Senior Position Vacancies – National Agricultural Research Institute

  1. Programme Director – Agricultural Systems
  2. Programme Director- Information and Knowledge
  3. Manager – Personnel & Human Talent Development
  4. Accountant
  5. Human Resource Associate
  6. Resource Manager

The National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) is the leading organidation, conducting and fostering applied and development oriented research in the agriculture and rural development sectors in Papua New Guinea.

Besides, NARI is responsible for providing analytical, diagnostic and advisory services and up-to-date information to the agriculture sector in PNG. With its headquarters at Bubia, Ten Mile outside Lae, NARI’s regional research and development co-ordination centers are located at Aiyura in Eastern Highlands Province, Tambul in Western Highlands Province, Laloki in Central Province, Bubia in Morobe Province, Keravat in East New Britain Province. The NARI’s livestock research and development centre is at Labu in Morobe Province and the Chemistry Laboratory at Kilakila in Port Moresby.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced PNG citizens and permanent residents for the following positions, which are available for immediate placement. 

1. Programme Director – Agricultural Systems (Grade 16 -17), NARI Head
Office – Lae

The ‘Agricultural Systems Programme’ covers the core of NARI’s research for development mandate in the areas of crops, livestock, and natural resources. It is vested with developing agricultural innovations that will result in increased productivity, efficiency and stability of agricultural systems in PNG. This programme comprises of seven sub-programmes: system intensification, low-input systems, market and value chains, risk management,
genetic resources management, technical support services, and capacity building.

The Programme Director will provide scientific and strategic leadership to the Programme. This will involve planning, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the programme project portfolio covering all steps in the research to impact cycle including targeting, identification of constraints and opportunities, multidisciplinary technology development, out- and up-scaling of successfully piloted technologies, and impact assessment.

Applicants must hold a post graduate degree, preferably Ph.D., in agriculture or related disciplines with at least 10 years of research, policy and development experience at project/programme/organizational level.

2. Programme Director- Information and Knowledge (Grade 16), Head Office
– Lae

The programme on ‘Information and Knowledge’ involves accessing, acquiring, creating, processing, organizing, packaging and communication of information contributing to social and economic change. The key four sub-programmes are: internal information management, information and knowledge sharing, communication strategies, and capacity building through training and other means within and outside of the Institute.

The Programme Director will be responsible for developing and implementing proactive, responsive, efficient and client-centred information management and knowledge sharing and training activities. The incumbent will facilitate and oversee researching, writing, editing of materials for quarterly newsletter and reports for internal publications. He/she will lead and facilitate the editing of technical/ scientific reports/publications; developing
pamphlets, posters and presentations and communications through various media
for agricultural development. An additional role of this position is to help develop the Institute-wide human resources through planning, co-ordinating and implementing various training activities.

Applicants should hold a post graduate degree, preferably Ph.D., in information and communication, agriculture or related disciplines with at least 10 years of experience working at senior level in research/ management/ development jobs.

3. Manager – Personnel & Human Talent Development (Grade 16), Head
Office – Lae

The appointee should be a dedicated human resource practitioner who will manage the Institute’s Human Resources Management and Development Division. The position is responsible for policy design and implementation, programme planning, legislative compliance, recruitment and selection, work permits, visas, employee performance evaluation, personnel training and development, attendance to disciplinary and industrial matters, management of payroll processes, enhancement of work place relations, and timely professional advice to staff and management. Responsibilities also include general administration, legal and land matters and public relations.

Applicants must have a university degree in human resource management, business administration or a related field, and practical experience in human resource management and administration, preferably in a multi-divisional and multi-cultural organisation. Experience in policy design and implementation and computer literacy in HR information systems and databases would be desirable.

The person must be result oriented and have the ability to work under pressure with a logical, self-reliant approach to problem solving and an appreciation of team work in a changing environment.

4. Accountant – (Grade 11 to 12), Head Office – Lae

The Accountant reports to the Financial Controller and will be responsible for undertaking and supervising day-to-day financial management and accounting matters, cash management, control and monitoring of the financial performance of research programmes and donor funded projects, preparation of financial statements, bank reconciliation, balance sheets, coordination and compilation of quarterly reviews and budget estimates.

The appointee will have a diploma/degree level qualification, preferably Post Graduate in Accounting and have a minimum of three years experience in financial management and accounting. Knowledge of the PNG government accounting and audit procedures will be beneficial. Computer expertise, especially in spreadsheets, payroll systems and other accounting systems and familiarity of the Able Payroll System and Quicken software will also be an added advantage.

The appointee must have absolute financial integrity, a responsible and transparent management and working style.

5. Human Resource Associate – (Grade 9 -11), Head Office – Lae

The incumbent should hold a Diploma in Management/Business Studies or related discipline with a minimum of three (3) year work experience. She/he must have exposure in employee services administering staff welfare and benefits, leave and other travels, superannuation and savings, recruitment, medical and insurance claims, workers compensation, and payrolls.

Additional qualities preferred are knowledge of PNG Employment Act and relevant industrial awards and management and administration of employment contracts. Basic computer literacy is essential.

6. Resource Manager – (Grade 12 -13), Islands Regional Centre – Keravat

The Resources Manager shall be responsible for the overall management of the day to day field and station operations of the Wet-Lowlands Islands Research Programme at Keravat. The responsibility includes managing human resources, financial resources, and operational: purchase and supplies, farm, transport, station infrastructure, building repair and maintenance, security service, Aid Post, assets, equipments, machinery static plant, and staff
amenities, and providing logistical and administrative support to the multi-disciplinary research team. The incumbent is required to provide close link with Centre Managers, field staff and Centre Coordinator, and report to them on a whole range of issues affecting the management of the regional centre.

The applicants will have a diploma in agriculture, preferably degree in Agriculture, with a minimum of five (5) years experience in managing an agricultural research station, plantation or equivalent. Candidates should have competencies in business management; have a proven record of reliability, accountability and ability to work under considerable pressure.  

Grades and salary levels within the given range will depend on qualifications and experience of the candidates. Salaries and benefits will include base salary, special domestic market allowance, gratuity, superannuation, leave fare, medical and life insurance, and housing and amenities allowance (or house rental allowance).

For further details on salaries and allowances, and about NARI, please enquire on the following email address or fax, or go to

NARI is affirmative on gender equity and hence encourage females to apply. Applications should include a detailed CV, names and contact details of three referees and be sent to: The Director General, National Agricultural Research Institute, P O Box 4415, LAE 411, Morobe Province. Attention: Acting ManagerPersonnel & Administration, Telephone (675) 475 1446; Fax (675) 475 1449; Email:; Web:

Applications close on October 20, 2011.

Source: Didinet Vol. 7, No.11, October 2011

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3 Responses to Senior Position Vacancies – National Agricultural Research Institute

  1. Simon Paiya says:

    Would I know whether these positions have already been taken?

  2. Justin Kipa says:

    Good morning, may I know this positions still available or been taken up?

  3. Michael Napita says:

    Good Morning.
    Although this may not concern me, I would like to enquire about other job vacances here at the Port Moresby Head Office.
    Could you please kindly assist me with the email details of the recruiting Team or of the recruiting Officer in charge?


    Michael Napita

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