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Knowledge Translation Officer - Flexible location

Women's Health Goulburn North East

ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT

Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) is a proudly feminist organisation, supporting the creation of equal, just and resilient communities that lead change towards women’s empowerment, women’s health, the prevention of violence against women and ultimately, gender equality, in rural and regional Victoria. 

Our work addresses the harms of binary gender norms and practices to achieve long-term gender equality. We apply a gendered lens to the factors and environments that shape women’s health and wellbeing in rural and regional Victoria. Our expertise is in women’s economic empowerment, gender justice and climate change, gender equity, the prevention of violence against women and sexual and reproductive health. 

Our experienced staff are local leaders in the field of gender equity and shared learning.  We make our expertise accessible to our communities through highly regarded research, resources and toolkits. We are alert to the political environment, and work to uphold and advance women’s rights by influencing policy and planning. We work alongside women to listen to and amplify experiences of health to raise awareness, change attitudes, and influence system response. 

We also work with community groups, organisations and workplaces to develop and deliver information and practical tools, consultations, coaching, tailored training, workshops and facilitated conversations. 

WHGNE has a flexible working policy and as such, employees may elect to work from home, or from another convenient location. However, the designated place of work is the WHGNE office in Wangaratta and staff are expected to be able to attend the office in person as required.

POSITION OBJECTIVE & OVERVIEW

Based in Wangaratta, the Knowledge Management Officer is part of the organisation’s staff team and is responsible for ensuring the reliable delivery of the “Knowledge Management project” that will support the objectives set out in the organisation’s Strategic Plan. 

Knowledge derived from research and experience may be of little value unless it is put into practice. The need to ensure that research into women’s health and wellbeing is effectively translated to policy and practice is an ongoing challenge in small not-for-profit organisations such as WHGNE.

The World Health Organisation defines knowledge translation as “The synthesis, exchange, and application of knowledge by relevant stakeholders to accelerate the benefits of global and local innovation in strengthening health systems and improving people’s health.”

This role has been approved by the WHGNE Board for a two-year period to undertake our “Knowledge Translation” project. WHGNE are committed to ensuring that our work is evidence-based, and that our approach demonstrates thought leadership and innovation on emerging issues for gender equity, particularly from a rural and regional perspective. This project requires the development of a project plan and a strong degree of self-management on the project-worker’s behalf. Once established, this project has one key component and that is to: 

  • Develop an online, user-directed learning management system that provides both free, and paid content for our stakeholders in the Goulburn and Ovens-Murray (north east) regions.

The role reports to the Policy and Advocacy Coordinator and will work closely with all managers and staff to ensure that the project is contributing to our evidence-based practice and therefore our strategic objectives.

A detailed position description is attached.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to the Vision and Values of Women’s Health Goulburn North East. 
  2. Hold a Community Development, Health Promotion, Public Health, Communications and Marketing, Project Management, Instructional Design, Social or Health Science or equivalent degree.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of adult learning principles, and application within primary prevention and gendered frameworks.
  4. Understanding and experience in knowledge translation frameworks and methods, related to planning, development, implementation and evaluation of training strategies
  5. Demonstrated experience in project management and the coordination of sub-contractors. 
  6. Ability to work with a range of people from diverse backgrounds in a respectful way.
  7. Demonstrated capacity to use initiative and to work creatively and independently as well as part of a team.
  8. Demonstrate a high level of verbal and written communication skills including computer literacy.
  9. Full Victorian motor vehicle licence.

NOTE FOR POTENTIAL APPLICANTS.

  • Women’s Health Goulburn North East has an exemption under the equal opportunity act to employ only women: EO #H68/2017.
  • WHGNE encourages, supports and welcomes women to apply no matter your race, ethnicity, social background, religion, age, sexual orientation or whether you are living with a disability. Cis-gender and trans women are welcome to apply.
  • WHGNE is committed to supporting skill development, and encourages applications from women who believe they meet the majority of the key selection criteria and are keen to build further skills and experience
  • WHGNE has a flexible working policy and as such, employees may elect to work from home, or from another convenient location. However, the designated place of work is the WHGNE office in Wangaratta and staff are expected to be able to attend the office in person as required.
  • Applicants need to live in one of the following 12 Local Government Areas to be eligible to apply for these roles at Women’s Health Goulburn North East:
    • Alpine Shire
    • Benalla Rural City
    • City of Greater Shepparton
    • Indigo Shire
    • Mansfield Shire
    • Mitchell Shire
    • Moira Shire
    • Murrinidindi Shire
    • Strathbogie Shire
    • Towong Shire
    • Rural City of Wangaratta
    • City of Wodonga

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