Australia Awards Scholarships Manager

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Full time Staff

Australia Awards Papua New Guinea

Australia Awards Scholarships Manager

  • Australia Awards Scholarships Manager role with the long-standing Australia Awards program
  • One year, full-time, with possibility of extension
  • Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, with travel to provinces and Australia as required
  • Start date July 2019

The Program

Australia Awards in Papua New Guinea 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 scholarships in PNG. It also seeks to foster people-to-people links between Australia and PNG.

The program offers the next generation of leaders in Papua New Guinea opportunities to acquire professional and technical knowledge and skills relevant to Government of PNG priorities. It ensures that study opportunities are provided for women, people with disabilities and those from remote locations. There is a focus on supporting alumni to use their skills, knowledge and networks to drive change and innovation.

AAPNG includes three types of study options:

  • Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study primarily postgraduate courses in Australia;
  • In-PNG scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study in PNG to meet critical workforce gaps and to contribute to strengthening local education institutions; and
  • Australia Awards Short Course Awards for Papua New Guineans to undertake short term study in Australia (referred to as Fellowships in PNG);

To deliver outcomes, AAPNG has five streams: Australia Awards Scholarships; PNG and Pacific Awards; Short Course Awards; Alumni Engagement; and Secondary Education Partnerships. Australia Awards in PNG is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government.

The Position

The Australia Awards Scholarships Manager leads and manages the delivery of long-term scholarships to Australia and reports to the Facility Director.

This involves leading and managing the Australia Awards Scholarship activities across all phases of the scholarship cycle, including promotions, applications and selections, pre-departure preparation, on-award enrichment, monitoring and support, and reintegration. As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), the Australia Awards Manager fosters continuous improvement and innovation, ensures quality delivery, and maximises possible program outcomes for AAPNG.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have degree qualification in a related field such as education, human resource development, international development or business administration. We are seeking a candidate with substantial experience at a senior level in the planning and management in international education or training, such as university administration, student recruitment, admissions, and/or scholarship management.

To be successful in this role, you will have highly developed leadership and project management skills including work planning, team/personnel management, financial and procurement management. The ideal candidate will have data management and analysis experience and sound reporting, monitoring and evaluation abilities in addition to excellent analytical, research, writing and communication skills in English language. Previous experience or good understanding of Australia Awards is desirable.

The ideal candidate will have the ability and enthusiasm to manage change and drive a ‘can-do’ team culture. The ability to assess and work sensitively in a cross-cultural multi-stakeholder context is also required.

This position is classified Category C3 under the DFAT Adviser Remuneration Framework. Please visit  for further details.

How to apply

For a detailed position description and to apply for this position, please visit and search for the job reference number 497745.

Applications close 5pm (PNG time) on the 2nd May 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: 
2nd May 2019