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Project Officer


OzChild has been given a philanthropic grant to employ a project officer for 12 months to realise it’s goal to be an agency that excels in empowering CYP in OOHC to have a voice in matters that affect them.

The purpose of the position is to undertake project work to build OzChild’s capacity to listen and respond to the children and young (CYP) people we work with.

OzChild is required to demonstrate that we act to encourage the participation of CYP to meet Child Safe principles and standards. OzChild aims to move beyond a simple ‘meeting of standards stance’ to become an agency that empowers the children we work with to have a voice in the matters that affect them. Not only does OzChild want to hear about what is important to them in their personal and daily lives, but OzChild wants to know their ideas about how we can work better and what is important to them.

The project will focus on developing an OzChild participation and empowerment framework, which will inform of strategies to increase the participation of CYP in OOHC and demonstrate to CYP that it is worth telling us what they want. This in turn will increase a CYP sense of empowerment and will lead to better outcomes for the CYP we work with. OzChild aims to give CYP confidence we are both listening and will act on their advice. OzChild believes ‘children have the right and the capacity to participate in decisions that affect their lives and children who have experienced adversity can have unrecognised strengths and skills.’

In this position you will be required to apply a research and co-design methodology to develop and implement a CYP participation and empowerment framework applicable for the OzChild OOHC client group. This framework will provide guidance and best practice around how staff and carers can optimise practice in listening and acting on child voice to improve their participation. This in turn will help improve outcomes in OOHC by empowering CYP to feel heard and that their voice makes a difference.

Who we are looking for:

  • Tertiary Qualification in Social Work, Social Sciences or Psychology with similar experience will be highly regarded

OzChild offers:

  • A full-time - fixed term 12 mths contract
  • Unique training and professional development journey
  • Salary fully negotiable dependent upon experience
  • Salary packaging up to $15,900
  • Ex gratia days Easter & Christmas
  • A unique culture promoting diversity, cultural competence and shared values
  • A collaborative and cohesive working culture

This role will be hybrid but will be required to travel to some other locations at times.

OzChild is committed to the employment of Aboriginal people and providing a work environment in which Aboriginal peoples' cultures, beliefs and values are acknowledged and respected, and in which the individual career goals and personal aims of Aboriginal staff are identified, promoted and achieved.

OzChild is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, those from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and LGBTIQ communities.

We are reviewing applicants immediately, Please do not delay your application if you are interested.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a police check and provide a WWCC card for Victoria.

All shortlisted candidates will be required to provide evidence of COVID-19 Vaccination Status including Booster.

How to apply:

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For more details in relation to this position please see attached position description . If you feel you are a perfect fit for this role, then submit a resume with a cover letter that outlines your skills and experiences as well as your motivation for applying and why you think you would be our preferred candidate.

For more information, a confidential discussion about the role or simply to ask a question, contact Elizabeth Abdilla, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist 0499655939 or email eabdilla@ozchild.org.au using the subject line: Project Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

A position description is attached.

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