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Senior Research Officer - What Works

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS)

about the opportunity

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) is seeking a Senior Research Officer (What Works) to take a leadership role within ANROWS’s Research and Evaluation Program. This team is currently working to increase policymakers’ and practitioners’ access to evidence of effectiveness by developing a series of evidence and gap maps and an evidence portal. These resources will capture, categorise and assess impact evaluations of interventions designed to reduce and respond to violence against women.

The Senior Research Officer will work closely with the Research Manager (What Works), expert advisers and key stakeholders to develop and maintain the maps and portal. The position will also support the implementation of the ANROWS Research Program more broadly, and provide advice for a range of internal and external ANROWS stakeholders concerning the Research Program.


ANROWS is an innovative research organisation established as an initiative of Australia’s first National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan) by the Commonwealth Government and all state and territory governments of Australia.

ANROWS is a unique research organisation, being one of the only national organisations across the world tasked with building, translating and disseminating the evidence base to inform policy and practice on women’s and children’s safety.

As a registered harm prevention charity and deductible gift recipient, ANROWS also runs a research program funded by philanthropic funds (the ANROWS Research Fund to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children), and is periodically contracted by service providers and other government stakeholders to conduct evaluation and research projects.

About the position

This is a 1.0 FTE position, reporting to the Research Manager, What Works, and is located at the ANROWS national office in the Sydney CBD. The appointment is for a fixed term from commencement up to 30 June 2025 with the possibility of extension, subject to funding.

Remuneration and leave entitlements

The salary range for this position is $115,669 to $121,288 per annum pro rata plus 10.5% employer contributions to the employee’s chosen superannuation fund with the option to salary sacrifice. ANROWS staff are entitled to four weeks’ pro rata annual leave, in addition to personal and sick leave.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead and contribute to systematic reviews and evidence maps. This may include developing and contributing to search methodologies and categorisation frameworks, managing and participating in screening and data extraction, critically appraising quantitative impact evaluations and report writing.
  • Produce accessible syntheses of impact evaluation findings. This may include writing and reviewing Plain English summaries of evaluation findings, following a specified template and style guide.
  • Support capacity building, networking and partnerships. This may include establishing and maintaining relationships with researchers, practitioners and policymakers; preparing and presenting project briefs and research summaries; and promoting ANROWS’s Research Program.
  • Lead and support project management. This may include organising and leading internal meetings, reporting to ANROWS funders and leadership, managing team workflows, tracking budgets and supporting a small team.
  • Support the ANROWS Research Program. This may include contributing to funding submissions; providing advice internally and to commissioned researchers on methods, data analysis and other research project components; and evaluating and reviewing projects and policies within the Research and Evaluation Program.
  • Provide assistance and advice to the Research Manager (What Works); the Director, Research and Evaluation; and the CEO.



  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience conducting high-quality social science research, demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications or research report writing for relevant stakeholders such as policymakers.
  • A strong understanding of quantitative impact evaluation research design.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the capacity to build and maintain positive professional relationships and communicate effectively with a range of non-government and government stakeholders.
  • Well-developed organisational and administrative skills, including experience with managing research projects and the ability to effectively determine priorities and achieve defined outcomes within strict deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the broad range of issues relating to domestic and family violence.
  • Understanding of issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people from LGBTQ and intersex communities, and people with disability, as well as competence in working effectively with people in these groups.


  • Experience leading systematic reviews and critically appraising quantitative impact evaluations.
  • Experience conducting research in the violence against women area.
  • Experiencing supporting and mentoring research assistants or interns.

next steps

Any questions regarding the position should be directed to: Dr Elizabeth Watt, Research Manager (What Works) on Telephone: 02 8374 4000, or at Email: elizabeth.watt@anrows.org.au, using the subject line: Senior Research Officer - What Works enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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The successful applicant will be offered the position subject to a criminal history check (also known as a police check).

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