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Our first 2020 quarterly newsletter is out now!

From prospects of a PNG ICAC, to our new campaigns, events, engagements and everything in between, check out our first 2020 quarterly newsletter for the scoop on what we’ve been up to over the past quarter!

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Bougainville Referendum was free, fair and safe

Thursday 20th February 2020, Port Moresby – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) has released a report outlining findings from its Observation of the Bougainville Referendum last year, to stakeholders and partners.

TIPNG’s Observation of the Bougainville Referendum was across 28 polling sites in North and Central Bougainville with well over a 100 voters interviewed. TIPNG only observed the Polling Process and not the Counting.

“The TIPNG Observers played a critical role in the Referendum by observing the conduct of polling and counting, to ascertain if the process was free, open, transparent, democratic and fair – based on national legislation and according to national and international standards,” said Mr. Yuambari Haihuie, TIPNG Deputy Director (Policy & Advocacy) and coordinator of the Bougainville Referendum Observation (BRO) Project.

“In terms of TIPNG’s overall assessment of the Bougainville Referendum, while there were minor procedural issues, if measured against the standard of previous elections in PNG, the Bougainville Referendum was free, fair & safe and credibly reflects the will of the people of Bougainville. Observers were all welcomed and did not encounter any hostility or violence; in fact most polling stations had a sense of celebration by communities as polling commenced,” said Mr. Haihuie in presentation at the launch of the report.

Furthermore, all voters that were interviewed by TIPNG Observers were forthcoming in their answers and gave answers freely. The TIPNG Observers were comprised of TIPNG Staff & Directors, and volunteers from partners institutions such as the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), PNG National Research Institute (NRI), Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission (IPPCC).

TIPNG thanks the people of Bougainville and the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) Polling Officials for their unanimous support in answering survey questions over the week of polling.

The TIPNG BRO Project was funded by the European Union (EU) and it is hoped that the report by TIPNG will be of use to the Government of PNG and the Autonomous Bougainville Government in their deliberation on the outcome of the Referendum.

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CORPORATES HONORED FOR COMMITMENT TO FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN PNG

Thursday, February 06, 2020, Port Moresby – As the PNG chapter of Transparency International Incorporated (TIPNG) celebrated their twenty-third anniversary last month, the anti-corruption agency has now honored four local companies who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to TIPNG and the fight against corruption in PNG.

Founding members of the TIPNG board, Richard Kassman and Dame Meg Taylor were on hand at the short ceremony, in an event which was co-hosted by TIPNG and NASFUND PNG Limited, to commemorate over two decades of the anti-corruption movement in PNG.

The awardees on the night were Johnston’s Pharmacy, Kenmore Limited, ExxonMobil PNG, and, the Bank of PNG who were honored in two categories for, dedicated commitment and exceptional contribution respectively.

In her remarks during the presentation of the awards, TIPNG Executive Director Arianne Kassman congratulated Johnston’s Pharmacy and the Kenmore Group for over thirteen consecutive years of dedicated financial support to the work of TIPNG.

Ms Kassman also congratulated recipients of the exceptional contribution award, Bank of PNG which has contributed over K139,000 to TIPNG programs since 2007 and ExxonMobil PNG Limited whose contributions have amounted to over K106,000 over the past decade. ExxonMobil PNG’s contribution towards the annual Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp, which has become a trademark project of TIPNG for over a decade.

Lady Mina Siaguru, spouse of the founding Chairman of TIPNG, late Sir Anthony Siaguru, was also present during the ceremony last week which gave corporate supporters of the anti-corruption organisation the opportunity to learn more about TIPNG and their work.

Now positioning themselves to take on the challenges of the new year 2020, TIPNG is looking to build on a number of ongoing and new initiatives, including their flagship Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp, the Open Government Program, the Promoting Anti-Corruption and Integrity Strategies (PAIS) program and the push to have civic educations materials included in the national curriculum to name a few.

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Prime Minister Marape Vows to Pass ICAC in 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, Port Moresby – In a welcomed response to a stagnant 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score presented at the official Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) launch last Thursday, PNG Prime Minister James Marape has now vowed to have a fully Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) established before the end of this year.

In his official government response to the CPI findings last Thursday, Mr Marape acknowledged that corruption was a long-standing issue in PNG, which demanded greater cooperation between the government and citizens. He added that his current government is now committed to passing major legislative reforms in the shape of the ICAC enabling legislation, as well as the Whistle-Blowers Act, within the 2020 parliament year.

Mr Marape during the launch, said that the ICAC enabling legislation and the Whistle-Blowers Act would be key vessels in reforming PNG and that these legislations are only two of what Papua New Guineans can expect to be a year filled with reform legislations that the current government plans to introduce.

Although no official study into the costs of corruption has ever been commissioned in PNG, former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta in a press statement in 2017, stated that the PNG Fraud Squad had estimated the cost of corruption to the PNG government at approximately K1.5 billion in 2016 alone (this means approximately K28 million was lost to corruption every week!).

In officially launching of the 2019 CPI last Thursday (which was themed: “Let’s Clean Up our Act, Set Up The ICAC”), TIPNG Chairman Peter Aitsi stressed the importance of establishing strong and independent anti-corruption enforcement tools to minimizing leakages in the national budget.

The push by TIPNG for government to establish the ICAC reflected similar trends identified in a recent report (PwC Global Economy Watch_May 2016) by multinational finance firm Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC), which cross-referenced CPI scores against International Monetary Fund records of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita.

The report highlighted a trend where higher CPI scores correlated with higher GDP per capita; adding that, “Our (PwC) analysis shows that a one-notch increase in perceived corruption levels is associated with a $380 decrease in GDP per-capita and lower standards of living.”

If this formula was applied to our current PNG population of 8.251 million, it would mean a one-point increase in our CPI score would be equal to an estimated K10.857 billion boost to the national economy.

Papua New Guinea’s score in the 2019 CPI results showed no improvement or decline from the previous year; scoring 28 out of 100 on the index and ranking 137 out of a total of 180 participating countries.

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TIPNG SUPPORTS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ICAC TO COMBAT CORRUPTION AND HELP FIX BUDGET WOES

Thursday, January 23, 2020, Port Moresby – With the official global launch of results from the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) today, Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is calling on the Government to establish a fully Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

This will be a major step in fighting corruption and helping to prevent the leaks in the Government budget, which is contributing to PNG’s money woes.

Scoring 28 out of 100 and ranking 137 out of 180 countries surveyed in the 2019 CPI, PNG now finds itself among two thirds of participant countries that have shown little to no improvement on their scores from the 2018 CPI.

In a short presentation during the launch today, TIPNG Chairman Peter Aitsi, highlighted CPI trends showing that most countries that performed well on the 2019 CPI had strong and independent institutions supported by active and independent watchdog agencies.

Mr. Aitsi said that unlike many other countries that found themselves in a similar position, PNG had actually taken a number of steps to address the issue of corruption in the country such as signing on to global anti-corruption initiatives (United Nations Commission Against Corruption and Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative), as well as the development of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2010-2030.

However, he added that having an independent anti-corruption enforcement agency like the ICAC is not only essential to boosting the effectiveness of the NACS, but would also allow for the most effective implementation of the National Budget, by preventing wastage through corrupt activities.

Figures cited previously by former Operation Task Force Sweep head, Sam Koim in 2015, suggested the cost of corruption to government revenue was estimated to be above K5 billion. Furthermore, in 2016 former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta also cited Police Fraud Squad estimates of over K1.5 billion per year being lost to corruption.

In a time when the PNG government has prioritized repairing the National Budget and reducing National Debt, Mr. Aitsi gave the example of Indonesia’s premiere anti-corruption enforcement agency, Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK), which was recently reported to have saved the Indonesian government about 63. 8 trillion rupiah (approximately US$4.52 billion or K15.59 billion) in potential losses, in the past four years alone.

The TIPNG launch of the 2019 CPI results today coincided with the lifting of a global embargo on the results, in a coordinated global launch throughout all Transparency International Inc. chapters around the world. This year’s 2019 CPI launch was centered around the theme of “POLITICAL INTEGRITY”, while the PNG launch was themed “LET’S CLEAN UP OUR ACT, SET UP THE ICAC.”

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PAIS Project Manager – APPLY NOW!

PROJECT MANAGER

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is a non-government organization dedicated to empowering people to take action against corruption.

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 embarking on a new and exciting project to systematically strengthen the integrity of national institutions through research, partnership and advocacy for better anti-corruption strategies.

We are recruiting suitably qualified individuals to fill the following roles:

 

PROJECT MANAGER

The Project Manager will work under the supervision of the Deputy Director – Policy & Advocacy and ensure the efficient and effective running of the project.

 

Specific Responsibilities

Reporting to the Deputy Director – Policy & Advocacy, the Project Manager shall:

 

  1. Manage project funds and reporting while implementing the project
  2. Supervise Consultant engaged to do a National Integrity Systems Assessment (NISA)
  3. Coordinate stakeholder meetings with key Government Agencies for the NISA
  4. Organize and deliver a National Anti-Corruption Summit
  5. Lead the PAIS Team within TIPNG

 

Key Qualifications and Skills:

  • Must have a tertiary qualification in either political science, public policy, economics, project management and/or related fields.
  • Must have at least three (3) years of successful project management experience, ideally in the development-sector
  • Must have proven ability to manage and acquit project budgets
  • Must have excellent English language report writing skills
  • Must have competency in using MS Office Suite
  • Should possess the ability to multitask and engage with stakeholders
  • Has some experience facilitating group trainings/workshops
  • Should possess excellent organisational, information management & communication skills
  • Should be a highly motivated self-starter who can work well under pressure of competing deadlines.
  • Should have concern and interest in anti-corruption and democracy issues.
  • Be a team player

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

 

Send applications to:

The Executive Director

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 or emailed to info@transparencypng.org.pg

For more information, call Tel: 3234917 or 3237517

 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT 5 PM ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2020

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PAIS Project Communications Officer – APPLY NOW!

PROJECT COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is a non-government organization dedicated to empowering people to take action against corruption.

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 embarking on a new and exciting project to systematically strengthen the integrity of national institutions through research, partnership and advocacy for better anti-corruption strategies.

We are recruiting suitably qualified individuals to fill the following roles:

 

PROJECT COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

The Project Communications Officer will work under the supervision of the Project Manager and ensure that all aspects of the project are communicated in an effective and timely manner.

 

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Develop, implement and monitor and review the project’s Communications Plan
  2. Draft media and stakeholder briefings in close consultation with the Deputy Director – Policy & Advocacy

Develop content ideas for internal and external communications for the project, including publications, press releases, website content, reports, speeches, and other marketing material in line with TIPNG’s brand guide and Strategy

  1. Monitor media coverage around the project
  2. In consultation with the Deputy Director – Communications, respond to media inquiries and arrange interviews on behalf of the project
  3. In consultation with program staff, prepare briefs for officers involved in media interviews
  4. Support the development, promotion and organisation of the project
  5. Produce Social Media messages for the project
  6. Produce visibility materials for the project
  7. When required, work closely with the TIPNG Communications Team to meet project objectives.

 

Key Qualifications and Skills:

  • Tertiary Qualification in a relevant field (Communication, Journalism, etc.)
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Excellent written and oral proficiency in English, report writing and presentation skills in a clear and compelling manner
  • Has some experience facilitating group trainings/workshops
  • Must have competency in using MS Office Suite
  • Should possess excellent organisational, information management & communication skills
  • Should be a highly motivated self-starter who can work well under pressure of competing deadlines.
  • Should have concern and interest in anti-corruption and democracy issues.
  • Be a team player

 

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

 

Send applications to:

The Executive Director

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 or emailed to info@transparencypng.org.pg

For more information, call Tel: 3234917 or 3237517

 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT 5 PM ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2020

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Administration & Operations Officer – APPLY NOW!

POSITION VACANT: ADMINISTRATION & OPERATIONS 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 ADMINISTRATION & OPERATIONS OFFICER.

The Administration & Operations Officer will work with the Organizational Development team and ensure the efficient and effective running of the organization’s overall operations.

 

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

Reporting to the Finance Officer, the Administration & Operations Officer shall:

  1. Administration
  • Maintain office equipment and systems, including data and information management, filing and backup systems
  • Respond to incoming emails, social media posts and requests in a timely and professional manner
  • Keep a record of all incoming and outgoing correspondence
  • Maintain strong relationships with suppliers and clients and other TIPNG staff
  • Manage stationery, staff amenities and any items needed for the office
  • Keep a Master Contact list for all organizations and individuals involved in the work of TIPNG
  • Ensure the Insurance covers are renewed and updated
  1. Projects & Programs
  • Assist with the coordination of logistics of projects and programs if and when required
  • Compile donor reports for Management to review
  1. Finance
  • Manage the payroll, under the supervision of the Finance Officer
  • Collect Invoices and Statements of Accounts from all suppliers at month end
  • Ensure timeliness of all fund requisitions and preparation of payment vouchers on a weekly basis
  • Raise payments through Bank South Pacific online banking system
  • Send out payment receipts
  1. Property
  • Attend to any issues reported under the rental lease agreement
  • Attend to security concerns raised
  • Oversee the work of the Cleaner and Groundskeeper
  1. Board
  • Ensure board reports are ready 7 days before a meeting
  • Ensure minutes of board minutes are recorded and circulated within 7 days of the meeting occurring
  • Organize refreshments for meetings held  at the TIPNG office
  • Lead the organizing of the Annual General Meeting, in close consultation with the Executive Director
  • Develop Administration and Finance Manuals for the TIPNG Handbook
  • Keep Calendar of the Executive Director
  • Other duties as directed by the Finance Officer and/or Executive Director

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • 2-3 years of experience in administration work
  • Be computer literate, able to use MS Office Suite
  • Some experience in Finance and Human Resource
  • Great communication skills
  • Be exceptionally well organized, flexible and have the ability and multi-task
  • Must have experience of working effectively under pressure, to tight deadlines, for long hours, whilst maintaining professionalism
  • Be a team player, willing to support team members in their roles, and to be able to seek support from them when you need it
  • Must be highly flexible

APPLICATION CLOSE: Monday 27th January 2020

Applications must include a CV no longer than 3 pages, a Letter of Application, 3 most relevant certificates and a list of 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.
Send applications to:
The Executive Director
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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Our 2019 Final Quarterly Newsletter is out!

Covering all updates from our international engagements, to major developments in our core projects, our human rights awards from the European Union and a special center spread on our 2019 Bougainville Referendum Observation Project; this issue simply cannot be missed!

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TIPNG hosts democracy camp for Bougainville Youth

Monday, December 16, 2019, Port Moresby – As Bougainville begins a new chapter of peace post-referendum, Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) has brought together 45 youths from across the autonomous region for the first-ever Bougainville Youth Democracy Camp (BYDC).

The 7-day event was facilitated in partnership with the Bougainville Youth Federation (BYF), which requested TIPNG to modify its national flagship youth-event, the Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp (MMYDC), to meet the needs of the young Bougainvilleans. “Through the Bougainville Youth Democracy Camp, participants will learn about the basic principles behind democracy and good governance.

They were put through simulations where they carried out governance through doing things such as passing laws and conducting elections. They also learnt many advocacy skills and met and interacted with prominent leaders,” said TIPNG Deputy Director (Communications) Yvonne Ngutlick.

“The Camp provided hands-on activities, capacity and skill building exercises, simulations and inspirational guest speakers to give participants a wide range of learning experiences. The BYDC covered topics on types of government, law-making process, integrity institutions, what is corruption, the proper role of a member of parliament, role of the opposition and speaker, local and provincial government, district support grants, elections integrity and forestry governance,” she said.

“These are all important areas to which the Young Leaders that have attended the BYDC can assist with to ensure the future development of Bougainville for all Bougainvilleans,” Ms. Ngutlick added.

The objectives of the program are that the participants are able to:

• Effectively participate in activities supporting integrity institutions

• Explain and teach others about how governments should work

• Better understand how the commercial sector works in a strong rule of law environment

• Use and teach others the skill of advocacy as it relates to democracy and good governance in both rural and urban environments so as to press for change

• Demonstrate leadership and effective self-management skills

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