Senior Research Officer (Qualitative)

About Menzies:Menzies School of Health Research is one of Australia’s leading health research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is a leader in global and tropical research and translates its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. About the Position:Adequate housing is fundamental to health and well-being. The Northern Territory (NT) and Australian governments have invested significant funding to overcome the challenge of providing adequate housing for NT Aboriginal people living in town camps and remote communities. The NT Government has established the Healthy Homes program to deliver an enhanced approach to preventive and cyclical housing repairs and maintenance across remote communities and selected town camps, to ensure that houses’ health hardware is functioning to support the nine Healthy Living Practices in the National Indigenous Housing Guide.Menzies School of Health Research has been contracted by the NT Government to monitor and evaluate the activities, outputs and outcomes of the Healthy Homes program. Under the broad direction of the Principal Investigator, the Senior Research Officer will lead the qualitative research component of the evaluation including completion of certain project management tasks.This position is an excellent opportunity for a postdoctoral early career researcher. There are opportunities to expand the role to be involved in future housing research, student supervision and other research at Menzies. Mentoring and capacity building opportunities will be available.The successful applicant will have:A PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant health-related field.Experience in qualitative research and/or project evaluation and monitoring which demonstrates a strong track record, relevant methodological rigour and expertise.Demonstrated highly developed writing skills, including the ability to write with tight timelines.Highly developed verbal communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.Demonstrated ability to present research findings in a clear and engaging way to academic, professional and community audiences.Demonstrated project management skills and experience with the ability to take initiative and solve problems and meet deadlines.Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in a culturally safe manner with people from diverse cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from NT remote communities and town camps.Demonstrated ability to work under broad direction, as part of a multidisciplinary team and in collaboration with others.Strong commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination, the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and improving public policy.Desirable:A demonstrated understanding of housing policy and research, especially in remote Aboriginal communities and town camps.A demonstrated understanding of the principles and issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program evaluation.Established relationships with people and organisations in NT remote Aboriginal communities and town camps. Contact: David Thomas on David.thomas@menzies.edu.auWhat we offer:6 weeks annual leaveOption to increase super to 14%Attractive salary package and benefits $ 121,683- $133,082 salary package (comprising gross salary $96,834 - $106,833 pa, pro-rata, superannuation and salary packaging benefits.Closing date:  16 May 2021 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to applyApplicants are required to address the selection criteria. For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit http://careers.menzies.edu.au/ or phone 08 8946 8626.  Position Description Senior Research Officer 96000 AUD Darwin

Senior Research Officer (Qualitative)

About Menzies:

Menzies School of Health Research is one of Australia’s leading health research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is a leader in global and tropical research and translates its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. 

About the Position:

Adequate housing is fundamental to health and well-being. The Northern Territory (NT) and Australian governments have invested significant funding to overcome the challenge of providing adequate housing for NT Aboriginal people living in town camps and remote communities. 

The NT Government has established the Healthy Homes program to deliver an enhanced approach to preventive and cyclical housing repairs and maintenance across remote communities and selected town camps, to ensure that houses’ health hardware is functioning to support the nine Healthy Living Practices in the National Indigenous Housing Guide.

Menzies School of Health Research has been contracted by the NT Government to monitor and evaluate the activities, outputs and outcomes of the Healthy Homes program. Under the broad direction of the Principal Investigator, the Senior Research Officer will lead the qualitative research component of the evaluation including completion of certain project management tasks.

This position is an excellent opportunity for a postdoctoral early career researcher. There are opportunities to expand the role to be involved in future housing research, student supervision and other research at Menzies. Mentoring and capacity building opportunities will be available.

The successful applicant will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant health-related field.
  • Experience in qualitative research and/or project evaluation and monitoring which demonstrates a strong track record, relevant methodological rigour and expertise.
  • Demonstrated highly developed writing skills, including the ability to write with tight timelines.
  • Highly developed verbal communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to present research findings in a clear and engaging way to academic, professional and community audiences.
  • Demonstrated project management skills and experience with the ability to take initiative and solve problems and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in a culturally safe manner with people from diverse cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from NT remote communities and town camps.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under broad direction, as part of a multidisciplinary team and in collaboration with others.
  • Strong commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination, the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and improving public policy.

Desirable:

  • A demonstrated understanding of housing policy and research, especially in remote Aboriginal communities and town camps.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the principles and issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program evaluation.
  • Established relationships with people and organisations in NT remote Aboriginal communities and town camps. 

Contact: David Thomas on David.thomas@menzies.edu.au

What we offer:

  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Option to increase super to 14%
  • Attractive salary package and benefits $ 121,683- $133,082 salary package (comprising gross salary $96,834 - $106,833 pa, pro-rata, superannuation and salary packaging benefits.

Closing date:  16 May 2021 

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants are required to address the selection criteria. For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit http://careers.menzies.edu.au/ or phone 08 8946 8626.