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Country Representative – Papua New Guinea

WaterAid Australia
Location: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Last Date: August 24, 2011

Role Profile - Country Representative – Papua New Guinea 


Place of Work:

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Reports to:

International Program Manager, PNG


Responsible for a budget of AUD$1 million.

 WaterAid is an international NGO dedicated to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people. We are committed to giving the world’s poorest communities access to water and sanitation. We are passionate about delivering our aims and objectives, and pride ourselves on being a diverse, dynamic and supportive workplace.

 Primary Purpose

The primary purpose of the Country Representative (CR) is to provide leadership to the Country Programme (CP) and to contribute to the global leadership of WaterAid. The CR achieves this by developing and steering the direction of the CP, liaising with the Melbourne head office, empowering and developing local staff and partners and influencing public and private institutions on the impact that improvements in safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene can make to the poorest and most excluded - therefore contributing to wider poverty reduction and human development. 


WaterAid has had a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) program in Papua New Guinea since 2004. Our program currently consists of rural WASH programs in the Highlands and East Sepik region which are implemented by local NGO partners, with support from one expatriate engineer based in Wewak. We now wish to appoint a Country Representative and set up a national office in Port Moresby, in order to expand and deepen our programs, especially in the policy and advocacy area within the national WASH sector. 


1.        Represent WaterAid externally; ensuring that WaterAid's vision, mission, values and aims are communicated in a positive and compelling way. Facilitate the building of relationships between partners, staff and other stakeholders.

2.        Actively facilitate relationships between WASH sector stakeholders (actors) to support the development of the sector.

3.        Liaise with the Melbourne head office, in particular the International Program Manager, (PNG ) and the Head of International Programs

4.        Support the implementation of the Country Strategy in line with WaterAid's Global Strategy.

5.        Support the successful, on time, delivery of all multi year plans and budgets.

6.        Collaborate with colleagues from across WaterAid to enhance relationships and ensure effective organisational working.

7.        Contribute as a member of Global and Australian leadership teams of WaterAid to support organisational effectiveness and development.

8.        Support the approach to ensuring that the CP has integrated Equity and Inclusion into its work as well as being a diverse and inclusive place to work.

9.        Stay aware of the local funding context and identify appropriate opportunities to increase income, in conjunction with the International Programs Manager.

10.     Develop a thorough understanding of the external environment we are operating in, identify and manage risk including ensuring appropriate health and safety and security procedures are in place.

11.     Ensure that WaterAid’s global policies are adapted to the country context (as appropriate) and adhered to; represent WaterAid’s stated global positions on key development issues effectively, adapting them to the country context as appropriate.

12.     Lead, manage and develop the CP team, creating an environment that enables staff to maximise their potential


Person Specification 




·       Degree or professional qualification in a relevant subject,

·       Post graduate qualification in a related subject

·       Qualification in international development

·       WASH related qualifications





·       Engagement with national governments, bilateral and multi-lateral agencies on policy influencing.

·       Experience of developing key strategic and operational partnerships with national level NGOs for programme, policy and advocacy interventions.

·       Experience Identifying key strategic partners with shared agendas and building relationships with them. 

·       Experience in developing and implementing multiple advocacy strategies using a complimentary combination of media, mass campaigning, lobbying of decision-makers and informal networking.

·       Proven leadership skills and strategic management skills

·       Experience of working in Papua New Guinea

·       Significant experience of community-based water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion projects

·       Senior management experience in an international development organisation

·       Proven experience in building a program team and managing organisational growth and change.

·       Proven experience of heading a Country Program/ Office

·       Experience in managing urban programs Strategic leadership and management of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, preferably in water and sanitation sector.

·       Experience of raising funds for government and/or international agencies (bilateral/multilateral), managing large budgets with diverse international donor base.

·       Experience in strategic planning development in a senior management capacity.



Knowledge and skills



·       Ability to understand formal political decision-making processes and identifies political dynamics, drivers and stakeholders.

·       A clear and sound understanding of international development (policy and programme), especially in the water and sanitation developing countries

·       Ability to think clearly and analytically.

·       Ability to develop long term strategic plans at an organisational level within a country and further developing operational short and medium term plans

·       Ability to plan own work, setting priorities and completing it under pressure or when faced with competing demands.

·       Ability to lead financial and budget management processes and ensure high level of accountability to internal and external stakeholders.

·       Ability to effectively manage a small team of staff and local partners

·       Ability to communicate clearly in English.

·       Ability to use computers both for word-processing and spreadsheet packages

·       Ability to develop innovative approaches to development problems.



Personal qualities



·       A strong commitment to gender sensitive, inclusive and pro-poor development work.

·       Commitment to Child Protection

·       A commitment to WaterAid’s values and approach.

·       Consultative and empowering management style and willingness to learn from others

·       Willingness to work within an organisational framework in the spirit of mutual trust and respect

·       Ability and experience in managing remote teams


Abbreviated Terms and Conditions


Salary and allowances                 Attractive INGO taxable Salary and Benefits  

Location                                           Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Contract Period                              The post is offered on a 3 year contract (extendable by mutual agreement)

Probation                                         The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a six months probationary period.



Recruitment process


Closing date             24th August 2011

1st Interviews           mid/end of September 2011


To apply, please send us the following: 

·                     The completed application form demonstrating why you are applying, how you meet the person specification requirements and what in particular you would bring to WaterAid. Please note that this section should not exceed 2 pages. 

·                     The completed personal details form including the names, positions and contact details of two employment referees, including your current or most recent employer. No contact will be made with any referee in advance of an offer being made, without your prior approval.


Please let us know if you have any special requirements, should you be selected for interview. 

WaterAid is a child safe organisation. The successful applicant will be required to provide a satisfactory criminal record check from the Australian Federal Police or country of residence and PNG government requirements if a PNG visa is required.  

Send your application to or post it to the Peter Dwan, International Programs Manager PNG, Private Bag 1, Mitcham, VIC 3132, Australia, or fax to +61 (0) 3 9872 1132  under confidential cover. 

When emailing or posting applications please ensure that it will arrive by 5 pm on the closing date. 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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