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Senior Partnerships Advisor - Australia
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The Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security (IPCHS), established in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), is seeking a long-term Senior Advisor to lead the Centre’s Partnerships Team, including the management of five staff. This will involve leading implementation of the Centre’s Product Development Partnerships Fund; the joint DFAT-TGA Regional Regulatory Strengthening Program; the Stronger Systems for Health Security Program of research grants; multilateral funding to WHO and World Bank outbreak response mechanisms; and further programs currently in development. The position will oversee the Centre’s engagement with the Global Health Security Agenda and the Joint External Evaluation Alliance, and on policy-level engagement with the main bilateral actors in health security. The position will also oversee the Centre’s Communications Officer.

The adviser is expected to undertake the following range of activities and perform the following functions:

  • Lead a small, highly skilled and high-achieving team
  • Set strategic directions for the work of the Partnerships Team and, as a senior staff member, contribute to strategic thinking underpinning the broader directions of the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security
  • Ensure programs and resources are managed efficiently and effectively in line with DFAT guidance on aid management
  • Liaise and negotiate with health stakeholders, including but not limited to other health policy areas of DFAT, Australian research institutions, international Product Development Partnerships, and other government, NGO or related institutions
  • Oversee preparation of high-quality briefings and written materials on the Team’s programs and other health security related issues
  • Represent the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security in domestic and international fora


The adviser will be requested to undertake specific duties in the above categories as directed by DFAT. The adviser will work under the direction of the Head and Deputy Head of the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security.

As this work will involve engagement with stakeholders based in Australia and overseas, the role will sometimes involve domestic and international travel. Due to security clearance requirements, applicants must be Australian citizens.

Applications close: Thursday, 1st August 2019 - midnight (AEST)

Further details regarding this position can be found in the Terms of Reference attachment in the 'View Position Description' link at the top of the page. Please apply by providing three documents: (i) a cover letter; (ii) a response to each of the key criteria; (iii) an up-to-date CV.

Application may be made through the Abt Associates careers page.

Job Ref: AU0001AA000469
Country / Region: Australia
Occupational Area: Project Management/Leadership
Job Type: Long Term Advisor
Submitted: 04-07-2019
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