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Annual Report 2022-23

Reporting on ACFID’s activities to ensure transparency and accountability


ACFID is the peak body for Australian NGOs involved in international development and humanitarian action.


ACFID works and engages with a range of strategic partners in addition to our members.


ACFID is governed by its Board, ACFID Council, and various expert and governance committees.


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Conference 2023

disruptive dynamics, inspired ideas

18-19 October 2023

Meet our Members

The ACFID membership is comprised of Australian NGOs that actively work in the international aid and development sector.

Become a member

Joining ACFID means joining an experienced and powerful mix of like-minded organisations committed to good international development practice.

Membership types & fees

ACFID has two types of organisational membership: Full Membership and Affiliate Membership.

State of the Sector

The State of the Sector Report provides a comprehensive and robust analysis of the state of the Australian aid and development sector.

NGO Aid Map

ACFID’s NGO Aid Map allows the Australian public and stakeholders to explore the work of ACFID Members around the world.

Development Practice Committee

The DPC is an expert advisory group of development practitioners leading good practice within the sector.

Our Focus

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Federal Budget 23-24 Analysis

Facts and figures on how aid is presented in this year’s annual budget

Strategic Plan

ACFID prioritises a robust response to climate change and pressure on civil society in developing countries, as well as other key priorities.

Emergency Aid

ACFID Members provide vital life-saving assistance in the immediate aftermath of an emergency.

Climate Change

Action on climate change is one of ACFID’s highest priorities, as it is an existential threat to humanity and our development.

Civil Society

Civil societies are a cornerstone of regional stability and ensure that the voices of the marginalised are heard.

Supporting NGOS

Supporting NGOs as Valuable Partners.

Inclusive & locally led development

Walking the talk on inclusive development.

Humanitarian Action

Taking humanitarian action for those in greatest need.

Elevating Development

Elevating Development to the Heart of Australia’s International Engagement.


Improving standards, practice and culture to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

Code of Conduct

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2022-23 ACFID Code of Conduct Review

The ACFID Code of Conduct is periodically reviewed to ensure it continues to reflect good practice and the needs of ACFID and its members.

Code of Conduct

The Code is a voluntary, self-regulatory industry code of good practice.

About the Code

Find out more about the Code of Conduct and how it operates.

Good Practice Toolkit

Overview and practical resources, and examples to support the implementation of the Code.

Spotlight on the Code

Provides a thematic ‘deep dive’ into each of the nine Quality Principles in the Code


This section outlines the responsibility to be taken by each Member to ensure compliance with the Code.

Complaints Handling

How to make a complaint and information on the Code’s independent mechanism to address concerns relating to an ACFID Members’ conduct.

Other Standards

Mapping the Code with other professional standards and principles in the humanitarian and aid sector in Australia and internationally

Home 5 JOBS 5 Research Assistant – Maternal & Newborn Health

Research Assistant – Maternal & Newborn Health

Burnet Institute |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: VIC
Sub location(s): Melbourne

The Opportunity

Are you a talented early-career researcher with expertise in maternal and newborn health? Are you interested in joining a values driven, not-for-profit organisation? Then this could be the role for you!

An exciting opportunity exists for a Research Assistant to join the Global Women’s and Newborn’s Health team at Burnet. As part of our International Development discipline, you will join a fantastic, diverse, multi-disciplinary group with expertise across a wide range of maternal and newborn health topics.

This is a chance to contribute to the team’s public health research and knowledge synthesis activities, with a focus on improving maternal and newborn health globally. You will be provided mentorship, opportunities for career advancement and professional development within a supportive environment. Hear about the career journey of a member of this team here.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Contributing to development and conduct of systematic reviews on maternal and newborn health topics
  • Contributing to development of clinical and health system guidelines on maternal and newborn health topics
  • Preparing search strategies, conducting literature searches, retrieving journal articles and summarising information on a topic
  • Conducting data cleaning and query resolution activities and basic data analysis
  • Supporting research coordination activities with collaborators, including management of communications (e.g. teleconferences) and in-country meetings
  • Contributing to developing study proposals and protocols for primary research and knowledge synthesis projects
  • Supporting manuscript submission to journals, including ensuring requirements for journal instructions to authors are met

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

We are open to a time fraction of 0.8 – 1.0 FTE. This position is initially for a 2-year period with the possibility of extension. Part time working from home options and flexible working hours will also be provided.


Let’s talk about you

The following criteria are essential requirements:

  • An undergraduate qualification in science, health or other fields relevant to reproductive, sexual, maternal and/or child health
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas; sexual and reproductive health, maternal and newborn health, a health services improvement, or public health
  • Skills and experience with conduct of systematic reviews, literature searching and screening and Endnote software
  • Previous experience with conducting health related research activities
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently exercising strong judgement, decision-making and problem-solving skills.

The following experience is desirable but not essential:

  • Project coordination/management skills
  • Previous experience in international development, research or not-for-profit organisation
  • Experience working on databases or health information systems ideally within a health or research program
  • Experience working in a resource-constrained country or setting
  • Experience working with statistical analysis software for quantitative analysis of health data (such as STATA, SPSS or similar)
  • Peer-review publications in a health field
  • Experience with electronic data collection and capture systems (eg: REDCap, Qualtrics or similar)
  • Knowledge of medicines development, testing, procurement AND/OR implementation
Closing Date: Jul 24, 2023