Vacancy – CAPHIA Research Assistant: Competencies Renewal Project

Applications close midnight Wednesday 1 May, 2024

CAPHIA is seeking a talented Research Assistant to support the activities of the Competences Renewal Steering Committee on a casual basis.

  • Employment Type: Casual
  • Duration: ~12 months (with possibility of extension)
  • Location: Remote/Virtual

About the CAPHIA Competencies Renewal Project

CAPHIA is the peak body that represents public health in universities that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs, research and workforce development in public health throughout Australasia. Our members across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea include universities and affiliate organisations that closely align with CAPHIA’s vision, mission and objectives. 

The CAPHIA Competences Renewal Steering Committee is responsible for developing the Third Edition of the CAPHIA Foundation Competencies for Public Health Graduates (the Competencies). The CAPHIA Competencies are leveraged to inform public health curricular across the region.

About the role

The Research Assistant will support a three phased research approach to produce the Third Edition which aims to characterise the competencies [knowledge, skills, attributes] required by public health graduates to effectively contribute to the workforce and meet existing and emergent public health needs. The project structure has been designed to optimise input from our diverse profession.

This fully remote/virtual role is an exciting opportunity for an interested candidate to contribute to the development of a contemporary best practice public health competency framework for Australasia and to connect with experts and diverse stakeholders from across the region.
The position is casual, and commitment will vary across the course of the project (approximately 8 hours per week).  The position reports to the CAPHIA Executive Director, Holly Donaldson and works closely with the Project Co-Leads Professor Melissa Graham and Dr Nathan Dawes. 

Selection Criteria


  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in public health or cognate discipline.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the public health profession.
  • Experience conducting qualitative research.
  • Evidence of excellent communication and writing skills.
  • High level organisational skills with the ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and initiate and follow-up actions with minimal or no supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively with multiple stakeholders.


  • Evidence of development, review, or application of competencies.
  • Experience conducting quantitative research.

To read the full position description and selection criteria click here.

CAPHIA welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and encourages applications from people of diverse gender, sexual orientation, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with disability and those with caring and or family responsibilities.
Please note: Candidates must have current and valid work rights in Australia.


How to Apply

Please click here to complete the application survey.
Interested candidates must address the full selection criteria and provide a current CV by midnight, Wednesday 1st May, 2024.

For more information about the role, or if you require any reasonable adjustment to the application process, please contact

To read a detailed Position Description, click here.

For more information about the CAPHIA Competencies Renewal Project, click here.