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International Health Specialist


Employer: Abt Associates
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: International Aid & Development, Health Promotion
Sector/s: Business/Private Sector
Location: Canberra & ACT

Job posted on: 09 September, 2019.
Applications close: 30 September, 2019.

  • 7.5-month maternity backfill (mid November 2019 to June 2020, with possible extension to November 2020
  • Fixed Term Contract - Part Time position
  • Located in Canberra, Australia
  • Attractive Salary

Specialist Health Service 

Managed by Abt Associates Australia and located in the centre of Canberra, the Specialist Health Service provides strategic input on health to the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. DFAT posts and desks around the globe and in Canberra may contact the SHS for assistance with any health-related topic. The SHS allows DFAT to source high quality technical advice to support health policy, strategic planning and health programming across the aid management cycle. The SHS maintains panels of experts in numerous health technical subjects. The SHS staff guide, manage and quality assure the advice, as well as preparing brief reviews and technical inputs to support Australian Government staff.

The Opportunity

We are currently inviting applications for the role of International Health Specialist to work as part of our in-house technical team on a 7.5-month maternity cover basis. The International Health Specialist conducts health related research and supports the planning, recruitment, management and quality assurance of health technical teams. The position reports to the SHS Director.

Key Requirements

The preferred applicant will have:

  • At least 5 years applied experience in consulting, research, advising and writing on international health and development
  • Knowledge of and ability to assess and summarise research in a range of public health technical areas (e.g., epidemiology, demography, economics, policy) and specialisms (e.g., global health financing mechanisms, health security and pandemic preparedness, health systems strengthening, etc.)
  • Post-graduate degree in international public health related field
  • Demonstrated ability to write rapidly, clearly and accurately on international health and development topics
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills
  • Strong interpersonal, cross-cultural and communication skills
  • Commitment to team work and ability to build constructive and effective relationships
  • A preparedness to work in a challenging environment involving quick turnarounds and changing contexts
  • Previous experience living and working in a developing country (particularly in the Pacific or small island states) is desirable but not essential

A Terms of Reference providing further details of this opportunity is available in the attachment below or on the job advert page of the Abt Associates website.

How to apply for this job

Applications should be submitted online via the Careers page of Abt Associates’ website and must include a CV and covering letter addressing the key selection criteria listed via the position description.

Applications close: 30 September 2019 – midnight (AEST).

You must have full Australian working rights to be eligible for consideration for this role.

We welcome and thank all applicants however; only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Supporting materials  SHS International Health Specialist_ TOR _2019.pdf