PNG Women's Business Resource CEntre Manager

Background:

     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  

PAPUA NEW GUINEA  

 

     The WBRC serves as a resource hub for women of all backgrounds, from university-educated women with an interest in starting a business to women with limited formal education with a desire for basic skill development. The WBRC offers training and professional education workshops, access to information, mentorship programs, and coworking space so that women entrepreneurs can quickly access the resources needed to thrive, especially as they recover from the devastating impact of COVID-19. To meet WBRC members’ growing desire for more advanced content, CIPE envisions the WBRC to be a laboratory for innovative programming and tailored entrepreneurship content, organized into higher-level fee-based certificate courses, free basic entrepreneurship and learning courses, WBRC membership inclusive of events and services, and other revenue-raising services. 

 

     Indeed, CIPE is currently registering the WBRC as a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Centre for Entrepreneurship. The impetus to register the WBRC as a TVET focused on entrepreneurship came from the demands of the WBRC users themselves. This is seen as a result of two main reasons: a natural progression of learning resulting in knowledge acquisition and demand for advanced content, as well as members’ desire for official qualification of their learnings. Efforts are underway to complete the steps required in building such a learning institution, such as developing an entrepreneurship curriculum that meets national standards, identifying local PNG facilitators and trainers, among others. The WBRC will build and expand quickly as it serves aspiring and established women entrepreneurs with increased expertise and efficiency. 

Role Summary:

     CIPE PNG is seeking a full-time Centre Manager with unrelenting pursuit of excellence to actively support the strategic growth and manage the day-to-day operations of the Women’s Business Resource Centre (WBRC) in Port Moresby. The WBRC is a dynamic, fast-paced environment visited by women of all different socio-economic backgrounds to safely access timely and credible information and resources. The Centre Manager will provide support to CIPE’s Country Director in PNG and play a key role in overseeing the expansion of the Centre’s activities while ensuring quality and accountability to donors and community stakeholders. Roles will include management of the WBRC’s operations and human resources, as well as executing strategies to achieve organizational and programmatic goals and objectives. In addition to strong management and administrative skills, the candidate must be a strong advocate for women’s rights and familiar with learning environments. The position will require the ability to comfortably and confidently interact and liaise with a wide spectrum of local and international stakeholders, as well as manage a new and growing team. The candidate must be available 40 hours per week to support activities related to CIPE’s women’s empowerment programs and is required to be located in Port Moresby to work physically in the WBRC.   

 

Primary Duties to be Performed:

 

Operations ​

  • Oversee the implementation of CIPE’s collaboration with the Country Director and manage the day-to-day operations of the Women’s Business Resource Centre (WBRC).  

  • Supervise the development and organization of all levels of technical and vocational learning, business enhancement services, and membership services offered at the WBRC.  

  • Ensure high quality of training programs, services and educational resources to be provided by the WBRC and maintain a schedule of events. 

  • Oversee the procurement and organization of educational materials for a broad range of users, such as books, articles, and various sources of information on topics related to entrepreneurship, financial literacy, small business management, and women’s empowerment, and the timely availability of these resources to WBRC visitors. 

  • Support the PNG Country Director in managing the WBRC ’s human capital – hiring and onboarding, professional development and evaluation, offboarding.  

  • Implement strong data collection and documentation practices.  

  • Maintain the logistics and facilities of the WBRC to safeguard the Centre as a welcoming and well-functioning space. 

  • Develop and suggest new or improved operations processes where necessary. 

  • Should the WBRC Program Manager be absent for any reason, he/she shall be responsible for arranging a substitute in a timely manner. 

Strategy and Organizational Management  

  • Form new and maintain strong partnerships with community stakeholders and members of the international donor community. 

  • Assist in maintaining policies and procedures to effectively manage grants and contracts, providing support for compliance with donor and audit requirements. 

  • Oversee the process of gathering feedback from users by:  

  • Gathering data on WBRC visitors using CIPE intake forms, surveys and methodologies. 

  • Interviewing individual participants and conducting focus group discussions) to gather more in-depth information on how users are benefitting from WBRC events and services and better understand their needs; tabulate and assess this feedback to improve future events.  

  • Actively and regularly collaborate with CIPE’s PNG Country Director and CIPE Asia team in Washington, DC.  

  • When necessary and in coordination with the CIPE PNG Country Director, represent the WBRC at public events.  

  • Support the implementation of the WBRC’s sustainability plan and business development plan. 

Key Qualifications:

  • Candidates should have at least 5 years of professional experience in project management and in leading teams.  

  • At least 5 years of experience in international relations, economics, development, or related field is required, and knowledge of and interest in women’s economic empowerment is highly encouraged. 

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, establish and maintain relationships with international partners and donors, and local stakeholders. 

  • Ability to handle multiple detail-oriented tasks in a fast-paced environment with limited supervision. 

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to lead and work in a team environment.  

  • Fluency in Tok Pisin required, with excellence in English composition, writing and reporting.   

  • Past experience in a start-up, small organization, or learning institution undergoing exponential growth is highly preferred.  

  • 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. 

  • Candidates with experience working on women’s empowerment, business advocacy, development, business and/or economics are strongly encouraged to apply.  

 

Duration:

 

     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, cover letter, and three (3) references for the PNG Women’s Business Resource Centre Manager position posted under “Opportunities” at www.cipe.org. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. 

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