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CURRICULUM VITAE

Kylie Mullins (nèe Lowson)
PO Box 5074
Port Vila Vanuatu
Ph: +678 772 7356
Email: kmullins@devservices.net
Skype: mullinsinvanuatu

Citizenship:        Australian citizen
Residency:        Resident of Vanuatu

Languages spoken:    English         Native language
Bislama        Fluent
French         Intermediate fluency

OVERVIEW

I have 13 years experience working in community development and international development roles, including 8 years experience working on Australian Government funded projects in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. I have a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Certificate in Participatory Project Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and am currently completing a Masters Degree in International and Community Development. My focus in my Masters Degree has been capacity development methodologies and monitoring and evaluation and I’ve studied methods of needs assessment, evaluation, and qualitative research methods. During my Master’s degree I have also been following my interest in gender issues and gender mainstreaming for development programs. I’m fluent in English and Bislama.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
June 2013 – current
Development Services
Owner of consulting business providing program development, management, reporting and evaluation services for international and community aid programs.

Projects include:
•    Country Management: Australian Red Cross Australian Volunteer for International
Development program
•    Participatory Monitoring Consultant, Nabanga Sports for Development Program,
Australian Sports Commission/Vanuatu Department of Youth Development and Sports
•    Provision of input into gender, climate change and knowledge management programs
within Vanuatu and the Pacific region
•    Other program management, monitoring and evaluation and program development
activities as contracted.

April 2012 – April 2013         
Community Partnerships Coordinator
Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department, Vanuatu
•        Key Duties: 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.

•    Key outcomes:
– Completed stakeholder mapping and analysis;
– Developed a community engagement strategy, endorsed by Department;
– Working with monitoring and evaluation staff to develop project-specific and
departmental monitoring and evaluation framework;
– Developed and implemented coordination mechanisms including email alerts,
newsletter, partner updates of websites, MOAs;
– Working with staff to build knowledge and skills in workshop development, network
building, communications, and project planning;
– Assisted in strategy development, sourcing funding, and undertaking recruitment and
procurement for implementation of the Vanuatu National Advisory Board on Climate
Change Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Project Management Unit (NAB-PMU).

May 2011 – April 2012
Assistant Program Manager AusAID, Vanuatu
•    Key Duties: Manage grant funding for gender, democratic governance, infrastructure and community partnership programs totalling AU$7million; Liaise with regional and local program partners in relation to climate change and DRR activities; Build relationships with government and civil society partners; 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.
•    Key outcomes:
– Managed programs to milestone achievement;
– Prepared and received approval on AusAID Post 2011 public communications strategy;
– Assisted in resolving conflict amongst partner staff;
– Oversaw $1.8 million procurement process from Terms of Reference to endorsement
of recommended contractor by the Vanuatu Council of Ministers in 2011.
– Participated in 2011 cluster mid-term review of three programs (Au$9.4 million).
– Maintained program records for 6 programs to an standard appropriate for record
management audit, in line with Records Management Act.

March 2009 – February 2011    
Senior Project Officer
International Projects Section – Kokoda
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) – Canberra
•    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); Liaise with whole-of-government and bilateral partners; 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.
•    Key outcomes:
– Team received an Australia Day Achievement Award in 2010 for the Kokoda Safety
Package response to the 2010 plane crash near the Track;
– Coordinated discussions and input on 18 project activities being implemented across 5
different agencies (total budget Au$4.9 million), and received internal commendation on
my management of the program;
– Presented at livelihoods workshops in remote mountain villages;
– Negotiated funding agreements to signing;
– Monitored and reported on activity progress and financial reporting to funding agency;
– Compiled and circulated monthly Kokoda Update to stakeholders;
– Remotely led Livelihoods Team through management transitional period while maintaining schedules;
– Contributing researcher and author to Kokoda Transport Study 2009, which received endorsement and commandment from the Kokoda Track Interagency Committee.

July 2006 – March 2009    
Senior Program Officer
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; Provide financial and policy advice across the range of DEWHA programs and functions.
•    Key outcomes:
– Led and monitored grant identification, negotiation and administration for an average of
18 projects per annum in our team’s region, to program deadlines and quality
standards;
– Provided training in 2007 and 2009 for staff on financial acquittals and contracts;
– Co-researcher and writer of DCITA South-West Regional Strategy 2006.

July 2005 – July 2006
Community Project Officer (Safety)
City of Subiaco, Perth, WA
•    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.
•    Key outcomes:
– Developed the City of Subiaco Community Safety Strategy for 2005 – 08;
– Gained endorsement and commitment to implement from the 8 Divisions within the
City’s organisational structure, and the City Council;
– Completed consultation with all representative groups as per position guidelines;
– Secured Commonwealth funding for two projects;
– Managed program funds and prepared financial reporting;
– Provided appropriate reporting to the Commonwealth and gained project acquittal.

Previous roles:
2004  Research Officer, Office of Native Title, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Perth, WA
2002 Small Grants Scheme Coordinator and Public Affairs Assistant, British High Commission, Port Vila, Vanuatu
2001 Australian Volunteer, Malapoa College, Port Vila, Vanuatu
1996 – 2001  Various roles as editor and production coordinator in book publishing, Sydney, Australia

EDUCATION HISTORY
2011    Currently an external student in Masters of International and Community Development
Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
Due to complete in 2015, averaging High Distinction from completed
assessments

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

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

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

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

FURTHER TRAINING
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
2012    Climate Change and Red Cross Response, Red Cross Red Crescent Pacific
Climate Change Centre
2012    Monitoring and Evaluation: 4 day stocktake, Red Cross Australia
2011    Teams and Leadership Skills, AusAID
2011    Integrating Climate Change, Environment , and Disaster Risk Reduction
into Pacific Programs, 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.
2005    Effective Public Speaking, Brian Greedy Business Solutions, Perth.
2005    Effective Customer Service, Brian Greedy Business Solutions, Perth.
2001    Cross-Cultural Communication, Margaret Byrne and Associates, ACT.

COMPUTER 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, Netscape, Explorer.

REFEREES
Please inform candidate before contacting referees.

Tarryn Brown
Sport for Development Consultant
Australian Sports Commission
Tel:   +61 2 6214 1087
tarryn.brown@ausport.gov.au

William Worwor
Principal Training Officer
Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department
Ph: +678 24686
wbworwor@meteo.gov.vu

Julian Troth
AVID Regional Manager – Pacific East Asia
Australian Red Cross
Ph: +61 (0) 3 8692 3356
Mob: +61 (0) 402 957 249
jtroth@redcross.org.au

Nikita Solzer
Cost Benefit Analysis & Gender Intern
SPC/GIZ – ‘Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region’ programme
Ph: +678 777 1907
nikitavanuatu@gmail.com

Dr Christopher Bartlett
Technical Adviser
SPC-GiZ Increasing climate change resilience – Vanuatu
Ph: + 678 555 2187
christopher.bartlett@giz.de

Anna Naupa
Regional and International Issues Adviser
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Ph: +679 331 2600
annan@forumsec.org

 

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