Papua New Guinea: Communications Manager

Organization: Coffey
Country: Papua New Guinea
Closing date: 20 Mar 2017

Australia Awards Papua New Guinea (AAPNG)

Communications Manager

  • Specialist role with the long standing Australia Awards program
  • 8 months input over 12 months (part-time or short-term inputs)
  • To be employed according to DFAT’s Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF)
  • Inputs in Port Moresby required

The Program

Australia Awards – 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 the provision of in-PNG scholarships.

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 fosters people-to-people links between Australia and PNG and ensures opportunities are provided for women, people with disabilities and people from remote locations. The Awards program focuses on supporting alumni to use their skills, knowledge and networks to drive change and innovation.

Australia Awards – PNG includes three study options:

  • Australia Award Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study primarily postgraduate courses in Australia;
  • Australia Awards Fellowships – Papua New Guinea (short courses) 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, there are four streams: Australia Awards; PNG and Pacific Awards; Outreach and Alumni; and Professional Development and Partnerships. Australia Awards – PNG is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government.

The Position

The Communications Manager will lead and manage the public relations, promotions and media for Australia Awards in PNG (AAPNG) and has a significant role in achieving the program’s public diplomacy objectives.

This role is responsible for developing and implementing an effective communications plan in accordance with the program’s goal, objectives and strategies. This includes managing public relations, promotions and media, and ensuring alignment with DFAT’s branding requirements. It also involves providing communication guidance and support with implementing program activities, and continuing the development and improvement of the Communication and Public Diplomacy Strategy for AAPNG to ensure this is delivering results and the outcomes planned.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have tertiary qualifications in communications, marketing or public relations from a recognised university. Substantial communications experience, covering public relations, promotions and media, including in an international context, will be essential for this role. A proven ability to manage a team in a complex project management environment, work cross-culturally with a diverse range of stakeholders and experience with applying DFAT branding policy and procedures will be highly regarded. To ensure success, candidates will need to display excellent interpersonal skills combined with high level English language writing skills, particularly the ability to write for a variety of different audiences.

Coffey will consider applicants who are based in PNG or outside of PNG. For applicants based outside of PNG they must be able to travel to PNG for inputs when required and have a suitable office environment with computer equipment and high quality internet access for online communications, consultations, meetings and document sharing.

Any applicants currently in PNG should understand that if selected and required to work in PNG, they will need to depart PNG and re-enter on a Coffey-sponsored visa.

How to apply:

For a detailed position description and to apply for this position, please visit and search for the job reference number 495173

Applications close 5.00pm (PNG time) 20th March 2017

For further enquiries please contact:

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.

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