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Research Assistant

Organisation : Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service

Location : VIC Regional (Croydon)

Work type : Part-time

Profession : Policy & Research

Sector : Families

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $65,000

Application closing date : 6 Nov, 2021

About the role

About the Opportunity

BWAHS has an exciting opportunity for a part-time (0.4 FTE) Research Assistant to join their team in Croydon, on a 9-month fixed-term contract.

Reporting to the Practice and Development Manager, your key responsibility will be to work in conjunction with the Team to deliver results of research and evaluation activities to the project within the project timeframes using well-established guidelines and procedures. You will take a highly participatory approach to evaluation design and delivery, which will see you working in collaboration with colleagues to develop data collection, tools, analysis, reports, as well as supporting changes to the program based on evaluation findings.

Your key responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Consulting with Aboriginal staff to seek advice on culturally-appropriate evaluation design and implementation;
  • Undertaking engagement activities that relate to pilot project evaluations, including insuring that relevant stakeholders are kept informed of key developments;
  • Providing input on data collection tools design, in conjunction with the Training and Education Lead and Project Officers; and
  • Participating in and contributing to pilot project evaluation data as well as communicating findings in accessible language and formats under the direction of the Manager.

To view the full position description, click here.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will need to have proven experience in evaluating and monitoring qualitative and quantitative research, and the ability to develop the knowledge and skills to apply ethical practice and principles in research and evaluation that involve Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. You will need to be undertaking or have completed a higher degree or post-graduate qualification in a relevant field such as education, social work, health or similar.

You will also need to be a proactive and determined individual, with strong interpersonal and written communication skills, and the ability to work together with colleagues in a culturally-safe and respectful manner to meet objectives and outcomes of their role.

Although not a requirement, demonstrated knowledge of the community services sector in Victoria, service delivery by Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Victorian Government reforms regarding self-determination and family violence is highly desirable.

Please Note: You will be required to hold a current Victorian Driver’s Licence, hold a satisfactory Police Check and a Working with Children’s Check or be willing to obtain one, and hold a current basic first aid qualification or be willing to obtain one. 

About the Benefits

In return for your hard work, you will be rewarded with an attractive salary package in line with SCHADS level 3 reward (circa $65,000) PLUS super. You will also receive a great range of benefits including a wellbeing package, in-house training, and ongoing professional development.

This is a highly rewarding opportunity to join a team and make a genuine difference in the lives of Aboriginal men, women, children and families who are impacted by family violence.

If you are looking for a new and exciting research opportunity – Apply Now!

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service

Established in 2006, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS) provides a range of services and programs to Aboriginal individuals and families who are experiencing, at risk of experiencing family violence, or use violence. Currently BWAHS is one of 4 Aboriginal specific state funded healing services in Victoria. 

BWAHS has skilled qualified staff and comprehensive experience with culturally safe delivery of child, youth and family services for Aboriginal people. They provide family violence risk assessment, safety planning, case co-ordination and support including referrals to the Risk Assessment Management Panel. They have developed an excellent record for providing high quality family violence and trauma informed Intensive Case Management, Integrated Family Services responses and evidence-based therapeutic programs to individuals and groups for a whole of family approach.

Boorndawan Willam, derives from the Wathaurong and Woiwurrung languages. Boorndawan (Wathaurong) meaning ‘safe’ and Willam (Woiwurrung) meaning ‘house’, combine to create a ‘safe house’. The healing service acknowledges the use of these words in the development of the organisations name. 

How to apply

To view more details and to apply:


Please quote in application: Research Assistant via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Policy_and_Research
Sector: #Families

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