Communication Officer – Local Position Menzies, Dili, 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.The Menzies Timor-Leste office currently manages three main projects, STRONG-TL, the Fleming Fund Country Grant for Timor-Leste and a seroprevalence study (ARIA-RISE), with other smaller projects and partnerships running concurrently.Menzies began implementing the first Fleming Fund Country Grant in May 2019, and it has a strong focus 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 facilitates a stronger One Health approach to surveillance, bringing together multi-sectoral stakeholders to share surveillance data and gain a better understanding of AMR, AMU and AMC. The first Fleming Fund Country Grant has focused mostly at National level, with activities in partnership with National Health Laboratory, Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV), Surveillance department at Ministry of Health (MOH), the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) and National Directorate of Veterinary (NDV) at Ministry of Agriculture (MAF). The second Fleming Fund project will see activities expanded to the municipalities, with commencement planned for April 2021.Both projects share aims of health system and laboratory strengthening, and involve mentoring, working alongside, and building the capacity of staff within the clinical, surveillance and laboratory areas.SUMMARY OF POSITION:The communications officer will be involved with planning, developing and implementing the AMR and AMU communication strategy for health professionals and the general community, as well as manage the Menzies Timor-Leste office’s social media and newsletter requirements.SELECTION CRITERIA:Essential:Tertiary qualification in communication, public relations and/or healthExperience in the development and delivery of health communication strategies in Timor-LesteExperience developing communication materialsExperience in organising and facilitating workshops, seminars and campaignsProficiency in English and TetumStrong communication skillsExperience developing content for social media platformsFlexibility and ability to work well in a teamGood time management skills, with ability to work efficiently while maintaining accuracy and qualityAdvanced skills in using Microsoft applicationsWillingness to learn, continuously improve and respond positively to feedback and supervisionAbility to manage sensitive issues and maintain confidentialityInitiative, good judgement and strong problem-solving skillsHold 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:Four years’ experience working in projects relevant to communications, laboratory diagnostic testing and/or infectious diseases would be an advantageExperience working with Media outlets (TV, radio, print) in Timor-Leste PreferredGraphic Design, photography and/or video production and editing skills highly advantageous Closing date:   5th May 2021 To apply for this position, please refer to  and select / click on the Communication Officer – Local Position, Menzies, Dili, Timor-Leste 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 5th May 2021. 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 6000 AUD Dili