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Tuberculosis Specialist (Nursing & Counselling) - Papua New Guinea

Burnet Institute

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity exists for a Tuberculosis Specialist (Nursing & Counselling) to join the RID-TB team at Burnet to design and implement an effective model of care for the detection, treatment and prevention of DS-TB and DR-TB at the facility and community level in Western Province, Papua New Guinea.

The position will be responsible for capacity building of provincial TB team staff to deliver high quality person-centred care for DS-TB and DR-TB, with areas of focus including clinical skills (nursing), TB education and counselling, provide support as needed to household contact screening, preventive therapy and TB survivor empowerment.

In this role, you will:

  • Work with key partners and counterparts to strengthen nursing care systems and clinical care areas, including TB care and treatment units.
  • Provide support to health system strengthening activities such as clinical governance, data management, supply chain and laboratory systems, as needed.
  • Provide and support mentoring and structured training for TB education and counselling staff. Assist the TB education and counselling staff to train and mentor TB program staff in areas outside of Daru.
  • Support field-based delivery of the RID-TB education and counselling project, development and implementation of protocols, guidelines, and monitoring and evaluation activities in collaboration with the TB Advisor (Patient-centred Care) and Program Manager.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with donors, implementing agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Manage HR issues with the support and guidance of HR as needed.

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

This is a full-time position, initially for a 1-year period with the possibility of extension.

Let’s talk about you

The successful incumbent will have:

  • A qualified nursing, midwife or equivalent health qualification with over 5 years of clinical experience
  • Proven knowledge and experience in team management, capacity development / training of staff (preferably in a resource-constrained setting)
  • Strong knowledge/skills in TB, TB education & counselling, community-based care and training / capacity building
  • Experience in protocol or guideline design, report writing or publications
  • Highly adaptable, ability to work in a challenging environment
  • Demonstrated analytical, critical appraisal and problem solving skills
  • Experience and competency in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Fluency in English and demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills

The following experience is also desirable:

  • An additional qualification in education, counselling, tropical medicine, international development, public health or global health
  • Field experience in the clinical and programmatic management of TB/DR-TB in a resource-constrained setting
  • Previous work experience in PNG or the Pacific

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, click below and attach the following documents:

  • Statement addressing the selection criteria (as outlined in the attached position description)
  • Resume 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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