Industrial Relations Officer

Port Moresby, NCD, Papua New Guinea

Job Reference 1193715

Location Port Moresby, NCD, Papua New Guinea

Industry Oil & Gas - LNG

Function Human Resources

Job Type Contract

Date Added September 6, 2023

Our client in the Oil and Gas Industry, is now recruiting for an Industrial Relations Officer. This is a remote based position and will require coordination with Community Relations; Environment; Health and Security. 

HSE and Personal Statement – At all times the Job Holder will:
  • Always act in the best interests and adhere to Company and Affiliate Policies.
  • Demonstrate personal commitment to HSSE and to the values and principles of the Code of Conduct.
  • Maintain and safeguard confidential files, documents, and records as they relate to Company operations.
Key Activities
  • This position supports Project related workforce and industrial relations management and National (Local) Content commitments and obligations focusing on managing relationships with Project Construction Team, EPC Contractors and representative Lanco organizations responsible for the recruitment and selection and demobilization of PNG National workforce.
  • A key component of this position is to build and maintain the relationships with the appropriate EPC Contractor, sub-contractors and supporting Lanco organisations working internal and Contractor compliance obligations and workforce and industrial relations management commitments.
  • This role has no delegated responsibility for allocating budget and financial controls.
  • Collaborate with National Content and Community Relations staff to ensure implementation of workforce recruitment, industrial relations management activities are executed in accordance with commitments described in the Labour and Working Conditions Management Procedures.
  • Manage the direct interface and relationship with the Project Construction Team and EPC Contractors to ensure the Project workforce relations and camp management standards are met.
  • Align tasks and work schedule of workforce and industrial relations activities and commitments with Project Construction Team and EPC Contractor schedules and priorities.
  • Facilitate communication and cooperation between Project Construction Team, EPC Contractor’s and stakeholders engaged in compliance related activities and problem resolution.
  • Provide support, guidance, and expert advice to promote timely and effective implementation of the applicable Labour and Working Conditions Management Procedures by contractors and sub-contractors.
  • Provide advice and support to Project Construction Team and EPC Contractors and other stakeholders regarding Project and Lender expectations regarding compliance with Company and Contractor Management Plans and Procedures.
  • Participate in project risk assessments on an as-need basis to provide industrial relations advice for project activities and provide guidance on workforce management measures.
Context and environment
  • Project is located in a remote and undeveloped area, with very limited infrastructure.
  • Presence of vulnerable people (indigenous people status applicable, gender issues).
  • The position is a field based rotational role reporting to the functional lead on site.
  • Ensure that Contractor and sub-contractors comply with Industrial Relations policies/standards/guidelines, and national laws/regulations.
  • Key interface with Contractor on all Industrial Relations implementation protocols (monitoring, reporting, readiness reviews, training, and risk assessments).
  • Responsible for ensuring Contractor establishes worker engagement mechanisms and tracks resolution of issues raised therein.
  • Key interface between Company and worker forum/ committee or union.
  • Ensure completion of necessary statutory notifications (e.g., workforce demobilization) as per legislation.
  • Ensure supervision is kept informed of all Contractor activities pertaining to job opportunities, recruitment, demobilization, training, conditions of employment, wage increases, incentive/ bonus payments, employment contracts, and any IR changes affecting workers.
  • Oversee management of all IR monitoring of Contractor performance against policies and procedures - worker grievances, disciplinary action, recruitment and selection, wages, payroll, pay queries, conditions of employment, code of conduct, disciplinary process, and contracts of employment.
  • Provide oversight to workforce planning and recruitment and selection activities and ensure these are aligned to Company and Contractor National Content Plan and recruitment priorities.
  • Provide oversight to Contractor’s demobilisation procedure (worker education, planning, risk assessment and management, worker and statutory notification, payment of wages and document completion).
  • Ensure Contractor’s supervisors attend to and understand their obligations relating to IR with training on all IR policies and procedures.
  • Assist Contractor to manage and resolve industrial action incidents and provide incident reports to supervision.
  • Report, investigate and recommend corrective and/or preventive actions resulting from Industrial Relations incidents.
  • Ensure monitoring (contractor and sub-contractors) is conducted against Industrial Relations requirements.
  • Provide monitoring reports to supervision for verification and tracking purposes.
  • Applicants must possess a university Degree in Business Management, Human Resource Management International/Public Affairs, Communications, Engineering or some other equivalent experience in a technical field related to socioeconomic and/or industrial relations matters.
  • Candidates should have a minimum of 5 to 10 years’ experience in socioeconomic, human resource management government, and/or workforce management or industrial relations field(s) preferably with knowledge of compliance, construction, or extractive industry projects.
  • Working knowledge of IFC Performance Standards and Lenders' Equator Principal expectations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural team environment.
  • Must have experience in all aspects of workforce and industrial relations management with major projects in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
  • Experience with Tier 1 companies involved in construction of major infrastructure and or resource development within PNG. Preferably involved with staged development, i.e., construction through testing commissioning to production.
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills with experience in negotiation and conflict resolution. Prior experience negotiating outcomes related to industrial relations in the mining and oil and gas sectors is preferred.
  • Skills in monitoring, assessment, and development of improvement plans.
  • Should have project management and/or program evaluation experience.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of L&CA related programs preferred.
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Applications close on Tuesday, 12th September 2023 and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you don't hear from us after two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful for this role. We will, however, keep your profile on our database for future reference.

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