ICT Specialist, Education Capacity Development Facility - Papua New Guinea
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Project Overview and Role

About the Project
Australia's education assistance in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is designed to address education access and participation, including for women and girls and other disadvantaged groups, improve the quality of education, and improve young people's employability. The Australian High Commission (AHC) provides support to the basic, secondary, technical and higher education sectors using a range of mechanisms, including the Education Capacity Development Facility (ECDF).

The AHC Education & Leadership Portfolio (ELP) manages and oversees the delivery of activities under the ECDF. The ECDF is implemented by Palladium International and provides high-quality technical assistance and program support to the education sector as prioritised by Australia and the Government of Papua New Guinea at national and provincial levels. Support is provided to the PNG National Department of Education (NDoE), the PNG Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST), the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB), higher education and technical institutions, and other stakeholders in the education sector.

About Agreements
Since 2016 the ECDF has administered an increasing number of grants and sub-contracts for varying value from $200,000.00 to $4,000,000.00. This includes management of the Kina for Kina fund which was established as a joint Australian and PNG Government initiative to support universities in PNG undertake improvement activities following the completion of the 2013 External Quality Assurance Report.


Outline of the Role
The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Specialist, will be engaged to provide technical support and guidance to a newly-starting project with the PNG University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE). This role involves conducting an ICT infrastructure audit and scoping for the UNRE main campus and satellite sites to assist UNRE in instituting ICT solutions to support the implementation of five recommendations outlined in the Quality Report, which includes identifying reliable and efficient systems to improve trend data for enrolment, retention, progress and completion of annual student cohorts, delivery of robust and reliable internet connectivity, and implementing an electronic student management system. See the Terms of Reference for further information.

The Specialist will be required to undertake work in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and in East New Britain where the UNRE main campus is located. Further rural travel in areas with limited amenities may also be required to attend the satellite campuses. This is a Short Term Adviser position for up to 50 days, with the possibility of up to 50 additional days input if required, over a period of seven months.

Scope of Work
The full scope of work is found in the Terms of Reference, and includes:
  • Carrying out an audit and diagnostic review of UNRE ICT capability and capacity;
  • Identifying recommendations on whether to improve or replace existing ICT infrastructure and software systems;
  • Developing a comprehensive scope of works; and
  • Finalising a report outlining all recommendations for multiple audiences including UNRE, ECDF and AHC.


To Apply
Applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter outlining how their experience matches the qualifications and experience outlined in the Terms of Reference, including:
  • Significant experience in IT engineering and infrastructure, preferably within the context of development and higher education institutions;
  • Experience in conducting ICT audits and scoping exercises;
  • Thorough knowledge of ICT infrastructure and network design; and
  • Highly developed communication skills, including demonstrated experience in meeting donor reporting requirements.
The advertisement for this position is open until Sunday 1 September 2019, however selection will occur on a rolling basis and the position may be filled prior to close should a suitable candidate be identified.

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Closing date:
01 September 2019