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Senior Advisor - Sydney

Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI)

The Organisation

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trialing, 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.

What's in it for you:

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 evaluation, evidence, and advancing implementation science? 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
  • 2-year contract

The Role

Based out of our Sydney office the Senior Advisor will work closely with the Director, the primary role of the Senior Advisor is to lead or manage a portfolio of CEI projects across a range of key CEI strategic activities, including evaluation, applying evidence in service development and improvement, evidence synthesis, and advancing implementation science. The Senior Advisor will also contribute to new business development and the strategic development of our CEI team. As a global organisation there will be at times an expectation that work and meetings will be conducted outside regular business hours.

Key Accountabilities

CEI provides government, service sector and philanthropic decision-makers with rigorous data analysis and feasible solutions to support them in improving the lives of children, families and communities facing adversity. The Senior Advisor will lead and support integrated, hybrid design, multicomponent research that provides a deep understanding of the adverse conditions affecting children, families and communities in partnership with government agencies, local service providers, and people with lived experience. This includes partnering with implementation practice colleagues on conceptual and practical approaches to measuring implementation outcomes and using measurement to inform continuous quality improvement processes.

Key areas of accountability are outlined below. Other duties will be performed as required.

Research and evaluation methods leadership

Manage the design, planning and delivery of projects, primarily high-quality evaluations, the synthesis of evidence and the application of evidence in service development and improvement, informed by and advancing implementation science. This includes:

  • Design studies and projects, ensuring the most rigorous methods possible are applied
  • Ensure a deep understanding of objectives and critical issues
  • Manage project governance, team work plan and budgets
  • Follow research and evaluation quality control processes and CEI's project quality control processes
  • Work effectively with other team members, support their development, and build your own and their understanding of methods and substantive areas critical to our work
  • Build strong relationships with clients, collaborators and other project key stakeholders
  • Ensure that project deliverables are produced on time and to a very high quality

Business development and strategic growth

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of plans to grow the Centre's business and strategic competitiveness and ensure continuous improvement in our work
  • Develop new competitive tenders, proposals and funding applications and secure new business
  • Build and manage stakeholder relationships, including with current and new collaborating organisations, clients and other funders, networking to raise our profile and being an external representative of CEI and its work
  • Contribute to CEI's thought leadership and knowledge exchange in implementation science and related topic areas

Required Competencies


  • Knowledge of and a commitment to the work of CEI
  • Strong sense of social justice, professional ethics and commitment to evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrated ability to show initiative and find creative approaches
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including problem resolution, and a collaborative approach to multi-disciplinary teamwork
  • Ability to work in a positive and empowering way with colleagues, collaborators and stakeholders
  • Strong project management skills, ability to establish priorities, set and meet deadlines, and manage budgets
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A willingness to work in a fast-paced environment flexibly and adaptably


  • A high level of integrity and professionalism
  • Commitment to the ongoing development of a strong organisational culture
  • Motivation, energy and resilience
  • Willingness to help to build a learning environment

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.

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and CV plus a separate statement of not more than 3 sides of A4 demonstrating how you meet the key selection criteria (listed on the position description linked below).

Position Description - Senior Advisor

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.

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