Alternatives to Climate Change
project, Vanuatu, 2018.
Value Chain assessment for the UNCTAD National Sustainability Brand, Vanuatu, 2018.
– Desk Review for Landcare “Vanuatu biocontrol of weeds in the beef sector” project,
Vanuatu, 2018.
Co-trainer for Oxfam “Building Facilitation Skills TOT”, Vanuatu, 2018.
– Researcher and Community Liaison – SPC-KfW Reforestation for Cultural Purposes,
Vanuatu – 2017.
Evaluation Lead – VITE External Diploma evaluation – Vanuatu Institute of Teacher
  Education – 2017.
– Research Lead – VESP Year 6 Klas 1 evaluation – Australian Broadcasting Corporation
International Development 2017.
– Interim Program Adviser – ActionAid. January – April 2017.
– Country Program Coordinator Vanuatu – Act for Peace –  2016
Organisational Capacity Building and Support, Vanuatu – Act for Peace – 2015.
– Local coordinator (Vanuatu) – RESCCUE (increasing PICT’s resilience to Climate
Change), 2015 – 2017.
Research lead – Australia Awards Alumni Study (Vanuatu), Department of Foreign Affairs
  and Trade – 2016.
– Cyclone Pam Response and Recovery Program Support (Church Working Group,
Evacuation Centres Repair Small Grants Scheme, Gender and Protection support), Act
for Peace / Vanuatu Christian Council – 2015.
Participatory Monitoring Consultant, Nabanga Sports for Development Program,
  Australian Sports Commission/Vanuatu Department of Youth Development and Sports
  – 2014.

Staff/long-term contract positions:
July 2013 –                          AVID Country Manager – Vanuatu (contractor)
October 2014                      Australian Red Cross
Key Duties: manage all offshore aspects of a volunteer program; in particular relationship management, assignment development in disaster, climate change, and health sectors, country program strategy development, monitoring and reporting on program outcomes, and effective support of program participants in country in line with program standards.

April 2012 –                         AVID Red Cross Volunteer – Community Partnerships
April 2013                            Coordinator
Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department, Vanuatu
Key Duties: Map stakeholders for VMGD communications; develop and implement a community engagement strategy to improve coordination and partnerships between VMGD and key stakeholders; support set-up and implementation of a national CC and DRR project management unit.

May 2011 –                          Assistant Program Manager
April 2012                            AusAID, Vanuatu
Key Duties: Manage grant funding for gender, democratic governance, infrastructure and community partnership programs totalling AU$7million; build relationships with government and civil society partners for climate change and DRR support; coordinate contractors; provide policy, strategic and financial advice in relation to Vanuatu projects and programs; conduct ongoing and end-of-cycle monitoring and evaluation of progress and outcomes; edit public communications materials.

March 2009 –                     Senior Project Officer
February 2011                   International Projects Section – Kokoda
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population
and Communities (DSEWPaC), Canberra, Australia
Key Duties: Within a DSEWPaC-AusAID-PNG Government team, implement projects and administer programs for the PNG-Australia Kokoda Initiative; lead coordination of the Kokoda Safety Package (Au$4.9million), and the Kokoda Livelihoods Program (AU$240,000); provide policy, strategic and financial advice in relation to Kokoda Initiative and Kokoda Safety Package activities; conduct ongoing and end-of-cycle monitoring and evaluation of Kokoda Initiative progress and outcomes.

July 2006 –                          Senior Program Officer
March 2009                         Indigenous Coordination Centre, Department of the
Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), Perth,
Key Duties: Supervise a small team in administering funding grants to Indigenous communities in the areas of culture, arts, language, sports and broadcasting; participate in strategic planning for regional and sectoral priorities; monitor and evaluate performance of funded organisations; anticipate risks and problems and develop risk mitigation strategies; participate in training staff in activity acquittal processes.

July 2005 –                           Community Project Officer (Safety)
July 2006                             City of Subiaco, Perth, Australia
Key Duties: Undertake community consultation and desk-based research to develop and implement a community safety and crime prevention strategy for the City; identify and apply for government and non-government funding; run community-based activities for varied beneficiaries; build partnerships with a range of key stakeholder groups; monitor and evaluate outputs and outcomes of program.

July 2004 –                           Research Officer
July 2005                             Office of Native Title
Department of Premier and Cabinet, Perth, Australia
Key Duties: Research native title issues and submissions; draft briefs, reports, policy materials, papers, correspondence and submissions.

October 2002 –                 Small Grants Scheme Coordinator; Public Affairs Assistant
April 2004                          British High Commission
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Key Duties: Coordinate the British High Commission’s community funding scheme (Small Grants Scheme); coordinate delivery of materials to island locations for planned projects; assist in organisation of workshops, functions and marketing events; maintain registry of the British High Commission documents.

June 2001 –                         Australian Volunteer – Assistant Librarian
June 2002                           Malapoa College, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Key Duties: Train students in research skills; train local counterpart in knowledge management and training techniques.

Feb 1992 –                           Various Publishing, Editing and Library roles with
June 2001                            materials publishers
Perth and Sydney, Australia
Details available on request.

Work Experience and Volunteer Work
2015   Volunteer coordinator of One Billion Rising Vanuatu 2015 event.

2010    Volunteer assistance to the board of Toora Women, Inc. (Canberra support and advocacy NGO providing services to vulnerable women.)

2005    Participation in awareness and fundraising campaigns for the Cancer
Council and Oxfam Community Aid Abroad.

2001 –  Involvement in several community organisations’ fundraising for income
2004    generation projects, youth development projects and art and cultural projects in a
developing country (Vanuatu).

1997 –  The Women’s Library, Alexandria NSW Sub-committee member for
1999    women’s writing panel, volunteer library duties one afternoon a week, participated
in information stalls and mailouts.

1990 –  Participation and fundraising for several community-run awareness and
1997    advocacy campaigns including Reclaim the Night, Reclaim the Streets and White
Ribbon campaign.

Education History
2015     Masters of International and Community Development
Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
Graduated with High Distinction average across all units.

2011     Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)
Carson Australasia, Brisbane, Australia

2005     Graduate Certificate in Project Management
Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia

2000     Graduate Certificate in Writing
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

1995     Bachelor of Arts (English), Culture and Public Relations Minor.
Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia

Further Training (Only Relevant Courses Listed – Full List Available on Request)
(Year                     Course, Trainer)

2017    Social Norms, Social Behaviour, University of Pennsylvania/ UNICEF, online 4-week course.
2013    IFRC Project/Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Planning, International
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
2012    Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Response, Vanuatu Humanitarian Team
2012    Monitoring and Evaluation, Oxfam
2011    Teams and Leadership Skills, AusAID
2011    Financial Management, AusAID
2011    Representation and International Negotiation Skills, AusAID
2011    Advanced Facilitation Skills, Carson Australasia
2011    Child Protection Training, AusAID
2011    Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Carsons Australasia
2010    Cross-cultural Communication, DSEWPaC, Canberra
2010    Participatory Project Management, TorqAid Perth
2009    Procurement, DSEWPaC Canberra
2009    Financial Management, DSEWPaC, Canberra
2009    Cross-Cultural Awareness, AusAID, Canberra
2008    OH&S: Responsibilities and Requirements, DEWHA, Perth.
2007    Writing for Reports, DEWHA, Perth.
2007    Financial Reporting and Assessment, DEWHA, Perth.

ICT Familiarity
Highly experienced with a range of word processing, spreadsheet, layout and digital image packages on PC, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Outlook, web browsers.

Have used mobile phone technology for sharing community informational messages and consultation (invitation to participate in surveys).


Ms Kristina Mitchell
Country Manager
ActionAid Vanuatu
Ph: +678 776 5521

Mr Ty Morrisey
Vanuatu Education and Training Sector Analysis and Strategic Planning program – M+E Advisor
(Morrissey Consulting International)
Phone: +6787775030 (Vanuatu)

Ms Georgia Noy
Program Quality Manager
Oxfam in Vanuatu
Tel: +678 25786 | Mob: +678 555 1096

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