Short Term Adviser (STA) Consultant Panel

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 1 March 2019

Job Description

Program Background
The Economic and Social Infrastructure Program (ESIP) is an eight year program supported by the Australian Government and implemented by Cardno.

ESIP will support Papua New Guinea (PNG) by improving the planning, prioritisation, delivery and sustainability of infrastructure investment in PNG. ESIP will work across key economic and social infrastructure sectors at the project, sectoral and national levels. It will leverage project-level activities to create opportunities for deeper engagement in sector-wide planning and policy, and enable the identification and resolution of broader national level policy, financing and planning reforms and partnerships necessary for sustained long term change. ESIP will seek to influence change across these levels through the following mechanisms: project management, budget and financing advisory services; technical assistance and capacity development for improved planning and support of institutional and regulatory reform.

In the initial phase of assistance, the key program outcomes include:

  • an increased number of capital projects are being effectively planned, managed and implemented by the relevant GoPNG agencies.
  • focal sectors have evidence based prioritised infrastructure plans and processes for their implementation and review.
  • a legislative and administrative reform agenda exists to improve policies, regulatory structures and planning for infrastructure investment.

ESIP is initially addressing three sectors: Energy, Telecommunications, and Water and Sanitation.

Panel Objective
The STA Consultant Panel (the Panel) provides ESIP with rapid access to a range of pre-qualified consultants with relevant expertise who can undertake short term consultancies and provide advice. The benefit of a panel approach is that ESIP can quickly meet the needs of the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Government of Australia, particularly where there is limited time for a full recruitment process.

Key Activities
ESIP is seeking expertise across the infrastructure project life-cycle, including:

  • Scoping: exploring existing and new engagement areas to identify constraints and opportunities for potential ESIP support;
  • Analytical Work: reviewing existing legal, regulatory and policy frameworks and developing options and advice to inform government decision-making on improving infrastructure;
  • Feasibility Studies: assessing the practicalities of different engineering solutions to improve infrastructure and help identify optimum solutions;
  • Design: detailed engineering design work for projects that have secured public and private financing for implementation;
  • Project Management: working with partners in planning and delivering infrastructure pipelines as well as supervision of selected infrastructure projects;
  • Strategic Reviews: evaluating the merit of ESIP projects and management structures in achieving intended outcomes and recommending improvements;
  • Training: across a range of relevant fields including infrastructure planning and delivery, financial management, risk and safeguards compliance; and
  • Advice and guidance to ensure safeguards and gender equity and social inclusion (GESI) considerations are properly integrated into program activities.

ESIP is also seeking consultants with expertise in aid programming, aid performance and quality and communications.

Areas of Specialisation
Applicants with technical expertise in the following sectors and / or areas of specialisation are encouraged to apply

  • Energy Sector
  • Telecommunications Sector
  • Water and Sanitation Sector
  • Infrastructure Funding, Financing and Public Private Partnerships
  • Strategic Infrastructure Asset Management Specialisation
  • Construction Management Specialisation
  • Infrastructure Planning and Prioritisation Area
  • Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Specialisation
  • Aid programming, quality management and communications
  • Safeguards and cross cutting issues

Panel Details
Reports to: Senior Sector Adviser or relevant ESIP manager
Commencement: As required
Location: PNG, home-based or a mixture of both
Remuneration: According to the Australian aid program’s Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF; more information at https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/adviser-remuneration-framework-2016.pdf). PNG citizens engaged as Panel members will be subject to PNG labour law requirements.

How to apply
Applications from qualified PNG citizens and international experts will be considered. Applications must include the following documents:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Please include current CV including two to three contactable referees that can attest to the areas of specialization you are applying for. Referees would preferably be persons you reported to in previous roles. Please include contact details for referees

Please include your first name and surname in the file names of your application documents. This will assist us to manage large numbers of electronic files.

Applications must be submitted to esiprecruitment@esip.org.pg using the email subject “STA Consultant Panel”.

Closing Date
The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 25 March 2019 (Port Moresby time). Submission of an incomplete set of required documents may result in an application being unsuccessful.

We thank all applicants, however, due to the anticipated volume of applications, only candidates selected for the Panel will be contacted.

About Cardno
We are a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our staff of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.

Cardno is an equal opportunity employer. Cardno is committed to child protection and safeguarding the welfare of children in the delivery of our international development programs. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect this commitment and may include relevant criminal record checks.

Cardno and ESIP value diversity and encourage women and minority groups to apply for Panel membership.

About the Organization

Cardno has a 40-year history of working in partnership with developing countries to deliver solutions for sustainable development. Through the expertise of professionals operating in more than 100 countries, we investigate the causes of poverty and focus on improving the physical, economic and social infrastructure that sustains communities.

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