Tuberculosis Specialist (Public Health)

Job No: BI201820230
Location: Daru, Western Province, Papua New Guinea


An initial 12 month contract role for a qualified medical doctor to join the RID-TB Project team in Daru, Western Provence, Papua New Guinea in the role of Tuberculosis Specialist (Public Health). The TB Specialist will work with the team to design and implement an effective model of care for case-finding and preventative therapy of DS-TB and DR-TB at the facility and community level in Daru and support South Fly District and the Western Province in Decentralization of TB services.

The position will be responsible for capacity building of provincial TB team staff to deliver high quality patient-centered diagnosis and care for DS-TB and DR-TB, with a focus on case-finding, high quality diagnosis, preventative therapy and linkage to care.  The TB Specialist will work with facility and community-based staff and partners including medical officers, health extension officers (HEOs), case managers, nurses, community health workers (CHWs), treatment supporters and laboratory staff. The position will support the implementation of protocols, procedures and conduct training and on-the-job mentoring.



The TB Specialist will be responsible for:

  • Day-to-day clinical mentoring of TB medical staff responsible for inpatient, ambulatory and outreach care
  • Facilitating practical training sessions for medical staff on topics, agreed upon with the Provincial TB physician tools
  • Supporting development and implementation of clinical, diagnostic & case management systems, tools and protocols for patient monitoring, follow-up and retention
  • Training health workers on case management systems
  • Supporting development and implementation of patient information systems and protocols to support the use of patient records/tools
  • Providing technical support to medical officers and HEOS on implementation issues associated with establishing the model of care
  • Managing and leading direct reports

Refer to the attached position description for full details.



The successful incumbent will be/have:

  • A qualified and registered Medical doctor
  • A medical doctor with over 5 years of clinical experience, preferably in infectious diseases or similar
  • Highly adaptable, ability to work in unstable hardship setting 
  • Experienced in protocol or guideline design, report writing or publications
  • Interested in and experience in team management, capacity development / training of local staff in a resource- constrained setting
  • Demonstrated analytical, critical appraisal and problem solving skills
  • Fluency in English and demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to meet competing deadlines 
  • Field experience in the clinical and programmatic management of TB/DR-TB in a resource-constrained setting (preferable)
  • Previous work experience in PNG or the Pacific (preferable)

An additional qualification in global / public health, international development or infectious diseases is also preferable.

Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience and discussed with shorted candidates. Allowances for this role will include accommodation allowance, mobilisation and demobilisation allowances, mobility & special location allowances. You will also have access to the project vehicle.

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.



To apply for this position, please complete the details below and attach the following documents:

  • Statement addressing the selection criteria (as outlined above and in the attached position description)
  • Resume including the names and contact details of three referees

Applications close at 11:59pm AEST on 17th July 2019.

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. 

Burnet is a child safe organisation. The successful applicant will be required to apply for a Working with Children check and/or National Police Check.

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