Safeguards and Gender Specialist, Papua New Guinea – Australia Transport Sector Support Program

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 10 July 2018
  • Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Closing on 3 August 2018
  • Current

Job Description

The Program

The Papua New Guinea - Australia Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP) continues the Australian Government’s long term commitment to the PNG transport infrastructure sector. The shared long term goal of TSSP is a safer, more reliable transport system in place enabling economic and social development in PNG.

The Role

The program now seeks applications for a Safeguards and Gender Specialist to undertake a full time fixed term position (to May 2020) based in Port Moresby. The position will work closely with TSSP personnel to assist those transport sector agencies with an Agency Support Arrangement (ASA) to develop and strengthen strategies, plans and activities aimed at improving social safeguards across the sector. Focus will be on mainstreaming and improving outcomes in the areas of gender, HIV&AIDS, child protection, road safety, disability and environmental policies, as well as other development issues (such as healthy lifestyles) as appropriate.

Specific Duties

  • Review and update the Draft TSSP Safeguards Obligations Framework, Strategy and Workplan (2017-2019), monitor changes in direction in DFAT’s broader safeguard policies incorporating new requirements as appropriate, then seek DFAT approval for the revised version.
  • Plan and implement the TSSP Safeguards Obligations Framework, Strategy and Workplan 2017-2019 and support the satisfactory delivery of activities.
  • Consider innovations and develop proposals that might assist in advancing comprehensive responses to safeguards and gender within transport infrastructure agencies individually and in supporting sector-wide approaches.
  • Work closely with Component One to establish, implement, monitor and report appropriate safeguard controls across TSSP funded road projects.
  • Establish a procedure for spot monitoring of safeguards compliance on road projects and identify issues to be addressed proposing follow-up on corrective actions.
  • Work closely with Components Two and Three to establish, implement and monitor appropriate safeguard controls across TSSP funded ASA projects in the aviation and maritime sub-sectors.
  • Conduct reviews of safeguards, including on specific projects, and submit timely reports indicating status of compliance with safeguards framework/policy.
  • Collate data and provide reports to the M&E Manager for contribution to client reporting obligations, especially on gender.
  • Work closely with the M&E Manager and Communications Manager to demonstrate, report and promote the program’s achievement of gender outcomes.
  • Assist with the development and documentation of training material as required.
  • Facilitate workshops on safeguards and gender related issues.
  • Work closely with Component Three to assist transport sector agencies and relevant counterparts with: the development/strengthening of safeguards and gender policies, plans, and activities and the linkage of these to broader corporate and strategic plans; the analysis, monitoring and reporting of safeguards and gender policies, plans, activities and indicators, including the collection and reporting of sex and age disaggregated data; and the linking of common issues and approaches for safeguard and gender issues and policies, where and as appropriate.

Specific Skill Requirements

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications (or equivalent experience) in social sciences/humanities, health, teaching/education, gender or environmental studies.
  • Demonstrated experience in international development and a deep understanding and practical experience in improving aid effectiveness through the implementation of safeguards related policies and programs at systems and operational levels.
  • Knowledge of impact assessments and ability to formulate and manage social management plans.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with a range of government and non-government agencies on safeguard and cross-cutting development issues.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the relationship between cross-cutting development issues, including gender equality, HIV&AIDS, child protection, road safety, disability and environmental policies (preferably in the transport sector); as well as their importance as stand-alone issues.
  • Experience in research and analysis and the preparation of complex reports in plain language and to the standards required by TSSP.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings and to present issues related to safeguards and gender to a range of audiences and target groups.

Ideally you will have had exposure to the Australian Government’s aid program and a track record of experience collaborating with program partners and stakeholders in a highly political environment. Experience living and working in the Pacific would be highly desirable and all candidates must adhere to GHD’s Child Protection Policy, Integrity Management Policy, Code of Conduct and other key policies. This position is classified as Discipline C Level 3 under the Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework. To express your interest please submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria by clicking the Apply Online button. Closing Date Friday 3rd August 2018. For any questions please contact Shiona Ferguson on

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The Company

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