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Senior Skills Manager

Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea
Posted date:
February 22, 2023
Close date:
March 3, 2023
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Job Description

Role Title: Senior Skills Manager – Highlands Agricultural College

Location: Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea

Classification: Adviser Remuneration Framework B2

Reports to: Director Academic (TVET)

Employment Status: Full-time, Fixed Term

Duration: Until 30 June 2023

About TAFE Queensland and the Australia Pacific Training Coalition

The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) is an Australian Government initiative in partnership with the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

As Australia’s flagship Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) investment in the region, APTC provides Australian standard training qualifications and forms partnerships and coalitions to achieve training outcomes and TVET systems reform.

APTC works collaboratively with national governments, development partners, private sector, organisations for people with disabilities, civil society organisations, and TVET institutions across ten countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru,Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. The regional head office is located in Suva, Fiji.

In PNG, APTC has trained more than 3,600 Papua New Guineans since its inception in 2007, of whom over 1,000 are women.

The reach of APTC is being expanded beyond the capital region through the PNG Sub-National Growth Investment (SNGI). The SNGI builds capacity and quality of training by partnering with three regional Higher Education Institutions (HEIs): Mt Hagen Technical College (MHTC), Highlands Agricultural College (HAC), and Bougainville Technical College (BTC).

This is in addition to a long-established partnership with the Port Mores by Technical College (POMTECH), and collaborative work with the PNG Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST).

The SNGI program aims to assist partner institutions in jointly increasing up to 400 - 600 graduates annually in industry-relevant trades and skills in priority economic sectors, with a mix of PNG and Australian qualifications. The End-of-Program Outcomes (EOPOs) of the PNG SNGI are consistent with those of the overarching APTC regional program:

EOPO 1: Graduates have improved employment outcomes

EOPO 2: Co-investment in skills training increases

EOPO 3: Selected TVET partners demonstrate quality TVET provision

APTC is managed by TAFE Queensland on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). As a contractor to APTC, you will be part of a leading provider of further education and training committed to quality teaching, a safe working environment, and delivering real outcomes for students.

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Now in our third phase, the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) seeks to lift the quality of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), improve employment outcomes for graduates and encourage greater investment in training. Since 2020, the Highlands Agricultural College (HAC) Mt Hagen has been a partner of APTC.

About the Role

The Senior Skills Manager is responsible for implementing SNGI activities to develop national TVET capability to deliver competency-based skills programs that meet of the needs of labour markets as well as nationally accredited PNG qualifications.

The Senior Skills Manager reports to the Director Academic PNG to develop and implement activities that include the management, coaching and mentoring of Skills Advisers, APTC Training Coordinators and partner institution training staff. The Senior Skills Manager is required to collaborate with colleagues and partner institutions to facilitate and supervise the implementation of capability development initiatives, agreed projects and curriculum development in addition to ensuring training and delivery requirements comply with the relevant Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) for the delivery of APTC Australian Qualifications and National TVET Regulations as required for the delivery of PNG qualifications. Additionally, the Senior Skills Manager will support APTC’s gender equity, disability, and social inclusion (GEDSI) initiatives to ensure GEDSI is integrated into operations at the campus level.

The Senior Skills Manager needs to be self-directed and able to work in remote and often difficult locations with the position located at the Highlands Agricultural College, Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

Capacity Building at Highlands Agricultural College, Mt Hagen

1. Under the direction and guidance of the Director Academic PNG, develop and implement strategies for the mentoring, coaching and support partner institution staff in the development of learning resources and delivery of training that complies with the standards for nationally registered TVET providers.

2. Manage and lead the skills adviser and skills coordinator.

3. Undertake TVET strengthening activity demonstrating an awareness of and sensitivity to cross-cultural settings.

4. Develop and implement training, assessment and quality improvement plans that support the continuous improvement of curriculum, learning materials, training resources, teacher training, teacher skills development, business systems, administration requirements and management processes.

5. Arrange, and/or participate in, team-teaching, mentoring and community of practice activities with TVET partner training delivery and learning support staff or APTC staff as required.

6. Develop and implement quality improvement plans focussed on meeting provider registration standards and national course accreditation requirements for PNG.

7. Provide advice and support to strengthen partnerships with local industry and community and other local stakeholders as and when required.

8. Develop and participate in activities such as industry liaison and working with TVET training counterparts to promote TVET reform and capability development in PNG.

9. Provide advice to the Director Academic PNG regarding industry demand for skills and qualifications.

10. Ensure GEDSI objectives and activities are implemented, managed and evaluated across all aspects of program delivery.

Training Delivery for PNG Qualifications

1. Provide expert advice and content knowledge to lead, manage and support training delivery staff to prepare, deliver and assess culturally sensitive flexible programs for students ensuring effective learning.

2. Under the direction of the Director Academic, ensure National regulatory requirements are adhered to. Manage the impact and risk through:

a) the oversight and maintenance of accurate documentation through the use of approved systems to monitor and improve practice

b) the development of training and assessment plans

c) continuous monitoring of delivery and assessment

d) industry consultation and course validation processes

e) active participation in all quality assurance audits and rectification plans.

APTC Management and Operations

1. Provide strategic advice and practical solutions to support Highlands Agricultural College to meet National regulatory requirements and training delivery and administration.

2. Guide and manage the performance of Skills Advisers, Skills Coordinators and other staff involved in identifiedTVET strengthening activities, to ensure timely and effective implementation of program activity.

3. Provide information as required to support SNGI and APTC’s reporting, strategic communications, and planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL) requirements.

4. Actively participate in staff meetings, vocational networks, professional practice meetings and other activities relevant to the role.

5. Report any non-compliance or incidents relating to Workplace Health and Safety (WHS), Equal Opportunity (EO), Fraud and Corruption or any other statutory regulations to the Director Academic as soon as practical.

6. Participate in briefings covering personal security and responsibilities, medical/health situation, cultural environment, details on APTC objectives, relevant contract obligations and interaction with stakeholders.

7. Undertake other administrative duties directly related to training delivery.


1. The incumbent can expect to be allocated duties, not specifically mentioned in this document, but within the capacity, qualifications and experience normally expected from persons occupying positions at this level.

2. The incumbent is expected to be collaborative, flexible and willing to assist others during peak periods and absences, as required.

Within the context of the Key Responsibilities and Duties described above, the incumbent will be required to:

Demonstrate professionalism and integrity by:

• Adhering to the APTC Staff Code of Behaviour, the APTC Staff ConductProtocols, and TAFE Queensland’s Code of Conduct.

• Adhering to DFAT Policy requirements as they relate to APTC.

• Adhering to the APTC Close Personal Relationship Policy.

• Adhering to the DFAT Child Protection and PSEAH safeguards.

• Adhering to APTC policies and regulations, including equal opportunity, anti discrimination and harassment and those of TAFE Queensland.

• Working safely and ensuring others, including students, work safely.

• Complying with all accreditation and audit requirements.

• Treating people fairly and equitably and being transparent in decision making.

• Taking responsibility for timely and accurate completion of work with a strong attention to detail.

• Demonstrating initiative in considering alternative ideas.

Support productive relationships by:

• Respecting the needs and contribution of team members.

• Accepting team decisions.

• Taking responsibility for your own performance.

• Providing support to other team members.

• Demonstrating initiative within the team.

• Demonstrating a pro-active and enthusiastic demeanour.

• Demonstrating patience, tolerance and flexibility.

Achieve results by:

• Taking responsibility for meeting objectives and achieving shared goals.

• Providing courteous, prompt and professional service to external and internal clients.

• Showing ability and preparedness to work with limited resources within a challenging environment.

• Responding positively to change.

• Being innovative and identifying and implementing improved work practices.

Communicate with influence by:

• Effectively presenting information – both verbally and in writing.

• Accepting and acting on constructive feedback.

• Attending and actively participating in scheduled meetings.

Key Selection Criteria

1. Demonstrated skills with proven ability to manage others; providing leadership, direction and mentoring and/or coaching others, to facilitate capability development and support change in a culturally sensitive manner.

2. Minimum 5 years extensive experience in technical and vocational education and training, with combined training, assessment and industry currency.

Desirable Selection Criteria

1. Experience working on an aid funded project, preferably Australian Government, would be an advantage.

2. Experience working in PNG or a remote location would be an advantage.

3. Demonstrated superior written and IT skills, and experience in preparing management responses, reports and presentations.

4. International Skills Training and a relevant vocational qualification.

Personal attributes

1. Willingness and ability to facilitate rather than direct, to provide support and systems to build staff and partners’ confidence and skills to work in an adaptive manner and to work beyond self-interest.

2. Strong commitment to TVET reform and Pacific skills development.

3. Highly developed interpersonal communication skills with proven experience in building and sustaining productive internal and external stakeholder relationships and developing relationships of trust with partners and counterparts.

4. Demonstrated cultural awareness and sensitivity and proven ability to work with people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and diversity of age, gender and ability.

5. Ability to work through uncertainty, collaboratively and with creativity to support the achievement of shared objectives.

Additional Information

1. Position is located in Mt Hagen.

2. Travel and overnight absences from base may be required for this position.

3. The possession of a motor vehicle driver’s license is mandatory.

4. A criminal history check will be initiated on the preferred applicant.

5. You will be required to undergo a pre arrival medical check.

6. A non-smoking policy applies in APTC buildings, offices and motor vehicles.

7. If the successful applicant has been engaged as a lobbyist, a statement of their employment is required.

8. The successful applicant will be required to complete a period of probation.

9. The successful applicant may be required to obtain a Working with Children and Vulnerable People Check.

10. Adhering to Adviser Remuneration Framework conditions of service.

11. Conditions and remuneration for the position are set out in the ARF, refer to

How to Apply:

To apply for this role, please ensure you:

  • Address all the Key Selection Criteria questions available in the online application form.
  • Upload your updated resume which includes the contact details for two (2) referees.

To start an application, click on the 'apply' button below.

All applications must be submitted online. (Link to the application portal is at the Apply Button below. Please register an account first, and you will be taken to the application page).

For further enquiries about the role, contact Elizabeth Gadd (Director Academic PNG) via email on

Applications close 9:59pm PNG Time, Friday, 03rd March 2023

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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