6 November 2015
5 November 2015
Twenty project officers are bringing much needed project management skills to the provinces after completing a Certificate IV in Project Management under an Australia Awards Fellowship- PNG.
The project officers are working at the frontline of program implementation challenges in the provinces of Manus, Western Highlands, West Sepik, Gulf and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. These provincial officers’ graduated with a Certificate IV in Project Management Practice in Port Moresby on 30 October 2015.
The Fellowship program ran over seven months and included four weeks of study in Australia and six months of workplace support on return to PNG. Each provincial officer selected a priority project in their province or district and outlined a plan to ensure its successful implementation.
Deslyn Malien, Rural Development Officer from Sandaun Provincial Administration undertook a successful survey of Cocoa Farmers to determine the potential for investment in Small Medium Enterprise (SME) training.
“By identifying the number of cocoa farmers and the technology they use, we can better design our SME strategies more effectively to support this important non-resource sector of my province,” said Ms Malien.
Project workers at the provincial and district level are crucial to effective service delivery for the majority of Papua New Guineans. “Investing in the skills of these workers has a direct impact on services for those who need it most,” said Smith Sapok, Manager of graduating awardees from Manus Provincial Administration.
A second group of twenty project officers travelled to Australia on 31 October to undertake the Certificate IV in Project Management. They represent the provinces of Milne Bay, Southern Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Oro and West New Britain.
“The Australian Government is pleased to be working with the Papua New Guinean Government to provide tailored professional development opportunities for frontline provincial administration officers in the provinces” said the Australia High Commission’s Minister Counsellor, James Hall.
Since 1996, more than 2000 Papua New Guineans have studied in Australia on scholarships. Australia Awards promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and PNG and are part of Australia’s commitment to providing education opportunities to improve living standards and stimulate economic growth.