Knowledge Manager - VAHSI - Centre for Health Security

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 March 2021

Job Description

Program Background

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. In 2020, CHS has played a key role in Australia’s response to the regional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Commencing in 2021, Australia is assisting 18 countries to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine through the VAX Taskforce.

The CHS supports countries in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam) and the Pacific (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and small island nations such as Tuvalu, Tonga and Kiribati).

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

Purpose of the Role

The Knowledge Manager is responsible for collating and maintaining data, knowledge and other information in support of the implementation of the Regional Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative (VAHSI) − a $523 million initiative to support safe and equitable access to vaccines for the Pacific and South East Asia.

The Knowledge Manager is a member of the Program Management Unit (PMU) established to support implementation of the VAHSI. The position reports to the Program Lead of the PMU.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Identify and assess the feasibility of technology platforms or tools and knowledge management practices within or external to DFAT, and develop the requisite systems and protocols that will provide the VAX Taskforce/CHS with an easy, secure and credible way to document, file and share information
  • Support the VAX Taskforce to refine and maintain an Investment Tracking Matrix (dashboard) on the status of all investments across the VAHSI portfolio which is updated weekly.
  • Work closely with the CHS Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Unit to draft regular progress reports for the Steering Committee including:
  • Quarterly Initiative Quality Reports
  • Annual Initiative Cluster Reports.
  • Work closely with the Finance and Budget Officer to ensure activity progress reporting is aligned with financial reporting.
  • Respond to ad hoc requests for information or small-scale research from the VAX Taskforce, in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate reports and information from partner organisations to make accessible to internal and external stakeholders, as appropriate.
  • Ability to present information in an innovative and easily understood format, including using graphics, engaging PowerPoint presentations and other communication and presentation tools.
  • Other duties and tasks as directed by the PMU Program Lead.

Selection Criteria


  • Demonstrated experience (5 years or more) in a similar role managing data, knowledge and other information for donor-funded projects.
  • Ability to collate and synthesis data and information into accessible formats for a range of audience.
  • Ability to foster knowledge sharing and improved information management practices in an organisational setting.
  • Excellent English reporting writing skills and verbal communication skills.
  • Emotional intelligence with the ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels of an organisation in a participatory way.
  • Ability to liaise with multiple stakeholders and maintain strong relationships.


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or relevant field experience in international development, social sciences, monitoring and evaluation or other relevant discipline.
  • Health and/or health security technical awareness
  • Knowledge of foreign policy and development issues in the Indo-Pacific
  • Australian Public Service experience
  • Familiarity with DFAT’s knowledge management/filing, monitoring and evaluation, strategic communications and public diplomacy policies and standards.

For Applications Please Submit:

  1. A maximum two-page cover letter outlining your suitability for the role.
  2. Up to date CV.
  3. Details of three professional referees.

How to Apply?

We welcome your interest in joining the team. Please click on this link to access the role: and apply with the following listed below or click the “Apply” button to submit your application.

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 19 March 2021. For any queries regarding the positions please email

About the Organization

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 designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs. Cardno is committed to child protection in all fields. Cardno is an equal opportunity employer.

Cardno is committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection 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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