2 years full-time contract based in Darwin
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. Menzies works at the frontline, joining with partners across the Asia-Pacific as well as Indigenous communities across Northern and Central Australia.
About the position:
Menzies has shown a longstanding commitment to leading and conducting high-quality, culturally-responsive, policy-relevant and contextually-nuanced research and evaluation projects, at local and national levels, contributing to important service redesign and policy reforms.
The Freemasons Centre for Male Health and Wellbeing (FCMHW) is a new and innovative research collaboration involving multiple research institutions in the Northern Territory and South Australia. The FCMHW Northern Territory Division sits within the Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division of Menzies, alongside the Alcohol, Other Drugs and Gambling program. The FCMHW aims to drive, enable and support outstanding male health and well-being research; support the development of the next generation of leading men’s health researchers; and catalyse funding opportunities and further investment in male health and well-being research, policy and practice initiatives. Initial thematic areas of research relate to Indigenous male health; social and emotional wellbeing; equity and social determinants of health; fathers and fathering; and boys and young men. An overarching focus on strengthening health services, systems and policies will underpin this work.
This newly established Research Fellow role is responsible for developing and managing a contemporary program of boys and men’s health research aligned to the aims and thematic areas of the FCMHW. It will also play a key role in strategic planning; community engagement; stakeholder relationship development; and the day-to-day operational functions of the FCMHW NT Division. The Research Fellow is required to have strong research and evaluation skills and expertise; experience in research capacity building, community engagement, project management and knowledge translation; an understanding of, and preparedness to engage in, interdisciplinary research; and a contemporary understanding of applied men’s health and masculinities research.
This position is based in Darwin and will require some travel (by light Aircraft or 4WD) to regional and remote locations throughout the NT for up to a week, six to eight times per year.
The Research Fellow will:
- Provide high quality research and evaluation leadership, management and cultural integrity within all allocated FCMHW-NT projects including project planning, ethics preparation, recruitment, fieldwork, data analysis and reporting.
- Lead effective and efficient administration and project management of multiple FCMHW-NT research and evaluation projects, including policy adherence, and reporting to funding bodies, human research and ethics committees and stakeholders.
- Work collaboratively with administrative, project and research staff with a high level of integrity and effectiveness.
- Provide direct supervision and mentorship to junior staff within the FCMHW-NT and AODG teams, as directed.
- Manage, co-ordinate, support and monitor the activities and outputs of the projects to ensure high quality and timely delivery on contractual obligations; and mitigate risks by ensuring compliance with performance requirements according to contracts, ethics and project goals.
- Establish and maintain effective partnerships with key stakeholders.
- Actively seek further consultancy, research and evaluation funding associated with the aims and thematic areas of the FCMHW-NT, including category one grants.
- Lead capacity building efforts, and knowledge translation and dissemination strategies, in partnership with key stakeholders.
- Lead the preparation of high-quality academic papers and reports, suitable for peer-review and publication in top tier journals.
- Regularly review the project budget and financial status of projects in collaboration with the Business Manager; and report expenditure in accordance with agreed budget allocations and timelines.
The successful applicant will have:
- A PhD in a related field, preferably relating to men’s health and masculinities.
- Demonstrated high level application of either quantitative or qualitative research and evaluation skills, approaches, methods and analytic tools, and well-developed aptitude to apply these to relevant public health and Indigenous research and evaluation contexts.
- High level experience in project management and evaluation in complex cross-cultural settings.
- Demonstrated high level understanding of gender and men’s health policy and practice contexts at local, national and global levels.
- Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with a range of stakeholders including government agencies, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, non-government organisations, peak bodies, and practitioner groups.
- Demonstrated high level capacity to work independently, show leadership and initiative, to set priorities, coordinate tasks and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated exemplary written and verbal communication skills with a proven track-record in writing high quality peer-reviewed scholarship, reports and grants; and presenting at national and international conferences.
- Sound computer literacy skills.
- The ability to maintain a current NT driver’s license and the ability to undertake intrastate air or land travel to regional and remote locations, for up to one week, - six to eight times per year.
- The ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.
Contact: Prof James Smith on 8946 8685 or 0455 088 501 or email@example.com
What we offer:
- 6 weeks annual leave
- Option to increase super to 14%
- Attractive salary package and benefits $131,701 - $139,394 pro-rata salary package (comprising gross salary $104,738 - $111,277 pro-rata, superannuation and salary packaging benefits.
Closing date: Sunday, 2 August 2020
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.
For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit www.menzies.edu.au/careers or phone 08 8946 8626.