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The Department of Works and Highways In accordance to the approval of the National Executive Council (NEC) for award of contracts under the ADB Loan No.4094/4095-PNG and OPEC Fund Loan No. 14606P: Sustainable Highlands Highway Investment Program (SHHIP)-Tranche 2; has signed two (2) contracts with civil works contractors for packages BCW1 (NPC 2020-50) and BCW2 (NPC 2020-51) and three (3) contracts with consultants for packages CS1 (NPC 2020-48), CS2 (NPC 2020-49) and BAMS1 (NPC 2020-47).

Find in the Projects Page the Publication of the Award of contracts click here

Department Restructure

The Department of Works has recently been reconfigured into the Department of Works and Highways in line with PNG Government Road Sector Institutional Reform Program, to capture the Department's new role as the key policy adviser to the Government on road sector matters and as the sole Road Authority for the National Road Network under the Road (Management and Fund) Act 2020.

This has provided an exciting opportunity for individuals to join the Department and contribute to the delivery of the National Road Network Strategy and the Connect PNG Program for the people of Papua New Guinea.

The Department is now seeking to hire highly qualified, experienced, and motivated professionals to immediately fill the following Executive Director position vacancies in the Department. Along with the Secretary, the Executive Directors make up the Executive Management Team of the Department at the Deputy Secretary level. An attractive remuneration package is on offer, including Special Domestic Market, Housing and Vehicle Allowances, Annual Gratuity (25% of Base Salary) based on performance outcomes.

Find in the Career's Page the Remuneration Structure for the Executive positions and the Job Descriptions to here

About Us

The Department of Works (DOW) is the Papua New Guinea Government’s implementing agency for infrastructure in the country. It is the biggest and one of the oldest government organizations in the country starting as the Office of Works and Supply during the pre-independence era. Being the biggest is due to the fact that it is the only department in the government that can boast having an office in every province in the country all linked together through the wide area network. DOW is responsible for maintaining approximately a total of 8,738.46 kms of roads throughout the country. This figure stands as of 2007. Of this total, 5,755.20km are graveled, 2,779.48km are sealed and the remaining 523.35km are inaccessible due to factors such as weather conditions etc. The current transport infrastructure priorities are found in the Medium Term Development Strategy (MTDS) and the National Transport Development (NTDS) plan.

Currently the department is going through a restructure and needs suitably qualified individuals to fill vacancies in the Executive Division. Find in the Career's Page Job Descriptions for the Execuitve Positions and also the Public Service Application Form.

Manuals Approved for Road Design

The Department of Works through its Roads & Bridges Design Branch have released approved Road Design Manuals for DOW engineers, contractors, supervision consultants and other road workers. The Manuals cover Roads, Bridges and Drainage Design.
* The excerpts of the manuals can be accesed here.
* The full hard copies of the manuals can be purchased from the Road and Bridges Design Branch. The price list of the manuals is attached here - Price List
* A guide to Bituminous Pavement Design can be found here - Overseas Road Note 31 Guide to Bituminous Pavement Design