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Program Manager – Gender and Protection

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


As the Program Manager – Gender and Protection, you will lead the gender and protection portfolio with a primary focus on the strategic plan for the 1-Tok Kauselin Helpim Lain. You will support related project work from design through to implementation and evaluation. You will work towards the wellbeing and safety of victims and survivors in all we do. You will represent ChildFund in national and regional forums to promote, advocate and speak on strategic and common issues and coordinate GEDSI integration in ChildFund office.


Project Management and leadership

  • Lead implementation of helpline strategic plan ensuring alignment when designing any new helpline focused or related projects.
  • Manage a diverse team who will be responsible for the effective implementation of all project activities in the field.
  • Develop short and long-term work plans in line with the project documents, log frame, budget and oversee overall project progress.
  • Support implementation of quality assurance processes and project MEL and foster culture of accountability for performance and continuous improvement
  • Oversee and track expenditure for projects and liaise closely with finance team.
  • Provide leadership and professional development to staff and key partners.
  • Represent ChildFund in key external meetings and forums including with National and provincial government, donors, civil society organisation and other key stakeholders.
  • Support the successful transition of the Helpline to a local leadership model by 2028.
  • Maintain strong relationships and communication with the Senior Management Team in the ChildFund PNG Country Office.
  • Ensure compliance with ChildFund’s policies and procedures.

Technical guidance, advice, and capacity strengthening

  • Have a current knowledge of trends, issues and research on gender, child protection gender-based violence and prevention and response.
  • Familiarity with the IASC Guidelines for integrating Gender Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action.
  • Facilitate periodic capacity strengthening and reflection-learning sessions for team and partners on gender and CP integrated programming.
  • Support system level change in GBV sector at a national and provincial level, as well as coordinate GEDSI integration internally at CFPNG.

Strategic partnerships and Resource Mobilization

  • Strengthen formal and informal partnerships to deliver coordinated and comprehensive services and build new partnerships with identified stakeholders.
  • Develop multi-sectorial sustainable funding model for the helpline and prepare submissions.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with partners and stakeholders to advocate, promote and advance helpline priorities, interests including gender justice issues and helpline sustainability.
  • Represent CFPNG and helpline in national, regional to promote, advocate and speak for on strategic and common issues.


  • Degree/post-graduate qualifications in relevant discipline in development, gender, social work, social sciences, human rights, or psychology.
  • Experience in prior senior management or program manager roles.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of child rights, and child protection and gender-based violence and protection programming.
  • Demonstrated understanding of GBV and experience in gender -based programming
  • Understanding of development sector work in the PNG context, activities and actors, with emphasis on gender-based violence and child-focused development.
  • Understanding local context or able to learn local context to work effectively with diverse PNG cultures.
  • Stakeholder engagement, at government at sub- and national level preferred.
  • Experience providing quality training and capacity building for team and partners on gender and Child Protection integrated programming.
  • Understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods of M&E
  • Excellent English language skills and willing to learn Tok Pisin (if not already a speaker).


  • Creative thinker and motivator
  • Excellent stakeholder management
  • Strong leader and role model, supporting others in achieving their and the organisation’s goals
  • Ability to work in an iterative, problem-driven and adaptive way in complex and fragile environments
  • Understanding of GBV and development in country context and child-focused development


  • Experience managing GBV and CP response services and/or as service provider delivering services to survivors
  • Change management experience including support for organisational transition and change processes.

Remain alert and responsive to any child safeguarding or sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment (SEAH) risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand the child safeguarding and PSEAH policy and procedures, and conduct yourself consistent with those policies.

procedures, and conduct yourself consistent with those policies.

Other Information: Appointment to this position is dependent upon successful completion of criminal background and reference checks.


We invite PNG nationals to apply for this role.

Closing Date: Jun 29, 2024