A national voice for immigrant and refugee women’s wellbeing in Australia

Employment Opportunity: Research, Advocacy and Policy Manager

Employment Opportunity: Research, Advocacy and Policy Manager

The Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health is looking for a Research, Advocacy and Policy Manager, based at our Collingwood offices.

Please note that, in line with the exceptions outlined in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, Section 88, MCWH prefers to employ women from immigrant and refugee backgrounds.

Applications must address the selection criteria and include an up-to-date CV. Please mark your application ‘Private and Confidential’ and email to:

Dr. Adele Murdolo
Executive Director
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health


Applications close at 5pm, Tuesday 21 August 2018

For more information, please call Adele on (03) 9418 0923.


Position objectives

To provide organisational and team leadership in policy, research and advocacy, in line with the MCWH Strategic Plan

Organisational relationships


The Research, Advocacy and Policy Manager is a member of the Senior Team and reports directly to the Executive Director.

Direct Reports

This position provides day-to-day direct supervision of three staff within the team: a Senior Project Officer; a Project Officer and a Policy Officer. (The position also has 5 indirect reports)


Relevant federal, state and local government departments; funding bodies; national, state and regional research, service delivery and policy bodies; media; community organisations.

Extent of Authority

Day-to-day implementation of advocacy strategies and research activities

Key Responsibilities

Research, Policy and Advocacy

  • Work with the Executive Director in the development and implementation of communication and advocacy strategies for the organisation;
  • Take a leadership role in external representation of MCWH in accordance with communication and advocacy strategies;
  • Provide leadership in external environmental scanning to inform work priorities and contribute to MCWH’s organisational planning
  • Undertake appropriate political advocacy in accordance with communication and advocacy strategies;
  • Conduct research for MCWH and in partnership with academic researchers;
  • Develop tenders and funding submission for policy and advocacy-related programs and projects.

Knowledge Translation

  • Translate research for use in policy development and advocacy activities
  • Lead the development and distribution of facts sheets, issue papers, reports and media releases

Relationships and Partner Development

  • Engage strategically with key researchers and research bodies to facilitate opportunities for collaboration;
  • Build alliances to increase uptake of evidence based practice and the application of a feminist intersectional approach to research and policy.

Organisational and Team Leadership

  • Lead and manage the Research, Advocacy and Policy Program team members and support the implementation of projects;
  • Contribute to short and long term organisational planning and strategy as a member of the management team;
  • Work collaboratively with other managers contributing to the achievement of team results.

Quality Assurance

  • Oversee and supervise the development and maintenance of guidelines for conducting appropriate research on immigrant and refugee women’s health and wellbeing;
  • Ensure appropriate guidelines are established and maintained for the release of research and policy papers;
  • Ensure MCWH’s values and quality standards are understood and underpin the framework for all research, policy and advocacy tasks.


General (Responsibilities carried out by all staff)

  • Represent MCWH externally as required;
  • Undertake appropriate relationship analysis to inform work priorities
  • Prepare articles for publication or presentation as required;
  • Participate in planning, development and evaluation of the organisation;
  • Develop a regular work plan and participate in regular performance appraisal and professional development;
  • Prepare work reports as required;
  • Participate in ongoing roster systems;
  • Other duties consistent with the role and as negotiated with the Executive Director.

Selection Criteria


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in policy, research, or a related discipline, with a postgraduate qualification highly regarded;
  • Minimum 3-years experience in a senior role;
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership and effective management of a team;
  • Highly developed advocacy, policy development, research and communication skills;
  • Communication, negotiation and liaison experience with a wide range of organisations and individuals of varying backgrounds;
  • High level general and report writing skills;
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Highly developed understanding of immigrant and refugee women’s health from a feminist, intersectional perspective;
  • Driver’s license.

Highly Desirable

Fluency in a relevant community language.

Special Requirements

  • Some evening or weekend work may be required from time to time;
  • Rural or interstate travel will be required from time to time.

Salary & conditions

  • Full-time position;
  • SCHADS Award Level 7, pay point depending on experience and qualifications
  • Other benefit;
  • Salary packaging-tax benefit of up to $30,000 (grossed-up);
  • Meal entertainment program;
  • Above-award leave entitlements as outlined in MCWH EBA.


Period of appointment

12 months pending successful completion of a 3-month probationary period.

You can access and download this job description as a pdf here: Research Advocacy and Policy Manager 2018