22 February 2016
From a simple research officer to assistant director, Christine is one of an elite group of females taking over the top ranks in Papua New Guinea’s public service.
“It’s challenging to move to the top within any organisation, whether you’re a woman or a man,” says Christine.
“If you have the right attitude and commitment to making a real difference in supporting the development of your people, someone will notice and acknowledge your hard work.”
Although soft spoken and humble, Christine is obviously highly-motivated when it comes to ensuring greater productivity and worker-satisfaction in the workplace. And she is not alone. Christine is just one of a new crop of technically skilled and resourceful female public servants dedicated to improving good governance within the public service.
Christine started her career as an Assistant Research Officer with the Department of Prime Minister & National Executive Council. It was not long after she joined the Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs (DPLGA) people started noticing not only her work of considerable value to DPLGA, more importantly, so were her management contributions, leadership skills and in-depth knowledge of managing projects.
Christine was particularly recognised for successfully leading the consultation and documentation process of a guide to assist and strengthen Provincial Coordination and Monitoring Committee Operations. She played an important role in securing donor support for fifteen districts from the European Development Fund.
Given her level of success, being granted an Australia Awards Fellowships – PNG scholarship was virtually a foregone conclusion. Christine was among 20 other upcoming female public servants selected to undertake an intensive four week Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Management at the University of Queensland.
The short course helped Christine hone her skills in identifying issues and strategies for enhancing operations at DPLGA. The program was specifically designed to enable her to develop a work plan on return that would improve DPLGA’s current governance practices.
Christine says she wanted to gain a comprehensive understanding of the concept of policy formulation so that she could translate complex policies into programs with tangible outcomes. Simply put, Christine’s aim is to turn conceptual policy decisions into practical, on-the-ground actions that people in the provinces can identify as a result of DPLGA’s intervention.
“The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Management offered by UQ was excellent,” says Christine.
“The university also provided a mentoring program for six months after I completed my studies as extra support for me and this has been an invaluable experience for me.”
Through her short course program, Christine has developed her public policy management skills and applied international best governance and plans to further enhance the coordination planning and budgeting programs for the Southern Region of DPLGA.