Expressions of Interest - PNG TB specialist

Job No: BI201820213
Location: Papua New Guinea

We invite EOIs from suitably qualified and experienced TB Medical Specialists to work with the Burnet based in PNG.



Burnet Institute is a leading Australian medical research and public health organisation focused on achieving better health for vulnerable communities in Australia and internationally by accelerating the translation of research, discovery and evidence into sustainable health solutions. The Institute is headquartered in Melbourne with programs that operate across Asia, the Pacific and in Africa.

Burnet’s culture links innovative discovery-oriented research and implementation research with development and humanitarian action. World-class laboratory and field-based research is integrated into multidisciplinary programs aimed at the prevention, detection and treatment of diseases of global significance. This unique approach allows the Institute to make a tangible and sustainable impact on health in both developed and developing countries.

The Institute has three major thematic programs – Disease Elimination, Behaviours and Health Risk, Maternal and Child Health and two expansion programs - Healthy Ageing and Health Security. Staff within these Programs are supported by crosscutting communities of practice; the disciplines of Life Sciences, Public Health and International Development.

Burnet has a long history of working in PNG and has TB projects in 8 provinces, collaborating with donors, governments and other partners in areas of need.

Since August 2014, Burnet has been a partner in the multi- stakeholder response to the major TB epidemic in Western Province. This epidemic is characterised by the emergence and spread of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) with Daru as the known hotspot of intense transmission of DR-TB. This is a public health emergency with rates of DR-TB that are arguably the highest documented globally at the district level. Through the RID-TB project, Burnet is contributing to the response as the technical lead in the design of an effective response and in monitoring its implementation. Burnet is utilising a partnership approach with Western Provincial Health Office (PHO), Daru General Hospital and other implementing partners such as World Vision.



The successful incumbent will have:

  • A medical doctor with over 5 years of clinical experience, preferably with specialisation in infectious diseases, internal medicine or similar
  • An additional qualification in public health, tropical medicine, international development or similar (desirable)
  • Minimum 2 years experience in the clinical and programmatic management of TB including DR-TB
  • Experience in protocol or guideline development, report writing or publications
  • Experience working in a similar role in a remote, unstable or resource-constrained setting
  • Fluency in English and demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills
  • Previous experience work/living in the PNG or the pacific (desirable)

Burnet Institute is committed to providing our people with a supportive working environment. We value diversity and gender equity at the institute and provide flexible working arrangements for our staff. Burnet is participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.



If you are interested in the TB Specialist role, please complete the details below and attach the following documents:

  • 1 page expression of interest addressing the key selection criteria listed above
  • CV highlighting relevant experience including the names and contact details of two references

We would also appreciate an indication of availability to commence between February-December 2019.

Applications close 13th December 2018.

As part of our commitment to gender equity, we have included a question in the application process on gender. This will allow us to monitor and report on gender in relation to our recruitment process. This field is not compulsory.

Burnet is a child safe organisation. The successful applicant may be required to apply for a Working with Children check and/or criminal record check from the Australian Federal Police.

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