Project Coordinator/Manager

Full timeFixed term contract to 31 December 2023Based in Darwin 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. Menzies works at the frontline, joining with partners across the Asia-Pacific as well as Indigenous communities across northern and central Australia. SUMMARY OF PROJECTS:The Diabetes across the Lifecourse: Northern Australia Partnership is a collaboration between health service providers, policy makers, researchers and communities across Northern Australia. A key aim of our partnership is to investigate and improve the health of women with diabetes in pregnancy and their babies. Our research seeks to understand the relationship between diabetes in pregnancy and clinical outcomes, including long term, for mothers and their babies.The Pregnancy and Neonatal Diabetes Outcomes in Remote Australia (PANDORA) Study is a longitudinal birth cohort study. The PANDORA Wave 2 project is following up children and mothers at 5.5 to 10 years of age/after birth who were recruited from urban and remote communities across the Northern Territory. It includes assessment of risks for diabetes, heart and kidney conditions. Risks are modifiable (body weight, blood glucose, blood pressure, physical activity, non-smoking) and non-modifiable (age, ethnicity, gender and family history).This position is responsible for undertaking daily research activities of this project as well as coordinating daily research activities across the team including supervision of other research staff. Research sites include Darwin and remote communities in the Northern Territory’s Top End. This position is based in Darwin. Central Australian urban and remote communities’ research sites are managed by a research nurse employed by our collaborative partner, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, based in Alice Springs.This position involves regular travel to regional and remote areas of the Northern Territory with other staff members, for trips for up to 5 days once a month, with the possibility of an occasional trip up to 14 days duration. Note that the project coordinator/manager travels less frequently than project officers (who will travel for trips twice per month), due to the nature of office-based project management duties outlined below.The position requires availability for early morning start (eg; first assessment appointment at 7am) including Saturdays (once or twice a month) and school holidays on a regular basis.  PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:Coordinate and undertake participant assessments including rostering of research staff, and management of clinic bookings, required equipment and laboratory supplies.Ensure study practice adheres to Study Protocol and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), confidentiality requirements and is conducted in compliance with all relevant regulations.Obtain informed consent from participants and ensure research conduct is consistent with ethical standards and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines at all times.Ensure data integrity by accurately collecting data, timely recording data in the Study’s REDCap and other relevant databases, and promptly alert the epidemiologist to any data issues.Ensure effective communication and maintenance of positive working relationships between researchers, a range of stakeholders including stakeholders at PANDORA study sites, study participants, investigators and other members of the team, especially when working away from the Darwin office in remote communities.Contribute to the preparation of reports, manuscripts and conference papers as required by the Chief Investigators.Coordinate and undertake community engagement and related health promotion activities (individual level and group based) with study participants, health professionals and other relevant organisations including associated urban and remote travel.Additional responsibilities for appointment at GSL 8Manage ethics requirements for the Study including drafting relevant documents and reports, and timely submission within strict and non-negotiable deadlines.Manage study related finance and budgetary items in conjunction with the Business Manager and Lead Investigator. SELECTION CRITERIA:Essential:Tertiary nursing or other related health qualification with at least four years subsequent experience or extensive experience and management expertise or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/ or education and training.   Experience working in complex multidisciplinary health research projects (i.e. clinical trials, clinical cohort studies).Experience working with women and children in a clinical and/or research setting.Extensive experience with the collection and processing of blood and urine samples, including phlebotomy in adults and children.Experience working in a culturally safe manner with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in urban and remote clinical and/or research settings.Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills which will enable the position holder to communicate sensitively and effectively with a wide range of people at a variety of levels internal and external to the Institute, including people from diverse cultures.High level computer literacy skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and REDCap database to ensure collection and recording of information meets professional and ethical standards.Selection Criteria for appointment to Level 8:Post graduate qualifications or progress towards postgraduate qualifications in a related field and extensive relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and training.Extensive management experience leading and coordinating clinical research projects including financial, human resources, legal and donor requirements.Demonstrated strong leadership skills and experience in team management, staff supervision and management expertise or an equivalent combination of relevant experience Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.Due to the nature of the position requirements, this position is designated for a female.The position/s will only be open to female applicants. The filling of this position/these positions is intended to constitute a special measure under section 57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1992 (NT). Contact: Louise Maple-Brown via email or telephone (08) 8946 8520 or Elizabeth Barr via email we offer:6 weeks annual leaveOption to increase super to 14%Attractive salary package and benefits $113,238 - $138,719 pa, salary package (comprising gross salary $89,426 - $97,048 pa for GSL 7 or $102,636 - 111,778 pa for GSL 8) superannuation and salary packaging benefitsClosing date: Sunday January 16 2022Applicants are required to submit a CV and cover letter addressing their skills, experience and suitability to the role. For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and detailed Selection Criteria please visit or phone 08 8946 8472.  Position Description 89426 AUD Darwin