Bougainville will now advertise the senior positions within its public service as part of its restructure under the new Bougainville Public Service (Administration and Management) Act 2014.
All departmental head appointments will be made by the Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee which consists of:
The President Hon John Momis, GL, MHR
The Speaker Hon Andrew Miriki
Church’s Representative Bishop Rev. Tim D Arthur
Women’s Representative Mrs Hona Holan
Bougainville Lawyer Mr Hubert Kikira
As for the purposes of appointing the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner the Bougainville Constitution requires that two National Government officers are added, these are Secretary of the Department for Personnel Management Mr John Kali and the PNG Electoral Commissioner Mr Andrew Trawen.
The Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee the Administration will shortly contract an executive recruitment firm to assist it and to make the departmental head appointments.
The firm will manage an open, transparent and merit-based recruitment process for the 14 departmental head positions, the two deputies in the Department of President and BEC and the urgent appointment of an Electoral Commissioner.
The timetable for the positions of Chief Secretary, Electoral Commissioner, Secretary of the Department of Administrative Services and Secretary of Treasury and Finance is:
- In the week of Monday 8 September the start of two weeks of advertising for all positions.
- Friday 26 September applications for these four positions will close.
- Friday 10 October the shortlist will be prepared in consultation with Mr John Kali.
- In the week of 20th October interviews will be conducted.
- In the week of 3 November, or earlier if the interviews and paperwork is completed, the Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee will meet to consider independent panel’s recommendations and to make appointments.
- The timetable for the remaining departmental head positions is:
- Friday 12 September all positions descriptions for the remaining 11 departments and two Deputy Chief Secretary positions will be completed.
- The week of Monday 15 September the start of two weeks of advertising for all positions.
- Friday 3 October applications close.
- During October the recruitment firm will carry out referee and qualification checks and prepare the short lists for all positions.
- Interviews will take place in November and early December. All enquiries about the recruitment process will be directed to the contracted recruitment firm. This is important to ensure all applicants are treated fairly and evenly.
- From time to time the Administration will make announcements on the progress of the recruitment process.
The restructure of the Bougainville Public Service has also seen a minor reshuffle within the Autonomous Bougainville Cabinet to accommodate the changes.
The restructure sees the creation of new ministries while the Veterans Affairs, Peace, Media and Communication and Autonomy Ministries being absorbed by the new Department of the President and Bougainville Executive Council.
ABG President Chief Dr John Momis explained that the former ministries absorbed by the Department of the President and Bougainville Executive Council have been given priority and his office will see their coordination.
The minor ABG Cabinet reshuffle sees no new Ministers added but each Minister now has only one portfolio to deal with and work with their related department.
John L Momis Department of the President and Bougainville Executive Council
Patrick Nisira Department of Police and Corrections
Rev. Joseph Nopei Department of Justice and the Principal Legal Adviser
Minister for Justice
Albert Punghau Department of Treasury and Finance
Minister for Treasury and Finance
Joel Banam Department of Administrative Services
Minister for Administrative Services
Michael Oni Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy
Luke Karaston Department of Technical Services
Minister for Technical Services
Rose Pihei Department of Health
Minister for Health
John Tabaniman Department of Education
Minister for Education
David Sisito Department of Community Government
Minister for Community Government
Melchior Dare Department of Community Development
Minister for Community Development
Nicholas Daku Department of Primary Industries
Minister for Primary Industries
Wilfred Komba Department of Commerce and Tourism
Minister for Commerce and Tourism
Newton Kauva Department of Lands, Physical Planning, Environment and Conservation
Minister for Lands, Physical Planning,
Environment and Conservation
As the Ministerial Titles, Portfolios and Responsibilities goes into effect this makes each cabinet member responsible for National government liaison and coordination and consultation and liaison with any relevant Parliamentary Sectoral and Advisory Committee of the House of Representatives.
Re-structuring of all departments in order to meet Cabinet’s service delivery and economic growth priorities.
The Autonomous Bougainville Government has started implementing the Bougainville Public Service (Management and Administration) Act 2014 which will see the re-structuring of all departments in order to meet Cabinet’s service delivery and economic growth priorities.
ABG President Chief Dr. John Momis who signed the instruments to begin the process on the 3rd of this month said the next six months will be a time of major change as all senior leadership roles are advertised and permanent appointments are made.
“I am very pleased to announce that acting on the advice of the Bougainville Executive Council I have today signed the instruments establishing 14 ministries in the Momis/Nisira Government,” Dr Momis said.
Dr Momis said that it is a radical restructure that is intended to meet Bougainville’s current and future needs and that Cabinet agrees that things have to change within the Administration of Bougainville.
“Business as usual is no longer acceptable, each of the new ministries has a supporting department,” Dr Momis added.
Acting under the authority of the recently passed Bougainville Senior Appointments Act 2014 the BEC has also made a number of acting appointments to the departmental head positions.
These are appointments until substantive Secretaries are recruited, but for no longer than six months. The acting appointments, effective as of the 3rd of August 2014, are:
Mr Puara Kamariki Secretary for Administrative Services
Ms Brenda Tohiana Secretary for Treasury and Finance
Mr Kearnneth Nanei Secretary for Justice
Dr Anthony Pumpara Secretary for Health
Mr Michael Meten Secretary for Education
Mr Ephraim Eminoni Secretary for Police and Corrections
Mr Steven Burain Secretary for Mineral Resources and Energy
Mr Bernard Tzilu Secretary for Technical Services
Mr Herbert Kimai Secretary for Community Government
Mr Peter Nomoreke Secretary for Primary Industries
Mr Lesley Tseraha Secretary for Community Development
Mr Albert Kinani Secretary for Commerce and Tourism
Mr Andrew Dovaro Secretary for Lands, Physical Planning, Environment and Conservation
With these changes the current divisions are abolished, all current Chief Executive Officers (or acting CEOs) who have not been appointed to an acting departmental head role will retain their substantive position attached to the relevant department.
For the purposes of appointing the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner the Constitution requires that two National Government officers are added, these are National Secretary of the Department for Personnel Management Mr John Kali and the PNG Electoral Commissioner Mr Andrew Trawen.