Vacancies

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR SENIOR EXECUTIVE POSITIONS AND MIDDLE MANAGEMENT & JUNIOR POLICY OFFICER ROLES

The Department of Finance is inviting applications from suitably qualified professionals to fill a number of key roles at both Senior Executive and Middle Management and Junior levels in the Department.

Applications should be formally addressed to The Secretary, Department of Finance, Waigani NCD and provided, by email only, to recruit@finance.gov.pg.  Applications will be accepted in Word or PDF format only.

Applications for all roles must be received by no later than close of business on Friday 26 October 2018.  Hard copy, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

SENIOR EXECUTIVE ROLES

FIRST ASSISTANT SECRETARY POSITIONS

First Assistant Secretary roles are responsible for providing strategic leadership to their Division through clear and effective communication of priorities, for oversighting and coordinating Branch activities to ensure timely delivery of required deliverables, and for ensuring that Divisional staff are empowered with the relevant skills and resources to meet these commitments.  These are Grade 19 roles, providing an attractive remuneration package consistent with the skills and responsibilities required. Job Descriptions for each of these positions can be obtained by clicking on the Position Number link in the box below.

First Assistant Secretary – Financial Controls Division (Pos. No. DFCMECD.001): Ensure timely and accurate processing of payments while closely monitoring, reporting and reconciling Government expenditures; manage and monitor expenditures from Trust Accounts and applications for Authority to Pre-Commit expenditure.

First Assistant Secretary – Financial Reporting and Compliance Division (Pos. No. DFFRCFR.001): Ensure an effective and efficient government financial management framework and timely and informative reporting on government finances, particularly the Public Account.

First Assistant Secretary – Payments Division (Pos. No. DFPD.001): Streamline and strengthen processes for managing and reporting on payments, and robust management of public service payroll processing and reporting.

First Assistant Secretary – Organisational Strategy Division (Pos. No. DFOS.001): Develop and implement strategies to strengthen and streamline staff performance and career development, identify and manage training and development opportunities for Finance staff and improve communication and policy coordination to support stronger performance in core departmental responsibilities.

First Assistant Secretary – Provincial and District Financial Management Division (Pos. No. DFPDFM.001): Provide policy, accounting and financial management support to sub-national governments through the network of provincial and district finance offices and provide support the IFMS rollout.

First Assistant Secretary – Internal Audit and Compliance Division (Pos. No. DFIAEX.001): Deliver improved public sector governance through the provision of effective audit services and advice to all GoPNG agencies.

First Assistant Secretary – Financial Accountability and Inspections Division (Pos. No. DFFAID.001): Strengthen accountability and transparency through a comprehensive program of financial inspections and investigations.

First Assistant Secretary – Information Communication and Technology Division (Pos. No. DFICT.001): Ensure reliable and efficient IT systems and applications to support whole-of-government and departmental operations.

First Assistant Secretary – Non-Tax Revenue Division (Pos. No. DFREV.001): Develop policies, systems and processes for improved collections, provide timely reporting and rigorous follow up on arrears.

First Assistant Secretary – Corporate Services Division (Pos. No. DFCS.001): Provide timely and effective administrative support to the department in managing internal budgets, staff remuneration and entitlements and wider administrative management.

YOUR APPLICATION

Applicants for Senior Executive positions (Deputy Secretary and First Assistant Secretary) must have a relevant tertiary level qualification from an accredited institution.  Applications must address the Job Specific Skills set out in the relevant Job Description.  Signed applications (one copy for each position applied for), should also include a current CV detailing formal educational qualifications and work experience over recent years.  Statements of educational qualifications must be accompanied by notarised certificates.  Applicants should also list two current referees.

JUNIOR AND MIDDLE MANAGEMENT POLICY OFFICER ROLES

The Department is also seeking to fill roles for a significant number of vacant Accountant, Human Resources and Communications Policy Officer positions, from Grade 12 to Grade 18.  The majority of vacancies are suitable for applicants with accounting, commerce or similar qualifications.  There are a smaller number of positions for human resource professionals and communications specialists with formal qualifications in these fields. Broadly, positions at Grade 12-14 are junior policy roles, while positions at Grade 15-18 would be suitable for those with the experience and performance record commensurate with more senior policy roles.  Positions at Grade 17-18 are Assistant Secretary roles. Applications for more senior roles will require demonstrated senior experience in team leadership and management. The Department has a policy of managed rotation of staff at these Grades across the Department, on the basis that the skill sets of the roles at the specific Grades are broadly generic, and thus generally comparable and interchangeable across Wings and Divisions.  It is thus not necessary for Applicants to consult specific Job Descriptions for individual positions.

YOUR APPLICATION

Applicants must provide a current CV detailing formal educational qualifications and work experience over recent years.  Applicants must have a relevant tertiary level qualification from an accredited institution.  Statements of educational qualifications must be accompanied by notarised certificates.  Applicants should also list two current referees.

In addition to detailing relevant work experience and formal academic qualifications, applications should also set out claims against the following generic Job Skills required in the Department of Finance:

  • Leadership: Demonstrate personal drive, commitment and resilience. Behave in an ethical manner and demonstrate personal qualities of honesty, fairness, and professionalism.  Seek to understand and support the goals and purpose in the work area.  Seek to demonstrate insight and vision in contributing to solutions.  Demonstrate a capacity to work within diverse multi-stream teams and contribute to their success.  Contribute to supporting a positive learning environment and demonstrate public service standards of integrity. 
  • Communication: Good quality written and oral communication skills. Communicate with thoughtfulness and respect.  Produce drafts of briefs and correspondence for clearance by superiors.  Able to organise meetings and workshops, prepare agendas and represent the Branch at internal and external meetings as required. Work towards developing and delivering presentations and building facilitation skills.
  • Policy analysis and development: Build knowledge/understanding of policy problems and policy options. Provide input into policy/technical documents and contribute to policy/technical recommendations.
  • Stakeholder relationships: Work towards building and sustaining effective collaborative relationships with a network of key people, internally and externally. Contribute to the provision of clear and effective advice to stakeholders.  Represent and promote Finance and ensure proactive engagement with all stakeholders, as required.
  • Strategic/Technical: Build a general understanding of the range of Acts, laws and policies governing the work of Department of Finance and a more thorough understanding of those specifically relevant to each role. Commence building a general knowledge and understanding of economic management, strategic development and planning, corporate, business and workforce planning, and government processes at a parliamentary and cabinet level.

Applicants should also state clearly whether they are seeking an Accountant, Human Resources or Communications Policy Officer role, and at which Grade or Grades they are applying for.  Applicants will need to justify their claims for roles, particularly at more senior Grades, on the basis of work experience and demonstrated performance.  Public Service applicants should indicate clearly their current substantive (not Acting) Grade, and note that applications for promotion will generally be entertained for a maximum advancement of two Grade levels – for example, Grade 12 to Grade 14.  Advancement by one Grade level is more likely to be the norm.

Finally, applicants for roles at Grade 12 to Grade 18 may state their preference in terms of the Division in which they would like to be placed, but formal allocation of successful applicants to specific positions will be at the prerogative of Department of Finance senior management.

Applications for both Senior Executive and Middle Management and Junior Policy Officer roles should be formally addressed to The Secretary, Department of Finance, Waigani NCD and provided, by email only, to recruit@finance.gov.pg.  Applications will be accepted in Word or PDF format only.

Applications for all roles must be received by no later than close of business on Friday 26 October 2018Hard copy, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.