Project Manager - International Program - CSIRO - GovernmentCareer - Federal

First listed on: 07 October 2021

Project Manager - International Program


The Opportunity

  • Build diagnostic capacity in the Asia-Pacific region and help protect Australia’s pre-border biosecurity
  • Build strong relationships and become a trusted advisor to our key clients and stakeholders
  • Join us at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness and make a real difference to the health & safety of all Australians!

The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) International Program aims to strengthen laboratory capacity, improve quality of laboratory diagnostic services, and laboratory biosafety and biosecurity. In partnership with multiple organisations including government, non-government and specialised agencies across Asia-Pacific, the program provides diagnostic expertise and training to animal health laboratories in Asia-Pacific region, enhancing the region’s capacity for disease diagnosis and emergency outbreak response.

CSIRO-ACDP is seeking an experienced development project manager with relevant qualifications in veterinary, biological or animal health sciences.  As the Project Manager, you will coordinate the delivery of a laboratory capacity building project with activities in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly Indonesia.  Working under the International Program Group Leader and as a member of the Diagnostic, Surveillance and Response (DSR) team, you will liaise with partner organisations to implement project objectives and outcomes to build diagnostic capacity in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Applicants must be able to meet ACDP microbiological security and security assessment requirements.

In this role you will:

  • Oversee the implementation of the laboratory capacity building project in Indonesia, and activities in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Implement and review project planning and reporting documents and processes.
  • Lead and/or coordinate technical support and training by ACDP experts to laboratory staff.
  • Participate in priority-setting processes and manage the project implementation, including supervision and skills development of locally engaged staff.
  • Oversee project budgeting, financial reconciliation and reporting.
  • Foster relationships with influential stakeholders to facilitate strategic collaborations, advocacy and sharing of technical expertise.
  • Gain an understanding of the client’s business and their underlying needs, to conceive, identify, and coordinate relevant research. 
  • Identify and participate in the negotiation (including funding) and initiation of innovative projects.  
  • Collaborate to publish results and investigations in scientific literature and represent the organisation in external scientific or technological forums.

Location:   Geelong, Victoria
Salary:   AU$115k to AU$135k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite, full-time
Reference:  78171

To be considered you will need:

  • A combination of qualifications and relevant work experience in either Veterinary (registerable in Australia), biological or animal health sciences or a PhD in these fields. 
  • Experience managing, implementing and delivering successful research or development projects.
  • The ability to accept responsibility for diagnostic and research or capacity-building projects.
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build culturally diverse relationships.
  • The ability to work both independently and co-operatively as a member of a larger project team. 
  • The ability and willingness to travel internationally on a regular basis (every 8-10 weeks).

For full details about this role please view the Position Details


The successful applicant will be required to:

  • Obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent.
  • Undertake a National Health Security Check (to be arranged post-commencement). 
  • Obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting Level 1 (to be arranged post-commencement).

Applications are open to Australian Citizens only.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details

Applications Close

Sunday 24 October, 2021 (11pm AEDT)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.