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Director of Medical Services - Nauru

Cardno Emerging Markets

Program Background

The Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security (CHS) was established in 2017 to implement the Australian Government’s Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific Region. The Initiative, which is funded through Australia’s overseas aid program, aims to inform evidence-based planning, help prevent avoidable epidemics, strengthen early detection capacity, and support rapid, effective national and international outbreak responses. It does this by accelerating research on new drugs and diagnostics, expanding partnerships at the national, regional and global level to strengthen human and animal health systems, and deepening people-to-people linkages that build national and regional health security capacity.

In 2020 CHS has played a key role in Australia’s response to the regional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Commencing in 2021, Australia is assisting 18 countries to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine through the VAX Taskforce.

The CHS supports countries in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam) and the Pacific (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and small island nations such as Tuvalu, Tonga and Kiribati).

Cardno International Development is supporting the implementation of several activities delivered as part of the initiative across the Indo Pacific and Southeast Asia.

Position Details

  • Position type: Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF)
  • ARF Classification: C4
  • Duration: 12 Months with possibility of extension
  • Reports to: Secretary of Health and Medical Services
  • Commencement: May 2021
  • Location: Nauru


The Director of Medical Services (DMS) will be working in accordance with the policies and strategies of the Health Department, in order to provide a health service which is of high quality, affordable, accessible and readily available to the people of Nauru.

DMS is one of a team of Directors who are jointly responsible for the daily operation of the Nauru Department of Health and who form the core of the Health Executive. The Directors report to the Secretary for Health and Medical Services and in addition to their role in the overall management of all operational activities of the Nauru Ministry of Health, they are key providers of policy advice and support to the Deputy Secretary, Secretary and the Nauru Ministry of Health. Copy and paste this link into your web browser to view the Terms of Reference (ToR): https://www.cardno.com/media/7144/tor-director-medical-services-nauru_final.pdf

Duties & Responsibilities

The DMS is essentially the hospital administrator with a scope of wider ranging Departmental responsibilities. The Director of Medical Services is directly responsible for coordinating all medical staff and the delivery of clinical services, as well as the clinical allied health services such as laboratory, pharmacy and radiology. This includes coordinating the services and personnel for whom the Director is responsible, in relation to the delivery of public health and other wider Departmental services.

For a full list of duties and responsibilities please view the ToR.

Selection Criteria


An MBBS with high level experience and a record of success in similar roles.


  • Eligible for registration by the HPRB in Nauru.
  • Demonstrated experience in medical practice and management, and high-level medical leadership.
  • Demonstrated contemporary knowledge of professional issues and trends in the medical profession, with a particular focus on rural and remote service delivery.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of policy and programs.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent strategic management and project management skills including the ability to plan, prioritize, make decisions, meet deadlines and manage resources.


  • Post Graduate qualifications, including hospital management, will be an advantage.
  • Significant experience in rural and remote medical management and practice.


This position will be remunerated in line with the Australian Government’s Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF) https://www.dfat.gov.au/sites/default/files/adviser-remuneration-framework-2016.pdf and will be offered at a level commensurate to the successful candidates experience relevant to the role, within the following band Discipline Group C, Job Level 4.

Other Information

  • Amendments to the position’s Terms of Reference may be made during the period of the engagement as required.
  • All personnel must abide by Cardno’s Code of Conduct, Australian Government policies in relation to Child Protection; Environmental and Resettlement safeguards; Gender Equality; and Disability.
  • Any offer of employment will require criminal record clearance.
  • The successful applicant for this position will be required to have a valid visa that provides work rights in Australia.

We thank all applicants however due to anticipated volumes of applications only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

How to Apply?

We welcome your interest in joining the team. Please click the “Apply Now” button and submit with the following listed below:

  1. A maximum two-page cover letter outlining your suitability for the role.
  2. Up to date CV.
  3. Details of three professional referees.

For any queries regarding the positions please email HSI.Recruitment@cardno.com.au, using the subject line: Director of Medical Services - Nauru enquiry via EthicalJobs.

About Cardno

Cardno is a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs. Cardno is committed to child protection in all fields. Cardno is an equal opportunity employer.

Cardno is committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection and bribery prevention. We want to engage with the right people to deliver our client programs. As part of our approach you will be subjected to formal background screening, criminal record checks, employment verification, and periodic compliance checks. All Cardno staff receive safety, compliance and safeguards training and are responsible for contributing to a safer working culture.

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