TIV supports kindness in current COVID Crisis

Transparency Vanuatu thank all our Health Workers and frontline workers who dedicate their lives to keeping the people of Vanuatu safe from effects of the spreading COVID-19 virus.

This virus does not respect boundaries or social status. Yes, we have heard of allegations of preferential treatments given to some of our Leaders, allegations of some Leaders preaching quarantine protocols and allegations of breeches of basic human rights and so on.

While the Head of Transparency International Vanuatu (TIV), Dr. Willie Tokon, is a renowned medical doctor by trade, he says his spiritual faith has always played a leading role in all his decision making in his professional life. For this reason, he believes the global pandemic has been a catalyst for Christians to recognise the basic needs of their next door neighbours and show kindness to conform to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ in line with Christ’s teaching. Assistance in all forms from well-to-do Leaders, Chiefs, Community Leaders, Church Leaders and support from family leaders must be acknowledged. TIV congratulates all parents for bringing back Family Worship in the home.

TIV wishes to share its observations after its members of staff have discussed individual exchanges of how their neighbours are now sharing with each other in the current lockdown.

“One of the young men jumped off the bus in my community with 15-kilo bag of rice comprising one-kilo pre-packed plastic bags of rice on his back. While on his way to his door, he opened the bag and started handing out a kilo of rice each to families saying, ‘Cook this for supper”, TIV Advocate Douglas Tamara says.

“As men gather for their daily dose of kava at the kava bar in our community, everyone gets ready to go bottoms-up but this evening, the bar owner says, ‘Before we start drinking (our kava), may I ask one of you to bless the evening with a prayer to thank the Lord for being good to us’. We all paused. Someone prayed. This is the first time that anyone has cared to say a prayer before any kava drinking spree here!”

Tamara says the virus crisis has impacted his community with so much love and care that it seems everyone has realised the importance of putting God in front of everything.

Another member of staff says a senior public servant who used to be ‘in his own world’ has suddenly recognised the grassroot members of his community and now visits with greens and food supplies from the market.

Our TIV Media Officer says last week his family was surprised when a Bongo vehicle stopped at their gate and started unloading fresh agricultural produce at their gate. The food supply was so much that they went on to distribute it to 50 households. The recipients were assured that it was “all blessings from God”.

Speaking by mobile, the donor asked to remain anonymous saying she felt the urgency to buy all the food from Eton farmers then hired a truck to ask that the food be distributed to people in critical need for food at this time.

Then the latest incident impressed then shocked two mothers when they followed their church doctrine to “go to your family”. They took with them seven parcels of ‘namba 8 kato’ – 5 in each. They started distributing for free to the first family.  It immediately triggered fiery verbal exchanges between ‘mum and dad and son’ since the boy took more than one.

The father threatened the son with a piece of iron rod and the poor boy returned one of the two ‘kato’ he snatched. The mothers ended up leaving 15 ‘kato’ to ease the situation.

On hearing the sad report, TIV  suspects similar experiences in the grassroot communities where most likely the lockdown is already causing hardship as far as putting sufficient food on the table for every member of the family.

Fortunately for ni-Vanuatu, food sharing is an art and has sustained families and tribes for generations. Please keep the practice alive especially now in the current COVID-19 lockdown.

Let us continue to work together, share and support each other. Cut out the preferential treatments, bribery and corruption. And may God continue to keep Vanuatu in His bubble of Love, Care and Protection Always.

Boys ready to deliver parcels to each household
Food delivered for distribution to grass-root communities


Transparency Vanuatu CEO, Dr Willie Tokon, says that TIV Community Awareness in the Country includes talks on Corruption & Bribery, Rights and Duties, Importance of Voting and voting for the right person, Right To Information and DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

“In light of the recent much publicized incident of sexual harassment at work, TIV is asking all women, girls and persons living with disability to talk against and report any and all forms of sexual harassment at work or anywhere. The International Human Rights Convention, to which Vanuatu is a signatory and the Vanuatu National Constitution gives all Vanuatu citizens equal rights to freedom of speech and expression, freedom of movement and the rights to security.

Dr. Tokon is appealing to all associations affiliated to VANGO to continue to educate our communities on the Rights of everyone. There is a lot of work to be done. You only have to look at the Friday Daily Post Edition under the title “Court Briefs”. 99% of the cases at Domestic Violence and Sexual violence.

TIV CEO Dr. Willie Tokon

Title of Consultancy: Project design consultancy – Transparency Vanuatu

Application Closing Date: 12th November 2021

Consultancy Start and End Date: 22nd. November – 15th December

Location of Consultancy: Vanuatu


Transparency Vanuatu (TV) is a local civil society organisation with a vision that Vanuatu be a place in which government, politics, business, civil society, and the daily lives of its people are free of corruption. TV is a member of Transparency International (TI), the global civil society movement leading the fight against corruption through more than 100 independent Chapters and affiliates worldwide. TV works with powerholders and communities and citizens to stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability, and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of our society.

In 2021, TV launched its new Strategic Plan for 2021 to 2023. Building on the progress made since TV’s inception in 2001, this ambitious plan sets out the work of TV into the future. The strategy is organised around three strategic priorities, while also building the strength and sustainability of TV as an organisation. The three strategic priorities are:

  1. Protect the Public’s Resources
  2. Secure Integrity in Politics
  3. Expand Civic Space for Accountability

TV now requires the resources and funding to deliver this strategy. As such, TV is seeking a consultant to lead the design process of a new project to operationalise the strategic priorities and access funding from the TI Secretariat and other donors. The design process must be participatory and will involve facilitating workshops with TV’s staff, board, and youth volunteers, and developing concept notes for targeted donors (in the required format), as well as a full proposal, including monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) plan to access funds from the TI Secretariat. Additionally, the consultant will work closely with key TV staff to build their capacity in project planning and design and key tools and processes to manage donor projects.


  • Build the capacity of the TV team to develop project proposals, access funding from institutional donors and plan and deliver projects.
  • Design a project to operationalise the 2021-2023 Strategic Plan and support TV to access further funding from the TI Secretariat.
  • Develop concept notes of further project areas that can be used to scope further funding from institutional donors.


  • Facilitate workshops with TV staff, volunteers and board to design a project to operationalise the Strategic Plan – by mid-November.
  • Facilitate a workshop or interviews with key stakeholders to inform project design – by mid-November.
  • Write up the project design, MEL plan and logframe or activity plan and validate with TV leadership – by late November
  • Develop 1 to 3 concept notes of further project areas that can be used to scope further funding from institutional donors – by mid-December.

All presentations and reports should be submitted in English, in electronic form, in accordance with the deadlines stipulated above. The Consultant is responsible for editing and quality control of language. The TI Secretariat retains the sole rights with respect to all distribution, dissemination, and publication of the deliverables.


The Consultant should have the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in project design and capacity strengthening. Experience working non-profits in Vanuatu and the Pacific strongly preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of the Vanuatu context.
  • Experience designing and facilitating training and workshops with diverse stakeholders. 
  • Ability to operate under strict time limits and apply high production and technical standards for the purpose of maintaining high level of professionalism.
  • An excellent command of written and spoken English. Ability to facilitate workshops in Bislama as well is essential.
  • A strong understanding of the work of Transparency International and anti-corruption and governance programmes.


The Consultants should provide their estimated total fee as a lump sum or as standard daily or hourly rates as gross inclusive of taxes and other charges. Transparency Vanuatu will budget for all workshop-related costs but please include all consultancy costs, including any proposed travel.


The application should include the following documents in English:

  • A short outline of the strategy proposed to complete this project, together with some initial ideas and suggestions as well as a full budget
  • Motivation letter and Curriculum Vitae
  • One sample of relevant previous work (confidentiality guaranteed)

Please indicate “Project design consultancy” in the subject line of your email application. Applications should be sent in English by email to Katy Mackey at PacificConsultancy@transparency.org by close of business of 5th November.

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

TV is committed to diversity and inclusion. Selection of candidates is made on a competitive basis and we do not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, colour or ethnic background, religious belief, sex, gender identity and expression or sexual orientation, marital or family status, age or ability. We kindly ask applicants to refrain from including in their application information relating to the above as well as from attaching photos.

Data protection

Transparency Vanuatu will treat your application as confidential and will only use the data provided in relation to this consultancy opportunity.