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Current opportunities with RISE

Build Team Leader / Project Manager (Suva)
Candidate: Fiji national 
No deadline – please apply as soon as possible

Town Planner / Built Environment Specialist (Suva)
Candidate: Fiji national
No deadline – please apply as soon as possible

CAD Manager / Draughtsperson (Suva)
Candidate: Fiji national
No deadline – please apply as soon as possible

Project Engineer (Suva)
Candidate: Fiji national
No deadline – please apply as soon as possible

Community co-design facilitator (Suva)
Candidate: Fiji national
No deadline – please apply as soon as possible

Project Manager - RISE Build (Melbourne)
Closing date: Sunday 25 August

PhD research (four opportunities) (Melbourne)
Closing date: Friday 30 August


Build Team Leader / Project Manager (Suva)

  • Duty station: Suva, Fiji
  • Candidate: Fiji national
  • No deadline – please apply as soon as possible
  • 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 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 / Built Environment Specialist (Suva)

  • Duty station: Suva, Fiji
  • Candidate: Fiji national
  • No deadline – please apply as soon as possible
  • 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 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


CAD Manager / Draughtsperson

  • Duty station: Suva, Fiji
  • Candidate: Fiji national
  • No deadline – please apply as soon as possible
  • Duration: 12 months (3 months probation)
  • Reports to:
    • Fiji Country Coordinator (Suva)
    • Build Team Leader (Suva)
    • Project Engineer (Suva)
    • Objective 1 (Design & Engagement) Lead (Melbourne)
    • Objective 1 (Design & Engagement) Suva focal point (Melbourne)

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

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 CAD Manager / Draughtsperson to join our team in Suva, and support the detailed design development of WSC infrastructure for the RISE sites. We are looking for someone who has excellent technical skills and attention to detail, proven time management ability, and experience with green infrastructure (or a keen willingness to learn). The candidate will be working within a diverse team of construction specialists, engineers, planners, architects, researchers and community fieldworkers who are based in both Suva and Melbourne.

Key responsibilities

  1. Manage the production, revision, and transmittal of all CAD-based documentation;
  2. Assist with costing activities.

Detailed duties

  • Prepare base plans for all RISE project sites, integrating external data (e.g. topographic and orthomosaic surveys) and internal data (e.g. site observations);
  • Manage and coordinate all data required to develop CAD plans, including filing systems, x-ref management, and digitising of hard copy data;
  • Prepare scaled, drafted plans of technical design solutions to inform co-design activities;
  • Lead the production of hard copy printed plans and other technical documentation required for co-design activities;
  • Following co-design, work with Project Engineers to develop and document technically robust concept designs;
  • Prepare area take-offs for costing activities;
  • Manage revisions and transmittals of drafted documentation;
  • Manage the transfer of RISE concept designs and supporting data to external stakeholders, including other consultants, statutory authorities, approving agencies, implementation and project partners.

Technical skills

  • Significant experience with AutoCAD
  • Knowledge of QGIS
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for costing and planning activities;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proficient in written and spoken English (proficiency in Fijian is a benefit but not a mandatory requirement).

Required qualifications and experience

  • Minimum Diploma in civil engineering, architectural drafting or related discipline
  • At least 3 years of experience with:
    • Documentation of construction projects;
    • Urban water, sanitation infrastructure design and systems.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter and CV before Sunday 4 August 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

Phone: 9438443

And cc

Email: Diego.Ramirez@monash.edu


Project Engineer

  • Duty station: Suva, Fiji
  • Candidate: Fiji national
  • No deadline – please apply as soon as possible
  • Duration: 12 months (3 months probation)
  • Reports to:
    • Build Team Leader (Suva)
    • Fiji Country Coordinator (Suva)
    • Objective 1 (Design & Engagement) Lead (Melbourne)
    • Objective 1 (Design & Engagement) Suva focal point (Melbourne)

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

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 up to two Project Engineers to join our team in Suva, and support the detailed design development of WSC infrastructure for the RISE sites. We are looking for someone who has excellent technical skills, experience with green infrastructure (or a keen willingness to learn), is passionate about working with communities and is capable of taking on a leadership role in the implementation of specific work activities. The candidate will be working within a diverse team of construction specialists, engineers, planners, architects, researchers and community fieldworkers who are based in both Suva and Melbourne.

Key responsibilities

  1. Develop technical design solutions to inform co-design activities;
  2. Assist with the preparation and delivery of co-design activities and workshops with communities;
  3. Develop technical and social design solutions in response to the co-design output brief;
  4. Lead on specific work activities for project implementation.

Detailed duties

  • Carry out detailed site investigations, undertake calculations and sizing of civil infrastructure, and develop technical solutions to inform co-design activities;
  • Participate in the development of co-design activities and materials;
  • Participate in all community co-design activities, including leading select components;
  • Support discussions around land tenure and placement of critical infrastructure items with households and communities in line with required RISE and funder safeguards and processes;
  • Develop co-design outputs into technically robust, costed concept designs;
  • Support the community and household consent process, including preparation of materials and participation in presentations and discussions;
  • Collect field data required for design implementation;
  • Evaluate and select construction materials and products;
  • Coordinate with third parties, including external consultants (e.g. surveyors, detailed engineering designers, environmental impact assessment 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;
  • Support with reporting, design documentation and costing activities.

Technical skills

  • Significant experience with 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;
  • Proficient in written and spoken English (proficiency in Fijian is a benefit but not a mandatory requirement).

Required qualifications and experience

  • Minimum Bachelor degree in civil engineering, or related discipline
  • At least 3 years of experience with:
    • designing and managing construction projects;
    • water, sanitation infrastructure design and systems,
    • familiarity with community-based development and participatory design processes

How to apply

Please send your cover letter and CV before Sunday 4 August 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

Phone: 9438443

And cc

Email: Diego.Ramirez@monash.edu


Community co-design facilitator

  • Duty station: Suva, Fiji
  • Candidate: Fiji national
  • No deadline – please apply as soon as possible
  • Duration: 12 months (3 months probation), extendable based on performance
  • Reports to:
    • Fiji Country Coordinator (Suva)
    • Build Team Leader (Suva)
    • Objective 1 (Design & Engagement) Lead (Melbourne)
    • Objective 1 (Design & Engagement) Suva focal point (Melbourne)

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

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 up to two Community co-design facilitators to join our team in Suva and facilitate, coordinate and deliver co-design and community engagement activities leading to the detailed design development of WSC infrastructure for the RISE sites. We are looking for someone who has proven community engagement experience, is open-minded to novel design-based engagement methods, and passionate about working with communities. The candidate will be working closely within a diverse team of construction specialists, engineers, architects, planners, researchers and community fieldworkers who are based in both Suva and Melbourne.

Key outputs from engagement with communities include:

  • Selection of locations and types of water servicing infrastructure
  • Increase in willingness to connect private toilets to communal infrastructure
  • Adequate documentation of community input to designs
  • Agreement amongst community and government stakeholders on operation and maintenance responsibilities
  • Identification of vulnerable households, and support provided for construction or renovation of private bathroom facilities where required

Key responsibilities

  1. Manage preparation and delivery of co-design activities and workshops with communities;
  2. Assist with documentation and reporting of co-design activities.

Detailed duties

  • Actively participate in local development of community engagement activities and materials for project implementation;
  • Participate in all community co-design activities, including leading select components;
  • Support discussions around land tenure and placement of critical infrastructure items with households and communities in line with required RISE and funder safeguards and processes;
  • Support the community and household consent process, including preparation of materials and participation in presentations and discussions;
  • Collect field data required for design implementation;
  • Participate in the development of technical and social design solutions with project team following co-design activities;
  • Support project coordination with third parties, including external consultants, and approving and referral authorities;
  • Assist in results-based reporting on co-design activities and outputs in line with donor and government requirements;
  • Assist in co-design documentation via field and progress reports etc.;
  • Support with the collection and reporting of data relating to co-design in the field for design implementation.

Technical skills

  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills;
  • Group leadership;
  • Team player;
  • Good hand drawing;
  • Use of Microsoft Word and Excel for reporting and planning activities;
  • Multi-lingual (iTaukei, Hindi and English).

Required qualifications and experience

  • Minimum Bachelor degree or equivalent in engineering, art, design, social science, community development, or related discipline
  • At least 5 years of experience with:
  • Community-based development and participatory design processes (focus group discussions, art and design engagement);
  • Engaging minority groups, ideally with gender-inclusive training around community engagement;
  • Participatory neighbourhood improvement programs and collaborative spatial planning;
  • Experience in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH or similar) programs would be beneficial.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter and CV before Sunday 4 August 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  Email: Diego.Ramirez@monash.edu
Phone: 9438443


Project Manager - RISE Build

Job No.: 595131

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 2 year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $114,510 - $121,546 pa HEW Level 09 (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Enjoy the freedom to discover something new
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions 

There’s a certain feeling you get from working at Monash University. It’s the feeling that you’re a part of something special. Something significant. So if you’re looking for the next chapter in your career, it’s here. You’ll be given the opportunity to challenge yourself, build on your skills, and make a significant contribution to a workplace that’s filled with energetic and inspiring people. Talent thrives here – and so do truly satisfying careers.

The Team

Monash Sustainable Development Institute is leading the AU$54 million interdisciplinary action research program: Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE). RISE is a randomised-control trial (RCT) of a new water-sensitive approach to upgrading water and sanitation services in informal settlements across Makassar, Indonesia and Suva, Fiji. Working with communities, governments, local leaders and partner institutions, RISE is co-designing location-specific solutions that integrate green infrastructure, such as constructed wetlands, to strengthen the whole-of-life water and sanitation cycle. The success of the RISE program will be measured by the health and well-being of residents – particularly children under five years of age – and the ecological diversity of the surrounding environment.

As the RISE program enters into its third year of implementation, additional project management capacity is needed for this next exciting phase of the program’s rollout. This phase will see RISE move from ‘start-up’ mode to ‘consolidation’ mode, with the aim to consolidate and solidify program systems, procedures and delivery mechanisms for increased efficiency, coherency and impact. A key focus in the coming two years will be the delivery of 12 civil works projects to upgrade 12 RISE informal settlements (6 in Fiji, 6 in Indonesia).

The Opportunity

The team is seeking a talented individual with extensive project management experience, a proven record of working in interdisciplinary teams, and post graduate qualifications in international development, engineering, architecture, urban planning, business or related discipline to join their dynamic team as the Project Manager – RISE Build.

Reporting to the RISE Program Manager, the Project Manager – RISE Build will project manage the implementation of the build components of RISE, form part of the core RISE team within MSDI and will play a leading role in project delivery, particularly of in-country urban planning, co-design, and civil works delivery activities in Fiji and Indonesia; and will deputise the RISE Program Manager, who manages the overall RISE program. Significant travel to Fiji is required for this role.

Your outstanding relationship management and consulting skills will be critical to this role, as you work closely with stakeholders based in Indonesia, Fiji and Australia. You will have strong proficiency in planning and organisational skills, allocating resources and ability to work independently in an action-research environment to achieve program targets.

Prior work experience in Fiji and/or Indonesia and knowledge of Monash University’s rules and regulations regarding project implementation including finance, procurement and human resources is a strong advantage.

If you enjoy working in a dynamic environment, building strong relationships and working to contribute to real, substantial change, then this role presents a brilliant opportunity for you.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. Some positions at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs".

Enquiries

Dr. Matthew French, Program Manager - RISE, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, +61 3 9905 9474

Position Description

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Closing Date

Sunday 25 August 2019, 11:55 pm AEST

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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.

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: Friday 30 August, 5pm