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Organisation : Brotherhood of St Laurence

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time

Salary type : Other

Application closing date : 12 Jun, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Brotherhood of St Laurence

About the role

We’re looking for a Lead – Evaluation & Evidence with relevant experience to join the BSL’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team on a permanent full-time basis, 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 Social Policy and Research Centre (SPARC), which is the longest running and largest social policy research centre in a non-government community sector organisation in Australia. The MEL team integrates diverse expertise to build monitoring, evaluation and learning systems that enable reflection, adaptation, and impact. We do this by collaborating with partners in research, service development and policy to:

• Develop and implement outcomes monitoring frameworks for practice areas, services and systems change initiatives;
• 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, processes, and resources supporting inquiry;
• Promote and apply ethical MEL practices that expand the capability of BSL staff, partners, and service participants.



We are seeking a Lead – Evaluation & Evidence to advise our researchers and service managers on the rigorous design and analysis of evaluations of our service models and systemic change initiatives. The role will also contribute to the development of an organisational evaluation framework and implement it in projects across the BSL’s diverse service, research & policy portfolios. This will involve working closely with service managers and researchers to build their capability to strategically commission, design and conduct high quality evaluations.

To achieve this, the Lead will build strong working relationships with portfolio leads, service managers, practitioners, researchers, and policy analysts – leveraging their expertise and building their capacity -to plan, undertake or oversee evaluations and service reviews that reflect the diverse goals, needs and capabilities of our services.
The Lead will contribute to cultivating an active learning culture across the BSL where we routinely distil and engage with evidence to adjust, enhance and scale our service models and initiatives.

This is a permanent full-time position working 38 hours per week. Salary will be in the range of $100,750.11 – $104,959.39 per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation.

Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.



We’re looking for an applicant who has a passion for advancing BSL’s mission and the following key skills and experiences:

• Postgraduate qualification or specialized training in evaluation or related field in the social sciences, with expertise in quantitative and qualitative social research design;
• Extensive experience conducting evaluations of human and community services;
• A track record of successfully delivering a portfolio of projects;
• Demonstrated experience working directly with practitioners to build evaluation capability, including facilitating theory of change workshops, planning & designing evaluations, and reflecting on evaluation findings;
• Excellent communication skills including an ability to develop content using appropriate mediums for a range of publications and audiences;
• A passion for developing, understanding and harnessing evidence to improve service delivery, inform decision making and influence systems change to end poverty in all its forms.



  • Extensive salary packaging options to reduce amount of tax you pay
  • Career development opportunities
  • Leave loading of 17.5%
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Employee Assistance Program



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 view the Position Description to address the Key Selection Criteria, please click here.

Applications close: Sunday 12 June 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.

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