Short Term Residential House Managers, PNG

From time to time, short term opportunities become available serving in one of our programmes.

We now have a critical need for Residential House Managers who will be responsible for managing a boarding-type home located at Ukarumpa, and provide interim parental care for children between the ages of 12 and 17 years of age. This role is a short-term salaried role for 12-months which is located in PNG.

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is an organisation using light aircraft to deliver help and hope in Jesus’ name in over 30 developing countries. For more than 75 years, MAF has been transporting patients, relief workers, produce and medical supplies to the world’s remotest regions and places of deepest human need – places where flying is not a luxury but a lifeline.

We operate in Papua New Guinea, which is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Only 18 percent of its population live in urban centres. The majority live in very remote areas with little or no transportation options. MAF PNG is one of our biggest programmes where we support local infrastructure and logistics surrounding missions from life-saving medical evacuations to transporting essential supplies. MAF transforms the lives of the people of this country physically and spiritually.


You will need to have the experience and expertise in a similar role, and be able to provide a safe and comfortable living environment for students to learn and live within.

You must have a desire to care for each child by monitoring welfare, safeguarding and ensuring that they are nurtured both academically, personally and spiritually. The ability to quickly establish relationships, provide a welcoming atmosphere and make a house feel like a home is important to help students settle in and thrive.

Organising the day-to-day activities involved in operating and maintaining the home, ensuring students maintain their living space in a tidy state, and that they complete assigned responsibilities in shared living spaces (including common rooms, bathrooms, toilets and kitchen) is an essential function of the role.

You will also be responsible for ensuring high standards of safeguarding is practiced, ensuring students are treated with dignity and respect, monitoring student welfare, behaviour, and responding to any concerns of parents/guardians and keeping them regularly informed about matters (including positive behaviour and achievements) affecting the welfare of their child(ren). Additional support will be provided as you manage, direct and working alongside national staff in-house.

Oversite of administration and daily management tasks such as creating menus, obtaining food supplies, preparing and providing three meals a day (plus snacks) are essential functions of this role. You will also need to regularly evaluate and report any maintenance needs to ensure the home is kept in good condition.

You will also support academic and educational needs by supervising regular homework and study activities, assisting with the delivery of a regular programme of weekend/night activities to enrich the personal, social and cultural development of students; and to attend any meetings, discussions and other activities concerning the students as required.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience

Past experience of residential children’s work and or social care
Comfortable working in a cross-cultural setting with staff and teenagers and relating to their parents
Experience in working with, caring for and supervising young people (12-18 years old)
Cross Culture Experience
Comfortable working within a budget
Knowledge of good nutrition and food hygiene practices
Outstanding Communications Skills
Ability to work as a team and lead by example
The confidence to work with parents to address issues with students who are not adhering to house or school rules


Experience in education i.e. teaching
Homemaking and maintenance skills
Experience as a Foster Parent
Running a lodging establishment
Experience working and/or living in PNG or similar international country
Completion of MAST or HEAT security training

Position Location (s):
  • P.N.G.
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