Research Project Officer Full-time position with flexible working arrangements Fixed Term Contract until December 2013 $63,710 + Super Barwon South West Location (Otways Precinct) CFA is one of the world’s largest community safety and emergency organisations, and has an extensive network of volunteers who are supported by career personnel. DSE/CFA are undertaking a joint pilot community engagement research project to assist other agencies with a legislative responsibility in fire management. The research project will investigate, identify and build an approach to improve the quality of relationships between agencies, stakeholders, interest groups and community members involved in regional Fire Management Planning processes. The Role An exciting opportunity exists for an energetic and innovative Research Project Officer to build community and government capacity to ensure strategic choices are made in relation to the management of bushfires in Victoria. The successful incumbent will also project manage and implement a research study exploring the role of ongoing informal dialogue on decision-making to enhance Victoria’s bushfire management capacity. The main responsibilities of the Role include: Project manage the action research project in consultation with the multi-agency team. Within a multi-agency team, create and refine a methodology for the action research process; ensuring the application of the methodology across the pilot locations. Develop relationships between stakeholders, agencies and the community currently engaged in community development processes associated with fire management in the Otway’s particularly in regard to the sharing of learning and experiences. Build upon existing research and experience in creating “Fire Learning Networks” and “Strategic Conversations” Communicate learning from the research project to agencies and stakeholders About You The successful candidate will have obtained tertiary qualifications in community education, social planning, education, health, welfare or related qualification. Demonstrated experience in project management is a requirement. Some experience working in community development, including working with community groups or programs, would be highly desirable as would previous research and analysis experience. Excellent communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills would be one of your strengths in order to write detailed reports and conduct community presentations. Negotiation and facilitation skills are essential, to develop networks within local communities. A current driver’s licence is a must as some travel may be required within Victoria. Flexible work arrangements will be negotiable as some evenings and/or weekends work may be required. To apply please send your Resume, Cover letter and a document that addresses the key selection criteria (as outlined in the Position Description) to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to HR Consultant, PO Box 701, Mt Waverley, 3149 by 15 November 2010. Please specify that you are applying for the Research Project Officer position in your application. For a copy of the Position description please see below. For further information please contact Sharon Rawlings on 03 5240 2700. POSITION DESCRIPTION Position Title: Research Project Officer Location: Barwon South West Reports to: Development Coordinator Barwon Tenure: Limited Tenure – 3 years Classification: PTA 4 Developed / Reviewed: 13/5/2010 Primary Purpose of the position: This research project will investigate, identify and build an approach to improve the quality of relationships between agencies, stakeholders, interest groups and community members involved in regional Fire Management Planning processes. A key outcome of the research project will be to build community and government capability to learn and make difficult choices about the management of bushfire in Victoria. The position will enhance Victoria’s bushfire management capacity by project managing and implementing a research study exploring the role of ongoing informal dialogue on decision-making. Key abilities include facilitating relationships and conversation, a strong grasp of social research techniques, empowering others, grasping complex issues. The role is about making a positive difference to the future of Victoria as community expectations and the natural environment, rapidly change. Duties and Accountabilities: Project manage the action research project in consultation with the multi-agency team. Within a multi-agency team, create and refine a methodology for the action research process; ensuring the application of the methodology across the pilot locations. Develop relationships between stakeholders, agencies and the comm unity currently engaged in community development processes associated with fire management in the Otway’s. Particularly in regard to the sharing of learning and experiences. Build upon existing research and experience in creating “Fire Learning Networks” and “Strategic Conversations” (search www.dse.vic.gov.au for Research Reports 78 & 76 for more information). Communicate learning from the research project to agencies and stakeholders Participate as part of a broader team working to explore and establish an adaptive management approach to fire management across fire agencies. General Personal Qualities Conceptual and analytical ability: Deals with concepts and complexity comfortably; uses analytical and conceptual skills to reason through problems; has creative ideas and can project how these can link to innovations. Creativity and innovation: Generates new ideas; draws on a range of information sources to identify new ways of doing things; actively influences events and promotes ideas; translates creative ideas into workplace improvements; reflects on experience and is open to new ways to improve practice. Relationship building: Establishes and maintains relationships with people at all levels; promotes harmony and consensus through diplomatic handling of disagreements; forges useful partnerships with people across business areas, functions and organisations; builds trust through consistent actions, values and communication; minimises surprises. Teamwork: Cooperates and works well with others in the pursuit of team goals; collaborates and shares information; shows consideration, concern and respect for others feelings and ideas; accommodates and works well with the different working styles of others; encourages resolution of conflict within group. Key Selection Criteria: Tertiary qualifications and/or extensive experience in community development field, social planning, education, health, welfare or related field. Demonstrated ability in project management and action research. Well developed facilitation, interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills to develop effective networks with local communities Demonstrated skills in the principles of community engagement and community strengthening. Demonstrated track record as an energetic, innovative self-starter with an ability for raising morale and building capacity for communities to achieve outcomes and develop partnerships. Demonstrated experience in research, analysis, problem solving and program development with a proven ability to recommend appropriate action that will achieve practical outcomes. Highly developed report writing (advice, briefs, reports, correspondence) and presentation skills. Other Relevant Information: Incorporate CFA Safety First culture into all work activities that are to be carried out in accordance with OHS policies, procedures and regulations. CFA is an EEO employer. Weekend and evening work will be required. Current drivers licence and access to a car is essential. Position requirements include driving at night. Travel within Victoria may be required. Authorised by print name position Accepted by print name employee signature Date NB- The employee’s signature on this position description signifies an understanding and acceptance that the content contained here in, forms an integral part of their employment terms and conditions.
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