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60 seconds with … Olive Oa

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to work in international aid? In this special series, we introduce you to our many dedicated staff members working behind the scenes and on the ground, in Australia and overseas.

We hope you enjoy meeting #TeamChildFund!


My name is Olive Oa.

I’m the Health Programs Team Leader at ChildFund PNG.

My role involves managing projects, which includes assisting, planning, co-ordinating and reporting on projects. I also undergo budget management and supervise monitoring and evaluation activities to compile an evidence base to demonstrate the performance and results of projects.

I work closely with the project teams, particularly on the delivery and progress of the capacity building activities. My role also enables me to play a part in project designs, planning, trainings, coaching formative assessment of progress and follow up. I represent ChildFund at meetings and clusters that are relevant to the program and projects at the national level.

I’ve been at ChildFund since 2013.

My most inspiring moment at ChildFund was seeing how the health program grew under my initiatives. It grew from 12 villages to the whole Rigo district, then moved into Kairuku District and Central Province.

The things I love most about my job are participating in developing and designing projects.

Olive with her parents at home in Papua New Guinea.

When I was a child I wanted to be educated, go to school and be a pilot.

The country I’d most like to visit is Timor-Leste.

The top 3 things I’d take with me in an emergency would be a first-aid kit, water, and biro with a pad and phone.

My favourite dish/cuisine or place to eat is at my home.

I’m really good at health management.

I can’t live without working with time.

I’m looking forward to pursuing my career into management and public health.

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