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Current opportunities with RISE

Build Team Leader / Project Manager (Suva)
Closing date: 12am (midnight) Sunday 28 July

Town Planner / Built Environment Specialist (Suva)
Closing date: 12am (midnight) Sunday 28 July

PhD research (four opportunities)
Closing date: 5pm, Friday 30 August


Build Team Leader / Project Manager (Suva)

  • Duty station: Suva, Fiji
  • Applications close: 12am (midnight), Sunday 28 July 2019
  • Duration: 6 months (extendable based on performance)
  • Reports to:
    • RISE Fiji Country Coordinator (Suva)
    • RISE Objective 1 (Design & Engagement) Focal Point Suva (Melbourne)
    • RISE Objective 1 (Design & Engagement) Lead (Melbourne)

Background

Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) is an action-research program which aims to demonstrate that a water sensitive cities (WSC) approach to water and sanitation management can improve human and ecological health in informal settlements. The program is operating in 24 informal settlements across Suva, Fiji and Makassar, Indonesia.

The WSC interventions of the RISE program operate on varying scales – household, neighbourhood, and precinct. They include built elements, such as sanitation and drainage improvements, rainwater harvesting facilities and green infrastructure (constructed wetlands). The success of the RISE interventions will be measured by the health and wellbeing of residents – particularly children under five years of age – and the ecological diversity of the surrounding environment.

The role

RISE is currently seeking an Architect / Engineer to lead our Build Team in Suva, and drive the detailed design development of WSC infrastructure for the RISE sites. We are looking for someone who is familiar with the documentation/approvals/construction process in Suva, a great designer, is passionate about working with communities and is capable of taking on a leadership role in the implementation of varied work activities.

The Build Team Leader will also be the main facilitator for an extensive participatory co-design process. The role requires a confident communicator who can guide discussions and negotiations with large community groups, particularly around land tenure and placement of critical infrastructure. The candidate will be working within a diverse team of construction specialists, engineers, architects, researchers, and community fieldworkers who are based in both Suva and Melbourne.

Key responsibilities

  1. Overseeing the successful delivery of built interventions for the RISE program in 12 sites across the Greater Suva Area;
  2. Acting as main facilitator for participatory design activities within the communities;
  3. Leading and coordinating the day-to-day activities of the RISE Build Team in Suva.

Detailed duties

  • Lead the Build Team’s coordination with third parties including external consultants (e.g. surveyors, detailed engineering designers, EIA consultants), approving and referral authorities (e.g. Suva City Council, iTaukei Land Trust Board, Water Authority of Fiji, Fiji Roads Authority, the Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, and other local and national agencies), suppliers, program staff and partners;
  • Coordinate with the RISE Objective 1 Suva Focal Point and Objective 1 Leader;
  • Oversee the activities of the Construction Manager and Construction Supervisor;
  • Support the development of technical designs to inform co-design activities;
  • Plan, manage and execute community engagement and participatory design activities in the field and report back on their success;
  • Manage and drive large community meetings to achieve outputs required to support design decisions;
  • Facilitate discussions around land tenure and placement of critical infrastructure items with households and communities in line with required RISE and funder safeguards and processes;
  • Manage the community and household consent process;
  • Support local staff for the facilitation of community engagement and participatory design activities;
  • Support documentation and reporting on project activities and outputs in line with donor and government requirements;
  • Ensure that community inputs are included in the designs of infrastructure for the RISE sites;
  • Oversee the translation of concept designs into detailed engineering and architectural drawings;
  • Oversee the collection of field data required for design implementation;
  • Evaluate and select construction materials and products;
  • Lead Build Team reporting, design detailing and costing activities;
  • Support the Country Coordinator in delivering presentations about the green infrastructure and water sensitive cities approach to external stakeholders.

Technical skills

  • Proficient in AutoCAD;
  • Knowledge of QGIS preferred;
  • Proficient hand drawing;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for costing and planning activities;
  • Use of Microsoft Word for planning and reporting on activities;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking;
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (or other presentation or graphics software) a benefit, but not mandatory;
  • Proficient in written and spoken English (proficiency in Fijian is a strong benefit but not a mandatory requirement).

Required qualifications and experience

  • Minimum Bachelor degree in engineering, architecture, urban planning/design, or related discipline
  • At least 6 years of experience with:
    • designing and managing construction projects;
    • urban water, sanitation infrastructure design and systems,
    • facilitating community-based development and participatory design processes

Application process

This is a Suva-based position with remuneration to suit candidate’s experience.

Please send your cover letter and CV before 12am (midnight) Sunday 28 July to:

RISE Fiji Country Coordinator

81 Naivurevure Road Tamavua

c/- Live & Learn Environment Education

Private Mail Bag

Suva, Fiji

Or

Email: isoa.vakarewa@livelearn.org and CC Diego.Ramirez@monash.edu

Phone: 9438443


Town Planner / Build Environment Specialist (Suva)

  • Duty station: Suva, Fiji
  • Applications close: 12am (midnight), Sunday 28 July 2019
  • Duration: 6 months (extendable based on performance)
  • Reports to:
    • Build Team Lead (Suva)
    • Fiji Country Coordinator (Suva)
    • RISE Objective 1 (Design & Engagement) Focal Point Suva (Melbourne)
    • Objective 1 (Design & Engagement) Lead (Melbourne)

Background

Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) is an action-research program which aims to demonstrate that a water sensitive cities (WSC) approach to water and sanitation management can improve human and ecological health in informal settlements. The program is operating in 24 informal settlements across Suva, Fiji and Makassar, Indonesia.

The WSC interventions of the RISE program operate on varying scales – household, neighbourhood, and precinct. They include built elements, such as sanitation and drainage improvements, rainwater harvesting facilities and green infrastructure (constructed wetlands). The success of the RISE interventions will be measured by the health and wellbeing of residents – particularly children under five years of age – and the ecological diversity of the surrounding environment.

The role

The RISE program is currently seeking a Town Planner / Built Environment Specialist to join our Build Team in Suva and drive the land tenure, regularisation, and approvals processes for the RISE sites. The 12 sites are located in different council jurisdictions across Greater Suva Area, and all have different land tenure status. We are therefore looking for someone who is thoroughly familiar with the town planning process in Suva, is passionate about working with communities, and is capable of managing multiple, concurrent negotiations with stakeholders and agencies. The candidate will be working within a diverse team of construction specialists, engineers, architects, researchers, and community fieldworkers who are based in both Suva and Melbourne.

Key responsibilities

  1. Lead, coordinate and resolve all activities relating to land tenure, regularisation, and town planning matters for 12 RISE sites across the Greater Suva Area.
  2. Participating in community and household discussions around land tenure and town planning processes.

Detailed duties

  • Achieve timely resolution of tenure and planning matters relative to RISE project timelines;
  • Coordinate with third parties including external consultants (e.g. surveyors, detailed engineering designers, EIA consultants), approving and referral authorities (e.g. Suva City Council, iTaukei Land Trust Board, Water Authority of Fiji, Fiji Roads Authority, the Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, and other local and national agencies), program staff and partners;
  • Understand and coordinate all documentation required for each stage of the tenure process and town planning applications;
  • Provide advice regarding voluntary land donation within the context of relevant local legislation, and RISE and funder requirements;
  • Attend relevant community engagement and participatory design activities in the field;
  • Participate in discussions around land tenure and planning processes with households and communities in line with required RISE and funder safeguards and processes;
  • Support local staff for the preparation of land tenure, planning and voluntary land donation materials for community engagement and participatory design activities;
  • Support documentation and reporting on project activities and outputs in line with donor and government requirements.

Technical skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word for reporting on activities;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and/or Word for planning and communicating timelines, requirements, and responsibilities;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking;
  • Proficient in written and spoken English (proficiency in Fijian is a strong benefit but not a mandatory requirement).

Required qualifications and experience

  • Minimum Bachelor degree in town planning, urban design, or related discipline
  • At least 6 years of experience with:
    • Managing town planning negotiations and approvals within the Greater Suva Area;
    • Participating in community-based development and participatory design processes.

Application process

This is a Suva-based position with remuneration to suit candidate’s experience.

Please send your cover letter and CV before 12am (midnight) Sunday 28 July to:

RISE Fiji Country Coordinator

81 Naivurevure Road Tamavua

c/- Live & Learn Environment Education

Private Mail Bag

Suva, Fiji

Or

Email: isoa.vakarewa@livelearn.org and CC Diego.Ramirez@monash.edu

Phone: 9438443


PhD research (four opportunities)

  • 3-year scholarship
  • Expected start: February 2020
  • Applications close: 5pm, Friday 30 August 2019
  • Domestic fees at Monash University covered
  • Stipend: AUD $27,872 p.a.
  • Please note that travel to research sites in Indonesia and Fiji is expected

What is the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program?

RISE is an action-research program exploring how to make water and sanitation more sustainable and inclusive by trialling the water sensitive cities approach in 24 urban informal settlements in Makassar, Indonesia and Suva, Fiji. Working alongside communities, governments, local leaders and partner institutions, the program aims to show that nature-based solutions – such as constructed wetlands and biofiltration gardens – can deliver low-impact, cost-effective health and environmental improvements. Underpinned by the emerging discipline of ‘planetary health’, RISE’s success will be measured by the health and wellbeing of residents – particularly children under five years of age – and the ecological diversity of the surrounding environment.

More information can be found at www.rise-program.org.

The opportunities

Four (4) competitive scholarships are available to undertake full-time PhD research at Monash University. The PhDs are designed to interlink with the RISE program. The PhD researchers will work side-by-side with the internationally acclaimed RISE senior researchers, as well as the in-country partners and RISE teams in Fiji and Indonesia to pursue their research.

The broad subject areas of the PhD research positions have been established, however there is scope for each PhD researcher to refine and develop their own research profile and expertise. This will be encouraged along with cross-faculty and discipline cooperation in line with the interdisciplinary nature of RISE.

The four PhD placements are as follows:

1. Economic implications of the RISE intervention

  • Number of PhD places available: 1
  • Enrolment: Centre for Health Economics (CHE), Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University
  • Experience required: Honours and/or masters degree in economics, econometrics, statistics or health economics.
  • Supervisory team: This PhD will be supervised by RISE Objective 4 (Wellbeing) Leader Prof. David Johnston, Objective 4 Research Fellow Dr Rohan Sweeney and Objective 5 (Policy & Investment) Leader Prof. Tom Clasen from Emory University, with close working relations with Objective 1 (Design & Engagement) Leader Prof. Diego Ramirez-Lovering.

Summary of PhD project:

Although the evidence suggests that water and sanitation interventions are effective in preventing diarrhoea and certain other faecal-oral diseases, the extent to which interventions are ultimately deployed will not be determined on their effectiveness alone. With limited resources, particularly in developing countries, governments are forced to allocate health expenditures to an array of public health challenges; therefore the economic aspects of new approaches to delivering water and sanitation services are crucial in the ultimate viability of scaling-up beyond small research and pilot projects.

This PhD project will undertake an economic analysis of the RISE intervention to understand its potentials for scale-up. The research would likely consist of up to five main analyses, such as: (1) a cost analysis to carefully document the costs of the intervention; (2) a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to estimate the ratio of benefits to cost; (3) if the intervention proves to be effective at preventing disease, a cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) would be undertaken to estimate the cost per disability-adjusted life year (DALY) averted (or some other measure of health impact); possibly (4) willingness to pay (WTP); and/or (5) ability to pay (ATP), which would yield additional data on the contribution that beneficiaries could make to the cost of scaling up the intervention.

Data will be drawn directly from the RISE implementation, but the analyses could also model the effects of taking the intervention to different levels of scale (e.g. precinct or citywide scale), where certain efficiencies may be realised. Health effects would be drawn from Objective 3 (Human Health) of the overall RISE study, with the health effects spread over a given population over a fixed period of time following the methodology use by WHO CHOICE or a similar approach. The CBA would require detailed surveys and other data collection strategies to capture and then monetise all the health and non-health benefits of the RISE intervention, including time savings.

As part of the PhD program, the candidate will undergo rigorous training in advanced health economics and related studies. There are further opportunities for conference travel and the potential for a research visit to one of our international partner institutions. Further information on our CHE PhD program can be found here.

2. Detection of enteropathogens in humans and in the environment

  • Number of PhD places available: 1
  • Enrolment: Faculty of Science or Faculty of Engineering, Monash University
  • Experience required: Honours and/or masters degree in microbiology/molecular biology.
  • Supervisory team: This PhD will be supervised by RISE Chief Investigator (Ecology & Environment) Assoc Prof. David McCarthy, with close working relations with Objective 2 (Ecology & Environment) Leader Prof. Steven Chown.

Summary of PhD project:

Under the umbrella of 'planetary health', this PhD research project will explore the microbiological interface between the environment and human health. The RISE intervention goal is to reduce faecal contamination in the environment. RISE hypothesises that a reduction in viruses, bacteria and parasites in the environment (principally in water and sediment), may lead to a reduction in pathogen carriage in the human gut, and thus reduce incidence of ill health (e.g. diarrhoea), especially in children.

Operating at the intersection between RISE Objective 2 (Ecology & Environment) and Objective 3 (Human Health), this PhD will help determine the prevalence of different enteropathogens prior to intervention; monitor enteropathogen prevalence in children, soil and water across the study; and advance knowledge on the microbiological relationship between humans and their domestic environments. The PhD will build on a scoping study that is currently underway, which is comparing different methods available for detecting multiple enteropathogens (qPCR, genomic sequencing, and TaqMan Array Cards) using RISE baseline samples.

3. Gender, WASH and intersectionality in co-design of upgrading interventions

  • Number of PhD places available: 2
  • Enrolment: Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University
  • Experience required: Honours and/or masters degree in anthropology, sociology, gender studies, international development, law, or similar. Strong experience with collecting and analyzing qualitative and/or mixed-methods data. International work experience with local partners/stakeholders is preferred but not required.
  • Supervisory team: This PhD will be supervised by RISE Water for Women project lead Assoc Prof Becky Batagol, Assoc Prof Annette Bos; and Objective 5 (Policy & Investment) Leader Prof. Tom Clasen from Emory University, with close working relations with Objective 1 (Design & Engagement) Leader Prof. Diego Ramirez-Lovering.

Summary of PhD project:

Historically, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs have been gender-blind, meaning that they largely ignored gender norms in favour of a one-size-fits-all approach to providing WASH facilities. There is increasing awareness of the need for more gender-sensitive approaches based on different biological and social needs of women and men in relation to WASH. Gender-sensitive community-based collaboration in design (‘co-design’) of WASH interventions is critical to their sustainable and equitable implementation.

These two PhD projects are aligned with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Water for Women Fund, which recently awarded a grant to Monash and Emory universities to carry out research as a sub-study within RISE to assess what does – and doesn’t – work in co-design, from an intersectional gender perspective. The goal of this sub-study is to generate new evidence on a gender and socially inclusive co-design approach that addresses social and technical aspects of safely managed water and sanitation, as well as structural inequalities faced by able-bodied and disabled women and girls, including in leadership, self-efficacy, safety and inclusion.

To fill the evidence gap, we will study the process of co-designing the water-sensitive revitalisation of informal settlements at household and community levels, through an intersectional gender lens, in both Fiji and Indonesia. The proposed implementation research will result in the development of a toolkit for intersectional, gender-inclusive co-design of water sensitive solutions for urban informal settlements. It will create a reliable resource for future WASH projects, which will promote the use of sustainable, evidence-based practices by implementers, including civil society organisations, governments, and other WASH sector actors.

Eligibility:

Applications are sought from students with a H1 (first class or equivalent) degree in a relevant discipline as listed above. Applicants must meet Monash University's minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry into a higher degree by research program

These PhD Monash scholarships are secured to the funding level for Australian citizens or permanent residents only (funded at the rate of the Australian Postgraduate award). For international applicants, top-up funding through the RISE program may be possible (for the difference between domestic and international fees). International applicants are also encouraged to seek additional funding sources.

Details of eligibility requirements to undertake the PhD are available at http://www.monash.edu.au/migr/research-degrees/

Selection Criteria:

Candidates will be selected based on their potential for research excellence and relevant past experience and training.

Application process:

Apply by submitting an Expression of interest form.

Please ensure your Expression of interest form includes:

  • A cover letter that identifies your preferred focus area and explains your interest and suitability for the project;
  • A detailed curriculum vitae including academic transcript(s) and a list of any published works (if applicable);
  • Names and contact details of two academic referees; and
  • Explanation if you would be an Australian or international student, and if the latter any funding you have or are attempting to secure.

Applications close: 5pm, Friday 30 August 2019.