Social Science Researcher

Palladium International, Brisbane, Australia

Skill Required:, IT and ICTResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th March, 2020

Job Description

Project Overview and Role:

The Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) facilitates seasonal and longer-term work opportunities for Pacific workers to Australia through the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS). It connects Australian employers with Pacific workers, supports the administration of the PLS and provides targeted support to the Seasonal Workers Program (SWP).

The PLF is managed by Palladium and provides the backbone of Australia’s future support for circular labour mobility in the Pacific under the direction of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The PLF has been established as a trusted intermediary in connecting Australian employers with Pacific workers.

The PLF aims to support learning and adaptation that can assist the Australian, Pacific, and Timor Leste governments to maximise the benefits of the PLS. To this end, the PLF conducts small scale research activities to facilitate program learning and inform policy development.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The PLF seeks an experienced Social Science Researcher (researcher) to undertake research on labour mobility issues in Pacific Island Countries, as identified by Labour Sending Units (LSUs) and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) posts.

In collaboration with the PLF and associated research partners, the researcher will undertake or assist with the following:

  • Undertake research that addresses an agreed topic selected to meet PLF, DFAT and LSU information needs for program learning and policy development
  • Undertake a literature review of published and unpublished research on relevant labour mobility impacts in Pacific countries
  • Develop a research plan that outlines the research design, including rationale, research questions, sampling, methods, data collection and analysis, human research ethics protocols, results write up and dissemination, budget and timeframe
  • Identify and/or develop appropriate research tools and methods for the research, and arrange for translation and pilot testing of the materials
  • Develop and facilitate partnerships with relevant organisations and external stakeholders, including government ministries, and not-for-profit and private sectors
  • Identify and recruit in-country researchers / research partners
  • Provide research capacity building / training to in-country researchers where necessary
  • Manage research logistics for field work, including liaison with research partners and external stakeholders
  • Apply appropriate methodologies that result in high-quality and robust results, accurate interpretations and appropriate analyses
  • Lead research teams in the field, and in preliminary data analysis
  • Design half day workshops to report the research findings to key stakeholders and garner feedback on program / policy implications of the research; and
  • Write up research results in standard report format and for relevant online blogs.

Required Qualifications:

It is essential that you have excellent multi-stakeholder engagement skills, including the ability to communicate and work with different stakeholders. The location of this position is negotiable, however, you must have the willingness to travel to outer islands of Pacific.

  • A post-graduate tertiary qualification in human geography, anthropology, sociology or other relevant disciplines
  • High level skills in designing and conducting social research (both quantitative and qualitative), including facilitating participatory processes with research respondents and stakeholders
  • Excellent data analysis and report writing skills, including the ability to convert complex data/information into understandable outputs for non-technical audiences; and
  • Experience undertaking research in the Pacific, preferably related to topics including but not limited to migration,
  • livelihoods, gender, agriculture, food security, private sector development, and labour markets
  • Knowledge of, and interest in Pacific labour mobility.
  • This is Short Term Adviser position for 64 days over 4 months.


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