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Our Watch Senior Advisor

Our Watch Limited
  • Team: Policy and Evaluation
  • Location: Hobart, with regular travel to Melbourne
  • Position type/FTE: Fixed term: 1.0 FTE
  • Tenure: Until 30th June 2022
  • Probation period: 6 months
  • Salary classification: Our Watch Band 5, Level 1 ($91,536-102,305) plus 9.5% superannuation
  • Reports to: Manager, Policy
  • Date approved: August 2019

Organisational context

Our Watch is a national, not for profit organisation established in 2013. Our mandate is to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours, structures and power imbalances driving violence against women and their children. We are based in Melbourne. All Australian Governments, including Tasmania, are members of Our Watch.

Our Watch’s vision is an Australia where women and their children live free from all forms of violence. Our mandate is to stop violence before it happens, and our purpose is to provide national leadership to prevent all forms of violence against women and their children. Our work will always be based on sound research and strong and diverse partnerships.

Our Watch recognises and values diversity amongst its staff and strongly encourages suitably qualified people from all backgrounds to apply, especially people who have a strong understanding of intersectionality, either by working with diverse population groups or through lived experience.

Position overview

On 1 July 2019, the Tasmanian Government launched Safe Homes, Families, Communities: Tasmania’s action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022 (Safe Homes, Families, Communities), a three-year, $26 million action plan to prevent and respond to family and sexual violence features an increased focus on primary prevention. It includes establishing a nation-first Our Watch Primary Prevention Officer in Tasmania, to build the State’s capacity on primary prevention and the skills and capacities of the primary prevention workforce both within and beyond the Tasmanian Government.

Reporting to the Manager, Policy, and located in the Department of Communities Tasmania, the Our Watch Senior Advisor (Tasmania) will provide expert primary prevention policy and practice analysis and advice to the Department of Communities Tasmania and other relevant Tasmanian Government agencies. The role will help drive and support the Tasmanian Government’s emerging work on primary prevention, including the primary prevention components of Safe Homes, Families, Communities, and ensure that this work is informed by Our Watch’s evidence base and organisational expertise. The role will also seek to identify ongoing opportunities for Tasmania to contribute to Our Watch’s mission to drive nationwide change to prevent violence against women.

Responsibilities and accountabilities

Provide expert, evidence-based advice, analysis and guidance on the prevention of violence against women, as requested, by the Department of Communities Tasmania to help:

  • Drive and support improvements in policy and decision-making, build public sector capacity, strengthen inter-agency collaboration and contribute to a whole of government approach
  • Support the development of prevention practice infrastructure, expertise and capacity across the Tasmanian community, including identifying opportunities to implement Our Watch workforce development activities, sustain effective prevention practice and increase its reach across diverse settings and sectors
  • Ensure the development and implementation of prevention policy and practice initiatives in Tasmania is effectively aligned, sequenced and coordinated.

Foster productive relationships with relevant government and non-government stakeholders, in order to strengthen Tasmania’s capacity to prevent violence against women and promote gender equality, including by:

  • Identifying and building relationships with relevant community organisations and stakeholders, academics and other prevention and gender equality experts in Tasmania, and identifying opportunities to engage corporate stakeholders
  • Scoping opportunities to implement evidence based, setting specific prevention practice in Tasmania, in for example, in workplaces, education the Arts and sporting settings.

Contribute to Our Watch’s national leadership on prevention practice, through:

  • Promoting and building understanding of Our Watch policy frameworks and practice approaches, tools and resources in Tasmania, encouraging uptake, and identifying opportunities to integrate or apply these in the Tasmanian context
  • Fostering an ‘evidence-based and evidence-building’ culture, including drawing on experiences in other jurisdictions, and sharing experiences from Tasmania to help advance a nationally consistent approach, and to improve Our Watch’s national relevance and reach
  • Provide regular updates and advice to the Our Watch Manager, Policy and Director Policy and Evaluation, and communicate effectively across the organisation, to ensure all Tasmanian work is aligned to the organisation’s goals and strategic direction, and to integrate lessons learned in Tasmania into our ongoing work
  • Represent Our Watch at relevant meetings and events, and undertake other duties as required.

Direct reports

The role has no direct reports. The role is expected to provide effective direction to any consultants and suppliers that may be engaged from time to time.

Organisational relationships


  • Policy and Evaluation team
  • Marketing and Communications team
  • Practice Leadership team
  • Corporate Services team
  • CEO and Senior Executive Team


  • Our Watch Tasmania member representative
  • Department of Communities Tasmania and other relevant Tasmanian Government agencies
  • Project partners and sector stakeholders
  • External consultants and suppliers

A full Position Description is attached below.

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