Assistant Manager, Capacity Development – Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Why Tetra Tech International Development?

As a leading global development consulting firm, our purpose is to contribute to a world where people, communities and the planet thrive.

Tetra Tech International Development works with governments, businesses and NGOs to solve complex development challenges. Our dedicated team helps partners including DFAT, USAID and the Asian Development Bank to deliver effective and sustainable projects in more than 80 countries around the world.

  • Assistant Manager, Capacity Development
  • Until 30 June 2023, with possibility of extension
  • Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

The Program

The Australia Awards Papua New Guinea (AAPNG) Facility 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 rural and remote locations. The program supports 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 undertake long-term study in Australia, primarily at the postgraduate level;
  • Australia Awards Short Course Awards for Papua New Guineans to undertake short-term professional development study in Australia or PNG, often receiving an Australian qualification; and
  • Australia Awards In-PNG Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to undertake long-term study in PNG to meet critical workforce gaps.

As a further extension of these scholarships, the AAPNG Facility supports the PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools Initiative which connects Australia and Papua New Guinea’s students, teachers and principals to build capability and deepen people-to-people links to underpin the enduring partnership between Australia and PNG.

The AAPNG Facility also facilitates the PNGAus Partnerships for higher education which involves projects that develop partnerships between Papua New Guinean and Australian higher education institutions to strengthen PNG institutions’ capacity in teaching, learning and research in alignment with the Government of PNG’s higher education reform agenda.

To deliver Australia Awards outcomes, AAPNG has six stream activities: Australia Awards; PNG and Pacific Awards; Short Course Awards; Alumni Engagement; Secondary Schools; and Higher Education. AAPNG is managed by Tetra Tech International Development, on behalf of the Australian Government.

The Position

Reporting to the Capacity Development Manager, the Assistant Manager will be responsible for, coordinating and delivery of professional development courses; and other capacity development initiatives to support targeted professions, sectors, and higher education institutions in PNG.

The Assistant Manager will also support the delivery of course identification and design, provide selection, promotions and awardee selections, visa and travel logistics, course delivery oversight, awardee pastoral support, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation. It also includes providing guidance and support to other managers with their education and training activities to ensure a cohesive ‘whole-of-facility’ approach to targeted sector capacity development.

The Person

  • Postgraduate qualification(s) in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of professional experience and training

  • Extensive experience in project or activity management or coordination in an international development context;

  • Knowledge of the Australian and Papua New Guinea Higher and Tertiary Education sector and training needs in PNG

  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of international scholarships and education including management of academic and welfare issues, and continuing professional development for short courses and other capacity development initiatives

  • Experience with leading and managing a high-performance small team with diverse skills

  • High level of inter-personal skills for building and maintaining relationships, reporting, delivering messages and identifying and managing issues

  • Strong attention to detail

  • High level proficiency in spoken and written English, including reports for a variety of audiences.

This program is managed by Tetra Tech International Development, on behalf of the Australian Government.

Tetra Tech International Development has a 40-year history in successfully delivering international development projects on behalf of donors right around the world, including Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, USAID and the UK's Department for International Development (now known as the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office). Our people work side by side with local partners to support stability, economic growth and good governance, positively changing people's lives.

Tetra Tech International Development has robust policies and guidelines which exemplify our commitment to safeguarding and technical excellence in gender equality. Our team of dedicated GEDSI advisers work closely with our staff and partners to ensure a context-specific and consistent approach is applied to all our programmes to improve the livelihoods of the world’s most marginalised groups.

Tetra Tech International Development is also committed to respectful workplaces and does not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment of any kind.

Tetra Tech International Development is an equal opportunity employer of choice and is committed to child protection.

How to apply

This position is locally engaged and reserved for National Citizens of Papua New Guinea.

To view a detailed position description and to apply, please visit Tetra Tech International Development Careers and search for job number 499347. Please note that applications will only be accepted via the online application process on the Tetra Tech International Development Website.

For further enquiries, please contact us at and quote the job reference number 499347

Applications close: 5.00pm (PNG time) Sunday 5th December 2021.