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Organisation : Brotherhood of St Laurence

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Part-time

Salary type : Other

Application closing date : 17 Jan, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Brotherhood of St Laurence

About the role

We’re looking for a professional Senior Research Officer with relevant experience who wants to join the BSL’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team based in Fitzroy.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has a clear vision – an Australia free of poverty.
For almost 90 years, we have worked with policy makers and the community for systemic change that will prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia.

We are passionate about the work we do.

We strive to create change that lasts for a more compassionate and just society – a society in which we can all fully participate in social, civic and economic life with the dignity and respect we all deserve.



The MEL team is situated within the BSL’s Research and Policy Centre (RPC), which is the longest running and largest social policy research centre in a non-government community sector organisation in Australia. The MEL team advances the BSL’s mission to effect systemic change by integrate diverse expertise to enable adaptive learning powering impact. We do this by collaborating with partners in policy, service development and research to:

  • Develop and implement outcomes monitoring frameworks for practice areas, services and systems change initiatives;
  • Strategically and rigorously evaluate our service models and change initiatives to understand and demonstrate our impact;
  • Cultivate and embed a learning culture through the development of inclusive platforms, reflective practice tools, and curated resources;
  • Promote and apply ethical MEL practices that expand the capability of BSL staff, partners, and service participants



We are seeking a Senior Research Officer to conduct evaluations of innovative service models and build evaluation capability among services at BSL by supporting the development of guides, resources and collaborative learning processes. The role will start by leading the developmental evaluation of the Better Health and Housing Program (BHHP), an integrated transitional health and housing program for people aged 40 and older experiencing homelessness and with chronic health issues. This will involve working closely with program stakeholders, staff and participants of BHHP to enable their participation in distilling insights supporting the ongoing development of the model and the assessment of model effectiveness.


This is a permanent part time position working 30.4 hours per week

Salary will be in the range of $93,154.77-$97,269.24 pro rata per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation, with attractive salary packaging options.



Passion for supporting the mission of BSL, and delivering excellence in your role, are just the start.

To be considered for the role and be successful in it, we’re looking for someone who has the following key skills and experiences:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification with significant expertise in a related role conducting evaluations within human / health / community services;
  • An ability to critically assess and design data collection tools and practices and a familiarity with various outcomes measurement approaches;
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating discussions and workshops to support services in clarifying program logics, theories of change & outcomes and generating evaluative insights;
  • Developed knowledge of relevant ethical research practices and codes;
  • Knowledge of or capacity to quickly develop knowledge of current issues and debates in homelessness and housing and its intersection with chronic health conditions.



BSL employees enjoy a range of flexible work options and other attractive benefits. Recognising that there is no ‘one size fits all’ pattern of work–life balance, the organisation endeavours to provide options to suit the needs of all staff.


If this looks like a role that’s right for you, APPLY NOW or contact Mercy Kanyi at for a confidential discussion.

To review the position description and address the Key Selection Criteria, please click here.

Applications close: Monday 17th January 2022 at 11:55pm

The Brotherhood of St Laurence adheres to Government mandates in relation to COVID-19.



We are an EEO and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. We recognise that everyone has the right to an equitable, safe and productive environment and to be treated with dignity and respect.  We welcome applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, disability or sexual orientation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children. Recruitment decisions are based on the key inherent needs and requirements of each role, and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and characteristics.  Applicants must have proof of working rights in Australia.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Senior Research Officer via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Community_Services, #Education_and_Training
Sector: #Children, #Community_Development, #Community_Engagement, #Community_Support_Services, #Consulting, #Disabilities, #Education_and_Employment, #Employment_Services, #Families, #Foundations_Trusts_and_Philanthropy, #Health_–_General, #Homelessness_and_Affordable_Housing, #Indigenous, #Other, #ResearchMedical_Research, #Social_Enterprise, #Youth_and_Young_People

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