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Recruitment: Adviser - Product Development and Surveillance

10 April 2018

We seeking a long term Advisor to lead the Centre’s work within the Product Development and Surveillance pillar. This will involve leading implementation of the Centre’s Product Development Partnerships Fund and the joint DFAT-TGA Regional Regulatory Strengthening Program, and broadly overseeing the surveillance-related advisory work of a specialised epidemiologist seconded from the Department of Health.

The adviser is expected to undertake the following range of activities including managing program level staff implementing activities under the Product Development and Surveillance pillar and setting strategic directions for the work of the pillar.  The Advisor will oversee or conduct analysis of and briefing on international health issues related to infectious diseases Research & Development, the PDPs funded by DFAT, PDP governance, the regulation of drugs, diagnostics and vector-control technologies, and epidemiological surveillance. The role will liaise and negotiate with health stakeholders, including but not limited to other health policy areas of DFAT, the Department of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, and various other governments and institutions

The position is for a full-time 12 month contract. This position would suit a mid-career professional with interest and capacity in global health policy/security. The suitable applicant will have sound knowledge of relevant aspects of development policy and management, including 10-15 years’ experience applying relevant program management tools and systems and policy advisory processes, and experience in the development and management of sizeable, complex development programs, preferably in the health sector.

The applicant will have highly developed organisational, communication and interpersonal skills, excellent time management and multitasking skills, and a capacity to provide broad direction for specialised subordinates. Fluency in English and a demonstrated ability to express complex ideas both orally and in clear and simple language is essential. A post-graduate qualification in public health, epidemiology, health management or equivalent work experience in the sector is required. Experience in working in an international and cross-cultural setting with a wide range of staff is desirable.

This position will be contracted through the Specialist Health Service. The successful candidate will be based in Canberra and work directly as part of DFAT’s team within the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security.

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Last Updated: 16 April 2018