Closing date: Sunday 4th April 2021

About the Institute for Human Security and Social Change

The Institute for Human Security and Social Change (the Institute) is a not-for-profit, collaborative and university-wide initiative, located within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University. The Institute is focused on advancing inclusive social change. We aim to learn from the practice of social change, share that learning in Australia and internationally, and to inform practice by bringing to bear the latest thinking in international development and social change. We do this through research and support of social change initiatives, teaching, professional development and outreach.

About the position

Reporting to the Senior Research Fellow – Monitoring and Evaluation, the Research Officer will support the Institute's expanding portfolio of partners in Indigenous Australia and the Pacific through providing monitoring, evaluation and learning and other research services.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Deliver monitoring , evaluation and learning and other research services to IHSSC partners in Indigenous Australia and/or the Pacific.
  • Contribute to building and maintaining relationships with IHSSC partners and other stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development of new grant proposals and tender applications.
  • Contribute to the development of the IHSSC model of research, monitoring and evaluation and knowledge brokering.
  • Contribute to relevant research publications, professional development programs and outreach;

Your skills and experience will include:

  • A relevant degree or postgraduate qualifications or an equivalent combination of relevant knowledge, training and/or experience.
  • Demonstrated experience, expertise and practical understanding of current monitoring and evaluation approaches, preferably including experience Indigenous Australia or the Pacific.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work with people from different cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with and provide support to local, national or international NGOs/development agencies;
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesise and communicate large amounts of information in relevant and accessible ways.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with limited supervision and as a member of a team in an environment with changing demands.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills and demonstrated ability to manage and respond to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • A willingness to travel both within Australia and internationally for 8-12 weeks per year, with this subject to COVID-related travel restrictions.

The Institute encourages Indigenous Australians and Pacific Islanders to apply for the position.

What you need to know

Full-time, fixed term contract for 12 months initially with the possibility of extension, subject to funding availability.

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus preferred, however negotiable

$68,881 - $92,274 plus generous superannuation. Please click on this link for a full list of benefits

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005. If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

Why La Trobe

La Trobe University’s success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria. Our teaching and research address some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change through operational excellence to benefit the communities we serve.

La Trobe Cultural Qualities:

We are Accountable, We are Connected, We are Innovative, We Care

La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive and respectful working environment for all staff. We offer flexible work arrangements that can assist you in balancing your work and other responsibilities.

La Trobe is proud to be a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN program to advance gender equality in academia.

Position Enquiries: Chris Adams, using the subject line: Research Officer - Monitoring and Evaluation enquiry via AES

HR/Recruitment Enquiries: Deborah Dare, Senior Recruitment Business Partner, +61 3 9479 1241 or

Details of how to apply:

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing the key selection criteria; and
  • An up to date resume

Please follow this link to apply via the La Trobe University website:


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