Director of Planning and Development


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the role of Director of Planning and Development at The Papua New Guinea University of Technology.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following position within the University: Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Director-Planning and Development.

Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor, the successful candidate for this post will be responsible for the development, prioritisation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the University Strategic Plan, and strategic domains. S/he will also ensure that the different Departments and Sections are implementing the prioritised programs and projects of the University in alignment with the Strategic Plan.

Key accountabilities

  • Provide high quality expert advice to the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Executive Management Team to enable strategic thinking and optimise the strategic planning processes for the university.
  • Direct the alignment of corporate reporting systems, identification of key performance indicators and high level targets, communication and promotional strategies and processes for review and evaluation, to facilitate identification of variations from plan and necessary remedial actions
  • Facilitate the strategic review and planning processes with the Executive and senior program/service delivery and operational leadership, to enable the development of aligned and integrated divisional/business plans
  • Assist the Project Office with identification, documentation (project proposals) and submission of priority projects identified from the Strategic Plan. Overseeing the management, coordination and financial control of projects;
  • Monitor and Report on all planning and development matters
  • Providing advice and support to the Vice Chancellor on management and operation of projects;
  • Reviewing of administrative operations of the University and assist the Governance and Policy Unit with governance and policy matters identified in the Strategic Plan.
  • Providing support to Heads of Departments (HOD) on administrative concerns.
  • Assisting in Budget & Staff allocation for departments as far as planning is concerned.

Minimum Qualification

Applicants must possess a minimum of a master’s degree with at least ten years’ experience in a responsible capacity in a tertiary educational institution, a major commercial or industrial organisation or at senior managerial level in government service. It is expected that the candidate will have a comprehensive understanding on the administrative functioning of universities and a demonstrated capacity to deal at senior level with people having a connection with the activities of the university. A sound understanding of the needs and requirements of the Higher Education Sector in PNG would be highly desirable.

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The appointee must have strong analytical abilities, research, policy, project management, planning and organisational skills, and ability to meet deadlines & work under pressure and strong communication and interpersonal skills.

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