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RECRUITMENT: PROGRAM LEAD – ANTI-CORRUPTION HELP DESK

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 looking for suitable applicants to fill the following position:

Program Lead – Anti-Corruption Help Desk

Duration: June 2021 – June 2023

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

The Anti-Corruption Help Desk (AnCoHD) deals with corruption related complaints by providing legal advice and assistance to victims and witnesses of corruption. Two of the essential services offered by the AnCoHD are legal assistance and access to information to the disadvantaged communities to allow them an opportunity to speak out and act against corruption.

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. Specific Responsibilities – Coordinate all aspects of TIPNG’s AnCoHD Programme:
    1. Develop, and Implement an overall AnCoHD work plan
    1. Monitor, assess and manage any risks and keep the Leadership team updated of this
    1. Provide Programme Reports to Management, Board and Donors when required
  • Client Support – Provide AnCoHD client services to victims or witnesses of corruption;
    • Be primary contact in TIPNG to liaise with corruption complainants who wish to be AnCoHD clients
    • Demonstrate and maintain professionalism in all encounters with clients and ensure all client meetings are scheduled and documented
    • Assess and maintain appropriate confidentiality of clients and their respective complaints
    • Evaluate corruption complaints and seek resolution for clients
    • Collect and record feedback from clients on AnCoHD service provided
  • Case Management – Use the AnCoHD Online Case Management System to maintain records and provide analysis for AnCoHD
    • Ensure Physical Files are secure and case information is processed
    • On a weekly basis, ensure that case information is uploaded and updated Online
    • Produce statistical and case reports for Board and Leadership Team when requested
    • Provide case briefs for corruption complaints on a weekly basis
  • Advocacy – Develop AnCoHD strategies, including funding and advocacy strategies
    • In close consultation with the Communications Team, develop and implement the AnCoHD Promotions & Publicity Plan 
    • Design and conduct Legal Aid Clinic outreach and AnCoHD Press Conferences
  • Stakeholder Relationships – Work with external partners to ensure the success of AnCoHD
    • Maintain a database of AnCoHD stakeholders
    • Maintain AnCoHD communications and relationships with PNG partners & stakeholders
    • Maintain AnCoHD communications and relationships with non-PNG partners & stakeholders

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  1. Must demonstrate a working understanding of the Papua New Guinean Law & Justice sector
  2. Tertiary-level qualification in Political Science, Public Policy Management, Communications or similar preferred
  3. Preferably have at least 3 years of successful project management and financial skills in either private or NGO sector
  4. Proficient in full Microsoft Office suite of applications
  5. Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and other related matters
  6. Proven experience in handling clients with professionalism, sensitivity and confidentiality
  7. Excellent written, verbal and listening skills
  8. A keen team player with multitasking ability

Intuitive problem solver with excellent organisational skills to achieve results.

Applications must include 3 referees with reliable telephone number 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 emailed to info@transparencypng.org.pg or dropped off at the TIPNG office: Sec 54, Lot 31, Lokua Avenue, Boroko 

For more information, call Tel: 3234917/7517.

Applications close on: Monday 21st June 2021

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PAGA HILL CASINO DEAL MAY LEAD TO WEAKENING OF REGULATOR’S ROLE

The recent announcement by the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) that it will be partnering with a private firm to build a casino in Port Moresby raises serious governance implications on the sector says Transparency International PNG (TIPNG). It has been reported by the media that the NGCB and the Paga Hill Development Corporation (PHDC) signed an MOU to build a casino which in its first phase of development will cost at least K150 million.

“In signing this agreement, the State through the NGCB is seriously undermining its independence as the industry regulator. Regulators like the NGCB have the important role to uphold and maintain the probity and the integrity of operators in the gaming sector and of individuals involved in the sector. They are the referee responsible for applying the rules of the game, they should not be running around as a player on the field. This type of conduct may lead to an abuse of the rules and bias in decision making” said Chair of the TIPNG Board Peter Aitsi in a media statement.

“TIPNG calls on the Board Members of the NGCB to ensure their role as an oversight body under the Gaming Control Act is not diminished in pursing this agreement.”

“The global experience with casinos suggests an increased likelihood of money-laundering and undue political influence where the regulator is weak or is compromised. TIPNG calls for details of the MOU to be made public and all financial details involving the use of public monies be disclosed. We don’t want to end up in the same situation as past failed investments like the 5-Star Boroko Casino Hotel scandal,” said Mr. Aitsi.

In seeking means of increasing revenue generation, the State must ensure good governance, the rule of law so the well-being of our citizens is protected and importantly public funds are not wasted.

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LACK OF COLLABORATION BY PNGEC RISKS MORESBY NORTHWEST BY-ELECTION FAILURE

With one-day polling for the Moresby Northwest by-election scheduled to commence 8:00 AM-6:00 PM on Wednesday 2nd June 2021, Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) is calling on the PNG Electoral Commission to prioritize logistical coordination with partner agencies, to ensure that administrative issues do not deprive voters in the electorate from exercising their constitutional rights.

“The PNG Electoral Commission is the mandated body to conduct elections in Papua New Guinea. The right of voters to have free, fair and safe elections must not be diminished either through individual malice or organisational ineptitude, the electoral roll being up to date and current is essential to citizens exercising this right. TIPNG is very concerned there is a significant risk to the successful conduct of the by-election in the Moresby Northwest electorate, because of a lack of coordination and transparency by the PNGEC. This risk of failure could be resolved if the PNGEC prioritizes logistical planning for polling on Wednesday by improving coordination with the Provincial Election Steering Committee and the police force in the National Capital District.” said the Board Chair of TIPNG Peter Aitsi.

“Of further concern is that the PNG Electoral Commission has chosen to conduct primary counting of ballots at the 5 wards before transferring to a central venue for the eliminations if required. This approach may present significant logistical challenges within one day of polling and may increase the likelihood of disputes if ballots are seen not to be properly handled and protected,” said Mr. Aitsi.

TIPNG is making this call in light of updates received through the Provincial Electoral Steering Committee (PESC), with the objective to ensure the public and indeed the candidates are able to have full confidence in the conduct of the by-election.

The PESC is a mechanism developed after the 2012 National Elections for the Provincial Government, the Police, Churches, Civil Society, Media and other partners to coordinate assistance to the PNG Electoral Commission in the conduct of elections. TIPNG is a member of the NCD PESC which was formalized through an MoU signed by the PNG Electoral Commission and the National Capital District Commission earlier this year.

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