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Project Director - Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific - Papua New Guinea

DT Global Asia Pacific Pty Ltd
  • Duration of 2 years
  • Based in Papua New Guinea
  • Open to both international and national candidates
  • Competitive remuneration and benefits package

Are you interested in making a difference in PNG's transport sector? Are you a dynamic and visionary leader seeking a challenging and fulfilling role? An exciting opportunity is available for an experienced leader with a proven track record in infrastructure strategic planning and project management within international development initiatives.

About Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP)

The Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) is a AUD4 billion initiative of the Australian Government aimed at facilitating quality infrastructure development in the Pacific region. It collaborates with governments and the private sector in the Pacific and Timor-Leste, offering grant and loan financing for transformative projects in energy, water, transport, telecommunications, and other infrastructure sectors.

AIFFP is currently involved in implementing various infrastructure projects in Papua New Guinea, particularly in the transport (ports and roads) and energy sectors. To ensure effective program delivery, AIFFP has established a Project Management Office (PMO) that works in coordination with the DFAT Transport Sector Support Program Phase 3 (TSSP3). The PMO is responsible for overseeing project management, procurement, contract administration, financial management support, safeguards, and technical advisory services to ensure successful project delivery. Additionally, the PMO focuses on capacity-building and professional development of local counterparts to enhance project sustainability. Building strong collaborative relationships with project stakeholders, including PNG counterparts, is crucial for the successful implementation of the AIFFP projects.

About TSSP Phase 3

The PNG–Australia Transport Sector Support Program Phase 3 (TSSP3) is a critical, high-priority Australian investment that stands to make a major contribution to PNG development outcomes.

Working closely with the Government of PNG (GoPNG), TSSP3 will build on the significant body of achievements, lessons, and relationships from the past 17 years of operation and will continue to contribute to the achievement of the overarching goal of:
‘A more effective, efficient, and inclusive transport system, enabling the economic and social development of PNG.’

Gender Equity, Disability Equity, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) and Social and Environmental Safeguards, Locally Led Development (LLD), Climate Change and Disaster Resilience (CCDR) and Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adapting (MERLA) are a key focus for the program and are integrated into all of TSSP3’s activities and operations.

This phase of TSSP3 will run from November 2023 to November 2028.

About the Role

The AIFFP PMO Project Director, in collaboration with the AIFFP Investment Team and the TSSP3 Team Leader, will oversee the AIFFP PMO team to ensure successful implementation and risk management of AIFFP's investments in the PNG transport sector. This role involves adapting to changing priorities, navigating a complex operational and political landscape, and taking a proactive approach to advancing business cases, overseeing project management, meeting milestones, coordinating technical inputs, and supporting stakeholders.

The Project Director will prioritise high performance and client-focused service delivery, leading by example in program implementation and innovation while emphasising GEDSI, Safeguards, LLD, and CCDR in the PMO's operations. Through effective communication and relationship management, the Project Director will engage partners to enhance the PNG-Australia Partnership.

As a key member of the TSSP3 Senior Management Team, the Project Director will ensure alignment with Australia's support to PNG's transport sector.

About you

Selection Criteria:

To be successful for this role, you must possess the following including, but not limited to:

  • Tertiary qualifications in one of the following disciplines: business, project management, management and leadership, construction, engineering, or other relevant discipline
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in senior level project management roles within international development activities either with a development partner, managing contractor or as a technical adviser
  • Extensive high-level experience in strategic planning, management and/or advisory positions related to infrastructure
  • Significant experience in large scale project delivery with a focus on strategic management of multi-stakeholder technical projects
  • Exceptional leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to lead and manage technical advisers and other specialist experts critical to a program’s performance
  • Demonstrated experience in the contract and project management of infrastructure construction projects in a supervisory or management role including experience with standard forms of contract used internationally, including those FIDIC, World Bank, and the ADB

Highly Desirable

  • Experience in investment project funding mechanisms for infrastructure including loan and grant financing
  • Project Management certified in Agile, Prince2, Six Sigma
  • A master’s degree in a relevant discipline or MBA
  • Previous experience with DFAT funded projects
  • Previous experience working in Papua New Guinea and/or other Pacific Island countries or complex operational environments

To obtain more information about this role and access a full Terms of Reference (ToR), please click on: https://shorturl.at/l2NVA

Please submit

  • A recent CV;
  • A cover letter addressing the key selection criteria (maximum 3 pages)

We embrace and support applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds and abilities, and we particularly welcome applications from PNG nationals.

Should this role be of interest, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Kindly note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

About DT Global

DT Global is shaping a future where sustainable development and innovation empower individuals, communities, and nations. We work in partnership with local stakeholders to foster inclusive prosperity, social equity, and environmental stewardship. Our global team of 2,500 staff and experts work in over 90 countries to solve complex problems in the peacebuilding, governance, economic development, environment, and human development sectors. With a track record of technical excellence and more than 60 years of international development experience and relationships, we deliver innovative solutions that transform lives.

DT Global is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our international development programs. We are committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), and bribery prevention. DT Global is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage women, men, people with diverse backgrounds and people living with disabilities to apply. This program is funded by the Australian Government and Managed by DT Global.

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