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International Health Project Officer

Burnet Institute

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity now exists for an International Health Project Officer to join a dynamic and experienced group of public health researchers within Burnet’s Global Women’s and Newborn’s Health team.

The Project Officer will contribute to the team’s public health research and knowledge synthesis activities, with a focus on improving maternal and newborn health globally.

In this role you will:

  • Conduct or contribute to systematic reviews of quantitative studies
  • Contribute to developing study proposals and protocols for primary research
  • Co-ordinate and support Ethics Review Board submissions
  • Contribute to conduct of final analyses and interpretation of findings
  • Contribute to grant applications
  • Assist Working Group Heads with team coordination activities, including meeting agenda, meeting minutes and team communications
  • Support media, website, communications and dissemination of working group activities as required, working with the WG heads and Burnet communications staff

Refer to the attached position description for full details. This is a full time, 1 year contract role with a possibility of extension.

Let’s talk about you

The successful incumbent will have:

  • An undergraduate qualification in science, health or other field relevant to reproductive, sexual, maternal and/or child health in low- and middle-income countries
  • Expertise in sexual and reproductive health AND/OR maternal and child health AND/OR a health services improvement AND/OR public health
  • Previous experience with conducting health related research activities
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently exercising strong judgement, decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Good time management and organizational skills
  • Skills and experience with conduct of systematic reviews, literature searching and screening and Endnote software

The following experience is desirable:

  • A post graduate qualification in the health sciences, public health or a relevant field
  • Experience working on databases or health information systems ideally within a health or research program
  • Experience working in a resource-constrained country or setting
  • Experience working with statistical analysis software for quantitative analysis of health data (such as STATA, SPSS or similar)
  • Peer-review publications in a health field Desirable
  • Experience with electronic data collection and capture systems (eg: REDCap or similar)

The Burnet experience…

We want you to have a successful and meaningful career at Burnet and are committed to providing a supportive workplace environment for all our people. You will be part of a collaborative culture where progressive leadership, innovation, respect, and excellence are valued. Join a team of talented individuals who are passionate about what they do – improving the health of vulnerable communities around the world.

We offer:

  • A monthly accrued day off for full-time staff
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave
  • Generous salary packaging
  • Opportunities for career and professional development

Who are we?

Burnet Institute is a leading Australian, unaligned, not-for-profit, organisation that uniquely links medical research with practical action to achieve better health for disadvantaged communities and help solve devastating global health problems. Burnet Institute brings together a highly diverse skill base, with more than 400 staff and students working across cutting-edge research and projects to address some of the most relevant global health issues.

Institute-wide interdisciplinary health programs Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Disease Elimination, Behaviours and Health Risks, and Health Security, are at the heart of our daily decision making. Harnessing our international and local field presence, our laboratories, and our mixed development and research cultures drives a greater focus on the most relevant health issues and achieves a greater impact as a result.

Whilst our headquarters is in Melbourne, Australia, we also have offices in Papua New Guinea and Myanmar, and are actively involved in research and public health programs throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and Africa. Burnet is the only unaligned organisation in Australia that has dual accreditation with both the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Bring your whole self to work

At Burnet, we foster a diverse and inclusive culture. We want our people to feel like they belong and are free to be themselves at work. We have an active Gender Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (GEDI) Council that works to promote and improve gender equity, diversity and inclusion across the Institute, by developing and implementing strategies informed by both national and international best practice and staff input. Burnet holds an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award from Science in Gender Equity (SAGE).

Sounds great! How do I apply?

To apply for this position you will need to attach the following documents:

  • Statement addressing the selection criteria (max 3 pages) as outlined above and in the attached position description
  • Resume (max 4 pages) including the names and contact details of three referees

As part of our commitment to gender equity, we have included a question in the application process on gender. This will allow us to monitor and report on gender in relation to our recruitment process.

Burnet is a child safe organisation. The successful applicant will be required to apply for a Working with Children check and/or National Police Check.

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