We are seeking a motivated Programme Manager to lead our peacebuilding work in Papua New Guinea. We are looking for a peacebuilding team leader, with good management and interpersonal skills, along with a high level of initiative, and problem-solving skills. It is essential that applicants for this role have the right to work in Australia.
Full-time: 37.5 hours
Duration: 30 Months
Location: Melbourne, Australia frequent international travel
Salary: AU$78,055.04 plus employer pension contribution
Closing date: 9 October 2019
The Programme Manager, Papua New Guinea leads Conciliation Resources’ peacebuilding and conflict resolution work in Papua New Guinea. This includes support to formal inter-governmental dialogue and negotiation processes; developing Conciliation Resources work in PNG; and managing the organisations extensive programme in Bougainville, which includes strengthening capacities for peace, enhancing peacebuilding collaboration, and comparative learning. The post holder is responsible for overseeing the full project cycle for these activities, including design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, narrative and financial reporting. They act as a resource to partner organisations and represent the PNG part of the South East Asia and the Pacific programme (SEAP) in meetings with a range of interlocutors in context and elsewhere. The post-holder leads on strategic development, implementation and resourcing of PNG programme, and manages a Project Manager, consultants and volunteers. The post is based in Melbourne and will involve frequent travel to the region.
Essential knowledge, skills and experience
- Considerable experience of project management including project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and narrative and financial reporting.
- Practical and conceptual knowledge of peacebuilding and conflict transformation processes, of processes of social and political change and of supporting the development of local capacities for peacebuilding.
- Considerable knowledge of the social and political landscape in PNG and wider region, and its conflicts, ideally through experience of living or working in or on the Pacific region.
- Experience of working with local and national partners in an accompaniment and mentoring role, including capacity building and due diligence.
- Considerable financial management experience, including preparing and managing annual budgets of at least £250k, monitoring and forecasting spend, and overseeing internal and external financial reporting.
- Experience of managing government or other donor-funded programmes, including donor relationship management, programme development and narrative and budget reporting.
- Considerable experience of developing new project ideas, building relationships with donors and writing proposals and budgets to secure new funds.
- Excellent communication skills, to communicate complex issues effectively and adjust communication style to varying circumstances, including ability to listen actively to people from varying backgrounds and with a range of political, cultural, gender and sexual identities and value orientations, combined with an ability to engage with them clearly and sensitively.
- Experience of line managing staff, including task management, performance management and professional development.
- Experience of planning, running, and facilitating effective meetings and workshops.
- Appreciation of confidentiality, political sensitivity and the complexities of working in a situation of unresolved conflict or political transition.
- Excellent spoken and written English.
- Post-graduate study or equivalent by experience in conflict resolution, international relations, development studies, international humanitarian law, gender, peace and security or other related fields.
- Experience implementing projects in difficult social and political situations or conflict contexts, and experience of hostile environment training or willingness to undertake hostile environment training.
- Excellent organisational and coordination skills, including the ability to think and plan strategically while also retaining close attention to detail, to manage and prioritise a diverse and demanding workload, to convene and run efficient meetings and meet deadlines.
- Ability to navigate political sensitivities and awareness of the complexity of working in conflict-affected situations, including appreciation of confidentiality and handling sensitive information with due care.
- Willingness to work irregular hours on occasions and for frequent international travel.
- Excellent word processing, spreadsheet, database and email software skills.
Desirable knowledge, skills and experience
- Experience facilitating dialogue processes.
- Experience undertaking advocacy with policymakers.
- Knowledge and experience of peace mediation and dialogue processes, including formal track 1 and local community dialogue and reconciliation processes.
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