Principal Sector Specialist for Health (Professional Specialist), Canberra

Principal Sector Specialist for Health (Professional Specialist), Canberra
SES Band 1
Ongoing, Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full time position
Salary: $164,318 - $181,006 plus superannuation
Job Reference: 724

The Principal Sector Specialist for Health (PSS Health) has a leadership role in the development of DFAT’s health policies and in the provision of technical and strategic advice to country programs and the department on health issues. The PSS Health also leads the development of staff capability in health policy and programming within DFAT.
Duties of the Position:
  • Lead the provision of expert technical advice and global best practice to DFAT on all matters relating to health in the Australian aid program and how this relates to other parts of DFAT’s operations and responsibilities.
  • Lead the provision of expert technical and strategic advice to country programs on health matters as requested, with a particular focus on developing countries in the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean region.
  • Lead on expert technical and global best practice input to regional health issues, particularly health systems strengthening; maternal, new-born and child health; communicable and certain non-communicable diseases (e.g. drug resistant TB and malaria).
  • Provide expert technical and strategic input to DFAT’s investments in multilateral health organisations with a strong focus on multilateral effectiveness in Asia, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean rim (e.g. the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the World Health Organization, GAVI and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria).
  • Lead thinking on health issues and policy formulation in DFAT and represent DFAT and Australia domestically and internationally at relevant meetings, negotiations and events.
  • Lead the development of DFAT staff capability in health and support the DFAT health network.
  • Applicants should be Australian citizens, however, consideration may be given to non-Australian citizens who can obtain an appropriate security clearance. The successful applicant will undergo a comprehensive security assessment. Employment in the department is dependent on gaining a valid security clearance. Loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment. DFAT employees are expected to adhere to the APS values and employment principles in terms of performance and standards of behaviour.

Please visit the DFAT website to view further details of the position and to submit an online application by Monday 21 March 2016 at 2pm AEDT.