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CAREER STEP: Professional / Independent

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to both Principal Investigators

TEAM / PROGRAM: The George Institute UK / MESSAGE project (Medical Science Sex and Gender Equity project) funded by the Wellcome Trust



START DATE: 01/08/22

The George Institute for Global Health

We are a medical research institute affiliated with leading universities aiming to challenge the status quo in healthcare. With 700+ people around the world, and projects in over 40 countries, our Strategy 2025 is all about impact – specifically, the impact of The George Institute’s activities on the health of millions of people, particularly those living in disadvantaged circumstances around the world.

Our strategy focuses on three key research priorities:

  • Better Treatments: finding better treatments for the world’s biggest health problems
  • Better Care: transforming primary health care to support better health for more people
  • Healthier Societies: harnessing the power of communities, governments and markets to improve health

Our innovative commercial enterprises help maximise our impact. 

Here is a sample of the things we are doing to achieve our goal of having the greatest possible impact on global health:

  • We are identifying better and safer treatments for our biggest killers like stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure
  • In many countries, our award winning FoodSwitch smartphone app is helping people make healthy food choices when shopping
  • In China, we ran a successful education and awareness program to reduce the amount of salt eaten by people by 25% each day
  • In rural India, we have shown that mobile technology can help diagnose mental health, as well as help treat cardiovascular disease, and we’re looking at similar approaches to treating chronic diseases in Indonesia and China
  • Together with Aboriginal communities in NSW, Australia, we developed an innovative community led program to assist young Aboriginal drivers attain their license, now implemented in a dozen of locations
  • We are developing an affordable dialysis machine, with potential to save millions of lives each year and transform the way kidney disease is treated globally.

Context of the Role  

The Project Manager role will be integral to the success of the MESSAGE project. MESSAGE, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust, aims to improve sex and gender equity in the UK biomedical research landscape by improving policies, education, skills and awareness about the importance of including women, men, trans and non-binary individuals in the evidence base. Our pilot research has shown that the UK is far behind other countries such as Canada, the USA, and nations in Europe where policies, that strongly encourage research to consider sex and gender-disaggregated analysis and balanced sex and gender inclusion, are standard.

The Role

The Project Manager will be responsible for the organisation and administration of the MESSAGE project, overseeing our exciting schedule of events and workshops, and maximizing our visibility and engagement online.  The Program Manager will manage all aspects related to the MESSAGE project, including but not limited to: operational activities, policy development, public engagement, collaborations, social media promotion and website maintenance.

Reporting Relationships

The Program Manager reports to the Principal Investigators and will work closely with other project staff, investigators and the advisory committee.  The role will manage, coordinate, and help plan and implement all activities in relation to the MESSAGE project.

Duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Work with relevant George Institute employees and external collaborators to increase sex and gender equity through developing and implementing advocacy and other public and professional programs
  • Growing the MESSAGE project through engagement of new research teams, government bodies, community members, health care professionals/groups and other external collaborators
  • Maintaining contact/collaboration with existing research teams, government bodies, community members, healthcare professionals/groups and other external collaborators
  • Event management and assistance with coordination of MESSAGE project general advocacy and targeted campaigns
  • Upkeep of MESSAGE project documentation such as agenda preparation, contact lists, record keeping and others as assigned and appropriate
  • Manage and contribute to the development and updating of key documents including position statements, reports, development plans, published research findings
  • Manage social media outlets for the project including Facebook and Twitter accounts and original content
  • Write content for the media, and working with internal communications to initiate media opportunities
  • Ensure the MESSAGE project website content is kept up to date in promoting research findings and policy changes in the UK
  • Manage and collaborate with the MESSAGE project management team to find funding support and prepare funding applications
  • Manage budget and monitor donations received.

As a Team Member:

  • Participate in special projects to improve processes, tools, systems and organisation
  • Take responsibility for personal learning and development. Set achievable and meaningful work objectives and managing personal targets, meeting obligations of The Institute’s Performance Management and Development Policy.
  • Demonstrate commitment to The Institute’s organisational values, including performing to an exceptionally high ethical standard and focus on integrity, collaboration and teamwork in all efforts.

Work, Health and Safety

  • Comply with Work Health and Safety legislation and operate in accordance with established Work Health and Safety practice and procedures at the Institute
  • Promote and contribute to a safe, secure environment for staff and visitors.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  • Qualifications in public health or a science related discipline and/or considerable work experience in the public health sector or/ background and expertise in health and medical research and/or health policy
  • Experience with project or program management
  • Experience in organisational planning and capacity building
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary teams, managing relationships with external partners and engaging senior stakeholders
  • Demonstrated skills building functional networks and working relationships with external stakeholders, including consumer representatives
  • Experience in event organisation, particularly online events
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and presentation skills
  • Ability to produce communication and content for various audiences, including clinical readers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well flexibly, i.e. both independently and with a variety of teams
  • A strong commitment to quality and professionalism
  • Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office suite of products
  • Familiarity and competence with major social media platforms, e.g. Twitter and Facebook
  • Interest and knowledge in sex and gender issues, ethics and debates
  • Interest and knowledge equality, diversity and inclusion in science and healthcare


  • Experience in government engagement and liaison
  • Experience with policy writing and/or submissions

How to apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would be suited to and successful in this role, to [email protected] by 5pm Thursday 21st July 2022. Late submissions cannot be accepted. Interviews will be held within 2 weeks of the submission deadline.

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