Australia Awards – Papua New Guinea is designed to promote knowledge, leadership and enduring ties between Australia and PNG. It aims to build knowledge and skills to address PNG’s economic and development challenges through international scholarships to Australia, and the provision of in-PNG scholarships.
It offers the next generation of leaders in Papua New Guinea opportunities to acquire professional and technical knowledge and skills relevant to the priorities of the Government of PNG. The program fosters people-to-people links between Australia and PNG and ensures opportunities are provided for women, people with disabilities and people from remote locations. The Awards program focuses on supporting alumni to use their skills, knowledge and networks to drive change and innovation.
Australia Awards – PNG includes three study options:
Australia Award Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study primarily postgraduate courses in Australia;
Australia Awards Fellowships – Papua New Guinea (short courses) for Papua New Guineans to undertake study in Australia, receiving an Australian qualification; and
Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study in PNG to meet critical workforce gaps.
To deliver Australia Awards outcomes, there are four streams: Australia Awards; PNG and Pacific Awards; Outreach and Alumni; and Professional Development and Partnerships. Australia Awards – PNG is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government.
The Australia Awards PNG (AAPNG) Outreach and Communications Senior Coordinator is responsible for supporting AAPNG to achieve its objectives through the development and implementation of a communications strategy. This strategy will incorporate outreach communications and public diplomacy strategies and activities.
The role develops the strategic and tactical approaches in attracting quality applications; attracting, retaining and engaging with alumni, communicating impacts of the program, and managing the program’s digital platforms.
This role will assist in building and maintaining positive relationships with the Australian High Commission, including the Public Diplomacy team, GoPNG agencies, PNGAAA and other organisations to raise awareness of AAPNG and to generate support and commitment. The role is also responsible for ensuring that all communication that is distributed by AAPNG is brand compliant and of a high standard.
The ideal candidate will have tertiary qualifications in communications, journalism, international relations or related field or an equivalent combination of relevant experience or training. Experience in public diplomacy and communication strategies, digital media, event management, brand compliance and the provision of technical advice is required. Candidates will have demonstrated experience in managing a small team, have high level inter-personal and communication skills, stakeholder management skills combined with strong computer skills with InDesign, Publisher and a variety of website applications.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."