Full time:          37.5 hours 
Duration:          Fixed term contract until 28 February 2021
Location:          Melbourne, with frequent travel to Papua New Guinea
Salary:              AUD$74,338.13
Closing Date:   8 January 2020 
Interviews:       16&17 January 2020
Requirements:  Applicants must have, and will be expected to provide proof of their right to work in Australia. 

We are currently seeking an experienced, diligent and motivated project manager to join the South East Asia and Pacific Programme team based in Melbourne, Australia. 

Conciliation Resources has worked in the Pacific region since 1994. The organisation first worked in Bougainville (an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea) in 2001. Currently we work in partnership with the Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation, the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government as part of a programme of work with the aim of:

  • Supporting inter-governmental dialogue processes.
  • Strengthening community analysis and conflict resolution mechanisms in Bougainville.
  • Building the skills of key peacebuilding actors in Bougainville.
  • Improving cohesion and collaboration between peacebuilding initiatives in Bougainville
  • Bringing peacebuilding knowledge from other post-conflict regions of the world.

Job Purpose

The Papua New Guinea Project Manager is responsible for developing and managing our peace building and conflict resolution work related to Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG). This includes support to formal negotiation processes, supporting transition to peace work for armed opposition groups, promoting community inclusion and engagement in peace processes, contributing to research and analysis on peace and conflict drivers and dynamics. 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 representing the programme in meetings with a range of interlocutors in the field. The post-holder contributes to strategic development, implementation and resourcing of the Bougainville, PNG programme as a whole, and manages two Programme Officer, consultants and volunteers. The post is based in Melbourne and will involve frequent travel to the region. 

Essential knowledge, skills and experience 

  • Substantial experience of project management including project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and narrative and financial reporting.
  • Practical experience of designing and implementing conflict resolution and peacebuilding interventions, including experience of working with international, national and local partner organisations in conditions of current or recent conflict.
  • Experience of living or working in or on the Pacific region.
  • Experience of and sensitivity to communicating with multicultural and diverse audiences (including senior government officials, politicians, opposition groups, national and local NGOs and conflict-affected communities).
  • Experience of planning, running, and facilitating effective meetings and workshops.
  • Demonstrable experience of preparing, managing and monitoring budgets, local partners’ activities and of financial and narrative reporting to donors. 
  • Experience of developing new project ideas, building relationships with donors and writing proposals and budgets to secure new funds. 
  • 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.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours on occasions and for frequent international travel.
  • Experience of working in a conflict-affected area, and experience of hostile environment training or willingness to undertake hostile environment training. 

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience 

  • Knowledge of Papua New Guinea context and connections with in-country and international stakeholders. 
  • Spoken or written Tok Pisin 
  • Knowledge and experience of peace mediation and dialogue processes, including formal track 1 and local community dialogue and reconciliation processes 

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