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Operations Support Officer - Indo Pacific Centre for Health Security - VAHSI

Cardno Emerging Markets
  • Vaccine Access Health Security initiative

About Cardno

Cardno is a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience in designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs.

Cardno ID (International Development) manages a number of donor-funded programs in the Asia Pacific region. We engage in international development as a holistic, multidisciplinary and integrated process. Strengthened by our geographic and market diversity, we are committed to providing innovative and integrated solutions that create opportunities for significant, lasting change in emerging economies. Partnering with multilateral and bilateral donors, private clients, governments and communities to develop sustainable solutions to complex challenges, we work with local counterparts to achieve meaningful impact.

About the Program

The Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security (CHS) was established in 2017 to implement the Australian Government’s Health Security Initiative for the Indo Pacific Region. The Initiative, which is funded through Australia’s overseas aid program, aims to inform evidence-based planning, help prevent avoidable epidemics, strengthen early detection capacity, and support rapid, effective national and international outbreak responses. It does this by accelerating research on new drugs and diagnostics, expanding partnerships at the national, regional and global level to strengthen human and animal health systems, and deepening people-to-people linkages that build national and regional health security capacity.

Throughout 2020, the CHS played a key role in shaping Australia’s response to the regional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commencing in 2021, Australia is assisting 18 countries in Southeast Asia and the
Pacific to access safe, effective and affordable COVID-19 vaccines through the Regional Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative. The Initiative has three components:

  • Vaccine Access Program to help partner countries increase the coverage of their COVID-19 vaccination programs
  • Health Security Partnerships to provide partner countries with access to relevant Australian, regional and global expertise
  • Support for the establishment of an ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED).

Cardno International Development is supporting the implementation of several activities delivered as part of the initiative across the Pacific and Southeast Asia.

About the Role

The objective of this role is to support the implementation of the Regional Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative through the provision of with a primary focus on vaccine delivery, logistics support and operations support. The officer will support co-ordination across teams and is expected to contribute to and support communication and collaboration across program areas on vaccine delivery and logistics.

Primary Responsibilities will include:

The Officer will primarily work with CHS’s Operations Support Section who provide support implementation of VAHSI across a number of areas. The Officer will be expected to work closely with other teams within CHS and DFAT and may additionally engage with external contractors and service providers.

  • Work collaboratively across teams in DFAT (including DFAT Posts) and with external service providers to support and monitor medical logistics arrangements.
  • Support development of standardised processes and systems for operations and decision making as they relate to vaccine delivery and logistics
  • Effectively assess and manage risks associated with logistics and communicate and escalate risks as needed in a timely manner.
  • Support activity reporting and data collection, inputting into tracking documents and other monitoring products as required
  • Work closely with CHS’s finance manager and Operations Support Section Director to input into budget and approval processes associated with logistics
  • Respond to ad hoc requests for information in a timely manner
  • Engage in the established management and governance for VAHSI Operations, including supporting and contributing to regular Operations Support meetings.
  • Engage in and provide support across the portfolio of the Operations Support team including knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, and risk and safeguards.
  • Other duties and tasks as directed by the Director, Operations Support Section, noting responsibilities may shift in response to changing circumstances as the Initiative proceeds.

To learn more about this exciting role, please copy and paste this link: https://bit.ly/3kVd0qG to access further details on the role including an outline of the key responsibilities and primary outputs.

About You

The successful candidate will present with a high level of interpersonal skills and excellent organisational and time management skills. S/he must be willing to take on a variety of tasks that may be required to ensure efficient operation of the business units and has the ability to interpret and apply policies, requirements and procedures and use of corporate systems.

A great opportunity to step into your next role, excellent team support, and a competitive salary.

How to Apply?

We welcome your interest in joining the Cardno team. Apply by submitting your resume and covering letter outlining your suitability to this role.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTQ+, women, mature age workers and people with different abilities.

Thank you for your interest, kindly note, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

Why join Cardno?

Cardno offers meaningful opportunities for each individual member of our team to grow, make an impact and leave a legacy for local communities, globally.

By joining Cardno, you will be part of an environment where you can collaborate with leading experts from diverse backgrounds, access development programs to achieve your career goals, and be challenged to take a global outlook.

At Cardno, we take care of the people that keep our business, clients and communities thriving. We offer benefits and initiatives to enhance your health and well-being, and to help you balance your career and personal life.

Other Information

Cardno and are committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse, Exploitation and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection, fraud and bribery prevention. We want to engage with the right people to deliver our client programs. As part of our approach you will be subjected to formal background screening, criminal record checks, employment verification, and periodic compliance checks. All Cardno staff receive safety, compliance and safeguards training and are responsible for contributing to a safer working culture.

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