Knowledge Dissemination Adviser – Pacific Leadership Program (current/periodic)


 The Pacific Leadership Program (PLP) have retained me as an adviser to increase their reach and impact through knowledge shPicturearing and, in particular, disseminating the research they commission in appropriate formats to their key audiences. This is an ongoing periodic contract until 30th June 2017.

This piece of work commenced with the development of a Knowledge Dissemination Strategy and an Action Plan to facilitate its implementation within the team.

More recently (June 2016), I worked with the PLP team to prepare some key knowledge products arising from an analysis of the experiences of women municipal councillors in Port Vila & Luganville, Vanuatu.
Download the Briefing Note here
Download the Discussion Paper here

In 2017, I developed a briefing note to provide a snapshot of an ongoing research project (ANU/USP) looking at green growth as a driver of national and regional policy in the Pacific island region.

Download the Briefing Note here


Analyst & technical writer – Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (2016)

I was commissioned by the Pacific Islands Trade Commissioner to prepare a paper for submission to the Forum Finance and Economic Ministers’ Meeting. The scope of the paper was to map alternative and emerging financial instruments for private sector development in the region and present recommendations to Ministers as to how best to develop this area in Pacific island countries. I was required to collate information from numerous sources, undertake follow up research and present the material in an accessible format


Pacific expert – Palladium Group (2016)

I worked as part of the Palladium team to develop an integrated thematic roadmap to guide future investment by the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program (DFAT funded) with particular focus on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE). I contributed by way of providing in-depth advice as to Pacific contexts relevant to the issues under consideration, identification of key informants for interviews and review of outputs prior to submission to DFAT to activate milestone payments


Analyst – Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (2016)

I was commissioned by the Secretariat to prepare a paper outlining the governance challenges at the regionalism/sub-regionalism interface with a view to informing future work around financing and resource allocation among and between regional and sub-regional organisations. The work involved meeting with key stakeholders, including senior organisational representatives, preparation of draft and final papers and presentations to internal stakeholders and a nominated reference group.

Read the paper here.


Consultant – Pacific Advisory/Icarus (2016)

I worked with Pacific Advisory and Icarus in the development of two reports for submission to the Minister for Infrastructure & Public Utilities (Vanuatu) to inform policy development and guide Council of Ministers decision-making. One was to inform and present recommendations as to the development and implementation of a government-wide fleet management system and the other was a feasibility study into the future use of the National Convention Centre.


Analyst – Pacific Advisory (2015)

I was contracted by Pacific Advisory to assist with collation and analysis of data collected for an audit of residency/citizenship investment schemes for submission to the Prime Minister’s Office in Vanuatu. I also provided the lead in preparation of reporting documentation.

“Tess has become our “go to” person with regards to policy and research client work. Our firm is the largest  corporate advisory firm in the region. Having a trusted, experienced and highly knowledgeable consultant like Tess available, makes our high level client work that much easier. She is punctual, efficient and provides a pragmatic and reasoned sounding board to our senior management.
Tess is a thinker who provides expert knowledge of the region.” ~ Glen Craig, Managing Partner of Pacific Advisory


Analyst – United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2015)

UN DESA contracted me to provide an analysis of current and emerging socio-economic trends in Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste as background to work done by UN DESA and governments in relation to proposed graduation from ‘Least Developed Country’ status. I was also asked to provide policy recommendations for incorporation into resources for use by the UN.


Communications consultant – Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (2013/14)

In conjunction with the Pacific Plan adviser I developed a strategy to open up the process of reviewing the Pacific Plan by collating and presenting the key messages of around 70 public submissions. This involved developing a framework for the material and presenting it in an accessible format for on-line publication. You can learn more about how and why we did this here.