Operations Manager

Australia Awards
Papua New Guinea
Full time Staff

Australia Awards Operations Manager

  • New key management role with the long standing Australia Awards PNG program
  • Start date ideally in October/November 2017
  • To be employed according to DFAT’s Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF) for international expertise.

The Program

Australia Awards – Papua New Guinea (AAPNG) is designed to promote knowledge, leadership and enduring ties between Australia and PNG. It aims to build knowledge and skills to address PNG’s economic and development challenges through international scholarships to Australia, and the provision of in-PNG scholarships. 

It offers the next generation of leaders in Papua New Guinea opportunities to acquire professional and technical knowledge and skills relevant to the priorities of the Government of PNG. The program fosters people-to-people links between Australia and PNG and ensures opportunities are provided for women, people with disabilities and people from remote locations. The Awards program focuses on supporting alumni to use their skills, knowledge and networks to drive change and innovation.

Australia Awards – PNG includes three study options:

  • Australia Award Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study primarily postgraduate courses in Australia;
  • Australia Awards Fellowships – Papua New Guinea (short courses) for Papua New Guineans to undertake study in Australia, receiving an Australian qualification; and
  • Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study in PNG to meet critical workforce gaps. 

To deliver Australia Awards outcomes, there are currently four activity streams: 1) Australia Awards; 2) PNG and Pacific Awards; 3) Alumni Engagement; and 4) Professional Development and Partnerships. Australia Awards – PNG is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government.

The Position

The Operations Manager position requires international skills to lead, manage and ensure a high performing operations support service function to facilitate effective and efficient AAPNG program delivery. The manager will be responsible for: financial management, planning and reporting; procurement; HR and office administration, program logistics, and HSS management). Promoting fraud awareness and managing control measures is a prominent aspect of the position.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have a qualification at a degree level or higher from a recognised university in a Finance, Business or other related field. Highly developed project financial management and project management skills including work planning, team/personnel management, experience in logistics and work health and safety requirements and fraud control are essential. Demonstrated understanding and experience of effective team supervision and performance management for personnel and a working knowledge of DFATs policies related to gender and disability will be highly regarded.

For success, candidates will have strong understanding and experience of capacity development approaches and the ability to utilise a range of techniques to increase the confidence, skills and action of colleagues and team members. Ability to work collaboratively as part of a small team and the ability to work cross-culturally with colleagues, government agencies, service providers and other stakeholders is essential.

Any applicants currently in PNG should understand that if selected and are required to work in PNG they will need to depart PNG and re-enter on a Coffey sponsored visa.

How to apply:

For a detailed position description and to apply for this position, please visit www.coffey.com/careers and search for the job reference number 495493.

Applications close 3.00pm (PNG time) 14 September 2017.

For further enquiries please contact: internationaldevelopment@coffey.com.

This program is managed by Coffey on behalf of the Australian Government.

Coffey is an equal opportunity employer of choice and is committed to child protection. 

Closing date: 
14th September 2017