University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Principal Project Officers - Knowledge Lead: Coral Reef Nations



  • School of the Environment

  • Seeking 2 x highly motivated and experienced Principal Project Officers.

  • Fixed Term, part-time roles (either 3 days or 2 days per week)

  • The CRR GEF project is part of CRRI, aiming to protect coral reef ecosystems from climate threats.

  • Collaborate directly with a small but high-performing team.

  • Delivering a diverse range of project-related tasks

  • Based at St Lucia Campus location

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    The Coral Reef Rescue (CRR) GEF project is part of the Global Coral Reef Rescue Initiative (CRRI), a global partnership aiming to safeguard coral reef ecosystems against climate threats. The initiative focuses on identifying climate refuge reefs, which are less exposed to climate stress due to local oceanographic conditions. The CRR project operates in six countries with a concentration of such reefs: Fiji, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Philippines, Madagascar, and Tanzania.

    The project's main objective is to strengthen capacity and implement solutions for the long-term survival of climate refuge coral reef ecosystems, thereby conserving biodiversity and supporting the economies and communities dependent on them. It achieves this through four components:

    Establishing a global network of knowledge and best practices, along with a monitoring platform. Creating national hubs in the six countries for collaborative design and implementation of action plans. Developing an investment portfolio for sustainable livelihood projects in priority areas. Implementing a communications strategy to raise awareness about the importance of climate refuge reefs.

    The Principal Project Officer will be responsible for the delivery of activities and outputs under Component 1, Outcome 1.1. The Principal Project Officer will be responsible for delivering a wide range of project-related activities across all phases of the project life-cycle. Key deliverables for this project include the development of 4 online courses and at least 6 virtual workshops.

    Key responsibilities will include:

    Project Coordination

  • Facilitate a needs assessment in each project country to establish country-specific needs.

  • Coordinate and deliver learning events as identified in the needs assessment and outlined in the knowledge strategy, adhering to principles of gender equity.

  • Catalyse and support dialogue around topics of interest through facilitating the establishment and active participation of stakeholders in communities of practice.

  • Design online courses that are aligned with the needs of the target audience, as identified in the needs assessment and outlined in the knowledge strategy.

  • Coordinate the development of up to four online courses that are accessible to male and female learners with diverse expertise and backgrounds and connectivity/bandwidth contexts.

  • Project Administration and communication

  • Aggregate the needs assessment results data at a global level and develop findings report.

  • Develop timelines, budgets, and work plans for the development of up to four online courses according to the Knowledge strategy.

  • Planning and reporting requirements for Component 1, Outcome 1.1 to UQID Project Management Unit, which will include at a minimum submission of annual workplans and budgets and progress reports.

  • Stakeholder engagement

  • content and approach to planned learning resources and events are relevant to the specific context and needs of different countries, and that ownership by stakeholders is ensured.
  • Financial Management

  • Supervising the project budget of CRR GEF7 Outcome 1.1
  • To request a copy of the Position Description including the full list of key responsibilities, please email [email protected].

    There are two positions available both part-time (40% FTE and 60%FTE), fixed-term position for up to 2 years.

    At HEW level 7, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $96,649.64 - $105,244.58 plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $113,080.08 - $123,136.16 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

    About You
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as education, international development, or social sciences.

  • With at least 4 years of experience in program management, with a focus on knowledge management, education, or capacity development.

  • Experience in coordinating multi-stakeholder partnerships and working with diverse groups of stakeholders, including government and non-government institutions, communities, and academic bodies.

  • Strong facilitation and communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and stakeholders.

  • Knowledge and understanding of gender equity principles and their application in program design and implementation.

  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, with a focus on adaptive management and learning.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with a strong commitment to collaboration and partnership.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact please contact Hayley Ware via email [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close April 18th 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-36718). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for May 2nd 2024.

    Job details


    Principal Project Officers - Knowledge Lead: Coral Reef Nations


    University of Queensland




    April 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 18, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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