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Project Officer

Burnet Institute |
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Location: Australia | Any Major City | Hybrid | Remote / Work From Home
Sub location(s): Melbourne

The Opportunity

Are you seeking a short-term opportunity to work on impactful international development projects? Would you like to join a values driven not-for-profit organisation? Then this could be the role for you!

We are now seeking a Project Officer to join our TB Elimination and Implementation Science team! In this role you will work closely with the Project Manager (Western Province Projects), the finance and administration teams, as well as in country team members and technical staff, providing essential support to a range of tuberculosis projects and linked activities delivered in Western Province, PNG.

In this role, you will:

  • Provide operational support to project activities, such as workshops, and conference attendance
  • Collect staff reporting inputs and project data, collate data, and format reports, briefs and other deliverables
  • Coordinate travel arrangements for consultants and staff
  • Support mobilisation and demobilisation of all personnel relocating to Daru, PNG
  • Support ongoing review of project transaction reports and budgets to ensure appropriate coding of expenditures
  • Process payments & reimbursements for project teams
  • Coordinate the recruitment and mobilisation/demobilisation of field team staff, providing leadership to HR processes including staff orientation and onboarding

Refer to the attached position description for full details. This is a 0.8 – 1.0 FTE (optional), 3-month contract to cover the current incumbent while they take on a period of higher duties. Whilst our head office is based in Melbourne, you can choose to work from the office, a hybrid arrangement, or fully remotely (based anywhere in Australia). With flexible working hours you will also be able to manage your own start and finishing times.


Let’s talk about you

We are ideally seeking someone with the following experience:

  • A qualification in International Development, Public Health or 1-3 years of experience working in a relevant field
  • Experience in international development/NGO and understanding of cultural sensitivity
  • Demonstrated experience providing administrative support to projects
  • Experience working with project related finances e.g. budgeting, forecasting, procurement and payments
  • Experience coordinating travel arrangements
  • Strong organisational, problem solving, and interpersonal skills

Additional experience with data collection and quantitative/qualitative analysis, as well as experience in public health research would also be highly desirable.


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 – achieving a more equitable world through better health.

We offer:

  • A monthly accrued day off for full-time staff
  • 14 weeks paid parental leave
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous salary packaging
  • Opportunities for career and professional development


Who are we?

Burnet Institute is a leading Australian, unaligned, not-for-profit, organisation passionate about social justice, equality and evidence-based research.

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 Disease Elimination, Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness, and Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health 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?

Apply below by submitting your resume. A cover letter is not required. Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on 4 July 2023.

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. Australian working rights and evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19 will also be required.

Closing Date: Jul 4, 2023