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Advisor – Implementing Evidence in Child and Family Services

Organisation : The Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI)

Location : Melbourne, Sydney

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Consulting & Strategy, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Support Services, Consulting, Health – General

Salary type : Annual Package

About the organisation

Organisation Name : The Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI)

The Centre for Evidence and Implementation is a global team of research, policy and practice experts based in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom, working with our clients – policy makers, governments, practitioners, program providers, organisation leaders and funders – to:

  • understand the evidence base
  • develop methods and processes to put the evidence into practice, and
  • trial, test and evaluate policies and programs to drive more effective decisions and deliver better outcomes.

We work in collaboration with our global partnership network to ensure that we are accessing and producing only high quality evidence, developed through rigorous and innovative methods. As an independent, social purpose organisation we are motivated by our mission to improve the lives of children, families and communities facing adversity.

About the role

What’s in it for you?

Due to rapid business expansion we have multiple opportunities for exceptional candidates as Advisors in our Sydney and Melbourne teams on a two-year, full-time contract. Are you looking for a new challenge and want to join a successful and growing organisation dedicated to creating lasting and effective social change? Do you have a passion for real-world implementation of evidence-informed solutions? If so, we want to hear from you.

  • Join a growing organisation and work with a dynamic international team, located in Australia, Singapore, and London
  • A career that is purpose driven and flexible in a supportive, agile, and positive environment
  • Excellent working conditions, including an additional week of company leave time
  • Competitive salary reflective of skills and experience, salary packaging available


The Role

Working closely with senior staff, the role of the Advisor is to support and lead the delivery of a portfolio of CEI projects with government and community services. You will lead the development of evidence informed practice frameworks; support efforts to effectively implement interventions through a range of evidence-based strategies; and contribute to project management, research, presentations, and publications as required.


As an Advisor you will bring a high level of experience in clinical practice of evidence-informed therapeutic approaches. You will benefit from a grounding in implementation science literature and/or experience in providing implementation support for evidence-informed programs and practices in social services settings. You will be flexible and bring a diverse skillset to lead and contribute across CEI’s key areas of work.


Key Areas of Responsibility & Required Competencies

  • Support the design and development of evidence-informed practice resources, such as practice frameworks and practice guides:
    • Analyse and synthesise the best available research evidence; practitioner expertise and insight; and lived experience of children and families to design evidence-informed practice resources.
    • Test, trial and iterate practice resources with key stakeholders and partners to ensure appropriateness and suitability
    • Writing evidence-informed practice frameworks and guides that are fit for purpose and context
  • Providing implementation support for evidence-informed programs, practices and interventions:
    • Keep up-to-date with implementation science literature and apply insights to implementation practice
    • Design and deliver high-quality training in face to face and online formats
    • Provide post-training support for practitioners to translate their learnings into practice e.g. through coaching, field observation and review
    • Build the capacity of local agency staff and leadership to drive practice change and other implementation efforts
    • Develop and use resources to support implementation in the field e.g. practice fidelity assessments, implementation plans
    • Establish monitoring and evaluation processes (including monitoring implementation quality, client outcomes as a result of the program/practice/intervention)
  • Contribute to CEI’s thought leadership and knowledge exchange in implementation science and related topics:
    • Facilitate workshops and deliver seminars and other activities to build the capacity of our partners and stakeholders to understand, use and embed evidence into their day to day work
    • Facilitate sector and community consultation around implementation of evidence-informed programs, practices and interventions, and/or use of evidence in program and policy design and delivery
    • Provide evidence-informed implementation advice to clients and key stakeholders
  • Project management and delivery:
    • Adopt the role of Project Manager for selected projects, taking responsibility for developing project plans, managing staff resources and project expenses, liaising with the client, identifying project risks (e.g. contractual issues), co-ordinating project teams and running team meetings so that the project is delivered on time and on budget, and to a high standard.
    • Support quality project delivery by undertaking activities to a high standard in a timely fashion, such as:
      • Coordinating and scheduling meetings and events
      • Developing program logics/theories of change for evidence-informed programs, practices and interventions
      • Collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data for implementation and evaluation projects
      • Preparing high-quality written reports
      • Preparing and delivering high-quality presentations (e.g. to clients, at conferences)
      • Preparing material for CEI publications (e.g. website, newsletters)
    • Business development and stakeholder relationships:
      • Contribute to or lead the preparation of competitive tenders, project proposals and grant submissions
      • Support the development and maintenance of strong stakeholder relationships
    • Internal operations:
      • Proactively contribute to CEI’s internal operations, activities and processes such as team meetings, knowledge management, and performance tracking.
    • Other duties as required.


Person Specification


    • Knowledge of and a commitment to the work of CEI, including a strong sense of social justice, professional ethics and commitment to evidence-informed practice.
    • Excellent project management skills, including ability to coordinate team activities, establish priorities, set and meet deadlines, and manage budgets.
    • Excellent written communication skills, and ability to prepare high quality documents for a range of audiences (e.g. practitioners, policymakers, etc.).
    • Experience in collecting, summarising, understanding and using monitoring and evaluation data.
    • Competent in searching, critiquing and using relevant literature and evidence to inform project activities.



    • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
    • Demonstrated ability take a flexible and adaptive approach and thrive in a truly fast-paced environment.


Key Selection Criteria

Essential Knowledge or Experience:

    • Minimum of three years’ experience in the design and/or implementation of evidence-informed practices, programs, interventions or policies in human services (e.g. child welfare, parenting and families, youth justice, mental health, health, education, housing, homelessness, employment).
    • Minimum of three years’ experience delivering interventions, programs or other therapeutic services directly to clients in a relevant sector (e.g. child welfare, parenting and families, youth justice, mental; health, health, education, housing, homelessness, employment).



  • Postgraduate degree in psychology, social work, or related discipline


Diversity and Inclusion at CEI

We are committed to improving outcomes for communities who are facing adversity through leveraging the best available evidence. We value diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and with lived experience of the social issues our work addresses and in the communities we aim to serve. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

How to apply

Please submit your CV plus a separate statement of not more than 3 sides of A4 demonstrating how you meet the Key Selection Criteria to


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply early, the final date to apply is Monday 15th August 2022.

Please note: We have a legal responsibility to ensure that all our employees have the legal right to live and work in the country of work. If we make an offer of employment, we will need to check that you are eligible to work in Australia before you start work.


The Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI) is founded by Save the Children Australia. Being a child-safe organisation, all employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, and sign our Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.  


Please quote in application: Advisor - Implementing Evidence in Child and Family Services via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Consulting_and_Strategy, #Social_and_Support_Work
Sector: #Community_Support_Services, #Consulting, #Health_–_General


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