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GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT ON FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW IS KEY

To mark International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on Monday 28th September 2020, Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) has shared documents with the public that show the Government’s commitment to enact Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation. TIPNG is the civil society co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) which has in its 2018-2020 National Action Plan, a commitment by government to draft and pass an FOI Law for Papua New Guinea.

“During TIPNG’s inception in 1997, a 14-point action plan was put together. One of these points was the enactment of Freedom of Information legislation,” said Chief Executive Officer Arianne Kassman, “In the year 2000, TIPNG began work on drafting of an FOI legislation, through hosting a workshop, in partnership with the Media Council of PNG.”

“Most recently TIPNG has attempted to work with the Government through the OGP, which has a Technical Working Group on FOI. Papua New Guinea is lucky that we already have a right to access information under Section 51 of the National Constitution, now we need a law to outline that process.”

In a 2019 Report entitled, Our Right to Know, Their Duty to Tell, TIPNG surveyed 24 public agencies to see levels of Access to Public Information and found that with the 45-year absence of an FOI Law giving a clear process, agencies have developed a culture of secrecy. An FOI Law would not only aid in reducing corruption but empower broader civil society such as journalists, environmental protectors, academia and the business community.

Under the OGP National Action Plan, TIPNG anticipates the enactment of FOI legislation as the government has committed to delivering the Law as a priority of recent governance reform. TIPNG has shared documents on Social Media using the #PNGRightToKnow so that the public can see the government commitment, dating all the way back to the 1974 Constitutional Planning Committee (CPC) Report.

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WE ARE HIRING! – COALITION ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is a non-government organization dedicated to fighting corruption in PNG and promoting transparency, honesty and accountability in public and private dealings.

TIPNG is an equal opportunity employer who promotes respect in the work place. We take pride in also offering the following:

  • A fun & exciting work environment with the opportunity to contribute to positive societal change
  • Training & development for our employees
  • Exposure to local, regional & international networks
  • A competitive salary to attract the right person
  • Access to supportive coaches and mentors

We are looking for suitable applicants to fill this new and exciting position as COALITION ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

The Coalition Engagement Coordinator will embark on an exciting new project to restart the Community Coalition Against Corruption (CCAC).

Generic Responsibilities

  1. Ensure adherence to TIPNG policies and guidelines
  2. Prepare and develop reports as required by management
  3. Ensure proper filing of documents – online and offline
  4. Live and breathe the values of TIPNG within and outside of the organization and throughout all work carried out on behalf of the organization
  5. Actively seek Membership for TIPNG amongst Communications stakeholders

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Build Coalition Membership Base
  • Recruit and maintain a diverse coalition membership with national and sub-national partners
  • Consolidate and build relationships with the existing and new members of CCAC founded on mutual agenda.
  • Facilitate and maintain the participation of all CCAC Members

 

  1. Form CCAC Secretariat in an autonomous, self-reliant and responsive body to effectively mobilize CCAC members
  • Formation of Memorandum of Agreement to support CCAC
  • Establish Advisory Committee and relevant Sub-Committees
  • Update Manual for Coalition operations & practices

 

  1. Represent the Coalition
  • Represent coalition through professional association locally, provincially and nationally
  • Report and present coalition progress and program findings through publications and presentations at national meetings/ conferences where required

 

  1. Campaigns & Advocacy
  • Assist coalition members in conducting annual strategic planning and guide coalition to develop a comprehensive action plan based on needs- assessment and strategic planning
  • Develop and implement monitoring & evaluation methods for activities: data collection methods, tools and evaluation measures for coalition activities
  • Coordinate and facilitate coalition meetings and communicate effectively with members to promote collaboration, negotiation and problem solving
  • Plan, coordinate, and conduct educational and training activities. Develop training, reference materials, and workshops for coalition and community members and coalition activities
  • Continually maintain and develop content for the coalition website (section on TIPNG website)
  • Collaborate and work closely with the various government authorities and community-based organizations to promote the coalition’s mission and goals
  • Direct and assist coalition to develop legislative action that promotes the coalition mission by developing position statements; reviewing and recommending endorsements of policies, and advocating for policies/ legislation at national levels
  • Provide position papers on issues to members
  • Document findings and progress of programs and activities in written quarterly reports to TIPNG, other funding agencies and coalition members

 

Key competencies include:

  • Promotion of Accountability and Results-based Management
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • Self-development, initiative-taking
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
  • Creating synergies through self-control
  • Managing conflict
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others
  • Informed and transparent decision making

 

APPLICATION CLOSE: Monday 21st September 2020

 

Applications must include:

  • A CV no longer than 3 pages
  • A Letter of Application
  • 3 most relevant certificates
  • A list of 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.

 

Send applications to:

Chief Executive Officer

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

 

Applications can be dropped off at the TIPNG office: Section 54, Lot 31, Lokua Avenue, Boroko

 

For more information, call Tel: 3234917 or 3237517 or email: info@transparencypng.org.pg

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We are hiring! – Policy Officer

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is a non-government organization dedicated to fighting corruption in PNG and promoting transparency, honesty and accountability in public and private dealings.

TIPNG is an equal opportunity employer who promotes respect in the work place. We take pride in also offering the following:

• A fun & exciting work environment with the opportunity to contribute to positive societal change
• Training & development for our employees
• Exposure to local, regional & international networks
• A competitive salary to attract the right person
• Access to supportive coaches and mentors

We are looking for suitable applicants to fill this new and exciting position as POLICY OFFICER

The Policy Officer will work with the Policy & Advocacy Team to drive policy, advocacy and research, across the organization.

Generic Responsibilities
1. Ensure adherence to TIPNG policies and guidelines
2. Prepare and develop reports as required by management
3. Ensure proper filing of documents – online and offline
4. Live and breathe the values of TIPNG within and outside of the organization and throughout all work carried out on behalf of the organization
5. Actively seek Membership for TIPNG amongst Communications stakeholders

Specific Responsibilities

1. Policy & Legislative research and review
• Review and analyse policy and legislative documents of interest to TIPNG’s mandate, both proposed and existing
• Produce policy and legislative briefs from analysis to inform TIPNG’s advocacy campaigns
• Produce initial draft and final reports on policy and legislative submissions
• Keep up to date with progress of high level governance policy and legislation developments or reviews

2. Develop publications and other information materials required from the Policy & Advocacy Team
• Review national governance issues and update TIPNG Positions on them (50 cases, Lest we Forget and others)
• Develop information materials from the policy and advocacy team

Requirements
• Must be demonstrate an ability to do effective analysis that has resulted in change
• Must possess a keen understanding of national, and regional socio-economic trends
• Must demonstrate the ability to contextualise and display information, both analogue and digital
• Must have a tertiary qualification in Politics, Economics, Journalism or similar
• 2-3 years of experience in a similar role
• Excellent analytical, writing, editing, communication and project management skills
• An ability to multitask and perform under tight deadlines
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Willingness to work with a not-for-profit organization
• Espouse in the values of TIPNG.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Monday 14th September 2020

Applications must include:
• A CV no longer than 3 pages
• A Letter of Application
• 3 most relevant certificates
• A list of 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.

Send applications to:
Chief Executive Officer
Transparency International PNG Inc.
P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Applications can be dropped off at the TIPNG office: Section 54, Lot 31, Lokua Avenue, Boroko

For more information, call Tel: 3234917 or 3237517 or email: info@transparencypng.org.pg

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We are Hiring! – Citizen & Digital Engagement Officer

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is a non-government organization dedicated to fighting corruption in PNG and promoting transparency, honesty and accountability in public and private dealings.

 

TIPNG is an equal opportunity employer who promotes respect in the work place. We take pride in also offering the following:

 

  • A fun & exciting work environment with the opportunity to contribute to positive societal change
  • Training & development for our employees
  • Exposure to local, regional & international networks
  • A competitive salary to attract the right person
  • Access to supportive coaches and mentors

 

We are looking for suitable applicants to fill this new and exciting position as CITIZEN & DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

 

The Citizen & Digital Engagement Officer will work with the Communications team to build recognition of TIPNG’s work and values and harness wider support from anti-corruption champions.

 

Generic Responsibilities

  1. Ensure adherence to TIPNG policies and guidelines
  2. Prepare and develop reports as required by management
  3. Ensure proper filing of documents – online and offline
  4. Actively seek Membership for TIPNG among stakeholders
  5. Live and breathe the values of TIPNG within and outside of the organization and throughout all work carried out on behalf of the organization

 

Specific Responsibilities

 

DIGITAL MEDIA:

  • Design digital media campaigns in line with TIPNG’s business goals
  • Coordinate the creation of digital content (e.g. website, blogs, press releases and podcasts)
  • Design social media cards, info-graphics, animations, and other visuals to enhance communications efforts
  • Work in collaboration with the program leads/officers, to develop online promotions of events and workshops as required.
  • Enhance the company’s web presence to boost brand awareness and positive brand association
  • Maintain a strong online company voice through social media
  • Ensure all digital products are consistent with TIPNG’s brand
  • Keep day-to-day website and blog content accurate, appropriate, up-to-date and compelling
  • Managing social media platforms during events to document and encourage online audience engagement.
  • Tracking, analyzing and reporting on Google Analytics and social media statistics for dissemination to staff and board.
    • Suggest and implement digital marketing methods to increase anti-corruption support and engagement
  • Stay up-to-date with digital media developments

 

CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT:

  • Work across the organization to facilitate engagement journeys for TIPNG’s integrity champions.
  • Develop, maintain and report on youth engagement required across all TIPNG programs and projects.
  • Identify and develop suitable digital engagement content for advocacy and community building efforts.

    Requirements 

  • A strong grasp of Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Audacity or other media editing software
  • Analytics, visual storytelling, WordPress, Hootsuite, all the major social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) as well as a working knowledge of grammar and style
  • Familiarity with web design and content management systems
  • Excellent analytical, writing, editing, communication and project management skills
  • An ability to multitask and perform under tight deadlines
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Relevant professional work experience in multi-media journalism, digital strategy and marketing, communications, or equivalent experience and training
  • Willingness to work with a not-for-profit organization
  • Espouse in the values of TIPNG.

 

APPLICATION CLOSE: Monday 14th September 2020

 

Applications must include:

  • A CV no longer than 3 pages
  • A Letter of Application
  • 3 most relevant certificates
  • A list of 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.

 

Send applications to:

Chief Executive Officer

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

 

Applications can be dropped off at the TIPNG office: Section 54, Lot 31, Lokua Avenue, Boroko

 

For more information, call Tel: 3234917 or 3237517 or email: info@transparencypng.org.pg

Position Vacancy – Citizen and Digital Engagement Officer

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NO AUDIT ON COVID 19 FUNDS AS LEGISLATED DEADLINE LOOMS

Monday August 24, 2020, Port Moresby – With the August sitting of Parliament commencing this week, the PNG Government now has 21 days left to produce and table in Parliament a report on SOE expenditure, as required under Section 8 (3) of the Emergency Act 2020. As the legislated deadline approaches, Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) raises serious concerns on the PNG Government’s lack of follow-through on its promise to conduct and table a proper audit of COVID-19 SOE funding.

An announcement by Police Minister Bryan Kramer last month on the completion of an internal audit report undertaken by Pape Accountants and Business Advisors covering K45.3m of funding released to the Department of Health raises a number of questions;

  • What about the funds and emergency supplies donated, given or otherwise injected into COVID-19 emergency response operations (figures TIPNG based on available public records indicate an estimated total value of these external contributions at approximately K145 million)?
  • If not the Emergency Controller, then who is responsible for reporting on this “additional” tranche of funding?
  • Why did the government not use an independent external audit firm?

TIPNG has not been able to see a financial report which comprehensively captures all the various contributions (funding & in kind) provided by both the international and domestic community in supplementing government allocations for COVID-19 emergency response operations.

“Our country has seen the overwhelming support and contributions made by international and national organizations to COVID-19 emergency operations since February. These contributions are all publicized on both mainstream and social media. However, as it stands, the government has yet to fully account for the total value of resources received and expended under the COVID-19 SOE,” said TIPNG Chair Peter Aitsi.

“It is clear that the recent internal audit report of the K45.3m funding is not the comprehensive audit that the government is constitutionally required to produce for the purposes of its reporting to Parliament and more importantly to its citizens. With Parliament sitting this week, TIPNG calls on the Prime Minister, Health Minister and the SOE controller to keep their promise to provide a full and proper audit of “all” SOE finances and expenditure. Given the down-turn in our economy and the resulting financial pressures being experienced in our communities, now is not the time for wasting public funds or settling for half measures in holding people accountable on how they manage and use public monies,” he said.

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Freedom of Information Technical Working Group learns from Pacific Neighbors

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) and members of the PNG Open Government Partnership (OGP) Freedom of Information (FOI) Technical Working Group attended an online presentation last Wednesday (July 22, 2020) as a further step towards drafting of the FOI enabling legislation and policy for PNG.

The presentation, which was facilitated by the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UNPRAC) Project, in an effort to take stock of FOI efforts in Papua New Guinea and discuss some key principles to consider when drafting RTI legislation, with a focus on lessons learned from other Pacific Island countries such as Vanuatu. Additionally, Members of the Technical Working Group were able to discuss the role of an independent body, such as an information commissioner or ombudsman, in oversight and facilitating external review.

The panel of experts included presentations by three regional experts from Vanuatu, New Zealand & Australia, to inform members of the Group on FOI Policy and Legislation in their respective jurisdictions. The online meeting gave the Group an opportunity to work with other each other and the presenters to discuss and ask specific questions on what an effective FOI framework might look like in Papua New Guinea.

Members of the Technical Working Group included representatives from the Department of Justice & Attorney General (DJAG), the National ICT Authority (NICTA), TIPNG and the Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR) and is chaired by the Department of Communication & Information Technology (DCIT).

While Papua New Guinea has the Right to Information guaranteed under Section 51 of the National Constitution, guiding policy and enabling legislation is yet to be drafted.

The possibility of a PNG FOI law has been heralded as a game-changer for PNG, especially through its potential to redefine the relationship between PNG citizens and the National Government by ensuring citizens better access to public information, and allowing for greater public scrutiny and accountability of government operations.

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ESA’ALA YOUTH WORKSHOP AIMS TO IMPROVE EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUTH COUNCIL

In exploring a new partnership with the National Youth Development Authority (NYDA), Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) co-facilitated a five-day workshop with the Esa’ala District Youth Development Council, in Milne Bay Province from July 6th-10th, 2020. The workshop was aimed at building the leadership capacity of the District Youth Council.

TIPNG sessions during the workshop adapted a practical approach to teaching members of the Esa’ala Youth Council how to identify issues in their communities and to build realistic and intuitive solutions through consultation and the development and implementation of structured robust action plans.

Twelve young people representing Dobu LLG, Duau LLG and West Fergurson LLG in the Esa’ala District participated in the training, which also supplemented practical approaches to tackling youth issues within Esa’ala, with insights on how to facilitate efficient consultation and dissemination of information through the use of digital media platforms.

While most of the sessions facilitated by TIPNG focused on building and implementing effective solutions for issues affecting Esa’ala youth, one session also included a crash course on ethical leadership. Through which, TIPNG presented the participants with three ethical dilemmas, which were targeted at reinforcing integrity in leadership.

“The young leaders were open to learn and it was encouraging to see them grasping the concepts introduced to them. At TIPNG, we have a focus on young people and our goal is to empower a new generation of informed and active citizens,” said TIPNG Youth Integrity Program Coordinator Dagia Aka.

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TIPNG VOTED NEW PNG RESOURCE GOVERNANCE COALITION SECRETARY

Following its inaugural annual general meeting (AGM) last Tuesday 21st July 2020, the PNG Resource Governance Coalition (PNGRGC) has now elected Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) as the coalition’s new secretary.

In addition to TIPNG as the Secretary, the following positions on the PNGRGC Council were voted in the 2019 AGM; Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights (President), Suau Development Foundation (Vice-President), and the PNG Institute of National Affairs (Treasurer).

Following their collective election to the PNGRGC executive during the AGM, all officer bearer agencies will serve in these roles for the next 12 months.

TIPNG Chief Executive Officer Arianne Kassman, who was present at the AGM highlighted the unique opportunity that the PNGRGC presented for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to work together in improving the accountability and good governance of PNG Extractive Industries.

“Ensuring the transparent and accountable management of revenue collected from the Extractives Sector in Papua New Guinea has been a consistent priority for TIPNG. While our focus towards ensuring this integrity continues, we are privileged to now have the opportunity to combine our efforts with those of other like-minded CSOs in PNG as we push for good governance from both Industry and Government agencies within the Sector,” said Ms Kassman.

Founded in 2015 and incorporated in 2018, the PNGRGC is an organization that is broadly responsible for coordinating the efforts of CSOs in promoting and advocating the principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in PNG.

The coalition now aims to achieve this through raising public awareness on resource governance and sustainability issues, and specifically advocate for accountability and good governance in the planning & management of the extractive sector.

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Our 2020 2nd quarter newsletter is out now!

For updates on our major advocacy campaigns, new projects, and how we are adapting to the new normal this quarter, check out this latest issue of our quarterly newsletter!

In this issue we cover major developments to the ICAC enabling legislation and our ongoing push for COVID-19 SOE finance reports to be tabled in Parliament and much more.

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Our 2019 Annual Report is out now!

Covering major updates on our campaigns, services, fundraising, finance and the global movement against corruption, take a look at our 2019 Annual Report for a complete overview on our operations from 2019!

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