Deputy Director/Operations Manager

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Full time Staff

Australia Awards Papua New Guinea

Deputy Director/Operations Manager 

  • Deputy Director/Operations Manager role with the long-standing Australia Awards program
  • 18 months with possibility of extension
  • Port Moresby PNG with possible travel to provinces
  • Start date December 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 people 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:

  • Australia Award scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study primarily post graduate 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 Australia Awards outcomes, the Facility 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 Deputy Director/Operations Manager will provide key strategic assistance to the Facility Director and lead and manage a high performing operations team to facilitate the quality delivery of scholarship and other activities for the program to achieve its development and public diplomacy outcomes.

The Deputy Director will assist the Facility Director by providing strategic direction to the team, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, ensuring quality program delivery and maximising possible outcomes for AAPNG.

The incumbent will lead, manage and ensure high performing operations support services, such as finance, human resources, and logistics, to facilitate AAPNG program delivery that is both effective and efficient. This includes promoting adherence to: fraud awareness and control measures; gender equality, disability and social inclusion; and health safety and security policies and procedures.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have a postgraduate qualification in international development, business administration or similar relevant field or equivalent experience or training. You will have a minimum of ten years’ professional experience in international development projects and at least five years’ managing complex DFAT-funded projects, with experience in education projects an advantage. You will have demonstrated experience in capacity development approaches and the ability to apply a range of techniques to enhance the skills and action of colleagues and team members.

To be successful in this role, you will have strong demonstrated experience in effective team supervision and performance management for personnel. You will have knowledge in financial management and administration, including budget forecasting, financial reporting and procurement. The ideal candidate will have experience in program administration, including human resource planning and management, logistics and work health and safety requirements. Advanced interpersonal and verbal and writing skills, including the ability to prepare reports that are timely, succinct and address issues appropriately for the audience is required.

You will have proven understanding of gender equality, disability and social inclusion, child protection and fraud control, and a demonstrated preparedness to mainstream these considerations into activities. You will have demonstrated capacity to motivate and lead staff in a culturally diverse setting, including conflict resolution skills with a ‘Can do’ attitude and able to foster a client service approach.

This position is classified Category C4 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 498065.

Applications close 5pm (PNG time) on Thursday 24th October 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: 
24th October 2019