Terms of reference Research Officer, PNG Business Advocacy Network (BAN)


     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. This position in Papua New Guinea is funded through CIPE’s women’s economic empowerment project in the country, funded by the U.S. Department of State. The position is on a contract basis.


Scope of Work:

     A Women’s Business Agenda (WBA) elevates the voice and need of women in business, increases women’s participation in democratic decision-making processes, and promotes institutional reforms that create an inclusive enabling environment where women are able to participate fully in the economy. WBAs are a process, whereby private sector representatives work to better understand the laws and regulations that govern them and shape thoughtful debate to improve the governing framework on behalf of women-owned businesses and their communities.  Through this process, the private sector identifies laws and regulations that hinder business activity, particularly focusing on the barriers that impact women in business disproportionately to men in business. They also offer a concrete product, a written agenda that includes recommendations and reforms to remove these barriers and improve the business climate.

     In Papua New Guinea (PNG), CIPE is offering technical and financial support to the PNG Business Advocacy Network (BAN) who are the entity driving both the process and final document submission for the inaugural Womens Business Agenda (WBA). The BAN Steering Committee has been democratically voted in from a group of volunteers in the private sector working towards developing PNG’s first ever WBA. CIPE is bringing the best practices and lessons learned from other parts of the world where CIPE worked with partners on developing their own business agendas. The inaugural PNG BAN steering committee includes individuals from varying backgrounds, age groups and professional roles.


     CIPE and the Steering Committee members have identified recommended policy reforms through the November 2019 PNG Women’s Forum and a series of private sector roundtables. Using feedback from roundtable meetings, CIPE and the steering committee have selected reform priorities that represent the starting point of the WBA development.


     CIPE will cooperate with a group of PNG researchers or researcher to develop a PNG WBA document, using priorities agreed upon with CIPE. The researcher/s will ensure proper development of the WBA document and vet draft findings with private and public sector partners in the WBA process for PNG, including the PNG BAN Steering Committee. The incumbent will be expected to lead research, outreach, data collection and paper development, while ensuring adherence to the agreed upon contents, format, and the timeline of the policy papers development. The WBA document will be composed of the following main parts:

  • Executive summary, which is a short, clear, and distilled version of the paper that summarises the main obstacles and the priority recommendations for reform.

  • Background / Context, which describes general context of the women’s role in the economy and the operating environment for women-owned small- and medium-sized enterprises in PNG; this section should introduce the main barriers to women’s empowerment in the country.

  • Methodology, description of the techniques pursued in developing this document.

  • Explanation of the Problem, in this section the researcher will go in depth describing and analysing the problem based on findings from the desk study and meetings with the private sector.

  • Possible Approaches to Deal with Problem, in this section the researcher describes the solutions from the private sector perspective that would address the obstacles described above.

  • Recommendations, in this section, the researcher would prioritise the most important policy recommendations and necessary interventions to address the identified challenges.


     The researcher will enrich the above-mentioned sections with relevant economic indicators and information. The desk study should include authentic economic information, facts and indicators on the number of employment opportunities for women as well as prospects for growth for women-owned businesses, the contributions of women to the GDP, the main sectors women operate in and the benefit of those sectors to the overall economy, and the ease of doing business as a woman. Researchers should include case studies and best practices from other countries that strengthen his/her approach from CIPE and other resources.

     In addition to supervising the desk studies, researchers are expected to lead and facilitate the outreach efforts to the private sector, ensure that the right private sector representatives are targeted, and closely monitor the data collection and analysis. Allowances for a formal review of the WBA will be provided to ensure the final product correctly aligns and adheres to principles of a free market. The selected researcher/s is also expected to provide guidance and mentorship on the proper inclusion of survey results and analyses to the agenda document and elaborate on identifying the obstacles and solicit the recommended reforms to address those obstacles from the private sector perspective. The outreach platform may include phone calls, informal and cost-effective surveys and/or focus group meetings and one on one meetings.

     The researcher/s is also expected to co-facilitate the workshop(s) that CIPE and the PNG BAN Steering Committee would organise to share the paper with the private sector representatives and seek their feedback. Feedback collected during the workshop should be incorporated into the paper accordingly. Following this session and final revisions, the researcher/s will present the final product to CIPE for approval.


     During the document development since inception until delivery to CIPE, the researcher/s is expected to regularly consult with CIPE and the PNG BAN Steering Committee and inform them on the progress of the project activities implementation. More so, they are expected to share with CIPE any obstacles or challenges in any phase of the project cycle. The researcher/s will be expected, where possible, to participate in Public Private Dialogues (PPD) with government, to assist and support the BAN Steering committee, in presenting and facilitating the WBA discussions.


Position Specific Deliverables:


  • Develop a first draft and a final WBA document. The researcher/s is expected to share the finalized document with CIPE to obtain final approval and follow the guidelines described in the scope of work. The following methodology/activities will be employed:

  • Develop research work plans according to project needs.

  • Interpret and analyze Forum findings and recommendations.

  • Lead research, outreach, data collection and paper development, while ensuring adherence to the agreed upon contents, format, and the timeline of business agenda development.

  • Co-facilitate workshop(s) with CIPE and the PNG BAN to collect feedback on the draft business agenda.

  • Participate in public-private dialogue sessions.

  • Regularly consult with CIPE and the PNG BAN Steering Committee and inform them on the progress of the project activities implementation.



  • Demonstrated experience in designing and conducting research / evaluation projects in either a university, or organisational setting.

  • Able to handle multiple detail-oriented tasks with limited supervision

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

  • Experience monitoring the quality of research implementation

  • Experience in applying screening, assessment and interviewing skills.

  • Knowledge of and interest in women’s economic empowerment

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, especially in areas such as report writing, journal publications, conference presentations

  • Education and professional background in relevant fields in Papua New Guinea, at least two years’ experience required

  • Fluency in Tok Pisin required

  • Excellence in English composition, writing and reporting.

  • Computer skills, proficiency in MS-Office, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook.

  • Internet research skills




     Immediate start; completion by February 28, 2021.

Logistical Arrangements:

     Candidates should already reside in or around Port Moresby.


To Apply: 

     Please send a resume and cover letter addressed to CIPE (PNG) Country Director Eli Webb and email to png@cipe.org. Include in the subject line: “PNG BAN Researcher Officer – [Name]”. Research firms are welcome to submit applications and may submit a description of relevant past work in place of a resume.

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