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James Ibell-Roberts

Development Manager


James joined ARCC as Development Manager in May 2021, leading strategic planning, organisational development and funding acquisition. He was based in Vanuatu for 10 years working in the international development space. He worked as Emergency Programme Manager for the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), leading the agency’s food security response to Tropical Cyclone Harold and Tropical Cyclone Pam, as well as supporting emergency food distributions with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as Emergency Programme Officer. James founded and was the first Director of Vanuatu’s Little Stars Summer School (VLSSS), a grassroots organisation dedicated to developing the leadership potential of young Ni-Vanuatu. He continues supporting VLSSS’ local leadership committee as Management Advisor. James is currently pursuing postgraduate studies with an MSc Sustainable Development through the University of London and has a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University.

Work Chronology

May 2021 – Present
Development Manager, Aotearoa Resettled Community Coalition (ARCC), New Zealand
Apr 2020 – Nov 2020
Emergency Programme Manager, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Vanuatu (remote New Zealand based)
Jan 2018 – Present
Management Advisor, Vanuatu’s Little Stars Summer School (VLSSS), Vanuatu
Sept 2016 – June 2017
Regional Information Management Officer, FAO, Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands
Dec 2015 – June 2016
Emergency Program Manager, FAO, Vanuatu
July 2015 – Dec 2015
Emergency Program Officer, FAO, Vanuatu
Apr 2015 – June 2015
Program Officer, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Vanuatu
May 2012 – Jan 2018
Director, VLSSS, Vanuatu
Feb 2012 – Dec 2012
Teacher, Ranmawot Primary School, Vanuatu
Feb 2011 – Dec 2011
Teacher, Ranwadi Churches of Christ College, Vanuatu

Education Chronology

Feb 2017 – Present:
MSc Sustainable Development, SOAS, University of London, UK
Oct 2007 – June 2010
BA Mathematics (Hons), Oxford University, UK