Health Coordinator, Kokoda Initiative | APSP in Abt Associates Australia Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Full Time

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Job Description

  • Commencement: January 2023
  • Long term role, based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Open to PNG Citizens

About The Program

The Kokoda Initiative Partnership (KIP) is a partnership between the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia to sustainably develop and protect the Kokoda Track and surrounding areas. The KIP support is delivered under three pillars: Track, People and Environment in alignment with the PNG Government’s Kokoda Initiative Master Plan.

Pillar 1 – TRACK Objective: A safe and well-managed track whose special military values and historical integrity are protected.

The KIP works with the Kokoda Track Authority (KTA), the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) and the National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG) to promote and protect the Kokoda Track, and enhance Track safety for local communities and visitors through effective policies and governance systems, Track maintenance and communications networks.

Pillar 2 – PEOPLE Objective: Enhanced quality of life and income for landowners and communities of the Kokoda Track region.

The KIP works with the Oro and Central Provincial health and education authorities, church health and education providers and NGOs to improve the quality of life for communities through health, education and community driven development projects and income generation activities.

Pillar 3 – ENVIRONMENT Objective: The sustainable use of the protected area.

The KIP supports the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) to protect the Kokoda Track and surrounding region and preserve the region’s unique biodiversity and cultural environments.

About The Opportunity

The KIP delivers a suite of health service activities along the Kokoda Track in partnership with Provincial health authorities in accordance with the NDoH Plan 2021 – 2030. The KIP has developed a holistic approach to health services for 14 health centres/aid posts with approximately 25 health workers and a network of 60 trained Village Health Volunteers (VHV).

The Health Coordinator is responsible for the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the KI Health strategies and activities currently being implemented amongst the 90 communities within the Kokoda Track catchment region including:

  • Health Facility Supervision programs
  • In-service training for health workers
  • Maternal and Child Health Patrols
  • Village Health Volunteer (VHV) Support and Coordination
  • Support to Kokoda communities in the prevention and mitigation of COVID-19.
  • Delivery of approved health infrastructure projects

The programs are delivered in partnership with PHAs to clusters of villages in the Sogeri, Mt Koiari and Kokoda township catchment areas supported by health centres managed by a mixture of Government, Church and NGO partners. The Mt Koiari region is particularly challenging for effective service provision with many communities only accessible by walking.

The Health Coordinator will work with the Central and Oro Provincial Health Authorities, the National Department of Health, church health services such as SDA Health and NGOs such as Callen Services, Rotarians Against Malaria, the Kokoda Track Foundation, Marie Stopes, ADRA, the No Roads Foundation and others to ensure the KI health activities are aligned with and enhance the implementation of the PNG Government’s National Health Plan priorities and standards across all health facilities in the KI project area.

The Health Coordinator will specifically consult and plan programs in collaboration with Provincial and District health authorities and representatives including Officers in Charge of health centres and aid posts and health workers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Actively work with the KI Team Leader to develop, implement, and monitor the annual plan and budget for the KI Health Programs.
  • Contribute to the overall strategy for the Program’s Health Outcomes and ensure timely implementation and support of the M+E framework and reporting.
  • Manage and responsible for the overall coordination with the key health stakeholders including the National Department of Health, Provincial Health Authorities in Oro and Central, and District Health Offices.
  • Maintain and mainstream priority services and targets identified by the Provincial and District Health Management and align with PNG Government National Department of Health plans to meet minimum standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Build and maintain open, productive an outcome-oriented relationship with key internal and external stakeholders including churches, NGOs private and public sectors to meet minimum standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Annual meetings and coordination with sub-national health authorities, support development of MOUs and agreements, creating workplans and schedules, liaison with community leaders.
  • Manage and coordinate supervision of the contracted PHAs and implementing partners; monitor contract deliverables, workplan implementation, the submission of six-monthly and annual reports.
  • Establish and maintain program management systems as necessary throughout the health programs.
  • Support the coordination planning and implementation of an annual in-service program for health workers from the KI region in partnership with sub-national health authorities, NGOs and church health services.
  • Work with the provincial and district health offices to provide ongoing support and supervision to health workers and health facilities to meet minimum standards of operation in improving quality patient care.
  • Additional tasks as identified by the KI Team Leader.

Key working relationships

The Health Coordinator will be required to work in strong partnership with counterparts from; the Oro and Central Provincial Health authorities, The Hiri and Sohe District Health offices, NGOs and church organisations in undertaking KIP approved Health activities and implementing agreed projects including:

  • CEO of Oro Provincial Health Authority
  • CEO of Central Provincial Health Authority
  • Director of Adventist Health services
  • OIC of Kokoda Hospital
  • OIC of Sogeri Health Centre
  • All health workers at Kokoda catchment region health facilities and aid posts
  • Project managers at NGO’s including: Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF), The No Roads Expeditions Foundation, Rotarians Against Malaria, Callan Services, Marie Stopes etc.

About You

For applications to be considered, a response to the key selection criteria below must be provided.

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or relevant field experience in health project coordination and/or management, development, governance or another relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated at least 5 years’ work experience in health project coordination and implementation and in writing reports and providing analysis, preferably in international development for donor and government audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience in rural and remote health program coordination and delivery.
  • A strong understanding of project management and coordination within the PNG health program context.
  • A good understanding of the PNG health sector including National, Provincial and Districts standards, policies and processes is an advantage.
  • A good understanding of the health reporting requirements of PNG government and bi-lateral donors

How To Apply

Please submit your application online; attach your cover letter and CV as a single document, addressing how you meet the Key selection criteria of this role .

We welcome and thank all applications; however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted .

Closing Date: 23 rd December 2022

A bt Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to upholding high standards of Child Protection, Anti-bribery and Fraud Protection.

We encourage applications from experienced and capable women, and people with disabilities

About Us

Abt Associates a mission-driven, global leader with a proven track record in complex program implementation in the international development sector. We offer bold solutions and technical excellence in Health, Economic Growth, Governance, Research & Evaluation, Environment & Energy, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion. Working with our many partners, we have driven measurable social impact for more than 55 years, to achieve our mission of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. We operate in remote and challenging environments and employ more than 3,700 staff in over 50 countries. For more information about us and what we do, visit our website at


Abt Associates values individuality and celebrates difference with a strong commitment to all forms of diversity and equality including racial equity, gender, sexual diversity and disability inclusion. We strongly encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this position. We offer flexible work arrangements and a culturally safe environment for staff members from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.


We are deeply committed to safeguarding, to protect and prevent harm and abuse to individuals we work for and who work for us. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. We will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, child abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation in any form, and expect everyone to be treated with respect and dignity.

Company: Abt Associates Australia

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Application Deadline: N/A

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