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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

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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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TIPNG members elect 2020 Board of Directors

Tuesday 30 June 2020 – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) held its Annual General Meeting last Saturday, June 27, 2020. At the AGM the members received the financials for 2019, considered and passed amendments to its Rules of Association, and conducted the election of the board directors for 2020.

The members elected Peter Aitsi as chair, Secretary – Michelle Hau’ofa and Treasurer – Akae Beach and 11 other including; Brian Alois, Lawrence Stephens, Jerome Sesega, Belinda Kanau, Philip Samar, Paul Barker, Mary Udu, Richard Kassman, OBE, Christopher Elphick and Michael McWalter, OL were returned as directors.

A new face to join the board of TIPNG this year is Ms. Seini Fisi’ihoi, who was also elected to the Board to fill a vacancy left by long-serving director and long-time PNG anti-corruption advocate Fr John Glynn, who withdrew his nominations to focus on his other community commitments.

At the AGM on Saturday, Executive Director, Arianne Kassman outlined TIPNG’s strategy, which places a priority on building the organization’s internal capacity to fight corruption on multiple fronts, while growing anti-corruption networks and consolidating its anti-corruption efforts with those of other stakeholders. Through strong and effectual partnerships.

“While we have had many successes over the past year, we remain focused on growing and reinforcing the efforts of a community-wide movement against corruption in PNG. This includes reaching out to other like-minded organizations and individuals and uniting the voice against corruption in PNG,” said Ms. Kassman.

As a chapter of the global Transparency International movement against corruption, TIPNG has consistently advocated for the fortification and recovery of PNG democratic functions and the civil liberties of Papua New Guineas for over 23 years.

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TIPNG 2020 Board of Directors (back row, L-R) Richard Kassman, OBE, Paul Barker, Lawrence Stephens, Christopher Elphick, (front row, L-R) Seini Fisi’ihoi, Michael McWalter, OL, Treasurer – Akae Beach, Chair – Peter Aitsi, MBE, Secretary – Michelle Hau’ofa, Mary Udu and Honorary Board Member – Lady Mina Siaguru (Absent: Brian Alois, Belinda Kanau, Jerome Sesega and Philip Samar)

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Corruption Perceptions Survey 2013:

This reports sheds light on what Papua new Guineans think about corruption and anti-corruption efforts. It does so by presenting data from a survey into citizens understandings of corruption conducted during 2010 and 2011.

We interviewed 1800 rural and urban citizens across nine provinces and asked them about definitions, causes and reporting of corruption and their perceptions of the effectiveness of organizations in addressing corruption. In addition we asked respondents to evaluate scenarios that might be considered corrupt, as well as a variety of statements about corruption, trust, democracy, the legal system and leadership.

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