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RECRUITMENT: PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR – BUILDING ELECTIONS INTEGRITY THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

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:

Project Administrator – Building Elections Integrity through Partnership (BEIP)

Duration: June 2021 – 31 Dec 2022

Reporting to: Project Lead – Building Elections Integrity through Partnership

As part of its strategy to strengthen democracy in the country, TIPNG will conduct a series of activities to coincide with the conduct of the 2022 National General Election. TIPNG will work with its partners to ensure the integrity of the democratic process is followed in making elections are free, fair and safe. Although this challenging position is only for nineteen (19) months, it offers the position holder the chance to work at the forefront of public advocacy on a national scale. 

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 among stakeholders

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Administration
  2. Keep minutes of all stakeholder meetings held for the project
  3. Organise events and meetings to ensure the Project work plan is active and progressing
  4. File soft and hard copy of project records including correspondences, finance, publication;
  5. Assist with scheduling of meetings, outreach activities and making contact with relevant institutions and persons;
  6. Work closely with the Project Lead to organize logistics for outreach and awareness activities, including meetings, forums, workshops, project site trips and stakeholder hosted events;
  7. Work closely with the Project Lead, with keeping financial records of the project
  8. Set up the logistics for air and road travel, and accommodation when required
  9. Maintain a database of BEIP stakeholders and partners
  • Project
  • Work closely with the project lead to prepare operational reports/ final reports to partners and donors
  • Provide input on project implementation for internal project reviews
  • Contribute to project development, implementation, research and report writing, visibility actions and monitoring and evaluation of relevant project activities;
  • Work closely with the Project Consultant for the Election Observation Report
  • Perform any other duties which may be assigned to you from time to time in relation to the BEIP project.
  • Work closely with the Project Lead to organise and deliver on the four (4) main components, as prescribed in the project grant agreement:
  • Engagement with the Electoral Management Body
  • Civic Awareness
  • Domestic Election Observation
  • Post-Election Analysis

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  1. Ideally a bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, management and/or related fields
  2. Preferably 1-2 years minimum experience, but not essential
  3. Must have knowledge of PNG electoral process
  4. Excellent English language report writing skills
  5. Competency in using MS Office programs
  6. Able to multitask and engage with stakeholders
  7. A highly motivated self-starter who can work well under pressure of competing deadlines.
  8. Have concern and interest in anti-corruption and democracy issues.
  9. Preferably a driver’s license but not necessary

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: Friday 11th June 2021

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WE ARE NOW HIRING!

RECRUITMENT: PROJECT LEAD – BUILDING ELECTIONS THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

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:

Project Lead– Building Elections Integrity through Partnership (BEIP)

Duration: June 2021 – 31 Dec 2022

Reporting to: Deputy Director – Policy & Partnerships

As part of its strategy to strengthen democracy in the country, TIPNG will conduct a series of activities to coincide with the conduct of the 2022 National Election. TIPNG will work with its partners to ensure the integrity of the democratic process is followed in making elections are free, fair and safe. Although this challenging position is only for nineteen (19) months, it offers the position holder the chance to work at the forefront of public advocacy on a national scale. 

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. Lead the overall implementation of the BEIP Project
  2. Implementation of the Project in line with the grant terms and conditions
  3. Development of a 19-month project work plan
  4. Monitoring and tracking of project progress
  5. Timely and accurate reporting to the Leadership and Board of TIPNG
  • Provide oversight over project funds and financial reporting of the project
  • Oversee project expenditure
  • Monitor project funds
  • Oversee project financial reporting
  • Ensure annual audits are delivered on time
  • Ensure financial reports to donor are delivered on time
  • Supervise Consultant engaged to do the Election Observation Report
  • In close consultation with the Deputy Director – Policy & Partnerships, recruit and manage the work of the Consultant
  • Organise and deliver on the four (4) main components, as prescribed in the project grant agreement:
  • Engagement with the Electoral Management Body
  • Civic Awareness
  • Domestic Election Observation
  • Post-Election Analysis
  • Ensure effective running of the BEIP Team
  • Work with the BEIP team on implementation of the 19-month work plan
  • Inspire, motivate, build and encourage the BEIP team to deliver excellence through ongoing improvement and ensuring a culture of innovation and high performance
  • Support the operations in relation to financial and administrative aspects of your team

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  1. Ideally a bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, management and/or related fields
  2. Must have demonstratable knowledge of PNG electoral process
  3. At least two years of successful Donor funded development sector project experience with proven ability to manage and acquit project budgets
  4. Excellent English language report writing skills
  5. Competency in using MS Office programs
  6. Able to multitask and engage with stakeholders
  7. A highly motivated self-starter who can work well under pressure of competing deadlines.
  8. Have concern and interest in anti-corruption and democracy issues.
  9. Preferably a driver’s license but not necessary

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: Friday 11th June 2021

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED ON ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING ENFORCEMENT TO PREVENT PNG MOVE TO GREY LIST

Ahead of Papua New Guinea’s scheduled mutual evaluation by the Asia-Pacific Group on Money-Laundering’s (APGML) next year, serious concerns have now been raised by watchdog agencies regarding the need for urgent collaborative action to improve anti-money laundering enforcement to prevent PNG from slipping back into the APGML grey list.

This was highlighted as a matter of grave and urgent concern in a panel discussion on Illicit financial flows and money laundering during the recent Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) 1st National Integrity Summit funded by the European Union, held in Port Moresby from 13-14th May 2021.

During the panel discussion, a worrying trend was highlighted regarding what was described as an apparent lack of urgency in the enforcement of PNG’s existing Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing (AMLCTF) Act 2015. It was revealed that the financial regulator has sent approximately 10, 000 files to different law enforcement agencies, yet no action has been taken on these referrals, and even more worrying is that there have been no prosecutions.

TIPNG Board Chair, Peter Aitsi in a statement responding to this trend said, “The lack of enforcement identified by the panellists speaks to the findings of the National Integrity System Assessment (NISA) 2021. While PNG has adequate laws, implementation and enforcement of these laws has been poor. If we do not take action PNG stands the risk of being moved into the grey list. This will result in higher interest rates for project financing, and place further strain on existing foreign investment. PNG could also be branded a high-risk country for international trade.”

“TIPNG calls on the government to provide immediate support to improve cross-agency collaboration as a matter of urgency, priority needs to be given towards improving the enforcement of our current AMLCTF law. If we take no action, there will be serious and real negative impacts on our economy,” said Mr Aitsi.

“Law enforcement agencies during the summit spoke of chronic issues such as lack of funding and political interference. These issues need to be addressed by Government if we are to have any hope of salvaging our compliance status and ensuring better outcomes for our economy and our people.”

“A key finding from TIPNG’s recent National Integrity Systems Assessment report indicated that of the fourteen pillars in the PNG National Integrity System, only five had adequate integrity, while the rest were rated as having only basic levels of integrity. If we are serious about combating corruption, a genuine effort is required by all stakeholders to improve the performance of these watchdog institutions,” he said.

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LEADERSHIP AND COLLABORATION NEEDED TO BRIDGE THE NATIONAL INTEGRITY GAP

With the official launch during the first day of the 1st National Integrity Summit 2021 today, Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) in the National Integrity System Assessment (NISA) Papua New Guinea 2021 Report has made five recommendations to address the Integrity Gaps identified through its review of 14 National Integrity Pillars (national institutions mandated to uphold the national Integrity system).

In the NISA Report, made possible with support from the European Union, only five (the Judiciary, Procurement, Anti-Corruption Agencies, Ombudsman and The Media) of the 14 pillars of the PNG National Integrity System scored sufficiently adequate, due to the strong existing laws in PNG. Nevertheless, it is concerning that all 14 Pillars still fall short of having both an adequate legal framework and adequate actions in practice. This result points to a number of challenges that require action for preventing corruption and for strengthening democracy in general.

“The National Integrity System Assessment report highlights that there is an Integrity Gap due to the inadequate implementation of integrity laws in Papua New Guinea,” said TIPNG Board Chair, Peter Aitsi stated that “This assessment was based on information collected through thorough extensive research, interviews with anti-corruption experts and in consultation with 28 agencies in Papua New Guinea. It is incumbent on us all to work together to bridge this Integrity Gap, and while it will be a collective effort, it is also clear that firm and decisive action is required by our leaders.”

In the NISA PNG 2021 Report TIPNG, has pillar specific recommendations based on integrity strengths and weaknesses.  More broadly, TIPNG has also identified 5 thematic areas of action for the next 5 years:  

  1. OPEN UP PARLIAMENT! Broadcast full Parliament session, Demand MP Constituent Meetings, Release Annual Report on Parliament Performance, and restore Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates. 
  2. MAKE EVERY VOTE COUNT! Prioritize the National Census, register every eligible voter, and implement the electoral laws, to ensure integrity within the electoral process. 
  3. LET THE PEOPLE KNOW! Protect our media, empower our citizens and welcome informed investment by delivering an effective way for us all to access public information. 
  4. START ICAC STRONG! Recruit competent staff, use the National Anti-Corruption Task Force to coordinate anti-corruption partnerships, and protect the integrity of our new anti-corruption agency. 
  5. BRIDGE THE INTEGRITY GAP! Develop and Recognize integrity initiatives in agencies, enable citizens to hold public servants accountable, align Police Conduct with integrity provisions in Police Act and support multi-stakeholder forums.

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INTEGRITY SUMMIT SET TO CONSOLIDATE NATIONAL COALITION AGAINST CORRUPTION

To mark the completion of the National Integrity Systems Assessment (NISA), Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is now gearing up to host the National Integrity Summit from May 13th-14th, 2021, in collaboration with the European Union. The integrity summit, will feature the official launches of the 2020 NISA report as well as the Integrity Initiatives of Excellence Awards, also known as the I(integrity)-RATE Awards.

This National Integrity Summit is the first of two such events which will bring together government, civil society, the media and citizens to discuss a range of topics around corruption and to improve the country’s response to tackling corruption. TIPNG Board Chair, Peter Aitsi said that while the NISA is an insightful tool for gauging the strength of our integrity systems, the development and implementation of effective solutions must be supported by all participating agencies to ensure a lasting impact.

“The NISA is an important tool, not only as a means of monitoring the health of our integrity systems, but also as a means of identifying key areas which need improvement. This will be the first step towards developing realistic and practicable systems and solutions to address these weaknesses,” said Mr Aitsi.

“Any significant and sustainable effort to combat the corruption that is deeply rooted in our systems can only be achieved if we work together. This summit will act as a point of convergence for all concerned agencies. To raise our collective awareness of the challenges ahead of us and to engage in conversations which help us identify the most successful solutions, as well as how they may be replicated across our different agencies,” he said.

DAY ONE of the program (Thursday May 13th, 2021) will include the official presentation of findings from the NISA report, as well as two panel sessions covering; a.)  the challenges of prosecuting corruption and how these can be overcome, and b.)  how regulators (or regulating agencies) can ensure that corrupt actors are penalized.

DAY TWO of the program (Friday May 14th, 2021) will include the official launch of the I-RATE Awards as well as another two-panel discussion covering; a.) inter-agency approaches to stopping illicit financial flows in PNG, and b.) whistle-blowing and investigative journalism.

The NISA is the first phase of TIPNG’s Promoting Anti-Corruption & Integrity Strategies (PAIS) project. The second phase will involve TIPNG working closely with participating agencies to development of anti-corruption strategies and frameworks to combat corruption within their closed systems as well as their partner agencies. The PAIS is funded by the European Union.

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ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM TO BOOST SYNERGY BETWEEN MEDIA AND CIVIL SOCIETY

In its efforts to continue to support the role of the mainstream media, Transparency International PNG (TIPNG), through its Promoting Anti-corruption and Integrity Strategies (PAIS) project is now enhancing its engagement with the PNG media and Civil Society Organizations.

Over the course of the next ten months, TIPNG will be facilitating a series of engagements with mainstream media and civil society organizations. These engagements will include investigative journalism skills training for reporters, and number of collaborative engagements targeted at fostering a stronger link between media and civil society organizations, through resource sharing and best practice.

As the first of these formal engagements, TIPNG hosted a Media Event to commemorate World Press Freedom Day yesterday (May 3rd, 2021). With the theme for this year being “Information as a public good,” the event will also coincide with the official launch of TIPNG’s inaugural 2021 Investigative Journalism Awards.

The goal of the 2021 Investigative Journalism Awards is to encourage professional journalists to investigate, follow through and expose issues involving corruption and breakdown of governance processes.

“Investigative reporting, is an integral part of journalism and plays a crucial role in bringing corruption to light and fighting against impunity. This makes it absolutely vital to ensuring our government remains a true functioning democracy,” said Mr Aitsi.

“TIPNG is dedicated to supporting the PNG media, as a critical facet of our democracy. To further boost the impact of investigative journalism in PNG we are now rolling out this media engagement series to support capacity building, as well as the establishment of an active coalition on transparent and accountable governance, as well as reliable information networks to compliment the functions of newsrooms around the country,” he said.

The PAIS project is a TIPNG initiative which is funded by the European Union, under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights. The current media engagement program is one of several TIPNG initiatives targeted at supporting the evolution of an independent and empowered mainstream media sector in PNG.

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JOURNALISM AWARDS TO NURTURE INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING CULTURE

In a bid to support mainstream media newsrooms and encourage more and better-quality investigative reporting in PNG, Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) has now launched its 2021 Investigative Journalism Awards initiative.

The 2021 Investigative Journalism Awards is an initiative by Transparency International PNG to recognize and encourage local journalists to take on the challenge of investigative reporting. Following the official launch of the awards during a TIPNG media engagement event yesterday, nominations are now open to all mainstream media journalists throughout PNG, under the following categories:

  1. INVESTIGATION INTO STATUTORY APPOINTMENTS AND USE OF PUBLIC MONEY: This category will focus on investigative journalism into administrative reforms on the appointments by merit and financial audits of public money including the procurement process by government.
  2. INVESTIGATION INTO SEPARATION OF POWERS: For this category, professional journalists are encouraged to thoroughly investigate the separation of powers and report on abuses of process and power within the three arms of government.
  3. OPEN CATEGORY: This category encourages journalists to discover and expose facts on cases of corruption at all levels of society and to expose any scandals. This includes, but is not limited to; Malpractice within law enforcement agencies, Political influence in the electoral process, Bribery cases in the elections, Governance of political parties, Transnational crimes and Sub-national level governance.

TIPNG Board Chair, Peter Aitsi with the firm backing of PNG Media Council President Neville Choi added the initiative that would be a step towards to rebuilding and reinforcing an investigative journalism in PNG.

“The media’s role in exposing cases of corruption and malpractice simply cannot be understated. And while we have had a few notable victories over the years, we know that a strong, ethical and consistent investigative reporting culture in PNG Media can also be a strong deterrent and a powerful tool for ensuring that those in power do not abuse that power,” said Mr Aitsi.

“The role of journalists in our country today is even more crucial than before, in not just uncovering, but spotlighting instances of corruption. And to move from just reporting on it, to including informative opinions to highlight and be bold to publicly hold leaders in both the private and public sector to account,” said Mr Choi.

The 2021 Investigative Journalism Awards is a TIPNG initiative under our Promoting Anti-corruption & Integrity Strategies (PAIS) project, which is funded by the European Union and supported by the Media Council of PNG. Winners will be announced during the second National Integrity Summit in February next year. For more information on the awards please contact our team at TIPNG.

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PRESS STATEMENT: PUBLISH COVID FUNDING REPORT AND RESTORE PUBLIC TRUST

Friday, 23rd April 2021 Port MoresbyAs concerns over the abuse of COVID-19 funding have been heightened in the past few weeks, with new allegations of the awarding of contracts to public servants suggesting a direct conflict of interest. TIPNG has now called on the government to release all reports on funding for the COVID-19 response to restore public trust. Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) has been calling for greater accountability of COVID-19 funds since the initial declaration of the State of Emergency (SOE) in 2020, and subsequent emergency declarations.

“In the absence of reliable and readily available expenditure reports, public trust in both the National Government and the National COVID-19 response is greatly weakened. It is understandable that citizens will be skeptical and suspicious of the Governments’ handling of public health matters if they do not have full confidence in the management of public finances,” said Peter Aitsi, TIPNG Board Chair.

“Building on from the initial efforts in 2020 to track COVID-19 funding, TIPNG is sharing information from the most recent World Health Organisation situation report on PNG which includes funds received through the Government’s Trust Account. However, this is not all the information, for instance, there has been no consolidated public report released on international donor assistance received by the government or audited expenditure report presented in Parliament,” he said.

To ensure informed public debate, the National Government’s Financial Procurement Committee, under the Pandemic Act, must release to the public the following:

  • a detailed expenditure report for any procurement authorized by the office of the Emergency Controller.
  • a breakup of the Bilateral and Donor assistance, financial or otherwise, received to date.
  • a summary of funds allocated to Provincial Health Authorities, as well as acquittal status.
  • the full Internal Audit Report by Pape Accountants In 2020.

While Parliament has now been adjourned to August 10th 2021, the matter of transparency and accountability in the management of COVID-19 funding remains as urgent as ever. TIPNG now calls on the National Government and the Financial Procurement Committee to prioritize the release of this information, as it is critical to restoring public confidence not only in the COVID-19 response effort, but also in the PNG Government as a whole.

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OUR 2021 FIRST QUARTER NEWSLETTER IS OUT NOW!

Covering updates from our 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index and Anti-Corruption Enforcement dialogue, the National Integrity Systems Assessment, our involvement in the United National Convention Against Corruption Parallel Report, our 2020 Legal Internship Program closing, Membership, our Anti-Corruption Help Desk, and our involvement in the recent Lowy Institute panel discussions and the Provincial Elections Steering Committee in the lead up to the Port Moresby North-West By-elections.

This issue gives a snapshot our early interventions this year and some of our achievements over the course of the 2021 first quarter.

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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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