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Country Director – PNG

CARE Australia |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: Hybrid | International
Sub location(s): Papua New Guinea



  • Lead and energise a team whilst based in Goroka or Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Base salary circa $145,000 AUD plus benefits
  • Steer the implementation of the Country Office strategy


The Opportunity

CARE is a leading international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities.


We have an exciting opportunity for a Country Director to join the CARE International (CI) team. This is a dynamic and interesting position for someone to play a key role in implementing the strategic direction of our Country Office.


As Country Director, you’ll be responsible for the overall planning and management of CARE International’s development and humanitarian program, and Country Office activities in PNG.


Working as a member of CARE Australia, you’ll ensure that CARE Australia’s corporate policies are implemented in PNG as well as ensuring that all legal requirements and agreements for program operation are in place. The responsibilities outlined below will be realised in accordance with CARE International’s values, Vision2030 and CI Papua New Guinea’s Long-Term Program Strategy.


Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Overseeing a process of ensuring CARE’s support to PNG transforms to be as local as possible and is led by those most impacted
  • Promoting the Vision, Mission and Principles of CARE International and ensuring consistency with provisions of the CARE International Code in CI’s operations in PNG
  • Contributing to the development, promulgation and implementation of CARE Australia’s strategic intent, and corporate policies and practices
  • Responsibility for the effective management of the CARE PNG overall program portfolio of development and humanitarian programs
  • Responsibility for the overall performance and management of CARE PNG’s workforce
  • Effectively managing all assets and financial resources of CARE PNG
  • Seeking and securing funding and financing of projects through the maintenance of strong relationships with major donors and multilateral organisations, through the preparation of project proposals, and through timely reporting on existing projects
  • Overall responsibility for the safety and security of all CARE in PNG’s staff in-country and safeguarding of all organisational assets and operations
  • Liaising and working closely with teams within CARE Australia including our Fundraising and Public Engagement Team, our Senior Management Team, and other relevant employees


Ideally You Will Have:

  • Senior operational management experience demonstrating the capacity to manage budgets, staff and programs, preferably with an international NGO working on both development and humanitarian programs
  • Proven leadership ability including strong people management skills, the ability to respond effectively to challenges and experience leading complex strategic change
  • Proven capacity to develop external relationships as well as representational and networking skills, to further the goals of CARE InternationalStrong initiative and drive with a demonstrated record of innovation
  • Strong organisational and project management skills as well as the ability to deliver quality results within deadlines
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in project design and proposal preparation, program and project management and of current best practice development approaches, tools and methodologies
  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant field will be highly regarded
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and a commitment to CARE International’s approach and values including ethnic diversity and cultural sensitivity


Strong preference for national candidates.


Why Work With Us?

Working with a dedicated team, this rewarding role will give you the opportunity to make a real difference and give you the chance to improve the world, advance gender equality through your work and contribute to change.


Additional Benefits Include:

  • Base salary circa $145,000 AUD (may be flexibility for applicants with considerable experience)
  • Access to generous leave benefits, appropriate insurance and allowances
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • A flexible and supportive working environment including working from home options to support excellent work-life balance
  • The opportunity to use your skills to fight poverty with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities


Questions about the role?

Please contact our People & Culture team at [email protected].


How to Apply

Please review the Position Description available on our website and complete the online application form by clicking ‘Apply Now’ via the portal on our website (https://careaustralia.connxcareers.com/Job/ViewJobs). Please ensure you attach your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria.


This will be conducted as a rolling recruitment process, with shortlisting and interviews being completed as applications are received. Please submit your application ASAP if you are interested in the role. More information can be found at www.care.org.au/careers.


Applications close: Sunday 14 July 2024


CARE Australia will seek information from job applicants’ previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment, and/or child abuse the applicant may have been found guilty to have committed or about which an investigation was in the process of being carried out at the time of the termination of the applicant’s employment with that employer. By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no objection to CARE Australia requesting the information specified above.


CARE Australia is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and encourage applications from people living with a disability and/or have lived experience of disability. We strongly encourage national candidates, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, to apply.

Closing Date: Jul 14, 2024