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Job Number : 32319
Type and Location : Commercial Consulting / Sydney, Melbourne
Listed By : Centre for Evidence and Implementation on 14 Jan 2021
Senior Advisor, Evidence in Practice


Senior Advisor, Evidence in Practice


Position Description


Reporting to:


Work location:

Melbourne or Sydney


Competitive rates and salary packaging available

Time fraction:


Contract length:

Two years fixed term contract

Direct reports:





Laptop, mouse, keypad

Driver’s License Required:


Working with Children Check and Police Check:


Working Relationships:

Internal – working closely with CEI staff across projects; External – working closely with stakeholders and agency partners

Other information

Flexible hours and flexible workplace arrangements possible


About the Centre for Evidence and Implementation

We believe good evidence and effective implementation have the power to solve our most pressing social problems. We are passionate about using our expertise to work with policy makers, practitioners and organisational leaders and funders to effectively use evidence to change lives for the better.

We are an independent, not-for-profit organisation motivated by our mission to improve the lives of children, families and communities facing adversity. Our work can be summarised in three key areas:

1.     Making sense of the evidence: We are experts in accessing, synthesising and analysing high quality research to provide insights into what the evidence says is effective.

2.     Effectively implementing evidence in practice: Evidence needs to be put into practice to make a difference. We use our expertise in implementation science and practice and program design to identify ways to increase the uptake of research findings into routine practice.

3.    Trialling, testing and evaluating: We use rigorous methods and tools to trial, test and evaluate policies, practice and programs to ensure they are delivering the best possible outcomes for the communties they serve.



Role Purpose

The primary function of the Senior Advisor, Evidence in Practice is to lead a portfolio of projects focused on implementing evidence in frontline services. As a Senior Advisor, you will assist client organisations in a variety of ways, including: leading consultation, design and development of evidence informed programs and services, utilising implementation frameworks to assist agencies to embed evidence-informed ways of working, developing and delivering training and on the job coaching to frontline practitioners across a range of human services, facilitating local implementation teams, and managing the establishment and operation of continuous quality assurance and evaluation mechanisms. You will also manage projects, research and evaluation activities and publications depending on the nature of the projects allocated. The Senior Advisor will benefit from a strong grounding in the implementation science literature, experience in evidence informed practices and service delivery, program design and evaluation methods, and experience providing implementation support for evidence-informed programs and practices in social services settings.

Working closely with other senior staff, the role of the Senior Advisor is to manage and deliver a portfolio of CEI projects, contribute to CEI’s other key areas of work, and contribute to business development activities. Thus, the role requires significant flexibility and a diverse skillset.


Key Areas of Responsibility

Under the direction of the Director, the Senior Advisor takes responsibility for the following activities:

 1.       Contribute to CEI’s thought leadership across implementation science, program design, evaluation 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

·         Provide evidence-informed program and service design advice to clients and key stakeholders

·         Give presentations and talks to external audiences on topics such as implementation   science, implementation in practice, using evidence in program and policy design

·         Build the knowledge and skills of other CEI staff in these areas


2.       Providing support for the design and implementation of evidence-informed programs, practices and interventions:

·         Keep up-to-date with implementation science literature and apply insights to implementation practice

·         Develop tailored implementation frameworks and methods for a range of clients

·         Lead key program and practice design activities, such as the development of program logics, practice manuals, practice frameworks, etc., which describe and support evidence informed practice approaches.

·         Conceptual design of methods, approaches and processes to meet project and client needs

·         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)

·         Drawing on knowledge and skills, provide oversight and sign off on key project deliverables related to implementation and evidence-informed practice.

·         Provide subject matter expertise across projects at the Centre


3.       Project management and delivery:

·           Independently scope, lead and manage multiple projects and/or large and complex projects, taking responsibility for the development and execution of project plans,  managing project resources and expenses, managing workstreams for project staff and being responsible for high quality and timely completion of project deliverables.

·           with the client and other key stakeholders, identifying project risks (e.g. contractual issues), coordinating project teams and running team meetings so that the projects are delivered on time, on budget, and to a high standard.

·           Oversee and support quality project delivery by undertaking activities to a high standard in a timely fashion, such as:

o   Leading and overseeing project workstreams or work packages

o   Utilising rigorous, evidence-informed and innovative methodologies to design, test and trial programs in social service settings

o   Lead the design, collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data for implementation and evaluation

o   Collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data for implementation and evaluation projects

o   Identifying and managing project risks

o   Preparing high-quality written reports and other project deliverables


4.       Business development and stakeholder relationships:

·         Independently lead the preparation of competitive tenders, project proposals and grant submissions

·         Initiate, develop and maintain strong stakeholder relationships

·         Identify and actively pursue new opportunities and business leads

 5.       Internal operations:

·         Contribute to the operations of the centre, working closely with other senior staff to coordinate project staffing and other resources

·         Proactively contribute to CEI’s internal operations, activities and processes such as team meetings, knowledge management, and performance tracking.

·         Work closely with other senior staff to coordinate project staffing and other resources across the Centre

·         Line management of staff (e.g., Advisors and Research Assistants)

·         Understanding team members individual development needs, actively building the skills and capacity of Centre staff, and monitoring overall team performance.

6.       Other duties as required.

Required position competencies


  1. A strong philosophical commitment to the science-practitioner model and evidence-informed practice
  2. An open, non-judgemental and collaborative stance towards working with communities facing adversity that prioritises partnership   
  3. Postgraduate degree in psychology, social work, or related discipline plus 6+ years of experience in a relevant content area OR  Undergraduate degree in psychology, social work, or related discipline plus 10+ of experience in a relevant content area. Relevant content areas include: child welfare, parenting and families, health/public health, mental health, education, disability, housing and homelessness, justice and employment.
  4. Expertise, credibility and/or experience in at least 2 of relevant social service areas as outlined above and a willingness to quickly develop expertise in the other areas.
  5. Clinical competence in family therapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy, parenting interventions or other related therapeutic approaches
  6. Experience in the design and/or implementation of evidence-informed practices, programs, interventions or policies in human services
  7. Familiarity with the principles and practices of implementation science including a strong understanding of related literature
  8. Skills in developing material and leading facilitation of professional development and/or training events
  9. High-level oral and written communication skills including substantial experience delivering training, interactive workshops and giving oral presentations and preparing high quality documents for a range of audiences (e.g., practitioners, policymakers, academics, etc).
  10. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build/maintain professional networks
  11. Excellent client and project management skills, including, budget management, experience supervising staff, resource management and conflict management and resolution
  12. Experience in winning new projects, responding to competitive tenders, preparing proposals to secure new work packages and negotiating contractual terms of business
  13. Ability and commitment to using technology to facilitate communication and project delivery, including a sound working knowledge of the Microsoft suite of programs (e.g. Powerpoint, Excel, Word, Outlook, Teams, etc).
  14. Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team and a commitment to the ongoing development of a positive organisational learning culture
  15. Demonstrated ability take a flexible approach and thrive in a fast-paced environment, sometimes working under pressure
  16. Ability to travel within and outside Australia 



  1. Experience working in partnership with Aboriginal communities. agenices, families and children
  2. Experience working with diverse client groups, including populations and communities facing disadvantage
  3. PhD in health, social science, or related disciplin
  4. Experience in monitoring and evaluation for programs, practices and interventions
  5. Current or previous registration with a National Board/Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (e.g., Psychology Board; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board)
  6. Prior direct experience supporting the implementation of innovations (e.g. evidence-informed practices and programs) into a service delivery context (e.g., training and coaching frontline staff, assessing implementation barriers and enablers, tailoring implementation strategies, etc).
  7. Current knowledge of empirical research on interventions in social services (e.g., child maltreatment, parenting support, mental health, etc).

 Health and Safety Requirements

§  Act in a safe manner at all times, including complying with all safety instructions and training given at the workplace

§  Participate in, and contribute to, health and safety awareness and improvements

§  Comply with emergency evacuation procedures

§  Report all incidents, injuries and potential hazards in a timely manner

§  Be aware of, and consider, the risks associated with your everyday work and apply appropriate mitigation measures

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. We actively seek and welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 


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