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Project Research Officer

CREATE Foundation
  • Make a difference to Young People
  • Research, Policy and Advocacy Team
  • Casual as required, National NFP immediate start

CREATE Foundation is a systems advocate and the role that Research Officers play is one where engaging with children and young people is central to the role.

  • Must have a current WWCC/ Bluecard
  • Casual as required, for projects ongoing

Primary Purpose of the Position

This position is designed to complete the facilitation of the “voice” of children and young people through specific and time limited projects within the Policy and Advocacy team that inform improved outcomes for children and young people in care.

Position context and specific job requirements  

  • Work effectively in a small team, in a fast- paced environment, with many competing deadlines.
  • Assist in collecting information from children and young people, and/or the OOHC sector to inform CREATE’s consultations. This includes conducting interviews and participating in meetings or small groups with children and young people to hear and document their voices.
  • Collate and analyse data utilising the Survey Monkey platform.
  • Prepare quality/accurate reports utilising CREATE’s established templates and Style Guide. Prepare or assist in developing submissions, briefing papers and correspondence.
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of issues and trends in the out-of-home care sector.
  • Contribute to the organisations research and consultation agenda and assist the process as outlined in the specific project plan and /or individual work plans.
  • Assist in the promotion of CREATE’s advocacy position to key stakeholders
  • Assist in the implementation of policy, research and advocacy initiatives.

Key Result Areas

  1. Complete meaningful data analysis to inform reports and submissions.
  2. Write quality accurate and cohesive reports and submissions.
  3. Engage productively with children and young people to elicit their views.
  4. Meet stated deadlines.
  5. Contribute to a positive organisational culture, and ensure adherence to Child Safe Standards and cultural safety.

More information is available on our website

Selection Criteria

To be considered for an interview, all applicants MUST respond in full to the below Selection Criteria, and successfully undertake security checks to ensure that they are suitable to work with children (Blue Card or equivalent).

  1. Possess a minimum of a Bachelor Degree in Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Social Science or a related discipline coupled with at least 3 years’ experience in a policy or research environment.
  2. Demonstrated understanding and experience in working in a research environment. Including understanding research processes and possessing the ability to contribute to the development of research and consultation processes including the design, data collection and analysis of data. Demonstrated ability to prepare high quality written materials including reports, briefing papers and correspondence.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of the out-of-home care sector (child protection) in Australia.              
  4. Demonstrated high-level written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate in an age appropriate and culturally sensitive manner. Ability to engage productively and respectfully with children and young people is essential.
  5. Ability to work autonomously and meet deadlines.

CREATE is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities and we encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background to apply for the position. People with out-of-home care experience are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact noelle.hudson@create.org.au, using the subject line: Project Research Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs for queries.

A position description is attached.

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