About the Role
This position sits within the Social Policy and Research team, which is responsible for working closely with policy makers, advocating for child and family service providers and maintaining close relationships with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), parliamentary parties and other peak bodies to make sure that Victoria’s community organisations are able to meet the needs of the vulnerable children and families that rely on their services. The team undertakes research and evaluation to underpin social policy and advocacy. It also builds sector capability through its research, evaluation and project activities, including the Outcomes, Practice and Evidence Network (OPEN).
DHHS has funded seven service providers in Victoria to test eight evidence-based programs (EBPs) to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. The programs have been chosen on the basis that they are scalable; focus on different cohorts of children and families; and span the continuum of risk from early intervention through to placement prevention and reunification.
The Centre is providing implementation support to the organisations delivering the EBP trial to facilitate and document learnings, and share these across the across the child and family service sector. The Centre’s implementation support aims to:
- Build knowledge and understanding of the effectiveness of these programs in a Victorian context
- Build understanding of the key challenges, limitations and strengths associated with delivering these programs
- Build a framework for EBP implementation support for the child and family services sector with a focus on decision making, learning and continuous improvement.
The Implementation Support Officer is responsible for supporting the child and family service organisations to effectively implement the evidence based programs being delivered in the DHHS trial. This role is critical for researching and documenting learning in relation to the implementation of EBPs in the Victorian child and family service system. Reporting to the Project Coordinator – Implementation Support and a wide range of stakeholders you will support EBP implementation capability and evidence building for the sector.
About the Organisation
The Centre is a not-for-profit peak body for over 100 child and family service organisations in Victoria.
Working for vulnerable children, young people and families, the Centre provides sector training, facilitates and publishes research, advocates through campaigns and media relations and sustains ongoing programs focusing on key areas of the State care system.
These include work towards capturing the voices of children and young people and implementing specific programs for foster care, kinship care and residential care. We also work and advocate through campaigns and media relations for better transitions for young people leaving State care.
Apply for this Job
For details concerning this role, please contact
Dr Michele Lonsdale, Director – Policy, Research and Advocacy on 0408 083 238
To apply, please forward a covering letter and a statement of max two (2) pages addressing the Key Selection Criteria in the Position Description, together with your current CV to Michele.Lonsdale@cfecfw.asn.au, using the subject line: Implementation Support Officer application via ProBono.
Please quote in application: Implementation Support Officer via Pro Bono Australia.