Senior Research Officer

Part Time (34 Hours/week), Permanent

Location: 328-336 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield NSW 2131

Base Salary: $90,557.33 (Pro rata for Part Time)

Gross Salary Package (Base Salary + Superannuation + Leave Loading): $109,498 (Pro rata for Part Time)

All applications must consist of an up-to-date CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria.

Incomplete applications will not be considered

Applications close: 14 May 2021

Position summary

The Senior Research Officer will be involved in coordinating and/or managing FPNSW research and evaluation activities, to increase the body of knowledge in reproductive and sexual health and to inform policies and planning for reproductive and sexual health initiatives. 


  • Support  the Director Research Centre and Executives in the development of  research strategy and strategic priorities and implement the Research Centre strategic direction and strategic and annual plans
  • Contribute to the planning, design, implementation and analysis of research and evaluation of Family Planning NSW activities in Australia and the Pacific including questionnaire development, data collection, analysis and writing.
  • Identify grant opportunities and pursue and develop relevant grant applications for Family Planning NSW, and develop and participate in external collaborations to secure additional grant funding and partnership opportunities. 
  • Develop research project budgets to support planning and assessment of available resources.
  • Develop ethics applications, including HREA applications and associated documentation (e.g. participant information sheet) and coordinate research governance processes (e.g. contract/agreement development and finalisation) to ensure high quality ethics submissions and appropriate risk assessment and review of contracts
  • Provide research and evaluation advice and mentoring to Family Planning NSW staff and supervision of university student placements
  • Provide high level advice to staff in the development or review of papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals or to be presented at scientific and health conferences relating to Family Planning NSW research and evaluation activities
  • Provide expertise and support for requests from Family Planning NSW staff for data on reproductive and sexual health indicators across the spectrum of reproductive and sexual health.
  • Provide literature and evidence-based summaries and updates related to questions on reproductive and sexual health to ensure FPNSW staff are provided with the most current information.
  • Coordinate relevant FPNSW research and evaluation projects in Australia and the Pacific, and prepare quantitative and qualitative research articles for peer reviewed journals.
  • Assist in the review of documents relating to internal and external requests for research collaborations.
  • Contribute to the identification of indices for routine monitoring and evaluation of the performance of Family Planning NSW.
  • Facilitate formal and informal affiliations and partnerships with established research institutions and universities
  • Develop and maintain effective and professional relationships with internal stakeholders to ensure optimal involvement of the Research Centre expertise and input in Family Planning NSW projects.
  • Represent Family Planning NSW on external Project and Program Committees, ensuring the development of strong professional relationships that highlight FPNSW expertise and provide for opportunities to widen FPNSW’s influence on reproductive and sexual health in NSW.
  • Perform other duties as required by Director Research Centre to ensure the efficient functioning of the Centre.
Financial and resource management / administration
  • Maintain appropriate resource allocation, and effective management and administrative practices, in accordance with organisational policies, processes and delegations of FPNSW.

Essential criteria

  • Post-graduate qualification in public health or relevant field 
  • Demonstrated experience in study design and the development of research proposals and ethics applications
  • Proven experience in successful research grant submissions
  • Proven experience in the design and implementation of research, monitoring and evaluation  projects
  • Experience with handling routinely collected health data, clinical surveys, clinical trials and quasi-experimental or randomised studies
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of quantitative and/or qualitative research articles for peer reviewed journals, including the use of standard data analysis packages such as SPSS, SAS, STATA and NVIVO or similar
  • Ability to work in a task-oriented team and with technical and managerial personnel.
  • Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary team. 
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and oral and written communication skills

Desirable criteria

  • Proven experience in meta-analysis and systematic review 
  • Nursing degree with current AHPRA registration as a registered nurse

Other requirements

  • A Criminal Record Check and/or Working With Children Check is/are required prior to commencement in this role.

Work health and safety

  • All employees are responsible to ensure they work in a manner which minimises the risk of injury to themselves, other workers, clients and visitors
  • Managers are responsible for ensuring that safe work practices are in place and all employees abide by safety instructions
  • Any potential risk should be reported to the employee’s manager immediately for investigation and remedy
  • Any breaches of safety procedures must be reported through the incident management procedures and any employee found breaching safety requirements will be subject to disciplinary action which may include termination of employment

Contact details

To apply: 

Applications close 5pm 14 May 2021

For further information please contact Jane Estoesta, Director Research Centre at For more information please email or call (02) 8752 4318

Family Planning NSW Ashfield will be relocating to Newington within the next 12 months.

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