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Project Coordinator / Project Manager

Menzies School of Health Research
  • Up to 3 year full-time (1.0 FTE) contract based in Darwin

About Menzies:

Menzies School of Health Research is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving Indigenous, global and tropical health. Menzies has a history of over 30 years of scientific discovery and public health achievement. Menzies works at the frontline, joining with partners across the Asia-Pacific as well as Indigenous communities across Northern and Central Australia.

About the position:

The Diabetes across the Lifecourse: Northern Australia Partnership is a collaboration between health service providers, policy makers, researchers and communities across Northern Australia. A key aim of our partnership is to investigate and improve the health of women with diabetes in pregnancy and their babies. Our research seeks to understand the relationship between diabetes in pregnancy and clinical outcomes, including long term, for mothers and their babies.

The Pregnancy and Neonatal Diabetes Outcomes in Remote Australia (PANDORA) Study is a longitudinal birth cohort study. The PANDORA Wave 2 project is following up children and mothers at 5.5to 10 years of age/after birth who were recruited from urban and remote communities across the Northern Territory. It includes assessment of risks for diabetes, heart and kidney conditions. These risks are both modifiable (body weight, blood glucose, blood pressure, physical activity, non-smoking) and non-modifiable (age, ethnicity, gender and family history).

This position is responsible for undertaking daily research activities of this project as well as coordinating daily research activities across the team including supervision of other research staff. Research sites include Darwin and remote communities in the Northern Territory’s Top End. This position is based in Darwin. Central Australian urban and remote communities’ research sites are managed by a research nurse employed by our collaborative partner, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, based in Alice Springs.

This position involves regular travel to regional and remote areas of the Northern Territory with other staff members, for trips for up to 5 days once or twice a month, with some trips up to 14 days duration.

The position requires availability for early morning start (eg; first assessment appointment at 7am) including some Saturdays and school holidays.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Nature of Environment:

Deadline driven, tight schedules, self-managed, complex cross-cultural community and health service contexts.

The Project Coordinator / Project Manager will:

  1. Ensure effective communication and maintenance of positive working relationships between researchers, a range of stakeholders including stakeholders at PANDORA Study sites, study participants, investigators and other members of the team.
  2. Manage Ethics requirements for the Study including drafting relevant documents and reports, and timely submission within strict and non-negotiable deadlines.
  3. Develop and manage participant assessment timelines, including the scheduling of research staff to support the data collection.
  4. Coordinate and undertake participant assessments, including management of clinic bookings and required equipment and lab supplies, as well as rostering and supervision of one or two staff (from a pool of casual staff) ensuring adherence to the current PANDORA Study Protocol, that may be updated from time to time in response to research findings.
  5. Provide training (eg. REDCap, Study assessment procedures) to team-members including PhD, medical, HDR or other students.
  6. Contribute to the preparation of reports, manuscripts and conference papers as required by the Chief Investigators.
  7. Ensure Study practice adheres to Study Protocol, confidentiality requirements and is conducted in compliance with all relevant regulations.
  8. Undertake project data collection and community engagement including associated urban and remote travel.
  9. Draft, maintain and update standard operating procedures (SOPs) for participant assessments.
  10. Coordinate and maintain systems to support the smooth running of the PANDORA Study.
  11. Coordinate participant and stakeholder feedback materials / reports including drafting and development.

The successful applicant will have:

  1. Tertiary nursing or other related health qualification and ability to maintain registration with the relevant Board of the Health Professions Licensing Authority.
  2. Experience working in complex multidisciplinary health research projects.
  3. Experience working with women and children in a clinical and/or research setting.
  4. Extensive experience with the collection and processing of blood and urine samples, including phlebotomy in adults and children.
  5. Experience working in a culturally safe manner with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in urban and remote clinical and/or research settings.
  6. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills which will enable the position holder to communicate sensitively and effectively with a wide range of people at a variety of levels internal and external to the Institute, including people from diverse cultures.
  7. High level computer literacy skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and REDCap database to ensure collection and recording of information meets professional and ethical standards.
  8. Proven organisational and time management skills, punctuality and strong record keeping abilities with close attention to detail and accuracy.
  9. Demonstrated ability to work as team player as well initiative to without close supervision.
  10. Understanding of and commitment to confidentiality and privacy obligations.
  11. Current NT driver’s licence and safe 4WD driving experience, or willingness to obtain these.
  12. Willingness and ability to undertake early morning participant assessments (eg, at 7am), work on Saturdays and during school holidays, and travel to remote localities.

Contact: Dr Elizabeth Barr via email elizabeth.barr@menzies.edu.au, using the subject line: Project Coordinator / Project Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs.

What we offer:

  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Option to increase super to 14%
  • Attractive salary package and benefits $109,237 - $134,816 pa salary package (comprising gross salary $85,868 - $107,331 pa, superannuation and salary packaging benefits.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

A position description is attached.

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