Assistant Grants and Agreements Manager, Education Facility – Papua New Guinea 655 views

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Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

About the Project
Australia’s education assistance in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is designed to address education access and participation, including for women and girls and other disadvantaged groups, improve the quality of education, and improve young people’s employability. The Australian High Commission (AHC) provides support to the basic, secondary, technical and higher education sectors using a range of mechanisms, including the Education Capacity Development Facility (ECDF).

The AHC Education & Leadership Portfolio (ELP) manages and oversees the delivery of activities under the ECDF. The ECDF is implemented by Palladium International and provides high-quality technical assistance and program support to the education sector as prioritised by Australia and the Government of Papua New Guinea at national and provincial levels. Support is provided to the PNG National Department of Education (NDoE), the PNG Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST), the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB), higher education and technical institutions, and other stakeholders in the education sector.

About Agreements
Since 2016 the ECDF has administered an increasing number of grants and sub-contracts for varying value from $200,000.00 to $4,000,000.00. The ECDF currently manages around eleven million dollars over ten different agreements. Our partners range from small NGOs to large Australian Universities with varying levels of grant management capacity. The grantees provide a range of services including early childhood literacy, programming for inclusive education in the disability sector and quality improvement of PNGs Higher Education Sector. As a responsive facility, ECDF could see the range of grantee work and partners grow.


Outline of the Role
The Assistant Grants and Agreements Manager is responsible for managing grants and subcontracts effectively and efficiently, ensuring that key outcomes are measurable and reported, providing timely responses to internal and external communication, and providing high-quality grant and subcontract reporting. We are looking for someone to drive performance and identify opportunities for improvement with our diverse network of local and international stakeholders.

The Manager will be based in the ECDF Office in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and will report to the Agreements Manager. The Assistant Manager may have opportunities to report and present to the AHC and key stakeholders such as NDoE and DHERST, as well as conduct training and capacity development activities for staff, grantees and subcontractors.

Scope of Work
The Assistant Manager is expected to take a proactive approach to agreement management, including identifying risks to program success, and identifying and implementing management strategies. As the needs of grantees and sub-contractors vary, the Assistant Manager will need to maintain flexible working relationships with partners.

The full scope of work is included in the Terms of Reference, and includes:

  • Working collaboratively with the ECDF team and the AHC
  • Designing project plans, budgets and monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  • Managing contract and policy compliance
  • Identifying risks, including fraud and child protection, and instituting monitoring and management responses
  • Managing events – such as launches, workshops, graduations and networking events – with high profile PNG and Australian representatives


To Apply
Applicants are required to submit:

  • A completed Statement of Competencies outlining examples where you have demonstrated the requirements of the position; and
  • A comprehensive resume.

Any questions? Send an email to

This is a locally engaged position and does not qualify for mobilisation or housing assistance.

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