Security Manager – Papua New Guinea

The Market Development Facility (MDF) is an Australian Government-funded initiative currently being implemented in five countries. MDF utilises a market systems development (MSD) approach to connect with private and public sectors players with the ability and leverage to trigger lasting systemic change and create broad-based, sustainable pro-poor growth. MDF can be scaled-up to support further market development activities in country and in additional countries as needed. MDF is a multi-country facility, currently operating in Fiji, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Each country has its own country team on the ground, with a Core Leadership Team (CLT) headed up by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) providing strategic, technical and managerial oversight across all MDF partner countries. The CLT ensures uniformity and integration of approach and systems across countries, while at the same time ensuring sufficient programmatic flexibility for Country Teams to respond to local context and DFAT country strategy.

Assignment Objectives

The PNG Security Manager (PNG SM) reports administratively to the Country Director and functionaly to the Global Safety and Security Team and maintains a close working relationship with PNG management, project team members and corporate programmes managers. The PNG SM is responsible for advising the country mission on their security duties and responsibilities in accordance with Palladium global standards. The PNG SM contributes to the Palladium mandate through strong security risk analysis, advice, and relevant mitigation. The PNG SM will own, on behalf of the Global Safety and Security Team, all operational security activities in support of the project. The PNG SM implements and manages security activities at the duty station and other project countries in close coordination with all program partners, donors and relevant organisational interlocuters. The role contributes to the development of assessments, procedures and guidelines including Security Risk Assessments (SRAs), incident reporting and management of the project specific Security Plan.

Key Expected Results

  • Duty of Care
  • Security Risk Management and Planning for all project locations
  • Safety and Security Services
  • Security Information Analysis
  • Security Specific Networking and Partnership Building

Key Accountabilities, Duties and Tasks

  • Security Risk Management and Planning
  • Safety and Security Services
  • Security Information Analysis
  • Security Networking and Partnership Building

Qualifications and experience


    • A degree in a discipline related to Risk Management, International Relations, Conflict Analysis, Diplomatic Studies, Security Studies or Organisational Resilience. Relevant experience and training will be considered in lieu of a degree.
    • At least five years’ relevant work experience in security system implementation for international development project activities.
    • Experience working in diverse teams with a focus on relationship building and knowledge sharing.
    • Experience in supporting high-level dialogue with government ministries and other development partners regarding program management, resource allocation and capacity development.
    • Demonstrated high level of written and oral communication skills, including written reporting skills for a variety of audiences.
    • Knowledge of and experience in security training and briefings.
    • Fluency in English.


  • Experience in the PNG security sector and knowledge of security stakeholders in PNG.
  • Knowledge of ISO 31000 and/or the GPR8.
  • The ability to work effectively in a large organisation and with small teams to negotiate organisational change with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Essential Competencies of Individual

Core Values

Diversity and Inclusion

Core competencies

Working with people
Drive for results

Functional Competencies

Coping with Pressure and Setbacks
Relating and networking
Deciding and initiating action
Applying technical expertise

Terms and Conditions

The Security Manager will be based in Port Moresby and will report to the Global Safety and Security Team. He/She will undertake frequent travel to provincial locations, including Bougainville and Lae, to conduct security assessments and provide support to personnel traveling to and based in these locations. He/She will be responsive to personnel requirements and work in collaboration with the Program Team Leaders and Operations Managers to implement the security plan.

The PNG Security Manager will be remunerated at market rates and there is no accommodation or mobility allowance for the position. The Security Manager will be employed on a full-time basis for up to 12 months with a possibility of extension.

The detailed Terms of Reference can be found here. Interested candidates can apply here.

The deadline for applications is 18 July 2018.