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Project Manager

Burnet Institute

The Opportunity

Are you a talented Project Manager with expertise in International Development research? Would you like to lead meaningful and impactful projects? Then this could be the role for you!

An exciting opportunity is now available to join our Global Women’s and Newborn’s Health team at Burnet! Working in close collaboration with the Senior Program Manager, technical experts, and finance and administration teams, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring the successful implementation of projects. You will take the lead in managing project finances, coordinating project reporting, and monitoring implementation progress. Additionally, the role will involve providing logistical and administrative support to facilitate the smooth operation of projects.

You will also:

  • Ensure BI policies and donor requirements are integrated into project management and operational systems
  • Lead development of contracts and contract variations, for relevant approvals
  • Where applicable, arrange partner capacity assessments/establish due diligence tools for MoU/partnership agreements
  • Lead the coordination of project-level budgeting and planning, leveraging input from technical staff
  • Oversee the process of financial reporting, including acquittals and invoicing to donors, ensuring accuracy, transparency, and timeliness in all financial transactions
  • Coordinate the recruitment, briefing, mobilisation & ongoing support of overseas based project staff in compliance with donor & Burnet Institute policies

Refer to the attached position description for full details. This is a full-time position, initially for a 1-year period with possibility of extension. You will have flexible working hours as well as the option of part time working from home.

Let’s talk about you

The following criteria are essential requirements:

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in management and implementation of large development and /or research projects in an international development setting
  • Demonstrated donor experience: review, negotiation and compliance management with Donor contracts, policies and procedures, including project reporting to key stakeholders
  • Excellent financial and contract management skills, including budget preparation, monitoring, acquittal and report preparation
  • Experience with coordination, logistics management and multitasking
  • Excellent relationship management and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Experience in business development and/or supporting coordination of grant submissions

A tertiary degree in field/s relevant to public health or international development is also desirable but not essential.

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 – achieving a more equitable world through better health.

We offer:

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

Who are we?

Burnet Institute is a leading Australian, unaligned, not-for-profit, organisation passionate about social justice, equality and evidence-based research.

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 Disease Elimination, Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness, and Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health 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). If you have a reasonable adjustment, support, or access requirement at any stage of the recruitment process, we encourage you to let us know by emailing [email protected] using the subject line: Project Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Sounds great! How do I apply?

Click Apply and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

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 National Police Check and/or Working with Children. Current Australian working rights are required for all applicants.

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