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Chief Tech Adv-Anti Corruption

Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Managerial positions
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2021-02-01

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Corruption is a global phenomenon that negatively impacts development. Papua New Guinea is no exception to this. Corruption has stunted economic growth in Papua New Guinea. Levels of malfeasance are stubbornly high, and the loss of public monies has limited the Government’s ability to deliver essential services broadly and with quality in a uniform manner.  This has resulted in inter-generational declines in key development indicators, among them, literacy, maternal and new-born health and life expectancy. While even in normal situations, corruption poses a major impediment to human, economic and social development, this effect is now exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The lack of sufficient accountability and oversight mechanisms in crisis response and recovery mean that the risks of corruption significantly increase, and these have critical socio-economic implications. Papua New Guinea’s natural resource wealth and its geo-strategic position have also made it particularly susceptible to external influences that have incentivized corruption and more broadly poor governance. This is acute in the extractives, forestry and fisheries sectors. It has also raised challenges in other key economic sectors, among them commercialized agriculture and infrastructure development.  
The Government of Papua New Guinea has attempted to address corruption over the last three decades, but its efforts have met with varying degrees of success. Papua New Guinea was the Pacific region’s first country to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), signing it in 2004, and ratifying it in 2007. This has been followed by a number of key developments, among them:
  • Development of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (2010-2030) and its associated rolling Plans of Action. 
  • Active participation in the mechanism for the review of implementation of United Nations Convention against Corruption or UNCAC (UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanism), as a State under review and a reviewing State.
  • Joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in 2014. 
  • Commitments by the Government to pass legislation to establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), implement freedom of information (FOI) and protect whistle-blowers, the last of which saw legislation enacted in February 2020 and the unanimous vote of the national Parliament in November 2020 to establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption. 
As part of its efforts to relaunch a national anti-corruption drive in 2020, the Government has been working on a new National Anti-Corruption Plan of Action (NACPA) to implement the existing NACS framework. The NACPA identifies fifteen Programmes of Work (POWs) that divide up Papua New Guinea’s core anti-corruption priorities, identify key activities and allocate responsibilities to stakeholders. Development of the NACPA has drawn together various agencies of Government, civil society, the private sector and other non-State actors. 
The United Nations has played an important role in supporting, facilitating and advising on various aspects of this effort. In 2020, UNDP and UNODC with support from the European Union, designed a project to support the Government of Papua New Guinea and key stakeholders to progress their national anti-corruption priorities. 
The overall goal of the Project on Preventing and Countering Corruption in Papua New Guinea (the ‘Project’) is to support the Government, key national institutions, civil society and communities to strengthen their commitment and capacities to address corruption in line with the UNCAC, in order to more effectively progress the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for the benefit of all Papua New Guineans. 
Specifically, the Project aims to strengthen Papua New Guinea’s national integrity system through the strengthening of core anti-corruption institutions and processes, through support for key Government and non-government bodies. The Project will be implemented by UNDP and UNODC.
The Chief Technical Adviser will ensure the management of the Project and provide strategic inputs and technical advisory services. The Chief Technical Adviser will oversee the performance of a Governance Analyst. 

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Ensure Effective Project implementation and management, following on the achievement of the following results:

  • Implement UNDP-led and managed activities under the Project.
  • Work closely with the UNODC anti-corruption team in Papua New Guinea to lead effective annual planning, procurement planning and efficient implementation of the Project against the annual work plans and established targets.
  • Coordinating activities, including oversighting project expenditure and utilization of funds related to the Project, ensuring compliance with UNDP financial rules and regulations and initiating project and/or budget revisions, and identifying procurement needs (goods and services) and ensuring sound project implementation.
  • Contributing to managing human resources allocated to the Project by coordinating the work of, and guiding the team, in project development, implementation and assessment. 
  • Participating selection and recruitment processes for local staff and consultants, contractors, responsible parties, as may be necessary for the implementation of the Project.
  • Act as project manager in Atlas for the management of the Project and be responsible for responding to requests for the provision of UNDP financial resources through funding advances, direct payments and/or reimbursement using the FACE form. Final responsibility for the continuous monitoring of financial resources and accounting to ensure the accuracy and reliability of financial reports.
  • Perform other work-related tasks to support effective implementation of the Project and the work of the Country Office.

2. Provision of top-quality policy and technical advisory support on anti-corruption: 

  • Support the Government of Papua New Guinea and other key stakeholders to progress the national anti-corruption strategy and related legislation.
  • Provide expert advice to the Government of Papua New Guinea in support of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS).
  • Finalize, implement and oversight of the NACS Action Plan. 
  • Provide technical support to assist anti-corruption law reform discussions and efforts. 
3. Support implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC):
  • Design and implementation of new anti-corruption laws (e.g. whistleblower protection, freedom of information).  
  • Support key stakeholders to undertake anti-corruption risk assessments.
  • Support key institutional partners working on anti-corruption, as appropriate (e.g. Office of the Prime Minister and National Executive Council, Department of Justice and Attorney General, Police, ICAC). 
  • Support civil society, private sector, and media anti-corruption activities, including through the development and administration of a small grants program. 
  • Design and implement anti-corruption training and capacity development activities for government and non-government stakeholders. 
  • Preparation of contacts and, where appropriate, co-operation and building partnerships with bodies and institutions at national, regional and international levels tasked with the prevention and control of corruption. 
  • Perform other tasks as may be required to support the implementation of UNCAC and the Country Office’s governance portfolio. 
4. Reporting and resource mobilization:
  • Prepare regular progress reports and financial reports on implementation of the Project, as required by the European Union and/or requested by the Government of Papua New Guinea or UNDP including UNDAF and thematic reporting.
  • Contribute to ongoing resource mobilization for anti-corruption programming by maintaining close liaison with the European Union, as well as other potential donor countries.
  • Perform other work-related tasks to support reporting and resource mobilization for the Country Office. 
5. Coordination and knowledge management: 
  • Liaise and share information regularly with key stakeholders and partners on Project activities.
  • Coordinate closely all activities carried out under the Project with the global and regional anti-corruption and governance advisors of UNDP, including the UN Pacific Regional Anti Corruption Project, and where appropriate, implement activities jointly.
  • Support the Country Office Governance Team on coordination of work and activities in the UNDAF PEACE Pillar which includes work on democratic governance, anti-corruption, parliamentary support, and finance management.
  • Production of key knowledge products on anti-corruption including information to support visibility of the Project through mainstream and social media.
  • Perform other work-related duties as may be required or directed.


Core Competencies
Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division
Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow
  • Ensures teams are resourced for success  and empowered to deliver
People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity
Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen
Delivery - Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
  • Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services
Technical/Functional Competencies
Anti-corruption- Integrate & Empower: 
  • Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Technical Advisory - Integrate & Empower: 
  • Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Stakeholders management- Integrate & Empower: 
  • Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Mentoring and capacity building- Integrate & Empower: 
  • Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise
Collaboration and Partnership - Integrate & Empower: 
  • Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced (Master) degree in governance, law, public policy, public administration, social sciences, development studies, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience working within or providing advisory services to anti-corruption bodies or working as a technical adviser on anti-corruption for government, international organizations and/or a non-governmental organization, is required. 
  • Experience with designing and implementing national anti-corruption policies, strategies, designing and implementing civil society anti-corruption programs and public campaigns, is desirable. 
  • Strong experience in program management preferably in governance programs, and/or with UNDP or UNODC is desirable.
  • Experience in PNG, the Pacific region or in a Small Island Developing State is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience of working effectively with senior government officials.
  • Highly developed organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder facilitation and consensus building.
  • Proven experience in overseeing and ensuring technical soundness of research and analysis products.
  • Good understanding of UNDP policies, procedures, programming modalities is an asset.
  • Experience in managing EU grants is desirable.
  • Full computer literacy, in internet searching and Microsoft Office applications.


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