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WE ARE HIRING! – VACANCY FOR SHORT-TERM LEGAL CASE REVIEWER

Do you have a Bachelors Degree in Law, and a passion for helping people affected by the impacts of corruption? Or do you know someone who does? Applications are now open for a Short-Term Legal Case Reviewer. Help us get the word out!

POSITION VACANCY:

Transparency International (PNG) is a Non-Government organisation which empowers citizens and institutions to act against corruption in PNG. TIPNG promotes transparency, honesty and accountability in public and private dealings. TIPNG is looking for suitable applicants for this short-term role:

ANTI-CORRUPTION HELP DESK – SHORT TERM LEGAL CASE REVIEWER

TIPNG hosts an Anti-Corruption Help Desk (AnCoHD) which works to resolve corruption complaints by providing free legal advice and assistance to people in PNG who are victims and witnesses of corruption.

TIPNG is seeking a suitably-qualified person to work as a Short-term Legal Case Reviewer under the Anti-Corruption Help Desk for 1 year (January – December 2021).

CONTRACT PERIOD:

  • This is a fixed cost contract with the work to be carried out for two (2) hours on Fridays every week or any other day agreed to by TIPNG from the period commencing on the 4th January 2021 and ending 23rd December 2021.
  • At an Hourly rate of K150 for two hours on the selected day

SCOPE OF WORK:

The Legal Case Reviewer shall;

  • Provide legal advice for pre-screened clients as per the schedule by the coordinator, with an outline of at least a week of a month.
  • Get soft copies or hard copies of files from the agents of the contractee
  • Prepare status briefs of cases that require legal advice and interpretation of laws
  • Where necessary, contact the client to obtain further information
  • Prepare briefs to Pro Bono Lawyers where the files need legal representation
  • Draft letters of referrals and or review draft letters from AnCoHD Coordinator of referrals to the Government authorities.
  • Advice the agents of the contractee when it is not suitable to be contacted
  • Be available to be contacted through telephone, email, Facebook and WhatsApp
  • Return completed files at the end of every week
  • Inform the agents of the contractee immediately where there is a conflict of interest in any of the files
  • Submit soft and hard copies of the respective status reports, letter of referrals or brief to AnCoHD Coordinator
  • Keep a record of the telephone calls that is made to all clients

 

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:

The Legal Case Reviewer should demonstrate the following:

  • Possess a Bachelor of Law (LLB) with an unrestricted practicing certificate
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as a legal officer or a practicing lawyer
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • A keenness to be a team player with multi-tasking ability
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and other related issues
  • An understanding of the work of TIPNG and civil society in Papua New Guinea
  • Skilled in handling clients with professionalism and sensitivity
  • Excellent written, verbal and listening skills
  • Intuitive problem solver with excellent organization skills and ability to achieve results

Applications must include three (3) referees with reliable telephone numbers and/or email address. Send applications to;

The Chief Executive Officer

Transparency International PNG Inc

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Applications can be hand delivered at the TIPNG office at Lokua Avenue, Sec 54, Lot 31 or emailed to info@transparencypng.org.pg

For More information, call us on Tel: 3237517 or 3234917

Application close on the 19th March, 2021 at 5:00pm.

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LAW STUDENTS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE 2020-2021 INTERNSHIP

Empowering the next generation of legal professionals with anti-corruption skills will strengthen the national integrity of Papua New Guinea for years to come. This was among the sentiments expressed at the formal closing of Transparency International Papua New Guinea’s (TIPNG) innovative Legal Internship Program (LIP).

This annual program by TIPNG, in partnership with the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), began in 2017. Through the LIP four students in their 3rd and 4th year of study at the UPNG School of Law are engaged for 8 weeks to develop their professional skills and assist people in Papua New Guinea to take action against corruption.

“We are thankful to Larry Agdop, Dempstar Kiasaka, Marlyna Kispe and Rebekah Watinga for their contribution to the work of TIPNG since they started in December 2020. They have been exemplary young Papua New Guineans in their conduct and commitment. It is our hope that the skills they have learned in the TIPNG office will inform how they, as legal professionals, contribute to the fight against corruption in Papua New Guinea,” said Arianne Kassman, TIPNG Chief Executive Officer, at the closing of the LIP on Friday 12th February 2021.

The four Interns in the 2020-21 LIP intake primarily assisted with TIPNG’s Anti-Corruption Help Desk (AnCoHD) which offers free and confidential advice to victims and witnesses of corruption in Papua New Guinea. Corruption complaints can be lodged by either visiting the TIPNG office, or calling 180 6000 which is the toll-free hotline. While TIPNG cannot investigate, arrest or prosecute cases of corruption, through the AnCoHD matters can be referred on behalf of clients to responsible agencies for assistance.

In addition to AnCoHD duties, the LIP interns assisted with legislative review, policy briefs, clerical tasks, events preparations and stakeholder meetings while with TIPNG. During the internship they also received presentations from the Interim ICAC, the PNG Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PNGEITI) Secretariat, Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR), Aila Consulting Ltd, TIPNG founding Director Richard Kassman and legal professional Nou Vada. TIPNG recently signed an MoU with UPNG to run the LIP till 2024 and as such the next intake will be in November 2021.

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WE ARE HIRING! – VACANCY FOR FINANCE OFFICER

Do you have a diploma or higher in Accounting or Commerce and wish to join a dynamic team that is committed to driving positive change in our country, or know someone who is?

We are now accepting applications for a new finance officer! Help us get the word out.

Finance Officer – Terms of Reference

Generic Responsibilities:

  1. 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 organisation and throughout all work carried out on behalf of the organisation
  5. Actively seek Membership for TIPNG amongst stakeholders

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Finance
  • Payments
  • Reviewing requisitions and payments before approval by the CEO
  • Managing all payments, accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • Monitor and reconcile Petty Cash daily
  • Reconcile Project Contingency acquittals
  • Weekly payment Data Entry on MYOB
  • Invoices:
    • Raise all invoices for TIPNG and follow up on payments
    • Monthly reconciliation with Membership & SASWAC
  • Monthly Financial Reports:
    • Maintaining the ledger and preparing monthly bank reconciliations, profit and loss statements and balance sheet
    • Reconciliation and filing of bank statements on a monthly basis with appropriate approval.
    • Supervise the procurement process and ensure compliance to prudent financial principles and value for money.
  • Payroll:
    • Preparation of staff Payroll and remittance of statutory returns and ensure compliance with statutory regulations.
  1. Assets:
  • Annual physical verification of assets
  • Recognition of assets in MYOB
  1. Compliance:
  • Meeting all TIPNG taxation requirements for IRC and other statutory requirements
  • Applying the financial procedures and requirements as set out in the Financial
  • Procedures Manual
  • Ensuring implementation of sound accounting practice and resource management
  • Formulation, review and implementation of policies, systems and procedures to enhance and ensure efficient management of finances
  1. Audit:
  • Maintain accurate and up to date financial and contractual records and a register of fixed
  • assets
  • Preparation of TIPNG Financial Books for the annual audit
  • Liaising with auditors to ensure that audits are conducted in a timely manner
  • Ensuring that recommendations made by the auditors are implemented
  1. Reporting:
  • Preparing regular financial reports to Management, Board and Donors
  • Reviewing data captured in MYOB before YTD Preparation. This will involve checking
  • accuracy of Trial Balance, statement of Financial position, and statement of income.
  • Ensuring National Chapter Financial Information is updated each year
  • Managing communication with external agencies and partners regarding finance
  • Preparations of timely and accurate donor and management reports, and budget
  • proposals that includes being responsive to donor conditions.
  1. Undertake other office duties as directed including participating in project and other operational work of TIPNG in relation to governance and financial management

Ideals and Abilities:

  • Be able to work on non-routine hours as and when required
  • Be able to work under pressure & with limited supervision
  • Driver’s license would be an advantage
  • Is organized, proactive, understands basic accounting,

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Diploma Accounting/Commerce from recognized institution or higher
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience.
  • NGO accounting and experience working with donor funds required
  • Computer literate with MYOB accounting package experience
  • Computer literate with MS Office, particularly MS Excel
  • Good budgeting skills especially set up and reporting using MYOB and spreadsheets

Closing Date: Friday 26th February 2021

Applications must include:

  1. Application Letter
  2. CV no longer than 3 pages
  3. List of 3 referees with reliable contact details
  4. 3 most relevant support documents

Applications can be sent to:

Chief Executive Officer

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, National Capital District

Email: info@transparencypng.org.pg

Or Delivered to: Transparency International PNG Office, Section 54 Lot 31, Lokua Avenue, Boroko

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CPI2020 HIGHLIGHTS URGENT NEED FOR GREATER COLLABORATION AGAINST CORRUPTION

In support of government efforts to introduce effective anti-corruption reforms in PNG, Transparency International PNG (TIPNG), facilitated an Anti-Corruption Enforcement Dialogue involving the leaders of law and justice sector agencies, in tandem with their official launching of the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) report on Thursday January 28th.

A focus for this year’s CPI report was to measure, in the various countries, the impact of persistent corruption on health care systems and the how this may contribute to the erosion of democratic norms. The CPI results showed the impacts were more pronounced amid the recent COVID-19 pandemic for low-scoring countries.

In launching this year’s CPI report, TIPNG highlighted that PNG scored 27 out of 100, with a ranking of 142 out of 180 countries assessed.

The 2020 CPI results were officially launched in PNG under the theme: “Putting the sight back in oversight”.

Following an assessment of recent legislative reforms introduced by the PNG government, TIPNG has recommended four core areas which, if focused on, have the potential to drastically reduce the impact of corruption in country.

TIPNG’s four recommendations are:

  • Strengthening Oversight institutions: Anti-corruption authorities and oversight agencies must be independent of political influence and must have appropriate funding to perform their duties effectively.
  • Ensuring open and transparent contracting: Improved transparency in government tendering and expenditure will ensure that resources reach those most in need.
  • Promoting greater civic space: Allow for active citizen engagement, better use of public consultation forums in planning and national budget development so that government can be more accountable to its people.
  • Improve access to public information: Ensuring the public is able to better access public information in a timely manner will assist achieve greater transparency and accountability for Government.

During the official launch event, TIPNG Board Chair Peter Aitsi stated that corruption was not an issue which could solely be addressed by the government, but that greater collaboration and solidarity is critical to ensure effective and sustainable change is achieved.

“Greater collaboration is needed from all state and non-state actors to ensure that the recent reforms by the government are effectively implemented and translate into meaningful change at the community level. The impact of corruption in our country cannot be reduced unless we demonstrate solidarity and each person plays their part in driving the change we want to see in our country,” he said.

The official launch was attended by a number notable officials within the Government, Law & Justice Sector and civil society, including Prime Minister James Marape, Police Minister William Onglo, Chief Justice Sir Gibuma Gibbs Salika, Department of Prime Minister Secretary Ivan Pomaleu, Public Solicitor Leslie Mamu, Deputy Public Prosecutor Camilus Sambua, Public Service Commission Secretary Terence Tupi, Police Commissioner David Manning, National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate – Director Mathew Damaru, Interim Independent Commission Against Corruption Chair Thomas Eluh, Law & Justice Sector Chair Stanley Raka, Department of Justice and Attorney General Director (Legal Policy and Governance Branch) Josephine Pitmur, Catholic Bishops Conference General Secretary Fr Giorgio Licini and Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights Executive Director Peter Bosip.

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2020 CPI LAUNCH EVENT AIMS TO UNIFY PNG LAW AND JUSTICE SECTOR AGAINST CORRUPTION

With the coordinated global launch of the Transparency International 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) scheduled for Thursday January 28, 2021 Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is now undergoing preparations to host an Anti-Corruption Enforcement Dialogue with the Government and Law and Justice Sector agencies.

TIPNG Chair, Peter Aitsi stated that the purpose of the dialogue was to unify the different voices within the PNG Law and Justice Sector and present a consolidated position on their challenges, priorities and proposed solutions to the government.

“While PNG has made significant strides towards the achievement of a number of key milestones in the past few years, there is still more work to be done towards achieving tangible anti-corruption reform before any real impacts can be felt at the community level,” said Mr Aitsi.

“Key legislative reforms such as the Organic Law on the Independent Commission Against Corruption (OLICAC), the Protected Disclosures Act (PDA) and the Freedom of Information (FOI) Law have been touted for some time now. And while the OLICAC and the PDA have now been passed on the floor of Parliament, and the FOI legislation is currently in its drafting phase; the need for greater consensus and solidarity from Law and Justice Sector agencies still presents itself as a hurdle to the effective implementation of anti-corruption enforcement pathways (such as the ICAC).”

“This event will be delivered through a dialogue format, with the intention of opening the dialogue among participating agencies to exchange ideas and ultimately developing a resolution on anti-corruption priorities for the Law and Justice Sector. Which will be presented to the PNG government,” He said.

As a core output of this event, a discussion paper will be developed from the dialogue and presented to the government, to inform the current policy agenda on anti-corruption reform.

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OUR 2020 Q4 NEWSLETTER IS OUT NOW!

From the Independent Commission Against Corruption, to the Open Government Partnership, to our progress on the National Integrity Systems Assessment and so much more. This issue has all the updates on the big moves we have made this quarter as well as some of the key productive partnerships we have engaged to support critical advances in anti-corruption enforcement and mitigation throughout our country!

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NEW MOU SETS FRAMEWORK FOR TIPNG-LTI COLLABORATION

Transparency international PNG (TIPNG) and the Legal Training Institute (LTI) of PNG have now embarked on an exciting new partnership, which aims to bolster corruption complaints desk operations, while also offering a dynamic learning environment for aspiring PNG lawyers to hone their practice.

With the signing of an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today (October 14, 2020), TIPNG is now opening its doors to selected LTI students for the duration of their Legal Aid and Work Placement Courses from 2020 to 2025.

While the MOU sets the framework for work-placement and training which will contribute to student assessment, students will also be given the opportunity during this time to assist the TIPNG Anti-Corruption Help Desk (AnCoHD) in providing legal aid to victim and witnesses of corruption around PNG.

TIPNG Chief Executive Officer, Arianne Kassman highlighted during the official signing today that the MoU now presents an exciting opportunity to expand the active network against corruption in PNG, but also ensure the delivery of quality legal service to AnCoHD clients (victims, witnesses and whistle blowers of corruption) in PNG communities.

“We are always excited to explore new partnerships and to expand the networks against corruption in PNG. I believe the opportunity to engage LTI trained practitioners will be a massive boost to our legal advice and referral capabilities, and we are more than happy to assist them in providing and facilitating this partnership to supplement their individual learning experiences,” said Ms Kassman.

“Through this program we also hope to reinforce positive civic values and awareness among participants, in the hope that they might carry these values into other facets of their lives. In their respective communities and through their practice,” she said.

The current TIPNG partnership with the LTI further supplements an existing partnership with the University of PNG Law School, which also aims to bolster TIPNG’s capacity to offer Legal internship Program to Law Students.

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OUR 2020 3RD QUARTER NEWSLETTER IS OUT NOW!

Covering updates on progress on a number of collaborative interventions including the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the Open Government Partnership, the OGP Freedom of Information Technical Working Group, and the National Integrity Systems Assessment, check out this latest issue of our newsletter to see the progress being made to build robust support systems for the forthcoming Independent Commission Against Corruption!

Also in this issue, we cover exciting updates on innovations to our School Based Civic Education program as well as changes to our TIPNG Membership Program.

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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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