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Fred Hollows Foundation NZ: Research Lead

Posted on 22 May 2023

Do you have a post-graduate qualification with experience in public health research?
Do you want to work in a flexible, creative, and high-performing environment? 
Would you like to be part of a team ending avoidable blindness and vision impairment in the Pacific?

If you ticked yes to all the boxes above, then Fred Hollows has the role for you!

Improving access to quality and affordable eye care in the Pacific requires huge vision, an eye for detail, and a commitment to partnerships and locally led development.

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ (The Foundation) has a wonderful opportunity for an experienced research professional. You will manage a high-quality research programme which aligns with their Future Fred Strategy. 

The job is full time, and based in Auckland CBD.

Join them to do the best work of your career and make a profound social impact.

What you will achieve:

As the Research Lead, you will lead research activities that will increase information, learning, and innovation to strengthen the outcomes of their work with partners across the Pacific region, whilst working with colleagues to manage and use information and data to meet the needs of key eye care stakeholders.

Your responsibilities will include managing The Foundation’s research programme, effective data and information management, and collaborating with colleagues on grant applications, monitoring and evaluation, and communication activities.

You will also present The Foundation’s research at conferences and sector events, support The Foundation staff and partners to develop and build research-based skills and knowledge as well as supporting and supervising the Research Advisor.

As we are embarking on a major new programme of research in partnership with the University of Auckland, this is an exciting time to join us.

Every member of The Foundation brings something unique to the table. Here is what they are looking for with this role:

  • A post-graduate qualification and preferably a PhD with experience of doctoral research in public health, or other relevant discipline
  • At least three years of applied research experience 
  • Project Management experience 
  • People management skills
  • Understanding of international development principles and approaches
  • Enthusiasm for public health, data collection and analysis, and reporting 
  • Accurate and good eye for detail, highly organised, and able to work to deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, An aptitude for collaboration and a strong team player.

An affinity for the work of an international development organisation and an appreciation for different cultures is a must. 

What’s in it for you?

Fred Hollows are committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace that respects all cultures and different ways of thinking. They foster a creative, healthy, positive and encouraging work environment so that our team reaches their full potential and has fun along the way. Its important to them that you feel respected, can be yourself while doing the best work of your life.

They also offer:

  • Flexible working hours/remote working options
  • Complimentary health insurance scheme with Southern Cross
  • Three additional gifted annual leave days between Christmas & New Year’s 
  • Our central CBD office includes a café, bike storage.

About the organisation

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ carries on the work of legendary Kiwi, the late Professor Fred Hollows, who championed the right of all people to high quality and affordable eye care. They work in the Pacific where four out of five people that are blind, don’t need to be as their condition is treatable or preventable. They restore sight to the needlessly blind and train local eye health specialists to provide eye care services in their own communities. Fred worked tirelessly to end avoidable blindness and while it didn’t happen in his lifetime, we’re working hard to make it happen in ours. To find out more, visit our website:

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