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  • Be part of a dynamic First Nations Led organisation
  • Empowering FN staff and families
  • Attractive salary and NFP salary sacrifice available + bonus leave

About Us

The Children’s Ground Approach is Australian designed with First Nations peoples. We are committed to systems change to ensure dignity, justice and equity for all children and families. Our work focuses on national reform as well as evidencing a new way of working. The Children’s Ground Approach is a whole of community, whole of life approach. We partner with a community over the course of a generation, led by local expertise, vision and intelligence. Together, we create and deliver an integrated system that is centred on learning, development and wellbeing that responds to the child and their family through the key transition points from pre-birth to young adulthood. Our approach recognises the cultural, social and economic strength of communities and builds on this to equip children for opportunities locally, nationally and globally.

We celebrate First Nations children and families and back their vision and talent to transform their communities from extreme stress and economic disadvantage to communities of opportunity and wellbeing.

Children’s Ground operates in Central Australia and across the Top End, with support provided by a Melbourne-based Shared Services team.

About the Job

Research and Development (R&D) is central to Children’s Ground’s work and this position will support the ongoing establishment and growth of our internal and external R&D.

You will be responsible for leading the R&E team in Central Australia and providing guidance and support for the team’s work within the communities we work with. This includes team management, training, performance reviews and support.

This position will oversee and support high-quality monitoring, evaluation and research, with a focus on empowering all First Nations staff and families in data, evaluation and research ownership and sovereignty. You will be responsible for working with the R&E team and First Nations staff to implement regular community level evaluation and reporting, as well as locally relevant and robust triennial regional progress evaluation.

The focus of our monitoring and evaluation is to evidence the impact of the Children’s Ground Approach and system. Key to this is the longitudinal evaluation of impact. Children’s Ground is committed to community led practice that privileges First Nations culture. In our monitoring and evaluation, First Nations Community Research teams and leaders are directly involved in the designing of a new way of approaching evaluation.

Relocation support is available as well as generous salary packaging arrangements.

About You

We are looking for a dynamic and innovative Head of Research & Evaluation to join our team. The successful incumbent will have a relevant degree/qualification or the equivalent professional experience in monitoring and evaluation along with demonstrated experience in designing and implementing evaluation and research approaches within a community context.

Ideally, you will be First Nations.

How to apply

Please apply via SEEK where you will be asked to upload a resume and a cover letter detailing why you want to work with Children’s Ground and how your skills and experience match the position description located on our website. Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted as they are received, and the position filled as soon as we meet the right candidate.

In line with our workforce development strategy, Children’s Ground strongly encourages and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to apply.

Position description

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