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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 and manage the implementation of the ambitious strategic plan for gender and protection portfolio including 1-Tok Kauselin Helpim Lain from supporting design through to implementation and evaluation and working towards the wellbeing and safety of 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.


Program Leadership

Lead implementation of helpline strategic plan ensuring alignment when designing any new helpline focused projects
Manage a 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
Ensure compliance with ChildFund’s policies and procedures.
Technical guidance, advice, and capacity strengthening
Stay up-to-date with trends, issues and research on gender, and child protection and gender-based violence and violence against children prevention and response.
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
developing multi-sectorial sustainable funding model for the helpline and prepare submissions
Maintain dialogue 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 fora to promote, advocate and speak for on strategic and common issues.


Degree/post-graduate qualifications in relevant discipline in development, gender, social work or psychology
Experience in prior senior management or program manager roles
Knowledge and experience of child rights, and child protection and gender-based violence and protection programming
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
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.

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

Closing Date: Jul 31, 2023