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Behaviour Change Communication Facilitator - African Swine Fever (Papua New Guinea)
Work Location/s Papua New Guinea
Job Code 1181
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  • Exciting Long Term opportunity based in Papua New Guinea. Candidates must have rights to work in Papua New Guinea.
  • Commence ASAP to 31 December 2021 (with possibility of extension)
  • Remuneration will be depending on the candidate's level of skills, qualifications and experience

DT Global is the managing contractor of the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus program (PHAMA Plus) – an Australian and New Zealand Government funded aid program promoting primary industry exports from six Pacific countries (Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu). For details on the PHAMA Plus program, please visit  www.phamaplus.com.au


The Pacific region faces an animal biosecurity threat following the rapid spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) from China, through South East Asia and most recently to Timor Leste, Indonesia and PNG. ASF is a severe viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs with close to 100% mortality rates and having killed an estimated 200 million pigs having been killed globally to date. In recognition of the cultural and economic importance of pig production and trade in PNG, the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, through the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Plus Program is providing a range of technical, logistics and communications support to the Government of PNG (GoPNG) towards its response to ASF.

The terms of reference for this role are guided by the recommendations of the mission conducted in October 2019 by an expert team to support operational readiness for early detection and response to an ASF incursion in PNG (Romano et al (Nov. 2019) Rapid preparedness assessment for African Swine Fever) and the ASF Risk Communication Strategy. Also guiding this work is the current review of the ASF Risk Communications Campaign.


PNG’s National Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA) has been implementing an ASF response plan since the disease was first discovered in Southern Highlands Province in March 2020. As part of this official response, NAQIA has been implementing awareness, surveillance and containment measures, especially in the Upper Highlands targeting all stakeholders involved in the live pig and pork production sectors, as well as the general public, including local and international travellers. Despite this, the disease continues to spread in the Highlands region which may indicate that the general awareness regarding ASF remains low and needs to be enhanced. This includes information regarding the disease and its modes of transmission, safe biosecurity practices and longer-term management approaches. Within this context, NAQIA has identified the need for a Behaviour Change Communication Facilitator to support the agency implement an urgent strategic, nation-wide behaviour change campaign.

Key responsibilities:

Support the behaviour change campaign: The successful campaign will promote the adoption of safe biosecurity practices throughout the pig and pig meat value chain across all stakeholders, and ensure that cases of actual or suspected ASF are immediately reported to the correct authorities. It will also assist with advocacy by ensuring that ASF remains high on the public and political agenda and receives sufficient buy-in. This should be done keeping in mind the PNG national elections scheduled for mid-2022.

Support promotion of interagency communication: Different government agencies and partners are involved in the ASF response planning and implementation; this includes stakeholders that have an active role in preventing the spread of ASF (e.g. agencies responsible for customs, immigration, border protection, aviation management) and those that will implement behaviour change related to good biosecurity practices at all levels of the pig and pig meat value chain (e.g. Department of Agriculture and Livestock and those that do not have direct roles in ASF control or agriculture but who have strong networks and audiences that need to be reached such as Department of Education, RSPCA, resource developers, peak private sector bodies. Different approaches will be used for different geographical areas of PNG, depending on ASF status in each area. As NAQIA has the task of coordinating the work of different stakeholders, the Facilitator will provide support through the preparation and dissemination of appropriate and accurate information regarding ASF and its management to improve stakeholder acceptance (including for political support). This will be done via various channels and messaging and may include the effective communication of more technical information to relevant stakeholders on issues of disease prevention, control and longer-term management.   

Support capacity building: NAQIA and a range of other GoPNG agencies have personnel within their employment and networks that can support the prevention of ASF. It is likely that training these personnel will cover a range of technical biosecurity and zoonotic areas. Within this training there will be opportunities to integrate training for risk and behaviour change communication delivery to the public, farmers and producers.

Development of information repository: A range of different technical and communication products will be developed and circulated using different channels during the ASF behaviour change campaign. The Facilitator will support NAQIA to develop a repository for education and outreach materials. This repository should be accessed through NAQIA’s website and accessible through social media.

Based on PHAMA Plus's approach and guidance there is a strong need to ensure gender equality, disability and social inclusion are recognised in all appropriate aspects of the tasks the Facilitator is responsible for.

Other specific tasks may be identified and agreed with the PHAMA Plus Country Manager, NAQIA and National ASF Task Force.


The Facilitator must have:

  • Good knowledge of the media and communications industry and stakeholders across PNG.
  • Existing good working relationships with key stakeholders in GoPNG agencies at national and subnational levels.
  • Good understanding of community networks in PNG, e.g. churches, NGOs.
  • Demonstrated capacity to effectively communicate with a range of stakeholders in local, national and international forums. This is especially important at the local and community levels.
  • Strong organisational and strategic-thinking skills, and ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups to develop clear workplans and implement activities.
  • An energetic and self-motivating approach to work.
  • A background in sociology-related work environments would be advantageous.
  • Prior experience in behaviour change communications would be beneficial, e.g. HIV and AIDS.


The Facilitator will report to the PHAMA Plus Program Country Manager but work closely with the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer in PNG NAQIA. The Facilitator will be a core member of the ASF technical assistance to PNG coordinated by PHAMA Plus Program. The team will work with NAQIA, GoPNG agencies, and other stakeholders such as churches, NGOs and private sector in relation to preparedness, containment and behaviour change in response to the threat of ASF to Papua New Guinea.

Relevant counterparts and representatives from:

  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in PNG
  • New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in PNG
  • Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus Program
  • Government of Papua New Guinea including NAQIA
  • Staff from relevant provinces and districts
  • Relevant stakeholders from the private sector, community and civil society


Within two weeks of engagement the Facilitator will submit an initial indicative Work Plan with key inputs, outputs and target dates which will be reviewed on a rolling basis during the inputs with deliverables to be determined based on the specific tasks within the scope of work that are agreed with the PHAMA Plus Country Manager and NAQIA. Written updates on the status and progress of these tasks will then be provided regularly.

A completion report (up to six pages) will summarise key deliverables and include a section on lessons learned and recommendations.


Details for the work schedule will be developed on a rolling basis with potential for extension or amendment of the ToR as necessary.


Accommodation, per diems and transport costs will only be covered by PHAMA Plus for program-approved work undertaken outside of Port Moresby.

Applications are encouraged immediately and will close Sunday16th May 2021 Midnight (Port Moresby time)

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  • Applications must include a CV and a cover letter outlining responses against the selection criteria (no more than 2 pages).

Questions regarding this position should be sent to Nicola Dowsing (PHAMA Plus Operations and Finance Manager) at n.dowsing@phamaplus.com.au

DT Global is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to child protection. We encourage women, men and people living with disabilities to apply.

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