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Senior Project Officer, Australian Brain Cancer Mission - Job Specification


Senior Project Officer, Australian Brain Cancer Mission - Job Specification

  • Classification: APS6
  • Group: Brain Cancer Mission
  • Location: Sydney or Canberra
  • Vacancy Type: Non-Ongoing
  • Position No:  20012261
  • Remuneration package: $83,168 - $93,827 (plus 15.4% superannuation)
  • Reports to:: Manager,   Australian Brain Cancer Mission (EL1)

Contact Officer

  • Name: Jacqui Real, Manager, Australian Brain Cancer Mission
  • Contact number: 02 9357 9400

Job specification: Senior Project Officer, Australian Brain Cancer Mission APS6

About Cancer Australia

Cancer Australia was established to benefit all Australians who are affected by cancer, and their families and carers. Cancer Australia works to reduce the impact of cancer and improve the wellbeing of those diagnosed by ensuring that evidence informs cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care.

Cancer Australia is a specialist agency providing leadership in cancer control across all cancers and across the continuum of care. Cancer Australia builds the evidence base, analyses, interprets and translates the latest scientific cancer research and data to inform policy and practice, and to provide information and expert advice on cancer control to governments, health professionals and the community.

On 29 October 2017, the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt, announced the Australian Brain Cancer Mission (the Mission).  The Mission has the goal of doubling survival rates and improving the quality of life of people living with brain cancer over 10 years to 2027, with the longer term aim of defeating brain cancer.

Cancer Australia is administering the Mission on behalf of the Australian Government under the guidance of a Mission Strategic Advisory Group.

The Australian Brain Cancer Mission is underpinned by a Roadmap with investment strategies to address four objectives:

  • Increased patient survival, quality of life and care experience;
  • Increased and equitable access and participation in clinical trials;
  • Expanded research platforms and technologies;
  • Increased researcher capacity and excellence.

The role

The Senior Project Officer, Australian Brain Cancer Mission will provide key support in administering the Mission, including opening of grant opportunities to fund and administer research project and clinical trials funding grants, and associated activities consistent with the objectives of the Mission.

Key accountabilities

Working within the team, and reporting to the Manager, Australian Brain Cancer Mission, the Senior Project Officer, Australian Brain Cancer Mission duties include assisting with the:

  • Management and administration of the brain cancer research funding including the program budget, funding application administration, and the review and monitoring of progress reports for research projects and clinical trials; and
  • Stakeholder management through liaison with key Mission stakeholders, including the Department of Health, researchers, clinicians, cancer patients, governments and not for profit organisations; and the organisation of meetings between Cancer Australia and relevant stakeholders.

The person

To be successful in the position the candidate will have:

  • a Bachelor of Science or related qualification,
  • experience in contract management and grant management, preferably gained in state or federal government,
  • experience in project management, including managing project budgets,
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills,
  • the ability to liaise with a wide range of stakeholders, and
  • the ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.

Previous experience in research and/or clinical trials will be highly regarded.

This role requires understanding of the research environment, close attention to detail, strong communication and stakeholder management skills.

The successful applicant will be technically proficient in MS Office, Outlook, Project, Explorer and Excel.

Selection Criteria

Criteria for this position are based on the Australian Public Service Commission Capability Framework. More information about this framework can be found at:

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following capabilities and behavioural attributes in their approach to their work.

1. Supports strategic direction

  • The ability to think strategically, including the ability to support the strategic direction of the Agency and the Australian Brain Cancer Mission.

2. Achieves results

  • Experience in or an understanding of the cancer research and clinical trials environment.
  • Well-developed organisational and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver outcomes within tight timeframes.
  • Expertise in government procurement and contract management.

3. Supports productive working relationships

  • Demonstrated ability to work with ambiguity and change, and to operate effectively as part of a team, as well as independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders to achieve an outcome, and ability to build and sustain positive relationships.

4. Displays personal drive and integrity

  • Demonstrated initiative and drive, with the ability to ensure outcomes are achieved.
  • Acts professionally and operates within APS and Cancer Australia values.

5. Communicates with influence

  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills, including the ability to distil and present evidence and clearly communicate complex concepts.
  • The ability to negotiate with a clear understanding of the desired outcomes and to nurture internal and external relationships.

6. Qualifications and experience

  • Tertiary degree in science or related discipline.

The following capabilities/attributes are highly desirable and should be addressed in the response to the selection criteria where applicable:

  • A demonstrated familiarity with medical and cancer-related terminology.
  • Familiarity with PubMed or similar journal databases.