Meet your provisional candidate – Jope Sulinibau Koroisavou
Age: 32 Occupation: Farmer (SODELPA Youth President) Marital status: Married Residence: Nepani Where from: Kaba, Bau, Tailevu Education: Dudley Intermediate, Dudley High School and Ratu Sukuna Memorial School
- Training for Instructors Course – Asia Foundation/SPC/US Aid. - SPHERE HANDBOOK Training of trainer’s workshop - Certificate in Disaster Risk Management (Secretariat of the Pacific Commission) - Professional Diploma in Business Management/Leadership (USP-Ongoing) - Senior First Aider Certificate - St John Ambulance Introduction to climate change-Gap Training ADRA - Disaster Stimulation Exercise TrainingADRA Australia - IDA and DRM Training - National Disaster Management Office. - GSP and GPRS Training - ADRA New Zealand - Emergency Communication - Red Cross Fiji - Water Management Training (NOMAD) – Fiji Red Cross - Community Focus Disaster Risk Reduction Training - Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment Training/ Climate change Gap Training. - Certificate of Training of Trainer Pacific Star Life Skills - Platoon Commanders Course - RFMF - Part of the relief distribution operation for the flood during Cyclone Amy in the Western Division. - Military Officer Cadet Training Certificate - New Zealand Army - Certificate in Computer Software Tech Education
2015: On going – Disaster Risk Reduction co-ordinator. Save the Children Fiji. Responsible for the integration of Comprehensive School Framework into Fiji’s Educational Systems. The adaptation of the World Wide Initiative for School Safety by the Education Sector Fiji. Building Ministry of Education Capacity in Reducing the Risk caused by Natural Hazards and keeping our school and children safe in the during emergencies. 2014–2015: Health Project Officer for Save the children Fiji. - Looked after 12 communities in the Central Division; - Co-ordinating meetings with partners and stakeholder on both the community and national levels. 2012–2013: Training consultant and regional trainer in DRM & DRR (Secretariat of the Pacific Commission, SOPAC Division) - Review and update the Evacuation Centre training manual for the Pacific region. - Conducted Evacuation Centre management training in the Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu. - Conducted Disaster Risk Reduction Training in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tonga. 2012: Project consultant for Pacific Community Focused Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction; People’s Community Network (PCN) – Responsible for the rehabilitation of the Flood Victims in the Western Division. Conducting Monitoring and Evaluation for the Shelter Project. 2010–2012: Conducting Initial Damage Assessment /Emergency Operation Centre/ Disaster Risk Reduction/Disaster Management trainings for SPC/NDMO/ NGO and regional bodies. 2011–2012: Security, Occupational Health and Safety Manager (Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort. 2011: International Humanitarian Law Communications Officer- Fiji Red Cross 2008–2011: Pacific Community Focused Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Project Fiji - (Responsible for more than 78 Communities for Southern and Eastern Division) - Conducting DRR and DRM training/awareness and meetings in the community, district, provincial and national levels. - Planning and conducting simulation exercises in more than 200 communities around Fiji, schools and at district and national levels. - Member of the National Operation Team for Cyclones Mick and Tomas (DISMAC) - Member of the National Relief Distribution Team (TC Mick) - Member of the Fiji Earthquake/Tsunami Standing Committee. - Attended many workshops and meetings in the national and regional levels regarding Disaster Management in Fiji. 2009–2011: Member of the Pacific Humanitarian Team 2007–2011: Member of the Hibiscus Festival Programme Committee 2006–2007: Programme Officer for Microfinance Unit (FCOSS) - Adolescence and Life Skills Trainer. - Part Time Youth Worker 2004–2006: Member of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces training group. - Took part in three major search and rescue/relief team as part of the RFMF. Countries that I have visited for work purposes: Manila – Philippines, Kolkata – India, Miyazaki – Japan, South Korea, Brisbane – Australia, Auckland – New Zealand, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Tonga. Hobbies: Fishing
What is the main issue you will be highlighting in this election, and why?
1. Youth empowerment – I will be focusing on the youths of this country, especially on the employment sector, empowerment of indigenous youths and other ethnic groups. In my eight years of experience working with non-governmental organisations, I have seen firsthand the challenges our youths are facing, especially those living in settlements. They are mostly unseen and unheard and I think Government can really facilitate and empower them. Their job is to dream and our job is to facilitate their dreams.
2. Freedom – To see the full implementation of or freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. There are still a lot of restrictions in Fiji. I had first-hand experience when I was detained for one week by the Police. I was merely expressing my right. In the current Constitution rights are not specific. It restricts a lot of basic rights. Laws have to be specific.
3. Indigenous rights of the iTaukei – I believe there are a few things that needs to be done. Our history has changed. Our history has been suppressed. We need to empower our people and teach our children about our history and encourage them to believe in themselves. Mostly, in history books, we are said to be cannibals and nowhere does it say that our people were strong and capable of sailing long distances. For example, people from Lau should be told that their forefathers can sail anywhere using the stars to navigate or they are good boat builders. We need to change how the iTaukei look at themselves.
SODELPA provisional candidate Jope Sulinibau Koroisavou.