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Project Manager (Senior)

Organisation : Burnet Institute

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time, Contract/Temporary

Profession : Project Management

Sector : Humanitarian, Overseas Aid & Development, Research / Medical Research

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $85,215 - $92,245 plus superannuation

Application closing date : 9 Mar, 2021

About the role

Are you an experienced Project Manager within the international development sector? Are you seeking a meaningful opportunity within a not-for-profit, values driven organisation? Then this may be the role for you!

An exciting opportunity is now available for a Project Manager to join Burnet’s Tuberculosis Elimination and Implementation Science team. You will work closely with the business manager, technical directors, the project team, PNG program leadership as well the finance and administration team to ensure the effective implementation of a suite of activities (Western Province TB Program).

As part of an experienced team of project managers based in Melbourne you will also manage contracts, coordinate design and reporting processes, lead personnel deployment to PNG, monitor implementation progress & financial management, provide logistical and administrative support and respond to emerging risks.   

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

This is a full-time position, initially for a 12-month period with the possibility of extension.


Let’s talk about you

You will possess significant experience in the management and implementation of large development and/or research projects, particularly in PNG. With a proven track record of success working with donor’s, you will have excellent knowledge of the Australian development sector & global aid architecture, as well as outstanding administrative and organisation skills.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate their strong financial and contract management skills, as well as their experience in recruitment, contracting and mobilisation of consultants and technical advisers.

The following experience is also essential:

  • Excellent relationship management and communication skills, including clients, counterpart agencies and colleagues within cross-cultural teams in Australia or overseas
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently exercising strong judgement, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • A willingness to travel internationally (6-8 weeks per year)

Experience working with monitoring and evaluation frameworks and databases, ideally within a health program would be a bonus!

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Burnet Institute

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 – improving the health of vulnerable communities around the world.

We offer:

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


Who are we?

Burnet Institute is a leading Australian, unaligned, not-for-profit, organisation that uniquely links medical research with practical action to achieve better health for disadvantaged communities and help solve devastating global health problems.

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 Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Disease Elimination, Behaviours and Health Risks, and Health Security, 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).

How to apply

Position Description : Project Manager PD

Click below to apply for this position and attach the below two documents (a cover letter is not required):

  • Resume including the names and contact details of three referees
  • Statement addressing the following four selection criteria: 1- 4 as outlined (and shaded) in Section C of the attached position description

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on Tuesday, 9th March 2021

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.

Please quote in application: Project Manager (Senior) via Pro Bono Australia.


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