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Project Manager


Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Full-time contract until 31 July 2025 based 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.

About the position:

The eGFR3 Study represents the third kidney health assessment of adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who at baseline had a range of kidney function from healthy to advanced kidney damage (but not receiving renal replacement therapy). The first eGFR Study assessment occurred during 2007-2011 across 20 sites in 5 regions of Australia (Top-End NT, Central Australia, Kimberley, Goldfields and North Queensland), and the eGFR Study follow-up study occurred during 2012-2014. The eGFR3 Study is committed to partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to enable answers to health questions and support improved health outcomes. Indigenous leadership is present in all aspects of the study conduct, including within the community, clinical and research governance groups. Using both a direct health assessment (including biomedical sampling) and indirect health assessment (data linkage principles), the eGFR3 Study aims to describe the long-term kidney health and level of kidney function of adults at baseline, who may continue to live with excellent and preserved kidney health, or now live with advanced kidney disease or require dialysis support, at home or who have moved for dialysis care.

Under the guidance of the Principal Chief Investigator and Chief Investigator team, the Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management and coordination of this large-scale collaborative project. The incumbent will assist the Investigator team in establishing the project’s governance processes, liaising with and supporting the project’s many stakeholders, liaising with identified primary health care services and renal services, managing and coordinating the activities of the project team (including with guidance and assistance from the Division Business Manager HR, budget, finance, travel & reporting), data collection on study visits and project communications (internal team communications and external stakeholder communications).

The Project Manager position will be located in Darwin, however will require frequent travel to capital cities and regional centres, including travel with other eGFR3 team members to remote communities for study assessments. At least monthly travel for up to a week at a time can be anticipated.

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

Primary responsibilities

  • Implement and manage the project plan and activities to ensure compliance with program obligations and project milestones.
  • Coordinate and undertake participant assessments, including management of clinic bookings and required equipment and laboratory supplies, as well as rostering and supervision of one or two staff ensuring adherence to the current eGFR3 Study Protocol.
  • Obtain informed consent from participants and ensure clinical conduct is consistent with ethical standards and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines at all times.
  • Develop and manage participant assessment timelines, including the scheduling of research staff to support the data collection.
  • Draft, maintain and update standard operating procedures (SOPs) for participant assessments.
  • Ensure Study practice adheres to Study Protocol, confidentiality requirements and is conducted in compliance with all relevant regulations.
  • Recruit, train and supervise the project’s Aboriginal Research Officers and Research Assistant/Nurses.
  • Facilitate engagement with stakeholders including project investigators and stakeholders at identified renal services (including clinical and administrative staff, patients and carers).
  • Liaise with participating primary health care and renal services to facilitate client recruitment, data collection and reporting.
  • Contribute to the development of resources necessary for the successful implementation and running of the project. Assist in the preparation and submission of research ethics applications and their associated reporting obligations where project research activities are undertaken.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant field (such as nursing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner, allied health or medical) with extensive experience in research project management; or postgraduate qualifications or progress towards postgraduate qualifications in a relevant field and project management expertise; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Previous culturally safe performance of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the workplace and when representing the Study in communities.
  • A practical understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
  • Demonstrated Project Management experience in clinical trial and/or cohort studies.
  • Demonstrated skills in project planning and management including human resource management in the health and/or health research sector.
  • Demonstrated negotiation and interpersonal skills with ability to build collaborative partnerships with a variety of stakeholders including the ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures.
  • Proven experience organising and facilitating stakeholder meetings and workshops.
  • High-level oral and written English communication skills as well as experience in preparing high quality materials and reports.
  • Demonstrated financial management experience and knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring, and financial reporting.
  • Sound computer literacy skills, ideally with experience in data management.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, positive attitude, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and the ability to work in cross cultural contexts.
  • Willingness and ability to undertake travel (including by 4WD and/or light aircraft) on an as needs basis for up to a week at a time, at least monthly during the data collection phase of the study.


  • Clinical background or experience in health services, or health services management, particularly related to chronic or end-stage kidney disease.

Contact: A/Prof Jaqui Hughes on 08 8946 8518 or jaqui.hughes@menzies.edu.au

What we offer:

  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Option to increase super to 14%
  • Attractive salary package and benefits $125,865 - $136,152 salary package (comprising gross salary $100,524 - $109,478 pa, pro-rata, superannuation and salary packaging benefits.

Closing date: 7 March 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.