Senior Coordinator (Alumni Secretariat)

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Full time Staff

Australia Awards PNG (AAPNG)

Senior Coordinator (Alumni Secretariat)

  • Senior Coordinator (Alumni Secretariat) role with the long-standing Australia Awards program
  • Until 30 June 2021, with a possibility of extension
  • Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea with program travel as required (e.g. PNG provinces/Australia)
  • 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 Senior Coordinator (Alumni Secretariat) is responsible for providing secretariat support to the PNG Australia Alumni Association in a manner that promotes the Association’s sustainability and transparency and is in accordance with the strategies, policies and procedures of both the Association and AAPNG.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have relevant university degree qualifications in administration, project management, education and/or human resources development or an equivalent combination of experience or training. To be successful in this role, you will have senior professional experience in project coordination in an international development context, including financial record-keeping and institutional capacity building.

Knowledge of the Government of Papua New Guinea, its structure and reform agenda and policies and systems relating to human resources and training is required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills for building and maintaining relationships, delivering messages, and identifying and managing issues. Strong organisational skills and an ability to prioritize and complete simultaneous projects with minimal supervision is required. Experience working independently and within cross-functional teams in a collaborative, professional environment 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 498183.

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