Position: Senior Project Officer, Review and Evaluation
Organisation: Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regionss
Closing date: 14 August 2022

Are you:

  • Wanting to develop or enhance policy, strategy, management consulting and project management skills?
  • Looking for a challenge and variety?
  • Excellent at working with and delivering value for stakeholders and clients?

Be part of a growing evaluation and design team, working together to maximise the impact of our work. This is an opportunity to build a deep understanding of Victoria’s creative industries, tourism and visitor economy, business dynamics, investment and trade, agriculture, and urban and regional economies.

In a diverse department like ours, this is a rare opportunity to strategically influence and improve the delivery of key Victorian Government priorities and support inclusive economic growth. As a Senior Project Officer, you will have the opportunity to lead and contribute to a range of evaluations across the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. You will provide advice, undertake project planning and deliver capacity building activities to support evaluation practice across the department. You will work in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team who are passionate about delivering quality work and driving positive change.

Strong conceptual and analytical skills and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are a must. Experience in evaluation and review, program and policy design, or behavioural insights would be highly regarded.

Position Title: Senior Project Officer, Review and Evaluation 
Position Number: 021015 and 100115
Classification: VPS Grade 5
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735 plus superannuation
Group/Branch: Strategy and Priority Projects/Design and Evaluation
Usual Work Location: 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC (flexibility may be available)
Usual Hours of Work: Full time (flexibility may be available)
Tenure: Ongoing and Fixed Term 12 months
Further Information: Marlinda Duskovic, Senior Adviser, Business Management
Phone: 03 9623 1351
Position Reports To: Director, Design and Evaluation

About the department

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) was established to ensure Victoria's strong economic performance by growing industries and regions. Here at DJPR, we're making sure Victoria's economy benefits all Victorians by creating more jobs for more people, building thriving places and regions and nurturing inclusive communities.

Our work supports a range of diverse portfolios and operates across metropolitan, regional and international offices. We also oversee various public entities, including public corporations, regulatory authorities and specialist boards.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

Our values are accountability, integrity and respect, and underpin everything we do.

For more information about the department, please visit our website www.djpr.vic.gov.au.

About us

The Strategy and Priority Projects (SPP) branch brings together specialist skills in economics, modelling, data and evaluation to support all groups across the department to deliver on their priorities. SPP’s service offering includes strategy and policy advice, data and analytics, and policy and program evaluation.

The Design and Evaluation unit is growing to strengthen our in-house capability to provide advice across the policy lifecycle and deliver more and higher quality program evaluations. This will better support the Department to understand the impact of its work, including the many programs that have initiated to support economic recovery from COVID-19. Our focus is on helping improve how the department delivers for Victorians.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic team that is focused on delivery and outcomes, that also values collaboration and professional development. The unit operates like an internal management consulting team, drawing on staff across the unit to form evaluation project teams to deliver high quality reviews and evaluations of key departmental initiatives.

Key accountabilities

  1. Provide technical leadership and work in specialist project teams to undertake research and evaluate key initiatives across the department’s portfolio areas and provide authoritative advice regarding evaluation as required.
  2. Analyse data, collate evidence, and conduct stakeholder interviews to formulate findings and make recommendations on a diverse range of initiatives.
  3. Lead the production of concise, high quality and compelling reports, briefs and submissions to facilitate effective decision-making.
  4. Initiate, manage and maintain close and effective stakeholder relationships to ensure the effective delivery of projects.
  5. Collaborate effectively in teams including using best practice project management disciplines to ensure projects are delivered on time and to the agreed scope and objectives.

Key selection criteria

  1. Experience undertaking significant reviews and/or evaluation projects with the ability to deliver high quality products on time when managing multiple competing priorities.
  2. Advanced analytical, conceptual and problem-solving skills with sound judgment and capacity to make decisions and recommendations where diverse interests need to be considered.
  3. Strong critical analysis and excellent written, visual and verbal communication skills including the development of reports, PowerPoint presentations and diagrams, submissions and briefings that are concise and engaging.
  4. Demonstrated stakeholder and relationship management skills to build trust, collaboration and consensus including proven ability to establish and maintain relationships with people at all levels and from diverse backgrounds and organisations.
  5. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with high expectations, tight deadlines, and a culture of feedback, continuous development and support.

Desired experience / qualifications

An appropriate tertiary qualification and demonstrated experience in undertaking primary research, stakeholder engagement, survey design and implementation, as well as knowledge of review and evaluation techniques would be well regarded.

Pre-employment misconduct screening requirements: 
All applicants may be subject to the following pre-employment checks:

  • National Police Records Check
  • Qualification Check (where a mandatory qualification is required)
  • Declaration of private interests
  • Pre-employment misconduct screening declaration

The position has the following inherent requirement level of intrinsic risk:

  • Some access to confidential information (medium)
  • Contact with community members (medium)
  • Low level decision-making responsibilities (low)

Employment Information

  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • Recipients of Victorian Public Service (VPS), Voluntary Departure Package (VDP) or Early Retirement Package (ERP) voluntary departure packages should note that re-employment restrictions apply.
  • Non-VPS applicants will be subject to a probation period of six months from commencement of employment within the Victorian Public Service.
  • All new appointments to the department will be subject to a National Police Records Check.
  • Employees are covered by the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2020 and Senior Executive Service employees are covered by the Victorian Public Service Executive Employment Handbook and Contract.
  • The collection and handling of applications and personal information will be consistent with the requirements of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

Emergency response requirements
The department plays a major role in Victoria’s emergency response activities, biosecurity incursions and compliance actions. Employees can be directly employed for these roles or may be called upon to support these activities as required following appropriate training and suitability assessment.

How to apply

Please visit the www.careers.vic.gov.au website and search under position number 100115 and 021015. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description.
Applications close at midnight on 14 August 2022.

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