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MEDIA WATCH |
ABUSE OF GIRLS ON THE RISE By Simon Nianfop
There is an increase in reported incidents of child abuse involving girls below 18, acting Juvenile Justice and Monitoring officer-in-charge Anna Wills says. She said on average, they are dealing with three to four cases each week. Wills said there could be more unreported cases. She said the police juvenile centre at Boroko had placed a number of children with the Welfare Office. They were the ones who turned up at the station or were found in the city, Wills said. These children have been subjected to parental or guardian neglect, abandoned or deserted as a result of broken marriages or abandonment, she said. Wills said the children were picked up while sleeping in front of shops and offices and brought to the police station. Victims do not come forward to report these matters because they do not know where to go and what would happen to them,” she said. Wills urged victims to report such matters to the police juvenile centre at Boroko. She said some victims had already found out about the juvenile centre’s services and were starting to come forward. Will said the role of the juvenile centre was vital to correct such problems, which could have detrimental effects in their lives in future. “There is a lot of work to be done and more officers are needed,” she said. | Source: National, 22nd Jan, 2015
ENERGY USERS IN PNG TO BENEFIT
Papua New Guinea’s energy users such as transport companies, manufacturers, the hospitality industry and households will benefit from the lower energy prices over the next months and possibly years, Institute of National Affairs executive director Paul Barker says. But, he added that the oil/gas explorers and producers would face tougher times, and more marginal or less proven projects and fields may well be deferred for rosier times into the future. He made the comment yesterday in relation to the global drop in oil prices down to US$56 (K145) per barrel. Barker said that was the first time since 2007 there should be some stimulus to the sluggish global economy, which has been burdened by high energy costs. “LNG prices are directly connected to oil prices. “There have been efforts in recent years to have a separate LNG market, but partially substitutes, they’ll invariably remain connected to some extent. “LNG is almost entirely used for power generation and PNG’s production goes to the major East Asia market (China/Japan/South Korea/Taiwan). “As to PNG, there has been some talk by government, consumers (and the investors and financiers) to secure long term secure energy supplies (and ensure sound returns), so contracts (and financing contracts) were agreed. Since then the market had changed and it’s become very much more of a buyers’ market, with less interest in securing such long term exclusive supplies. “Under those contracts consumers (East Asian energy companies) may still be paying markedly above market prices for 80 per cent of the PNG’s product, providing some shield from market forces. However, most contracts, including those for LNG provide avenue for renegotiation and buyers will not readily pay well above market prices for long without renegotiation or even reneging on contracts, partly facing pressure from their own consumers to pass on reduced world prices,” Barker said.“Likewise the government needed to recognise that revenue would be affected from this major (LNG) sector, which has been the bright economic hope for PNG for the medium term, and it is better to reviewing revenue and expenditure forecasts and plans promptly, rather than leaving it till later. “Clearly, the focus should remain on the provision of core public goods and services, notably for law and order, basic infrastructure (maintenance and upgrades), sound education and health, and on encouraging broad-based economic development and employment in formal and informal sectors. “Some level of continued fiscal stimulus is justified to sustain economic activity and formal employment, but it should be at a prudent level, rather than overly borrowing against upon tighter future revenue, and major commercial investments and borrowing for such should be avoided while major capital investments and projects should only be based upon sound economic and financial justification, with some current and prospective projects/facilities justifying reconsideration, particularly those of a potentially more prestige and white elephant nature. “Clearly, much tighter application of procurement procedures is critical, to ensure public contracts are not over-priced, along with wider public participation in public tracking and accountability mechanisms,” he said.
EUROPEAN UNION SPENDS K351M TO ASSIST PNG | BY GORETHY KENNETH
The European Union has spent more than K351 million in Papua New Guinea from 2008-2014. This was all under development aid agreements with a focus on agriculture, education and trade as well as on human rights, gender and governance. Papua New Guinea is by far the largest recipient of EU co-operation aid in the Pacific region with approximately 184 million EUR or K550million being earmarked for the next five years. The EU has been strongly committed to improving aid effectiveness and has continued to focus on strengthening aid, trade and political relations with Papua New Guinea and more generally the Pacific region. EU Ambassador to PNG Martin Dihm recently released a survey conducted by the EU showing more Europeans felt positively about development aid and international cooperation and believe it is important that the EU continues to help developing nations. A sentiment echoed by the motto for the European Year of Development 2015, ‘our world, our dignity, our future’. “The European Union works to be a close and reliable partner in supporting Papua New Guinean people in political, social and economic development. As a recipient of European aid, Papua New Guinea has benefited, over the period between 2008-2014, from development aid with a particular focus on agriculture, education and trade as well as on human rights, gender and governance in excess of 105 million EUR or 351 million PGK,” he said. The European Union (EU) launched the European Year for Development 2015 (EYD2015) on January 09, which aims to inform and engage Europeans in the debate on its development cooperation to developing nations worldwide, including Papua New Guinea.”The European Year for Development 2015 showcases the strong commitment of the EU and its member states to eradicating poverty worldwide amongst Europe’s citizens. It will also be an opportunity to put a focus on Papua New Guinea and explain how European aid has helped to improve the daily lives of the people.”| Source: Post-Courier 20th January 2015.
HEALTH DEPT WORKING ON CARDIAC SERVICES |By Maureen Gerawa
Health Minister Michael Malabag has agreed with the call by Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika for Papua New Guinea to have its own cardiac services. Mr Malabag said the Health Department was working on an enabling policy to make this specialist service available in Port Moresby. He said he had directed the department in 2014 to work on the policy which was almost complete and then he would make a submission to the National Executive Council for funding support for the service. “I am making it my business to set the momentum for cardiac services to be available in the country in the near future to be installed at the Port Moresby General Hospital. As part of the preparatory work we have already trained two of our doctors in Singapore in cardiovascular imaging and intervention surgery. As much as I want cardiac service in the country sooner the complexity of this field of medicine require greater preparation at the ground level.’’ Mr Malabag said tertiary cardiac service is highly technical, specialised and complicated and required wide range of expertise, equipment, qualified manpower and a range of other complementary medicines and so on. He said PNG did not have the capacity locally but have been building linkages with experts from Singapore Health which accepts PNG doctors for training as well as patients who could afford to go there for medical help. He said the Operation Open Heart has also been up skilling PNG medical team on cardiovascular diseases management while Sir Buri Kidu Heart Institute is providing non-invasive services through the help of non-government organisations. The chief justice had made the plea for Government help when noting that Komo-Margarima MP Francis Potape, who he had jailed for two-and-a-half years for conspiracy and misappropriation, had sought overseas treatment for a coronary ailment after his conviction last month by the national court. | Source: Post – Courier 22nd January 2015.
NGO GIVES CITY CHILDREN CHANCE AT AN EDUCATION | By Gibson George Toraso
A group of 40 disadvantaged children from around Port Moresby under the care of “Life PNG Care” attended a back-to-school orientation last Saturday. They will return to school under the “Strongim Pikinini” programme of Life PNG Care, a non-government organisation established last year to help disadvantaged and vulnerable children. Life PNG Care national director Collin Pake said their mission was to help bring quality of life to children and better life choices. “Children are disadvantaged and vulnerable. Some are separated from their biological parents through many social factors like violence, poverty, family breakdown, sickness and death. We are trying to give these children the opportunity through our family home care, providing all the love and care that a child needs from parents,” he said. Last year, the NGO cared for 17 disadvantaged children. This year, the number has increased to 40. Pake said out of the 40, 20 would live with him, wife Freda and their two children Ruben, 3, and Josiah, 1. The other 20 will live with their relatives but will be paid regular visits and their education paid for. “We give these children all the care that we can so that they don’t feel abandoned or orphaned. That’s very important because these children need to know parental value as they will be mums and dads one day.” | Source: The National, 20th January 2015.
MP ALLOCATES K200, 000 FOR WATER SUPPLY PROJECT IN TWO VILLAGES
MENDI-Munihu MP De Kewanu has allocated K200, 000 for a project to supply water to two wards. Hundreds of people witnessed the opening of the project at Hum Gap Village by Kewanu and Local Level Government presidents. Kewanu said the water supply project was for the Hum Gap and Sumbra villages and because the pressure was high, it would be connected to other villages. He said access to clean water was a key issue in developing countries such as Papua New Guinea. Kewanu said some people in the district had been facing water problems for years because of the surrounding hills. “This is a vital service at your doorstep and make sure to look after it. If you break the pipes and taps, it means you do not respect services. Do not come asking me for money or bring envelopes claiming money. I will distribute funds for the district equally and all will be used to improve the deteriorating infrastructures we have. The mentality to get cash from the elected leaders has resulted in a stagnant district with no or few government services,” Kewanu said. He said the district had rich soil and people must heavily involve in agricultural activity. |Source: The National, 19th January 2015.
HEALTH UP-DATE |
DARU MOVES TO FIGHT ACUTE TUBERCULOSIS| By Grace Auka Salmang
The township of Daru in Western Province was on TB awareness drive yesterday as the majority of the island’s general hospital nursing staff contracted multi drug resistant tuberculosis. The disease has infected nine nurses, one seriously, and paralysed health services. Following a sit-in protest on Monday, staff took to the streets of Daru yesterday to remind residents that Western Province was currently an epidemic hot spot for the transmission of multi drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis. They also called on provincial leaders to do more to protect lives and support the fight against TB.”There is currently lack of support for TB program at provincial and local levels. Daru town desperately needs an aggressive action because the disease is posing a threat to every one of us,” said hospital executive officer Colin Ananga. Mr Ananga said that at present, drug resistant TB posed a major threat to an already weak TB control program in Western Province.”If this threat is not addressed immediately, Daru town and Western province as a whole will be confronted with huge political, structural and economic collapse, the situation will worsen,” he said. The hospital’s acting chief executive officer Dr Naomi Pomat also took part in the awareness program. Meanwhile, Health Minister Michael Malabag will call for an urgent ministerial follow-up taskforce meeting on tuberculosis in coming days, among other things, to address TB and drug resistant TB in three provinces, including Western Province. They plan a short-term measure for immediate actions over three months. Also in the October taskforce mee ting held last year 2014, the only governor who was present to pledge support at the meeting was Western Governor Ati Wabiro, who said he was doing much but said he could not fight TB alone. An emergency response is in place to address MDR and XDR TB in three provinces, particularly Western which has the highest drug resistant TB, followed by NCD and parts of Central which have the next highest MDR TB cases and Gulf Province. Tuberculosis is a widespread, and in many cases fatal, infectious disease caused by various strains of mycobacteria, usually Mycobacterium tuberculosis.| Source: Post-Courier 21th January, 2015.
AUSTRALIA PROVIDES EQUIPMENT TO ARB HEALTH FACILITIES
The Australian Government has provided K800,000 worth of essential maternal and child health equipment to 35 health facilities in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The equipment comes at the request of the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s department of health and will assist its health workers to effectively provide mothers and children with clinical care and perform emergency obstetric care and other monitoring and medical procedures. The equipment includes infant resuscitators, electric suction pumps and examination lamps for ten larger facilities, manual suction pumps for all facilities, adult and infant scales, universalmounting carts, foetal dopplers, glucometres, nebulisers and birthing mats.The Arawa health facility received a diathermy machine, X-ray processor, developer and a pulse oximetre.Australian High Commission counsellor for Bougainville Jane Gresham said the equipment, which was delivered in November 2014 and distributed throughout the region, will make pregnancy and childbirth safer. “The items were selected to best meet the needs of midwives and other clinical staff in the field and are designed to be reusable and robust,” she said. Secretary for Health in Bougainville Dr Anthony Pumpara, said: “Emergency obstetric care is one of the most important interventions we can support to improve maternal survival in Bougainville.” Solar powered lighting kits were installed.
VACCINATION IMPORTANT FOR BABIES, MEDICS SAY
Acting Health Secretary Dr Paisen Dakulala says the role of vaccination is important because it reduces the death rate of vaccine preventable diseases among children less than 12 months old. These include polio, tetanus and cough.Dakulala was responding to a comment on social media by former health minister Jamie Maxtone-Graham two weeks ago that children should not be vaccinated Dakulala said all children must be vaccinated in health facilities to keep them healthy.National Capital District health adviser Dr Gary O’uu said vaccination practices strengthened the immune system.“We don’t want irresponsible leaders to mislead the people but to lead in a responsible manner to improve services, especially health in this country,” Ouu said. O’uu supported professor of child health John Vince’s article in The National which said vaccination was very important to prevent death among babies. Medical professor at the University of PNG Dr Prem Rai said children should be vaccinated against life-threatening diseases such as diphtheria, influenza and measles.| Source: National, 19th Jan, 2015
PRIVATE HOSPITAL INSTALLS LAB, HEART SURGERY CENTRE| By Maureen Gerawa
A private hospital has installed Papua New Guinea’s first catheterisation laboratory and a cardiac surgery centre. The first patient to undergo a CT coronary aniogram at the cardiac or heart centre was conducted successfully last week. Pacific International Hospital chief executive officer Dr Amyna Sultan said this in response to Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika who had called on the Government to ensure services like an angiogram was available for heart patients. She said the PIH had installed PNG’S first MRI scanner and a cardiac catheterisation laboratory at the new PIH facility at Three-Mile, which Prime Minister Peter O’Neill would open next month. Dr Sultan said PIH aimed to inspire hope and contribute to the health and well-being of the people and this service was one of many pioneer health care technologies it had introduced since it opened 17 years ago. “From PNG’s first CT scan in 1997 to, a hemodialysis unit, mammography service, Phaco ‘keyhole’ cataract surgery, retinal angiography, PIH has now installed PNG’S first MRI scanner and a cardiac catheterisation laboratory,’’ said Dr Sultan. Dr Sultan said when Papua New Guineans go abroad, they spend about K25, 000 for just an angiogram. At the new PIH, angiogram package will be offered for only K10, 000. “The angioplasty package with one stent will be possible at home for about K25, 000. Where patients are scrambling to raise K100,000 to go overseas for an open heart by-pass or valve replacement surgery treatment, at PIH it will possible to have an operation starting at K50, 000. “That’s considerable savings for heart patients of PNG, and, moreover, it will decrease the delay in seeking overseas treatment and make it easy for their families to be around them when they are confined,” the hospital’s CEO stated. | Source: Post – Courier, 22nd January 2015.
ENGA-SEPIK BORDER HIT BY MEASLES OUTBREAK | By Johnny Poiya
The Nete region along the Enga-Sepik border is being hit by measles outbreak with six reported deaths of children under the age of three over the last fortnight. The reported deaths were as of Friday last week and were from two villages close to the region’s only airstrip in Malaumanda while deaths in the sparsely populated villages inhabited by over 7000 people are unknown with a local landowner group claiming it could be alarmingly high. The area is only accessible by air from Mt Hagen and the number of deaths since Friday is not known due to lack of communication into the area. The only communication is through radio by the New Tribes Mission via Wewak. With no government services or public servants in the area, the only health centre in Malaumnda has no worker and the Malaunmanda Landowner’s Association Chairman Moses Mondowa yesterday said: “It’s a disaster and the urgency of the matter is that people are dying as we speak.” Nete includes the villages of Malaumanda, Anamanda, Lodon, Onge, Kasakali, Takop, Hulipa, Yaipo, Bake, Nai, Onon, Limbia and Menagus. The six deaths were reported from only two villages closed to the airstrip while the fate of the other villages is unknown. The death toll could be triple or quadruple. Sadly, the Landowner Group’s attempt to meet the expenses and fly in a medical team from Wabag to inspect and attend to the outbreak was rejected by senior health officials in Wabag adding they would go in at their own timing. The desperate landowner group than hired a new graduate from the Four Square Health Community Health Training Centre in Wapanamanda Roslyn Pakil who is attached with the Christian Apostolic Fellowship Health Services in Mt Hagen and flew her with drugs into Malaumanda on Tuesday. The outbreak is believed to have passed on from Hewa-Paiala further up the border into Enga and Sepik which were also hit by an epidemic and are undergoing immunisation by the Porgera Gold mine. Mr Mondowa said the East Sepik Provincial Government has also ignored to response the call for help when approached by the New Tribes Mission.| Source: Post – Courier, 22nd January 2015.
MEDIVAC SAVES MOTHER IN LABOUR | By MAUREEN GERAWA
Two people, including a woman in child labour, became the first people to be evacuated since the launch of the medivac service for Esa’ala district in Milne Bay Province.
Chief executive officer of Milne Bay Provincial Health Authority Billy Naidi said a 30-year-old man with a severed and bleeding leg was also airlifted from a hamlet along the borders of Central and Milne Bay provinces on Thursday after an emergency call was made.
He said the MBPHA was called by the Health Department to help as it had a medivac system in place. “We contacted the Abau Open MP Sir Puka Temu to support us in this operation, which was successfully carried out and the patient was evacuated to Alotau Provincial Hospital as the nearest hospital,’’ said Mr Naidi. The second patient was a transverse lie and obstructed labour of a mother from Kalokalo village, where Esa’ala MP Davis Steven is from. Mr Naidi said the emergency call from the village came on Sunday evening and a helicopter was sent the next morning to pick up the mother and return to Alotau hospital for the successful operation to save the baby and mother. The medivac was conducted by Manolos Aviation Limited – the company that has signed an agreement with Esa’ala to provide a medivac service for the district, which was launched last Wednesday.
Manolos Aviation chief pilot Jurgen Ruh confirmed that his company helicopter had provided medivac to the pregnant woman and the 30-year-old man, saying Manolos Aviation would respond to all requests from Milne Bay and neighbouring provinces and has also commitments from other parties to work with as well. The medivac service was launched just recently.| Source: Post – Courier, 20th January 2015.
JUST A THOUGHT |
ABUSE OF GIRLS ON THE RISE …… It about time we address the many issue facing Papua New Guinea, let get tough and protect our women and children.
FROM THE MEMBERS |
DoE produced these materials for HPS but they are not currently used in teachers colleges:
I facilitated the writing of these many moons ago…
Jenn and I also wrote a number of the Health for the Pacific text books for primary school including some WASH related stuff. You can get these from most PNG book stories
Looking forward to a call on school and WASHage!
LINK OF THE WEEK |
ATPROJECTS CARRIES OUT CONSULTATION IN JIWAKA AIRSTRIPS
Having access to basic government services such as health and education on regular basis had always been a problem for the people of Jimi electorate in the Jiwaka province. Though most of the villages are accessible by road and air, during the rainy season most of the roads become impassable making it hard for people to access government services. The airstrips are also not maintained to the standard where smaller planes can land safely. However, to ease some of these challenges faced by the locals ATprojects under its Innovative Rural Airstrip Maintenance Program [iRAMP] in partnership with the Rural Airstrip Agency [RAA] have started community consultations with the locals in Jimi to maintain four of the proposed five airstrips in the province. The four airstrips in which ATprojects will carry out its maintenance on and which are situated in the Jimi electorate are Amblua, Kol, Koinambe, Tsandiap and Giramben in the North Waghi electorate. ATprojects Senior program officer for iRAMP John Nekints recently went on a two days community consultation trip to Jiwaka province this week to meet with community leaders on the proposed plan of airstrip maintenance in their respective areas. Mr Nekints says nearly all the airstrips in the area are in dire need of maintenance as there are tall grasses growing on them making it difficult for smaller planes to land. “During my trip to each of the five airstrips I’ve noticed tall grasses growing on the airstrips and also in Amblua airstrip I’ve seen that its runway is not leveled so I told the community work together to fix it,” Mr Nekints said. He says the next phase of the consultation is the induction of Airstrip Maintenance Volunteers [AMVs] which is currently underway at the ATprojects Centre in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province where eight volunteers from the four airstrips in Jimi electorate are currently being trained on giving out airstrip report on a daily basis via mobile phones and also on the usage of lawn mowers by the ATprojects mechanic Alphonse Waim. He says after the training each airstrip will receive a lawn mower to maintenance the strips on a regular basis. Johnny Kam a spokesman from the Jimi is also one of the AMVs attending the training and says his community is very pleased with such an important initiative to improve the airstrips in his electorate. He says during the rainy season it becomes too difficult to attend to emergencies via road and with the airstrip maintenance program being rolled out in his area it would help save lives. |Source: ATprojects Media Unit, 23rd January 2015.
POSITIONS VACANT |
Location: Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
CARE International in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is looking to fill the position of Gender Advisor. A key aspect of this position will be to support the Country Office to implement its Gender Strategy and to ensure that organisational policies, systems and processes align effectively to its strategic priorities around the promotion of Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality and Diversity.We are seeking candidates with experience in women’s empowerment and/or gender equality and diversity in a development or humanitarian assistance environment. To be successful in this role you will have demonstrated skills and experience in training, coaching, mentoring and capacity-building of local and international staff as well as strong communications skills and the ability to build mutually beneficial relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders. Experience in PNG or the Pacific is highly desirable.To view the Candidate Information Pack and complete the online Application Cover Sheet, please visit the CARE Australia website http://www.care.org.au/careersTo apply, please email a brief statement addressing the Selection Criteria (found within the Candidate Information Pack) along with your current CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
CLINICAL CAPACITY SUPPORT OFFICER
Location: Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
CARE International in PNG is looking for someone to fill the position of Clinical Capacity Support Officer with its Komuniti Tingim AIDS (KTA) project in Buka. The KTA project aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of young people in Bougainville by addressing key individual and structural barriers. The Clinical Capacity Support Officer is responsible for implementing work aimed at improving Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health services in target health facilities in Central ARB, with an emphasis on building the capacity for youth-friendly services.
Deliver capacity building training in Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health (SRMH) to health professionals in target local health facilities. Conduct clinical and participatory needs assessments in new target health facilities. Monitor progress and quality of SRMH service delivery and reporting at local health facilities to ensure compliance with National Department of Health (NDOH) minimum standards. Support District Health Services, local health facilities and other stakeholders to facilitate improved access to SRMH services. Support training to Peer Educators, Outreach Workers and Project Officers as required. Coordinate and consult with public, private and civil society services and service providers to improve support services for more at risk populations.
Qualified nurse or Health Extension Officer. Minimum 3 years Sexual Reproductive Health clinical experience. Sound knowledge of syndromic management of Sexually Transmitted Infections and family planning and NDoH clinical protocols and practice. Knowledge of standards and best practices for providing Voluntary Counselling and Testing services. Demonstrated skills in mentoring health professionals. Proven organisational skills and proven ability to work on own initiative and prioritise effectively. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including fluency in spoken and written Tok Pisin and English
For more information, request a copy of the full position description including terms and conditions via the below details or phone: 532 2766 or mobile 7196 8447. To apply, address the selection criteria in a letter of application and also include a Resume (CV) with 3 referees and supporting documents via email: email@example.com, fax: 532 2803, or mail to: P.O Box 1157, Goroka, 441 Eastern Highlands Province.
The closing date for this position is Friday 30th January 2015. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. CARE PNG is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women to apply. CARE PNG is a child-safe organisation.
SOCIAL SCIENCE FIELD RESEARCH OFFICER – PALJP-TP
Location: National Capital District, Papua New Guinea
The Government of Australia (GoA) is providing support to the Papua New Guinea Law and Justice Sectorthrough a cohesive whole-of-Government approach, including the Papua New Guinea Law & Justice Partnership – Transition Program (PALJP-TP), the Strongim Gavman Program and the PNG-Australia Policing Partnership. This assistance is an important element of the shared goals of the GoA and the Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG). PALJP-TP provides complementary, flexible and responsive support that assists GoPNG to achieve measurable progress against its policies for law and justice reform, better access to justice and improved service delivery to the people of Papua New Guinea. A new design for GoA assistance to the sector is well advanced and a new program of support is scheduled to commence in 2016. This assistance, and that of PALJP-TP, will focus on enabling better economic development through enhanced service delivery in the areas of community safety, stability and crime prevention. One of the key provincially-based initiatives being supported under PALJP-TP is the development and distribution of ‘Transparent Service & Budget Charters’. These reflect the expectations about services and the entitlements of users and staff in service delivery agencies at Provincial and District Level. The Charters also display the budgets which fund these services.
The person appointed to this research position will be responsible for designing survey questionnaires, conducting research and analysing the survey data. This will require experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods and the ability to analyse data and produce conclusions from the research. The conclusions arising from the research will play an important role in developing the Service component of the Charter. The researcher will work in a team with experience in producing the Charters. The budgetary component of the Charters is compiled by a separate member of the team. The Charters contribute to the combat of fraud and corruption in PNG which is one of the highest shared priorities for both GoPNG and GoA.
This work is conducted in conjunction with the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) to promote greater budget transparency and improve service delivery in Provincial and local level agencies.
Demonstrated understanding of and experience with the design, conduct and analysis of social research programmes using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others and an ability to develop and maintain results-focused stakeholder relationships. Good interpersonal skills, demonstrated English language report writing skills and an ability to communicate effectively with local PNG communities. An understanding of – and a willingness to learn – how to facilitate change in counterpart agencies. Experience in and an understanding of working with constructively with men and women and with people of varying cultural and educational backgrounds throughout Papua New Guinea.
An understanding of – and a willingness to learn – how to assist ordinary citizens and staff responsible for delivery services to villagers, to advocate for more responsive delivery of services from public servants.
Tertiary qualifications in social research.
The Terms of Reference are located here: Terms of Reference – Social Science Field Research Officer. This is a locally engaged position and Cardno strongly encourages applications from qualified PNG nationals and women. Please note that the rate of pay will be based on local labour standards. During the term of this contract it is likely that this position will be transferred to the CIMC although it will continue to be funded by PALJP – TP and the same Terms of Reference will apply.
To apply please send an email containing a resume and cover letter answering the key selection criteria to Recruitment.PALJP@cardno.com with the position and job number EMR/JS/LJTP/SSFO in the subject line.
Cardno is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to Child Protection. Any offer of employment will require criminal record checks. Applications close 5.00pm Australian Daylight Time, Friday 30 January 2015.
VIEW POINT |
2015 – A YEAR OF NOTHING OR THE YEAR WE MOVE BEYOND BONDAGE By Busa Jeremiah Wenogo
Coming home from work one afternoon recently, I quickly changed into my home wear and headed straight to where we usually fetch water to help my wife and my sister carry the water containers up the hill. When I got there, I found three rows of containers and their owners lined up. My wife and sister had been awaiting their turn for almost an hour. The water was flowing at a much slower rate than the day before. I overheard a mother bitterly complain about someone living down the street who apparently diverted a lot of water to his rent house. She said this was the main contributing factor to the low water pressure. The culprit has been warned before, but he was stubborn. I am afraid that if he keeps up this truculence, something worse might unfold. As the early days of 2015 roll by, I ponder if the year will usher in a different vibe to the one we became accustomed to in 2014 and the years before that. I must say that, for the community I reside in, it looks like another year of struggle and despair. Scenes of men, women and children struggling with water containers unfortunately look set to continue this year. And it’s not just access to water, through Christmas and the New Year the electricity current has been weak. So much for those of us who had hoped the coming of the New Year would be the dawning of a new day. The much talked about Flyover Bridge and new Erima to Nine Mile four lane freeway gives the impression that change is on the way. Yet these developments at the same time raise confusion and doubts about the future of the community. The majority of our communities are resigned to 2015 being just like every one of those many past years, sinking into history without leaving any significant mark on their lives. They have lived through too many years when promises were made, hopes were renewed and yet all for nothing. When we moved into this part of Erima three years ago, I soon began to wonder whether the community was ever going to experience any real change. Before we moved, I was told stories of positive changes to come. Yet after three years I realise why these people don’t have a sense of hope. Moving around here, one gets the feeling that gambling, alcohol and drugs are the way of life since the rest of life has no meaning. Yet we all know that these activities only add to one’s misery. It seems to me that these people have been disconnected from the reality of life; they are isolated in their cocoon of ignorance made worse by regressive and misguided policies advocated by politicians who lack empathy and vision. People do not understand that their livelihood is under threat from the development taking place all around them. For most, it is a case of a fatalistic “come what may” as they believe they don’t have the capacity to avoid the looming possibility of being made homeless. Not that they lack knowledge of what is happening around them. In fact people read newspapers, watch the TV news and see things unfolding before their eyes each day. Yet they would rather be isolated from the roaring sound of development. Development to them means been introduced to the world of money where everything they want and need will require money. Right now they enjoy access to free low pressure water and free weak electrical current which they think is better than nothing and helps them get by. It is a lifestyle characterised by living on the fringe. Offered few employment opportunities, they scramble for what they can find to help them survive. Development to them would force them over the cliff into free fall. And where might that lead? Somewhere, somehow, someone has to bring them to the realisation that life is not free. Our politicians and other elected representatives have a big responsibility to educate our people to take responsibility for their lives. People should not wake up each day thinking there is no hope to better their living standard. Instead they should be aspiring to change their lives for the better. Heading back home, armed with water containers in both hands, I wondered how my community would ever get a chance to see a better future. The innocent sounds of kids playing only adds to the despair that 2015 and the years beyond don’t look promising. The children’s laughter will progressively die as they come face to face with the harsh reality of life in a settlement. But this year I sense we may be in for the worst. I am very pessimistic. Yet, above all, I trust that God, our heavenly parent, is working on a plan to liberate his children and 2015 might be that year. I am encouraged to hold on to that faith given we will be celebrating PNG’s 40th year of independence. The number 40 holds a lot of significance from the biblical perspective. Particularly for us, our everyday struggle for water and electricity to resonates with the story of Israel’s suffering in Egypt under the tyranny of Pharaoh. And it sure resonates with the many difficulties and challenges that Papua New Guinea has faced since gaining independence. Thus I am hopeful that 2015 will be the start of our own exodus out of bondage and suffering as a community and a nation. Yet, as always, only time will tell and all we can do is hope and pray.
FIRST CATH LAB TO OPEN NEXT MONTH By Sally Pokiton
The country’s first catheterization laboratory or cath lab has been installed at the new Pacific International facility in Taurama and will receive patients commencing February. The Pacific International Hospital’s media spokesman Joel Sarmenta today confirmed that the hospital will see its first patients next month. A cath lab is an examination room in a hospital with diagnostic imaging equipment that is used to visualize the arteries and the chambers of the heart to treat any stenosis or abnormality found. A full time cardiologist will be managing the new service at the PIH.PIH says the new heart center will have a comprehensive non-invasive laboratory where it will be possible to do trans-esophageal ultrasound capability, holster monitoring for detecting abnormal rhythm of the heart and stress test to determine the heart fitness. The Philips FD10C Allura xper scanner has already been installed and will be commissioned and tested at the end of this month. Dr Richard from Cairns, Australia and Dr Vineet for India will provide specialist cover initially on a rotating basis while full-time technicians and nurses will support the interventional cardiologists. Angiograms and angioplasty (stent placement) procedures as well as permanent pacemaker insertion will now be possible in PNG. An angiogram is a test to find out which arteries supplying the heart have become narrowed. An angiogram uses X-rays to show ‘route maps’ of blood vessels and arteries in the heart. Angioplasty is a procedure to expand narrow arteries that may follow on from an angiogram.| Source: PNGLOOP, 22nd Jan, 2015
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT REVEALS CLASS DATES FOR 2015
TEACHERS are to start work next Monday, January 26, while classes proper begin the following week, Education Secretary Dr Michael Tapo says. Tapo yesterday announced the dates of the 2015 school terms and holidays. He said term one for teachers would begin next Monday. Next week, he said heads of institutions should sort out enrolments with governing bodies while teachers prepare for the start of classes on Feb 2. Term one ends on April 10. The Easter public holiday falls on the ninth week of the term with school holidays from April 13 to 17. Term two is from April 20-July 3. Teachers and students will have two weeks holidays from July 6-17 due to the Pacific Games. June 13 is a public holiday (Queen’s birthday). Term three is from July 20 to Sept 18. A one-week holiday from Sept 21-25. There are three public holidays in term three – National Remembrance Day on July 23, National Repentance Day on Aug 26 and Independence on Sept 16. Term four is from Sept 28-Dec 11 with holidays from Dec 14 to Jan 29.| Source: The National, 22nd January 2015.
BOOK DONOR NEEDS PARTNER
A Papua New Guinean based in Dallas, Texas, USA, is asking interested schools in PNG to meet him half way if they want free books. Kisa James, entrepreneur and founder of the Develop PNG Foundation, which focuses on education, said he had several containers containing 60,000 books. James said he needed interested schools to pay for the shipping expenses. |Source: National, Jan 16th, 2015
B’VILLE IN TALKS WITH ZENAG FOR HATCHERY PROJECT By Jennifer Nkui
The livestock section in the Department of Primary Industries is currently looking at establishing a hatchery project in Bougainville for local farmers. Representing the livestock section, Sylvester Mamoi said today that the division is currently in touch with Zenag Farm in Lae to produce day-old chicks for farmers in Bougainville.“This is the type of setting that the division wants for Bougainville and now that they have funding, the division is now working on setting up the hatchery in Nova for Bougainville farmers,” he said. “Zenag is happy to spearhead this hatchery project in Bougainville,” he added. Mr Mamoi said the department of primary industries was given K8 million from the Special Intervention Fund and the livestock division was given K500, 000 which they are now using to get this hatchery project into shape.| Source: PNGLOOP, 21st Jan, 2015
TECHNOLOGY UPDATE |
E-LIBRARY COMING TO PNG
School children in Papua New Guinea in the future will carry a library of over 4 million books in his or her pocket with the new e-library system currently being worked on by Digicel and the PNG Government. Digicel PNG Ltd Director of Government Relations Mr Gary Seddon said this during the launching of the Digicel network in the northern most tip of PNG’s Mussau Islands on Tuesday. Mr Seddon explained this to Public Enterprise and State Investments Minister Ben Micah, Mining Minister Byron Chan, Kundiawa-Gembogl MP Tobias Kulang and Kavieng District Authority Chief Executive officer John Kum. He said Digicel has been working with the government over 12 months now looking at ways that can harness the innovation that comes from the technology growth. “What we have been concentrating on the past 12 months and working with the Government is to use that innovation to enhance learning at schools.” He said once an area is covered by the Digicel network, which they are trialing in New Ireland Province, is to provide a student with a Tablet that connects the student with a data centre or electronic library in Port Moresby that has about 4.5 million different books and articles. Mr Seddon said the tablet itself is an interactive screen device which allows the student to see that library in front of him or her. “The student will type in a subject into the tablet, the device immediately communicates directly with the data centre (e-library) in Port Moresby. The subject they type in accesses that 4.5 million books and immediately brings back a list of articles, books or text that they can interact with. They can use that to answer their essays and assignments.” He said there was no need for concerns about what children are having access to as the system is locked onto a dedicated pathway. “It’s a secure pathway so we do not have to worry about some of the concerns that we previously had about what the students and pupils are looking at. They are only allowed to see this library. The technology is not design to replace the classroom environment, I am not talking about having students at home and do all of their learning just by tablet, it is really design to support and assist the teachers, and students, so that every student that is given an assignment by a teacher, or let’s say an essay on PNG or Pacific history to be able to engage in questions and seeking answers and so on to enhance their level of learning over their tradition levels of learning.” He said in a traditional school environment of PNG, a library contains books that are outdated and have only a limited number shared by about 45 students but this technology allows a single student in a classroom has access to over 4 million books to use at any time.| Source: Post-Courier, 22nd January 2015.
FROM THE BUSH |
GOVERNOR FUNDS WILDLIFE PROGRAMME
THE “green projects” for Eastern Highlands Province through the division of Natural Resources has received a big boost with K200,000 from Governor Julie Soso Akeke. The funding will cover the activities of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Soso presented the money to WCS deputy country director John Kuange, witnessed by senior WCS staff Marygrace Wanamp and Danny Benjamin, who is the environment and conservation coordinator from the Natural Resource Division. Soso said they declared Eastern Highlands as a “green province”’ with special emphasis on protecting forests and wildlife. She said they have Lapegu, Fayantina, Norikori and Watabung forest prospect areas that the provincial government would assist to protect. “I would like to go deeper into the ‘green project’ to protect wildlife species and conserve them for future generation and for tourism. We are now re-opening the now-closed my Gavisuka Provincial Park to attract visitors from the country and overseas,” Soso said. She said potential wildlife conservation sites like Herowana and Hogave areas in Lufa district, which will come under the project. Benjamin thanked Soso for funding the society, a reputable conservation organisation operating out of Goroka. He said the fund will be used to engage WCS to conduct a province-wide bio-diversity study to identify possible conservation sites in the province. “With this, they will provide credible data and information available to be relied on for researches, studies and tourism purposes,” Benjamin said. Kuange expressed appreciation to Soso for taking on board WCS which has been operating in Goroka in isolation.| Source: The National, 22nd January 2015
WEEKLY FEATURE |
ACADEMIC: PNG RESOURCE RICH
Papua New Guinea’s wealth of natural resources can be viewed as the nation’s blessing, providing a lubricated pathway to social development and financial security. But some see it as a potential curse to the Pacific’s fastest growing developing state as published in the Cook Island News this week.
The Papua New Guinea economy has grown significantly in the past 20 years and some estimates say it could reach 20 per cent next year, although a recent slump in commodity prices may cut that back sharply. But despite the growth, half of Papua New Guinea’s population are still at or below the poverty line.
Associate professor Glenn Banks at New Zealand’s Massey University recently wrote a United Nations Development Program report on the challenges this poses for PNG. In it, he identifies the “paradox of plenty” and the “resource curse” of the PNG economy. The report reviews the state of human development in PNG in terms of the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It examines the ways in which the extractive industries have contributed – positively and negatively – to these related but distinct pillars. Professor Banks told Radio New Zealand’s Dateline Pacific that there have been some measurable achievements with the money coming into government coffers for the nation’s resources. “The starting point is to recognise that there are some really good initiatives that have begun and in some senses those just need to be reinforced. “One of the things the report highlighted pretty clearly is that it is down to the government to make a difference. The government is not just the duty bearer but also the institution that receives significant revenue flows from these extractive industries and has the potential to be the institution, really, that turns resource wealth into human development for the poor within Papua New Guinea. “There are some really good initiatives in terms of improving the quality of aid posts and basic primary education. “The initiative of the current government to introduce free education across the country at primary and secondary levels is a really important initiative, so that needs to be built on. “By that I mean actually following up to make sure that the schools actually are there, that they have the resources, that teachers get paid, and improving the systems to build on this free education policy can make a huge difference. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but in the next decade if it’s done well – and the report suggests small improvements around the margin for improving service delivery. “If that’s done well, then over the next decade you could see a real transformation in the delivery of health and education to the 85 per cent of Papua New Guineans who live in rural parts of the country. “I’m reasonably optimistic that things are going to get better – that Papua New Guinea is going to be able to provide some benefits from this resources boom to the bulk of the population,” he added.
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