DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY POSITION DESCRIPTION Identification: Position Number: TSPI.006 Position Title: Economist Division: Structural Policy and Investment Division Branch: Structural Policy Branch Location: Waigani, Port Moresby Date: 09/03/2011 Position Purpose: To assist the Branch to promote competition, sound economic regulation and private sector development. Working Relationships: Reports to AS, Structural Policy Branch Works in teams with other staff in Structural Policy Branch as directed by the Assistant Secretary Works with other Divisions of Treasury, especially EPD, FMD and Budget Division, as directed Tasks: With assistance from, and as directed by the Assistant Secretary (or senior Branch officers), analyse policy issues, prepare written documents (for example, briefs letters and policy papers); and represent the Branch/Department as appropriate to promote the Branch’s priorities: 1) Promote competition, with a focus on major sectors of the economy such as: telecommunications, electricity (generation and retail), aviation, shipping and finance (banking and insurance) 2) Promote sound economic regulation by strengthening PNG’s competition and consumer protection framework, contributing to ICCC pricing and industry reviews and providing Secretariat support to the ICCC and NICTA appeals panels 3) Promote private sector development and reduce impediments to private sector investment by addressing, for example: unnecessary ‘red tape’ (regulatory impediments), land development, urban housing, access to credit (eg, microfinance and secured transactions), and general briefing and advice to Government Requirements: (Skills, Knowledge, Experience and Qualification) Essential 1. Qualifications: A degree in economics or a related discipline 2. Work experience: At least one year relevant work experience (for example, experience working on economic or financial policy or analysis) 3. Written skills: Able to prepare good quality drafts of briefs and correspondences for superiors and stakeholders. 4. Policy analysis: Able to use economic principles to develop policy options and make appropriate recommendations to superiors for consideration. 5. Teamwork: Able to work constructively with colleagues, respond in a timely manner to requests from colleagues and supervisors as required, and share relevant information within the Division and the Department. 6. Meetings and stakeholder relationships: Able to organise meetings, draft meeting agendas, attend the meetings, and prepare drafts of the meeting minutes or file notes. Also able to represent Division at internal meetings. 7. Workload and time management: Able to work on identified priorities, meet deadlines of these set priorities, and manage multiple tasks with these competing set priorities.