Coordinator - Small Projects and Grants

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Full time Staff
  • Coordinator role with the long standing Australia Awards program
  • 12 month contract
  • Start date as soon as possible
  • Port Moresby based, Non-ARF role

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

Reporting to the Manager, PNG and Pacific Awards Manager, the Coordinator – Small Projects and Grants will support partner tertiary institutions with the preparation and implementation of small projects to address their capacity-development priorities within the available resources, timeframes and budgets. The role also provides support with the implementation of capacity-development initiatives within in-PNG Scholarships cycle activities.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate field of study, or relevant work experience and a knowledge of the PNG Higher Education Sector. For success in this role candidates will need to have a strong experience in Project Coordination in an international development context and demonstrated experience in working in a small team. Candidates will have high level inter-personal and communication skills, stakeholder management skills combined with a knowledge of the Government of Papua New Guinea, its structure and reform agenda.

How to apply

This position is based in Port Moresby. Remuneration is competitive but does not include a housing allowance. For further enquiries please contact:

For a detailed position description and to apply for this position, please visit and search for the job reference number 495557.

Applications close 5.00pm (PNG time) 22nd September 2017.

This program is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government.

Closing date: 
22nd September 2017