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Consultant/Program Manager - Global Women's Health


Reference: 3745541

  • Unique global research program initiative
  • Six to twelve months contract with potential for longer engagement
  • Flexible employment basis and location

The George is 600+ people globally focused on improving the health of millions of people. A medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to find the best ways to prevent and treat chronic disease and injury, and to influence policy and practice worldwide.

We aim to establish a cross-regional, cross-disciplinary program that will, in the longer term, be respected for its contributions to improving women's health across the globe. This is an opportunity for you to kick-start a Global Women's Health program, by conducting a current state analysis of both the external landscape and current internal (George Institute - GI) activities related to women's health; facilitating the recruitment of new leadership, a global advisory group and development supporters; and overseeing initial research, advocacy and capacity building activities.

To achieve this you will:

  • Document GI's women's health activities: past, present and planned
  • Identify, engage with and seek input regarding plans for GI's global women's health program, from key stakeholders:GI staff globally
    • University of New South Wales, Sydney; University of Oxford; and Peking University Health Science Center staff engaged in women's health activities
    • Global and regional (Australia, China, India, UK) organisations involved in women's health: research groups, governments, multilateral agencies, funders
  • Create a database of global key researchers, policymakers, funders
  • Make recommendations for and draft a proposal (activities and outputs, timetables, staffing and funding) for the proposed GI global women's health program
  • Assist in the recruitment of a program leader/professorial-level appointee, through drafting a position description and recruitment materials and through the identification of potential candidates
  • Create Terms of Reference for a global advisory group; facilitate the identification of potential members; organize an initial meeting of the advisory group
  • Facilitate the establishment of "supporters and funders" groups
  • Oversee an internal (GI) call for research seed funding support
  • Work with the GI communications team to support related advocacy activities
  • Work with the GI Human Resources team to support related capacity building activities

Your success will be based on a range of your key skills and experience:

  • Your passion for and demonstrated experience in the field of women's health
  • Your background and expertise in working to improve gender equity and women's empowerment
  • Your strong capacity for complex project management
  • Your experience in working globally, with multilateral organisations, or in resource poor settings, including low to middle income countries
  • Your experience working in multidisciplinary teams, managing relationships with external partners and engaging senior stakeholders
  • Your excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well flexibly, e.g. both independently and with a variety of teams.

This is a unique opportunity for you to use your strong research program development and co-ordination skills in one of the world's leading health and medical research organisations to make a significant impact on women and girl's health worldwide.

As such, the George Institute is open to a high degree of flexibility in how this role operates, which country (ideally Australia or the UK) in which you would be based and the basis (contract employee or embedded consultant) on which you would work.

We want to support you so you can achieve the very best results. If this sounds like a role that may suit you, please apply below or contact Tim O'Neill, Global Talent Acquisition Specialist, for more details (+61 2 8052 4874 or

The George Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; people who identify as LGBTI; mature-aged adults and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications Close: 31 Oct 2017