Assistant Manager, PNG and Pacific Awards

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Full time Staff

Australia Awards PNG (AAPNG)

Assistant Manager, PNG and Pacific Awards

  • Assistant Manager, PNG and Pacific Awards role with the long-standing Australia Awards program
  • Until 30 June 2021, with a possibility of extension
  • Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Start date February 2020

The Program

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

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 ensures opportunities are provided for women, people with disabilities and people from remote locations. The program focuses on supporting alumni to use their skills, knowledge and networks to drive change and innovation.

AAPNG includes three study options:

  • Australia Award Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study primarily postgraduate courses in Australia;
  • Australia Awards Short Course Awards 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, AAPNG has five stream activities: Australia Awards; PNG and Pacific Awards; Short Course Awards; Alumni Engagement; and Secondary Schools.  AAPNG is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government. 

The Position

The Assistant Manager PNG and Pacific Awards is responsible for planning and leading the implementation of In-PNG Scholarships activities (including private partner sponsorships) to ensure competitive, merit-based and transparent selection, a quality study experience for awardees, and enhanced scholarship outcomes for the program.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have postgraduate qualification(s) in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of professional experience and training. To be successful in this role, you will have extensive experience in project or activity management or coordination in an international development context in addition to knowledge of the tertiary education sector of Papua New Guinea. Experience with leading and managing a high-performance small team with diverse skills and high-level proficiency in spoken and written English, including reports for a variety of audiences is required. High level inter-personal and communication skills for building and maintaining relationships, delivering messages, and identifying and managing complex issues is essential.

How to apply

For a detailed position description and to apply for this position, please visit and search for the job reference number 498182.

Please note this role is for local PNG applicants only.

Applications close 5pm (PNG time) on Monday, 23 December 2019.

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: 
23rd December 2019