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Executive Country Director - Papua New Guinea

Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC)

About Australia Pacific Training Coalition

The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) is a centre for training excellence providing Australian standard training qualifications and skills across the Pacific region. As Australia’s flagship Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) investment in the Pacific, APTC works collaboratively with TVET stakeholders to achieve training delivery outcomes and reforms to Pacific TVET systems. By joining APTC, you will have the opportunity to contribute towards a more skilled, inclusive and productive workforce for the region.

APTC has country offices in Fiji, Vanuatu, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. The Regional Head Office is located in Suva, Fiji

The Role

APTC is embarking on a significant expansion in scope, scale and geographic spread of activities within PNG with the incorporation of the PNG Skills for Sub-National Growth Investment (SNGI) programme within an already large and successful programme of TVET delivery and support.

The Executive Country Director PNG is responsible for ensuring APTC PNG performance and program objectives are achieved. This includes forging coalitions with partner institutions, industry/enterprises and the Government of PNG’s Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST)to achieve sustainable PNG driven TVET reform.

The Executive Country Director PNG is a member of the APTC Executive Team and plays a key role in ensuring the successful operation of APTC PNG against its goals and objectives, including collaboration with the Australian High Commission (AHC), DHERST and other key stakeholders on the strategic and longer-term direction for TVET provision in PNG.

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  1. Extensive demonstrated experience leading and managing in a complex environment with an understanding of, or the ability to quickly acquire an understanding of, the complex nature of TVET systems in developing countries.
  2. Established conceptual, analytical and Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) skills including the ability to identify emerging issues, and expertise to resolve operational issues and manage innovative solutions to complex problems in an adaptive manner.
  3. Practical experience in negotiating and developing new business opportunities as demonstrated through industry relationships management.
  4. Experience working in the Pacific, preferably in TVET management or a development program.
  5. Proven ability to establish priorities, organise and manage staff performance, achieve end-of-program objectives and to meet tight deadlines within a complex organisation.
  6. Excellent verbal, written and ICT skills, stakeholder and relationship management skills, change management skills and an ability to prepare high-level responses and reports.



  1. Tertiary qualification in international development or education or another relevant discipline such as political science, international business or change management

Highly desirable requirements:

  1. Experience working within an educational organisation, preferably TVET.
  2. Experience working on an aid funded project, preferably Australian Government

APTC is an equal opportunity employer; fostering a fair, safe and socially inclusive environment, embracing all forms of diversity.

APTC is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious and ethnical background, including persons living with disabilities to apply.

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