The Project

The Diocese of Daru-Kiunga has requested the assistance of an Engineer or Architect to assist with, and provide on the job mentoring of a local counterpart.   The current Diocesan building projects include a Teachers’ College & Vocational School.  Many of the existing buildings within the Diocese are now 40 years old and in need of ongoing maintenance.  The position will also include mentoring and supporting the Diocesan maintenance and carpentry team whilst they work their way through the maintenance program.

The role can also include opportunity for linking in with the local technical college and teaching quarterly lessons in drawing, design and building.

The Location

The Diocesan office is located in Kiunga, a port town on the Fly River [North Fly] in the Western Province [WP] of Papua New Guinea.  The WP lies at the extreme west of the country, and south of the mountain range separating north coast from south is the largest, but the least developed part of the country. The Star Mountains are in the north of the province rising to over 3, 500 m. elevation.

The flat grasslands and swamps stretching 300 kilometres from Kiunga south to the coast are less than 30 metres above sea level.  Western Province is divided into three regions [North Fly, Middle Fly and South Fly]. The river Fly is 1,100km long.

The climate at lower elevations is generally hot, humid and wet year round with luxuriant tropical vegetation. In the mountains the air is much cooler and the rainfall much higher, averaging more than 8 metres per year.

The Kiunga town population is 11,536 . The population of the WP is 150,000 with many refugees from West Papua Province of Indonesia crossing the border into PNG in 1984.  Many have been repatriated, however many have also settled permanently in WP.  The Diocese is very much involved in helping them with basic services such as education, health and social services as well as the people of WP.

The Challenge

  • Within the location: rapid population growth and increasing, unmanaged urbanisation and underlying social breakdown
  • Exploitation of land by large companies has caused air and river pollution, trees and wild animals are disappearing
  • Within the workplace: working with colleagues that have had limited educational opportunities and have familial/cultural obligations that will be unfamiliar.

About You

The successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • Qualification in Civil Engineering/Architecture [preferable]
  • Experience in project management; engineering; building management skills
  • Cultural sensitivity and flexibility
  • Willingness to learn a new language
  • Capacity to adapt one’s skills to a different cultural context

A positive and encouraging approach to mentoring

How You Will Help

Your role will be one of mentoring and training a local counterpart over a two-year time frame.  Upon completion of your placement, your counterpart should be familiar with:

  • Liaising with organisations that draw up building plans and planning approval
  • Project manage the build [calculating required building materials, arranging quotes, submitting order; arrange material transport; coordinate workers for the job; liaise with the Diocesan Administration Office; provide regular supervision and prepare final report]
  • The position will entail some additional mentoring of the local maintenance team
  • Provide occasional teaching of the Technical Students in drawing/design

 

To find out more or to apply, please fill in the form below and if you have any specific questions please contact Christine O’Halloran, Program & Placement Coordinator on 02 95605333 or at palms@palms.org.au

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