Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Liaison Doctor – 2 Positions Timor-Leste

ABOUT MENZIES:Menzies School of Health Research is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving Indigenous, global and tropical health. Menzies has a history of over 30 years of scientific discovery and public health achievement, joining with partners across the Asia-Pacific as well as Indigenous communities across northern and central Australia.THE PROJECTS:The Menzies Global and Tropical Health (GTH) Division is committed to tackling key areas of public health concern that impact on the health and wellbeing of people and communities across northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. With a focus on translational research we shape our research program through close collaboration with a diverse range of healthcare providers, policy makers and researchers, to target priority health issues. Our aim is to find meaningful and relevant ways to improve the health of people in our region.Menzies has recently opened an office in Dili, Timor-Leste. The Timor-Leste office will manage two main projects, STRONG TL and the Fleming Fund Country Grant for Timor-Leste with other smaller projects and partnerships running concurrently.STRONG TL (Surveillance Training, Research Opportunities and National Guidelines for communicable disease control in Timor-Leste) will address key health system needs (surveillance, research and guidelines) to build capacity to manage Timor-Leste’s burden of communicable diseases. The focus of the Fleming Fund Country Grant for Timor-Leste is to strengthen antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU) surveillance systems and antimicrobial consumption (AMC) data capture through building laboratory and clinical capacity in both the human and animal health sectors. The project will facilitate a stronger One Health approach to surveillance, bringing together multi-sectorial stakeholders to share surveillance data and gain a better understanding of AMR, AMU and AMC.SUMMARY OF POSITION:There are two positions available for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology liaison doctors within the Menzies Timor-Leste Fleming Fund project. Working together with the Menzies laboratory lead, the two doctors will liaise between the microbiology laboratory and the clinical wards at HNGV to assist in suggestion of appropriate microbiology investigations, and the communication and interpretation of results, including advice regarding appropriate antibiotic choices. They will receive teaching in microbiology and infectious diseases to support them in their role, work closely with each other, and be mentored in providing education to other clinical staff. The two positions will spend time based in the microbiology laboratory, and in the wards of HNGV. The role is based primarily in Dili, Timor-Leste, and will also involve some travel to the five district referral hospitals.SELECTION CRITERIA:Essential criteria:Graduated with a degree in medicineExperience working as a doctor for a minimum of three yearsGood understanding of the principles of antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic stewardshipExcellent English language and Tetun skillsAbility to work well with others, be flexible, and prioritise tasksGood work ethic and dedication to completing tasks within the required timeframeDemonstrated ability to take direction and to work as part of a teamCommitment to maintaining confidentialityWillingness and capacity to travel to the field when requiredProficient in Microsoft Word and ExcelHold or be able to obtain a National Police Clearance certificateUnderstanding of and commitment to Menzies values, the principles of Equal Opportunity and contributing to a safe and inclusive workplaceDesirable:Previous employment within Ministry of Health, Timor-LestePostgraduate training in internal medicine, paediatrics, family medicine or other specialtyAbility to speak Spanish fluently an advantageClosing date:  23 February 2020 To apply for this position, please refer to http://careers.menzies.edu.au/  and select / click on the Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Liaison Doctor – 2 Local Positions role. Please ensure to attach your application letter and Curriculum Vitae with three references, Copy of Identity Card/ BI or Electoral Card and Copy of Good behavior certificate (kelakuan baik) before or by the 23rd February 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.   Menzies Timor-Leste is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.POSITION DESCRIPTION 9000 AUD Dili

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Liaison Doctor - 2 Positions Timor-Leste

ABOUT MENZIES:

Menzies School of Health Research is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving Indigenous, global and tropical health. Menzies has a history of over 30 years of scientific discovery and public health achievement, joining with partners across the Asia-Pacific as well as Indigenous communities across northern and central Australia.

THE PROJECTS:

The Menzies Global and Tropical Health (GTH) Division is committed to tackling key areas of public health concern that impact on the health and wellbeing of people and communities across northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. With a focus on translational research we shape our research program through close collaboration with a diverse range of healthcare providers, policy makers and researchers, to target priority health issues. Our aim is to find meaningful and relevant ways to improve the health of people in our region.

Menzies has recently opened an office in Dili, Timor-Leste. The Timor-Leste office will manage two main projects, STRONG TL and the Fleming Fund Country Grant for Timor-Leste with other smaller projects and partnerships running concurrently.

STRONG TL (Surveillance Training, Research Opportunities and National Guidelines for communicable disease control in Timor-Leste) will address key health system needs (surveillance, research and guidelines) to build capacity to manage Timor-Leste’s burden of communicable diseases. The focus of the Fleming Fund Country Grant for Timor-Leste is to strengthen antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU) surveillance systems and antimicrobial consumption (AMC) data capture through building laboratory and clinical capacity in both the human and animal health sectors. The project will facilitate a stronger One Health approach to surveillance, bringing together multi-sectorial stakeholders to share surveillance data and gain a better understanding of AMR, AMU and AMC.

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

There are two positions available for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology liaison doctors within the Menzies Timor-Leste Fleming Fund project. Working together with the Menzies laboratory lead, the two doctors will liaise between the microbiology laboratory and the clinical wards at HNGV to assist in suggestion of appropriate microbiology investigations, and the communication and interpretation of results, including advice regarding appropriate antibiotic choices. They will receive teaching in microbiology and infectious diseases to support them in their role, work closely with each other, and be mentored in providing education to other clinical staff. The two positions will spend time based in the microbiology laboratory, and in the wards of HNGV. The role is based primarily in Dili, Timor-Leste, and will also involve some travel to the five district referral hospitals.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Essential criteria:

  • Graduated with a degree in medicine
  • Experience working as a doctor for a minimum of three years
  • Good understanding of the principles of antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic stewardship
  • Excellent English language and Tetun skills
  • Ability to work well with others, be flexible, and prioritise tasks
  • Good work ethic and dedication to completing tasks within the required timeframe
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and to work as part of a team
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality
  • Willingness and capacity to travel to the field when required
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Hold or be able to obtain a National Police Clearance certificate
  • Understanding of and commitment to Menzies values, the principles of Equal Opportunity and contributing to a safe and inclusive workplace

Desirable:

  • Previous employment within Ministry of Health, Timor-Leste
  • Postgraduate training in internal medicine, paediatrics, family medicine or other specialty
  • Ability to speak Spanish fluently an advantage

Closing date:  23 February 2020

To apply for this position, please refer to http://careers.menzies.edu.au/  and select / click on the Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Liaison Doctor – 2 Local Positions role. Please ensure to attach your application letter and Curriculum Vitae with three references, Copy of Identity Card/ BI or Electoral Card and Copy of Good behavior certificate (kelakuan baik) before or by the 23rd February 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.   

Menzies Timor-Leste is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.