Health Program Advisers, Partnerships for a Healthy Region initiative, Global Health Division, DFAT

22 March 2023 1:09pm
Apply by12/4/2023
Region Global,


• Long Term Adviser position, AU$8,500 to $10,000 per month inclusive of superannuation, depending on experience level – multiple positions available • Full-time, 2-year fixed term contract with the possibility of up to 2-year extension • Apply your expertise to implementation of the Partnerships for a Healthy Region Initiative


About the Program

Managed by Abt Associates, the Specialist Health Service (SHS) provides strategic input on health to the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The SHS is the primary source from which DFAT accesses health and development expertise and advisory services to improve the quality of health programming across DFAT’s global and regional health portfolio, through enabling access to responsive technical advice and support.

About the Opportunity

GHD is seeking advisers (multiple positions available) to support the implementation of the Partnerships for a Healthy Region Initiative. We are interested in applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas - immunization planning and delivery, deployments and clinical surge preparedness, health workforce development, pathogen surveillance and laboratory strengthening, vector surveillance and control, regulatory strengthening, managing strategic partnerships, community-based health, universal health coverage, non-communicable diseases, health system strengthening, and health information management.

The Health Program Advisers will be responsible for:

• Provide advice and technical knowledge to support program implementation
• Manage the implementation of health programs in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, including program design; contracting; financial and program management
• Prepare high quality written material to support program implementation
• Liaise with sections, external agencies and stakeholders to facilitate planning of program delivery
• Build and maintain effective working relationships
• Monitor and report on health developments in the Indo-Pacific as directed
• Undertake other duties as required.

About You

We are seeking individuals who will bring:

• Experience in international development, health programs or in an analytical or advisory role
• Relevant tertiary qualifications or experience in public health, international development, project management, government, or related fields
• Excellent representation and negotiation skills
• Excellent written English skills, with demonstrated ability to convey complex ideas clearly and succinctly
• Innovative problem-solving skills
• Willingness to adapt in a dynamic work environment and contribute to a shared effort to deliver work to a high standard and by set deadlines
• Capacity to work collaboratively with teamwork environment and independently with limited guidance
• Knowledge of development issues in the Indo-Pacific
• Has, or has the ability to obtain a baseline security clearance (minimum) or an NV1 security clearance (preferred)
• Excellent written and oral English communication skills and the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
• Desire to contribute to an inclusive and supportive professional environment, where diversity is celebrated


• Experience in health program management, including design, implementation, delivery and monitoring and evaluation
• Previous experience working with DFAT
• First-hand experience in developing countries/the Indo-Pacific

Applicants must be Australian citizens as these positions will require a security clearance.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single requirement for a position. At Abt Associates we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you are excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every role requirement, we encourage you to apply in any case. You may be just the right candidate for this or for other roles.

How to Apply

Refer to the ‘TORS Health program adviser 20.3.23’ to view further details and key requirements for this opportunity.
Please submit your application online through the Abt Associates website by copying and pasting the link below into your browser:

Please then attach your resume/CV and a cover letter (as a single PDF document) addressing how you meet the requirements of this role.

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Email us at for any queries about the position and / or the recruitment process.

We welcome and thank all applications, however due to the anticipated volume of submissions, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Closing Date: Wednesday, 12 April 2023 – midnight (Canberra time) #LI-AUSBRIT

About Us

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader with a proven track record in complex program implementation in the international development sector. We offer bold solutions and technical excellence in Health, Economic Growth, Governance, Research & Evaluation, Environment & Energy, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion. Working with our many partners, we have driven measurable social impact for more than 55 years, to achieve our mission of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. We operate in remote and challenging environments and employ more than 3,700 staff in over 50 countries. For more information about us and what we do, visit our website at


Abt Associates values individuality and celebrates difference with a strong commitment to diversity, equality, racial equity, gender, and disability inclusion. We strongly encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this position. We offer flexible work arrangements and a culturally safe environment for staff members from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.


We are deeply committed to safeguarding, to protect and prevent harm and abuse to individuals we work for and who work for us. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. We will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, child abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation in any form, and expect everyone to be treated with respect and dignity.