Communications & Partnerships Officer - PNG Biodiversity

  • Mid-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 3 October 2019

Job Description

Cardno is seeking a Communications and Partnerships Officer for the USAID Biodiversity Program in Papua New Guinea.

The USAID Papua New Guinea (PNG) Biodiversity Program is a five-year conservation program based in Port Moresby. The program aims to strengthen the management of environmental resources in PNG to promote conservation of the country’s exceptional biodiversity and enhance the resilience of its people. The biodiversity program will reduce significant threats to priority biodiversity hotspots in PNG by supporting communities to manage their customary lands and waters, working at both national and local levels to develop the capacities needed to provide communities with the legal, technical, and financial resources required to achieve the sustainable management of their natural resources. The program seeks a Communications and Partnerships Officer to support the engagement activities and partnerships with the local communities in the target areas, government and other stakeholders. The Communications and Partnerships Officer is a local position and therefore ineligible for USAID allowances.


  • Support communications with private sector partners, program stakeholders, the Government of PNG (GoPNG), and USAID;
  • Ensure compliance with USAID branding and marking policies;
  • Manage and ensure effective partnership and communications activities at the program level for improved outreach and partnerships including;
  • Work closely with program staff to ensure clear, up-to-date, and accurate program information is available and communicated across various media channels;
  • Ensure the development of impact-oriented articles for public use on various platforms;
  • Develop communications materials and coordinating implementation activities;
  • Develop CBO skills in advocacy and communications;
  • Facilitate relationships among communities, NGOs, private sector partners, and government agencies;
  • Support local and provincial awareness of biodiversity policies and laws as they relate to community empowerment;
  • Work with site-based staff and communities to develop conservation programming communications, including conservation enterprises; and
  • Coordinate and manage updates to program documents and work with program technical staff to revise content, and edit for clarity, readability, consistency, and grammar.

REQUIRED MINIMUM EDUCATION: BS/BA (or equivalent) in communications, community outreach or relevant field. MSc/MA preferred.
REQUIRED MINIMUM EXPERIENCE: 5 - 7 years of experience leading project communication strategies.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience and proven success adhering to USAID and/or other donor organization branding guidelines and being responsible for quality assurance across organizational marketing and communications materials;
  • Proven track record of writing articles and news items for publication;
  • Proven experience implementing internal and external communications initiatives, including behavior change communications;
  • Experience working with digital media, social networks and websites;
  • Experience providing communications training, mentoring and advice to project partners and stakeholders;
  • Proven experience copy editing publications and documents for submission to the USAID and/or for publication;
  • Experience working with community stakeholders and USAID to reduce the primary drivers and threats to biodiversity;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the public and private sector landscape in PNG and especially the program’s geographic areas of work in Madang Province;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with and implementation of gender focused approaches and gender inclusion into conservation programs;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and adherence to cultural sensitivity and diplomacy;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Adobe, or other desktop publishing software required;
  • Excellent conceptual, oral and written communication skills; and
  • Proficiency in the English language required.

Equal Opportunity statement: Cardno has a long standing policy of Equal Opportunity in employment. Our practice is to fill positions by selecting applicants who can perform the work in a competent and professional manner. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status. At any time, if you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact Human Resources at
Cardno is a professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with specialist expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world. Cardno’s team includes leading professionals who plan, design, manage and deliver sustainable projects and community programs. Cardno is an international company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange [ASX:CDD].
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Applicants must submit their CV and Cover Letter, including “PNG and Job Title” on the subject line of the email. CV and cover letter should be sent to the following email address:

About the Organization

Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd., is part of Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division with international development assistance companies in Brisbane, Brussels, Jakarta, Melbourne, Nairobi, Oxford, Port Moresby, and Washington, DC. Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. was formerly Emerging Markets Group, Ltd. and brings nearly a 30-year history serving the objectives of bilateral and multilateral donors and private clients. The Emerging Markets Division brings together a broad range of experience and talent; a rich history of innovation, passion and commitment to international development and an established reputation for high quality demand and client driven services. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division manages more than $750 million in current contracts and grants, brings together over 90 years of collective experience, and engages over 3,700 professionals in more than 100 countries. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division currently implements over 130 projects globally.

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