Established by the World Economic Forum, Grow Asia brings together farmer organizations, companies, governments, NGOs and other stakeholders to help smallholder farmers improve their production and livelihood through access to information, knowledge, markets and finance.
Within this network, Grow PNG is based in Lae, Papua New Guinea and is specifically working to accelerate the growth of the agricultural sector in the Markham Valley. Grow PNG does this through:
• Effective Working Groups addressing collective challenges, unlocking growth through policy changes, new partnerships and new business models.
• Stronger partnerships and increased trust between civil society, government, agribusiness, and farmers.
• Improved knowledge and information for all stakeholders to make better decisions.
To date, Grow PNG has established a Land Access Working Group to collaborate and address issues around the shared agriculture challenges and barriers to growth in the corridor. A second SME Working Group has also been established to strengthen linkages between farmer groups and markets.
Grow PNG is an Australian-funded initiative under the PNG-Aus Partnership. For more information about Grow PNG, visit www.growpng.org.
The Gender, Communications and M&E Officer will be based in Lae and report to the Grow PNG Executive Director. S/he will be responsible for implementing the Gender and Communications mainstreaming plans of Grow PNG and developing relevant gender and communications tools. Part of the role will be collecting stories and M&E data from partners to track progress and documenting lessons learnt, and the appropriate communication of project results and learning. The role requires close collaboration with the Grow PNG Working Group Coordinator and the Grow Asia team based in Singapore.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Communications: Develop communication materials on the efforts and outcomes of Grow PNG’s partnership discussions. Preparation of annual reports, brochures, monthly newsletters, weekly updates and the management of Grow PNG’s online presence. The employee is also expected to play an integral role in copy-editing reports/proposals and liaising with media, external stakeholders and contractors. She is expected to also manage the Grow PNG Ltd website and social media platforms.
• Event and Meeting Management: Plan, deliver and evaluate Grow PNG’s learning and networking events, including its working group meetings and six-monthly Advisory Council Meetings. In terms of promotions/communications related to these events and meetings, it would include developing and disseminating flyers, brochures, invitation letters/notices. Leading up to the event, help the rest of the team in developing the event concept, structure and agenda. During the event, assist with note-taking to capture key messages/outcomes and interview selected attendees for their views/learnings from the events. Post-event, draft the the post-event write-up to share with team for inputs. Where applicable, update the M&E and Gender database as required.
• Stakeholder Engagement and Management: Promote knowledge sharing through qualitative and quantitative data, identify and share relevant information with working groups developments within the Grow PNG network, through project profiles and developing case studies. This would entail keeping updated a stakeholder contact database that can also be uploaded into Grow Asia’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Additionally, based on the stories collected from partners, maintain a database of farmer impact by partners.
• Gender Mainstreaming: Act as a focal person to work with the Grow Asia team to develop an agreed set of deliverables around gender. Upcoming plans include: (i) Identify and document examples of existing gender inclusion practices. These case studies will be distributed across the Grow PNG and Grow Asia network, with a focus on sharing strategies among partners and encouraging greater attention to gender; and (ii) One Gender Training/Workshop focused on challenges and opportunities for women farmers. Specific topic and modality will be explored based on partner needs, interest and feedback. Where necessary, supervise a third-party consultant that may be engaged.
• Proven ability to plan, organise and effectively implement activities.
• Ability to coordinate and work in teams, as well as in complex environments.
• Proven experience in participatory processes, and in facilitating dialogue between government, development partners, the private sector and civil society.
• Strong communication and advocacy skills.
• Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills.
• Ability and proven experience in multi-tasking, in taking initiative and working effectively under pressure.
• Familiarity with branding compliance.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office and related communications software.
• Experience in developing and implementing gender mainstreaming and action plans.
• Fluency in written and spoken Tok Pisin and English.
• Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants already based in Lae, Morobe Province are preferred.
Interested applications should send their cover letter, resume and contact details of 2 references to email@example.com no later than 5 May 2021 at 5:00 PM (GMT+10).