The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy, and is an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce. Since 1983, CIPE has worked to build the political, market and civic institutions vital to a democratic societies and private sector led economies. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, public governance reform, support of civil society, property rights, economic empowerment of at-risk communities, and opening political space in closed societies.  


     Through ongoing partnerships with the U.S. and Australian governments, CIPE is implementing a cutting-edge women’s economic empowerment program in Papua New Guinea. To help create a broader “entrepreneurial ecosystem” CIPE is operating a Women’s Business Resource Centre (WBRC) in Port Moresby, working with PNG universities to create new educational curriculum on entrepreneurship, and supporting PNG women’s business organizations. The WBRC is housed at:  


Century 21 Building  

Lot 51, Section 35, Kunai Street, Hohola  

(PO Box 599)  

Konedobu, NCD  



     Through its work with universities, CIPE is working to ensure that future generations of Papua New Guinean women will have the option of considering entrepreneurship as a career path. By providing technical assistance to PNG women’s business organizations, women in business now have a voice in economic policymaking. Additionally, CIPE is focusing on achieving inclusive growth by engaging and gathering the voices of the most vulnerable entrepreneurs in PNG who face significant challenges and barriers to growth. 


Role Summary:

     CIPE PNG is seeking a full-time Finance Officer to provide financial and administrative support to CIPE’s Country Director in PNG. The Finance Officer will be physically located at the WBRC and is the main contact for all budgetary and financial issues, requirements and information. This position is responsible for budgeting and financial reporting for CIPE PNG, and will contribute to donor grants compliance and oversight for CIPE PNG. The candidate should be available 40 hours per week to support activities related to CIPE’s programs in the Pacific, especially that of women’s economic empowerment in Papua New Guinea.   


Primary Duties to be Performed:



  • Overall financial monitoring, troubleshooting and problem-solving of financial issues related to programs. 

  • Manage bookkeeping (through QuickBooks financial management software and Excel spreadsheets) for office revenue and expenses.  

  • Prepare payment vouchers for future purchases (in collaboration with the Country Coordinator). 

  • Prepare checks or wire transfer documents for the Country Director’s approval. 

  • Prepare monthly advance request for funds from Washington, DC with the consultation of the Country Director. 

  • Prepare monthly financial report of office expenses including monthly reconciliation of bank account, petty cash totals, and reports to Washington, DC. 

  • Monthly submission of electronic copy of supporting documentation to Washington, DC. 

  • File payment vouchers and supporting receipts for all CIPE PNG expenses. 

  • Perform additional clerical tasks such as maintaining an inventory list and filing timesheets. 

  • Coordinate with the Country Director to complete appropriate annual tax filings. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Grants and Compliance 

  • Provide technical assistance for all matters relating to grants, contracts, and sub-agreements for CIPE projects. 

  • Maintain accurate documentation to support grants and contracts related activities. 

  • Assist in donor reports preparation.  

  • Assist in partners (sub-awards) monitoring and assessments. 


Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field. 

  • Minimum four years professional experience with financial management. 

  • Experience with grants management is required. 

  • Experience liaising with Investment Promotion Authority (IPA), Internal Revenue Commission (IRC), and preparing relevant tax documents. 

  • Past experience in program development is highly preferred. 

  • Knowledge of and interest in women’s economic empowerment. 

  • Strong financial acumen and ability to assist with project budgets. 

  • Ability to handle multiple detail-oriented tasks with limited supervision. 

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; team orientation. 

  • Fluency in Tok Pisin preferred, with excellence in English composition.   

  • Strong skills in QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and One Drive required.  

  • Familiarity with telecommunications platforms such as Skype and Zoom required.   

  • Must be willing and able to travel domestically.  

  • Must be eligible to work in PNG and based in Port Moresby. 




     This is a full-time position following successful completion of a 3-month probationary period. 

To Apply: 

     To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit a resume or CV, a cover letter, and three (3) references for the Finance Officer position posted under “Opportunities” at Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

[PDF] Finance Officer Position Overview