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The Papua New Guinea Australia Transition to Health (PATH) Program is one key way in which Australia is investing in PNG's security, stability, and prosperity by delivering support to PNG’s health sector. PATH supports locally generated and scaled health systems reform, working in partnership with the Government of PNG on high priority health issues including health security, communicable disease, family planning, sexual and reproductive health, and maternal and child health. This strong partnership is supporting PNG to improve the health and well-being of its citizens in line with PNG's National Health Plan. PATH looks to attract staff who are committed to this vision, and who are also able to work in collaborative, creative and adaptive ways to contribute to better health outcomes for people in PNG.

PATH is managed by Abt Associates, in association with an Aboriginal-owned and controlled company, Ninti One Limited.

Position Summary – Program Support Officer – Papua New Guinea Australia Transition to Health (PATH) Program

The Program Support Officer will provide programmatic support to senior members of the PATH Program team. Reporting to the PATH Team Leader, the Program Support Officer will be responsible for assisting in operationalising all intermediate outcomes across the PATH program.

This position is open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants only.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in research and program administration and support. Experience working in a Program operating environment would be desirable but not essential. This position is available for 1-year contract duration with possibility of extension based on individual performance, approval of program budget and alignment with ongoing program work plan.

 Duties include but not limited to:

  • Support development, operationalisation and reporting against various strategies across all PATH program activities and operations.
  • Provide research and analysis support to activity in the selected provinces to identify key bottlenecks and constraints within Provincial Health Authorities (PHA) and other health providers.
  • Assist with design strategies, activities and outputs at the selected PHAs.
  • Liaise with the Performance and Adaptive Systems Team to assess the effects of changes made.
  • Contribute to the production of progress reports and report to the Lead on program progress and implementation issues.
  • Support the monitoring of budget utilisation, program deliverables, associated risks, issues, gaps and opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships and engagement with key stakeholders, including government (national and provincial) and non-state actors.
  • Assist in the coronation of events, workshops and meetings and travel.

 Preferred skills and experience

  • Knowledge of and/or experience in international or community development, humanitarian, or health-sector programs.
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness and understanding of cultural protocols informing work with provincial PNG communities.
  • Proven ability to design and conduct research and produce high-quality reports and health policy briefs.
  • Proven ability to work within a complex team environment requiring sensitivity, confidentiality and privacy.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Proven ability to prioritise, organise workloads and meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of computer-based applications (including Microsoft Office Word and Excel) and a willingness to learn new software programs as required.
  • A demonstrated understanding of GEDSI principles and how they apply in development programming.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills with ability to work with senior leaders, external stakeholders and officials to achieve outcomes.
  • Willingness to relocate to PNG, undertake provincial travel in PNG and work in the field.

To apply

Applications should be submitted online via the Careers page of Abt Associates’ website and MUST include:

  • a CV and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria listed
  • Evidence attached to confirm that you are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent

The successful applicant must hold a current Australian Passport or have the required documentation/ability to apply for an Australian Passport.

Further details for this opportunity can be found in the Information for Applicants available from the Careers page of Abt Associate's website at:

Go to ‘Apply Now’, ‘Aus/UK Postings’ and by searching ‘By Country/ Region’ for Papua New Guinea, you will find this, and all other roles currently being advertised for Abt Associates in PNG. Applications should be submitted online. 

The closing date for applications is 26 February 2021 (Midnight local time).

We welcome and thank all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants; however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

About Abt Associates

Abt Associates is a recognised leader in the international development sector. Working with our many partners, Abt Associates implements bold innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Operating in remote and challenging environments, we offer innovative solutions, extensive experience in the region, strong technical capacity, and a proven project management track record. We are committed to gender equity in our employment strategies and encourage applications from capable women. Abt Associates is a child safe organisation and promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.

About Ninti One Limited

Ninti One Limited is one of Australia’s biggest Aboriginal consulting companies. It was established in 2003 and Prof Tom Calma AO has been its Chairperson since 2010. Ninti employs about 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people each year, and it will provide cultural safety and other support to the Program Support Officer. 

Job Ref: AU0001DW000639
Country / Region: Papua New Guinea
Occupational Area: Project Coordination / Project Management
Job Type: Long Term Advisor
Submitted: 02-02-2021
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