Economic Adviser

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 18 January 2019

Job Description

  • Short Term up to 180 days
  • Based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Program Overview

The National Economic and Fiscal Commission (NEFC) is an independent constitutional advisory body of Papua New Guinea. The NEFC is a strategic element of the Country’s decentralised system and acts as an independent economic and fiscal adviser to Government on intergovernmental funding and financing arrangements.

A planned comprehensive review of the intergovernmental arrangements and transfer systems called for by the current government provides a key opportunity for NEFC to play its mandated role in support of government’s reform.

Role Summary

The Partnership Arrangement between the Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) and the Government of Australia (GoA) for Improved Decentralisation and Service Delivery reflects the desire to cooperate on GoPNG’s priority of improving service delivery, economic opportunity and development outcomes by strengthening the decentralisation of government and enhancing engagement with citizens.

The Decentralisation & Citizen Participation Partnership are seeking to engage a short term Adviser, for up to 180 days. The Economic Adviser: Cost of Services will provide quality economic analysis and support to the NEFC on the current intergovernmental financing arrangements and participate in planning for the Cost of Services Study in 2020 as well as other mandated areas in line with the NEFC’s role as independent adviser to the National Executive Council (NEC) and the Government of PNG.

The successful candidate will bring:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications including a post-graduate qualification in economics or public finance is essential;
  • Advanced training in modelling and forecasting is desirable;
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience working as an Economist in a central agency in government either at the national level or a strategic sub-national central agency;
  • Proven track record of strategic involvement in a system of fiscal decentralisation is essential;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills and track record in producing relevant reports and other material.
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills and proven experience in working effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

For Further Information and Application Details

This role has been classified under the Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework as Discipline C, Level 3. Further details in regards to this opportunity and associated remuneration can be found in the Information for Applicants available from the Careers page of Abt Associate’s website at:

Go to ‘Apply Now’, ‘Aus/UK Postings’ and by searching ‘By Country/ Region’ for Papua New Guinea, you will find this and all other roles currently being advertised for Abt Associates in PNG. Applications should be submitted online and should include a current CV, cover letter and a response to the key selection criteria, including questions of due diligence.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3rd February (midnight AEST).

We welcome and thank all applications, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

About the Organization

About Abt Associates

Abt Associates is a recognised leader in the international development sector. Working with our many partners, Abt Associates implements bold innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Operating in remote and challenging environments, we offer innovative solutions, extensive experience in the region, strong technical capacity, and a proven project management track record. We are committed to gender equity in our employment strategies and encourage applications from capable women. Abt Associates is a child safe organisation and promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.

More information

IFA - STA Economic Adviser.pdf

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