National TB Prevalence Survey Project Coordinator

ABOUT MENZIES:As one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses, Menzies School of Health Research continues to translate its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.The Menzies Global and Tropical Health (GTH) Division is committed to dealing with 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 an office in Dili, Timor-Leste with around 40 Timorese and expatriate staff employed in-country, supporting the delivery of capacity-building and research projects. A number of projects are being conducted through the office under a Memorandum of Understanding between Menzies and the Ministry of Health.   SUMMARY OF POSITION:A project to strengthen diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases (MATCH TL) includes a National Tuberculosis (TB) Prevalence Survey (NTPS) for Timor-Leste. The NTPS Project Coordinator will provide overall coordination for the NTPS, from planning through to implementation. The aims of the NTPS are:To estimate the prevalence of bacteriologically confirmed pulmonary TB among the adult population (aged > 15 years) in Timor-Leste in 2022.To update all population-based estimates of the burden of disease using results from the prevalence survey in combination with in-depth surveillance and programmatic data and other survey data.To provide a baseline for future measurement of trends in the burden of disease caused by TB.To identify the extent to which people with TB or those with symptoms suggestive of pulmonary TB have already sought care from health-care providers and, if so, which types of care provider.With secondary objectives:To find a treat additional cases of TB within the population.To enhance country capacity for active case finding through scaling-up use of GeneXpert and mobile digital X-ray.The Coordinator will supervise other project staff involved in the NTPS and will coordinate logistics, approvals and reporting for the study, in conjunction with the MATCH TL Project Coordinator. SELECTION CRITERIA:Essential: Tertiary qualification in health or health research related field, or equivalent experience.Experience in research project coordination in Timor-LesteUnderstanding of research approvals processes in Timor-Leste.Excellent communication skills, including proficiency in English and Tetum.Flexibility and ability to work well in a team.Good time management skills, with ability to work efficiently while maintaining accuracy and quality.Willingness to learn, continuously improve and respond positively to feedback and supervision.Ability to manage sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality.Initiative, good judgement and strong problem-solving skills.An understanding and awareness of relevant Workplace Health and Safety as well as Equal Opportunity principles and legislation along with a commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe workplace for all Menzies staff, students, volunteers and visitors Desirable:Experience working in TB projects and working alongside the National TB Program in Timor-Leste would be an advantage.  Closing date:   5th December 2021 To apply for this position, please refer to http://careers.menzies.edu.au/  and select / click on the National TB Prevalence Survey (NTPS) Project Coordinator - Local Position Menzies, Dili, Timor-Leste role. Please ensure to attach your application letter and Curriculum Vitae with three references and responds to the selection criteria if possible. A Copy of Identity Card/ BI or Electoral Card and Copy of Good behavior certificate (kelakuan baik) before or by the 5th December 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 10147 AUD Dili

National TB Prevalence Survey Project Coordinator

  • Fixed-term, Full-Time Contract until 2023
  • Offering excellent teamwork and comfortable working environment
  • Excellent career progression

ABOUT MENZIES:

As one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses, Menzies School of Health Research continues to translate its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Menzies Global and Tropical Health (GTH) Division is committed to dealing with 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 an office in Dili, Timor-Leste with around 40 Timorese and expatriate staff employed in-country, supporting the delivery of capacity-building and research projects. A number of projects are being conducted through the office under a Memorandum of Understanding between Menzies and the Ministry of Health.  

 

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

A project to strengthen diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases (MATCH TL) includes a National Tuberculosis (TB) Prevalence Survey (NTPS) for Timor-Leste. The NTPS Project Coordinator will provide overall coordination for the NTPS, from planning through to implementation. The aims of the NTPS are:

  1. To estimate the prevalence of bacteriologically confirmed pulmonary TB among the adult population (aged > 15 years) in Timor-Leste in 2022.
  2. To update all population-based estimates of the burden of disease using results from the prevalence survey in combination with in-depth surveillance and programmatic data and other survey data.
  3. To provide a baseline for future measurement of trends in the burden of disease caused by TB.
  4. To identify the extent to which people with TB or those with symptoms suggestive of pulmonary TB have already sought care from health-care providers and, if so, which types of care provider.

With secondary objectives:

  1. To find a treat additional cases of TB within the population.
  2. To enhance country capacity for active case finding through scaling-up use of GeneXpert and mobile digital X-ray.

The Coordinator will supervise other project staff involved in the NTPS and will coordinate logistics, approvals and reporting for the study, in conjunction with the MATCH TL Project Coordinator.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Essential: 

  1. Tertiary qualification in health or health research related field, or equivalent experience.
  2. Experience in research project coordination in Timor-Leste
  3. Understanding of research approvals processes in Timor-Leste.
  4. Excellent communication skills, including proficiency in English and Tetum.
  5. Flexibility and ability to work well in a team.
  6. Good time management skills, with ability to work efficiently while maintaining accuracy and quality.
  7. Willingness to learn, continuously improve and respond positively to feedback and supervision.
  8. Ability to manage sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality.
  9. Initiative, good judgement and strong problem-solving skills.
  10. An understanding and awareness of relevant Workplace Health and Safety as well as Equal Opportunity principles and legislation along with a commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe workplace for all Menzies staff, students, volunteers and visitors

 

Desirable:

  1. Experience working in TB projects and working alongside the National TB Program in Timor-Leste would be an advantage.

  

Closing date:   5th December 2021

To apply for this position, please refer to http://careers.menzies.edu.au/  and select / click on the National TB Prevalence Survey (NTPS) Project Coordinator - Local Position Menzies, Dili, Timor-Leste role. Please ensure to attach your application letter and Curriculum Vitae with three references and responds to the selection criteria if possible. A Copy of Identity Card/ BI or Electoral Card and Copy of Good behavior certificate (kelakuan baik) before or by the 5th December 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.