The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is implementing a women’s economic empowerment project in Papua New Guinea (PNG), funded by the U.S. and Australian governments. The overarching mission of this CIPE project is to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem for women in PNG through operating the Women’s Business Resource Centre (WBRC), integrating entrepreneurship into the curriculum of PNG universities, and providing technical assistance to PNG’s women’s business organisations.


     CIPE (PNG) is seeking a part-time Special Projects Coordinator to provide programmatic and administrative support to CIPE’s Country Director in PNG and to the WBRC Manager. The candidate should be available at least 3 days a week to support activities related to CIPE’s women’s empowerment programs in Port Moresby.



Project Implementation

  • Support the PNG Country Director in the implementation of special projects, such as donor-funded one-time initiatives, including tracking  deliverables, reporting deadlines, and grant and/or contract obligations.

  • Serve as a contact point between CIPE’s Washington, D.C. team, staff in PNG, and in-country stakeholders.

  • Lead  in organizing event logistics by coordinating marketing efforts, maintaining close communication with key contacts and participants, liaising with venue coordinators, and managing budgets.

  • Provide support to implement program activities and efforts not limited to women’s business advocacy and women’s entrepreneurial learning and resilience.


Project Development:

  • Participate in developing concept notes and budgets to potential funders and corporate partners to support the sustainability of the WBRC and/or further CIPE’s programming in women’s economic empowerment.

  • Ensure that CIPE’s team in Washington, D.C. is informed of program-related developments.

  • Participate in weekly calls with CIPE’s Washington, D.C. and PNG teams.

Key Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in program coordination; candidates with interest and/or experience working in women’s economic empowerment preferred.

  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to manage multiple time-sensitive, detail-oriented tasks simultaneously with limited supervision.

  • Strong financial acumen and ability to develop and monitor project budgets

  • Demonstrated strong organizational, interpersonal, critical thinking and communication skills

  • Candidates must be fluent in Tok Pisin, with excellence in English composition.

  • Proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel, Outlook, and One Drive are required. Additionally, internet research skills, familiarity with telecommunications platforms such as Skype and Zoom are also required.  

  • Must be able and willing to travel domestically.

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



    The Special Projects Coordinator is expected to start as soon as possible, and commit to either 3 full days per week or 6 half days until December 31, 2021. The role may eventuate in a full-time position over time, upon mutual agreement.

To Apply: 

     To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter for the Special Projects Coordinator position posted under “Opportunities” at www.cipe.org. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. 

[PDF] Special Projects Coordinator Position Overview