School Capacity Building Specialist

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Consultant (Short term)

Australia Awards PNG (AAPNG)

School Capacity Building Specialist

  • School Capacity Building Specialist role with the long-standing Australia Awards program
  • Short term – 110 days of input over 12 months, in up to three blocks, with possibility of extension
  • At least 95 days in PNG, with extensive travel to the provinces, and the remainder from home location
  • Start date late January 2020

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.

Australia Awards includes three types of study options:

  • Australia Award scholarships primarily for postgraduate study in Australia;
  • Australia Awards Short Course Awards for short term study in Australia; and
  • In-PNG scholarships for study in PNG to meet critical workforce gaps and to contribute to strengthening local education institutions.

As an extension of these scholarships, AAPNG facilitates the PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools, a new initiative connecting Australia and Papua New Guinea’s students, teachers and principals to better prepare our future generations. A group of 24 Australian and PNG secondary schools are working together to strengthen areas of mutual priority, such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), English, youth leadership and girl’s education.

The initiative involves a range of formal and informal learning experiences for school leaders, teachers, students and relevant education authorities. This includes transformative exchange and learning experiences in Australia and PNG, school project collaboration, professional short courses, and student leadership initiatives. 

The Position

The School Capacity Building Specialist role will contribute to the strengthening of priority areas in secondary education in targeted PNG schools - such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), English language, youth empowerment and inclusive education - through the PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools initiative.

The incumbent will design, develop and deliver a range of collaborative workshop opportunities for educators and students to engage in project-based learning and leadership development to support secondary school capacity development aligned to PNG National Quality School Standards Framework (NQSSF). It is anticipated workshops will be delivered in 12 provinces for participating schools and educators from wider provincial clusters.

Underpinning this activity will be the capacity building of girls and women and also the strengthening of institutional policies and procedures for Child Protection and Preventing Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH).

The Person

The ideal candidate will have postgraduate tertiary qualification(s) in education, training, international development, or related field or equivalent. To be successful in this role, you will have demonstrated solid understanding of, and at least ten years’ professional experience in, the field of secondary school education and leadership, including design thinking. Professional experience working in Melanesia and demonstrated understanding of Papua New Guinean secondary school education system and curriculum is required.

You will have experience in designing, delivering and evaluating learning activities for school leaders, teachers and students that build capacity aligned to local policies and incorporate the latest best practice. Familiarity and experience with applying the DFAT’s Child Protection policy, and a demonstrated capacity to meet the demands of a variety of international stakeholders and to operate in a complex cross-cultural environment is essential.

This position is classified Category B4 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 498153.

Applications close 5pm (PNG time) on Sunday, 8th December 2019.

This program is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government.

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

Closing date: 
8th December 2019