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Research Advisor - Sydney / Melbourne

The Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Do you want to do work that really matters? Help us end avoidable blindness
  • International Development Organisation
  • Full time, 2-year fixed term contract, located in Sydney or Melbourne (Flexible work arrangements)


Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, The Fred Hollows Foundation, is a leading international development organisation working towards a world in which no person is needlessly blind or vision impaired.

There are 36 million people in the world who are blind, 4 out of 5 of them do not need to be. For as little as $25 The Fred Hollows Foundation can restore sight and transform a life. We focus on preventable and treatable eye conditions such as refractive error, cataract, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy. Our global programs span 25 countries and involves local training and providing affordable technology so doctors, nurses and health care workers can recognise, diagnose, refer and treat eye problems in their communities. We use research to improve our understanding of avoidable blindness, then use our findings to implement strategies and advocate for change.

The Fred Hollows Foundation has a very clear goal: to prevent blindness and restore sight. As our Founder, the late Professor Fred Hollows said, “I believe that the basic attribute of mankind is to look after each other.” To find out more about our work, please visit our website https://www.hollows.org.


The Research Advisor is accountable for delivery of high-quality research technical support to teams across (and beyond) the Programs Division, and for leading the design of funding submissions for single and/or multi-country research projects aligned to The Foundation’s strategic framework.


  • Proactively offer support and respond to requests for research technical support from global program managers (approximately 40% of role)

The type and level of support will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis, and may include assistance with research design, project planning, project establishment and staffing, project implementation, data analysis, research reporting and knowledge translation

  • Where appropriate, act as chief or co-investigator on studies and provide ongoing project management and technical support for a portfolio of research studies as required (approximately 40% of role)
  • Research grant development to secure funds for research projects (approximately 15% of role). These may be projects initiated by the Research Advisor or this may involve provision of support to program managers wishing to secure funding for research projects they have initiated. It is expected that the Research Advisor will support development of approximately four research grant proposals each year.
  • Engage in partner and donor engagement activities (approximately 5% of role) to contribute to strengthening the profile of The Foundation’s research and attracting and retaining high quality research partners and donors


You have experience design research studies, project planning, developing research budgets, and managing research studies. You thrive working both independently and in diverse research teams. You take pride in providing technical advice and support to a broad range of stakeholders with varying levels of research experience. You understand the importance of providing clear and practical support and understand the complexities of undertaking research in low- and middle-income country settings. You may already have established research relationships or connections that will add further value to the research work of The Foundation.


  • Strong experience in public health research in low- and middle-income settings
  • Strong experience identifying strategic research opportunities
  • Strong experience acting as chief investigator, co-investigator, or project manager on research projects - including experience designing research studies, developing research protocols and data collection tools, and undertaking and/or coordinating research in low resource settings.
  • Strong experience developing grant proposals and securing grant funding for research studies
  • Demonstrated high level understanding of a broad range of development and humanitarian issues
  • Strong experience working in diverse teams

How we recognise your contribution

Through our internal programs and employee benefits we aim to create an environment where you will feel supported and empowered. Whether your focus is on continuous learning, professional development or simply finding an environment which enables you to thrive while balancing family or personal commitments, then we have a number of programs in place to support you.

These include:

  • Doing meaningful work that will help shape the lives of those living in communities
  • Flexible work environment – we focus on output not hours
  • Generous leave allowances, including time of for cultural significant/ceremonial leave
  • Ongoing commitment to your continuous learning and career development

To find out more about our benefits click here


If this opportunity appeals to you and suits your skills, we would love to have a confidential conversation with you. Please reach out to our Talent Acquisition Specialist, on employment@hollows.org, using the subject line: Research Advisor - Sydney / Melbourne enquiry via EthicalJobs, kind note that CV’s will not be considered through this email address.

The Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to protecting the rights of children in all areas where we work. Applicants are advised that The Foundation reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment.

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