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Evidence Writer

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Work type: Permanent
Location: VIC - Metro
Categories: Technical Specialists

Why World Vision…

World Vision is a global community of millions, working together for one purpose: to change the lives of vulnerable children.

Our supporters, partners and staff join forces with communities on the ground to help children achieve good health, access education for life, experience the love of God and their neighbours and are cared for, protected and participating. Together we share proven, world-class development methods to bring food, water, education and economic change.

Our organisational culture reflects a "Partnership" of World Vision offices in nearly 100 countries and almost 37,000 staff working towards one vision: Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.  World Vision has profound global impact reaching one person every 10 secs with clean water, and every 60 secs a family gets access to tools and support they need to get out of poverty.

In Australia, World Vision is an iconic brand and market leader in a sector that is renewing itself for the 21st century. Brand metrics are improving, staff engagement growing, donor satisfaction and delight is improving, and public advocacy has been significant and powerful in bringing change.  The organisation is also undergoing significant digital renewal exploring and drawing upon a range of digital tools to refresh donor direct experiences of the powerful transformation work of World Vision. 


The Opportunity to be a Changemaker…

The role of Evidence Writer is to summarize, interpret and enhance existing evidence—available through World Vision (WV)’s research, monitoring and evaluation reports—and create evidence assets that meet stakeholder needs and interests. The position is meant to translate technical evidence for lay audiences, and make the evidence approachable, meaningful, and easily accessible.

The Evidence Writer will work to create the narrative that helps stakeholders across the WV Partnership and World Vision Australia (WVA) to fully comprehend the evidence of impact our programmes are achieving across funding streams and including all ministries and sectors.

The position will work with WV teams implementing the Global Evidence Agenda to ensure that ongoing evidence building efforts have thought through, and work to help summarize findings in results in clear and compelling ways.

On a day to day basis, the Evidence Writer will be accountable for:

  • Demonstrating behaviours and actions that support a culture of trust in order to become impact led and market informed.
  • Actively seeking opportunities to connect and collaborate across our enterprise, market and field to realise our full potential.
  • Converting evidence into tangible, approachable, and meaningful written summaries that can be leveraged by a variety of staff for different functions, including presentation to a broad range of external stakeholders.
  • Developing succinct summaries and drawing out important insights from programmatic/technical evidence and articulating this in simple language.
  • Working closely with WVA Communications and the context of a cross-functional team, work to develop relevant program and technical narratives to support campaigns, products of major initiatives.
  • Working closely with County Impact Managers (working in conjunction with the Evidence Translator), to determine needs, develop a set of tools and other resources to enable staff traveling to Field Offices to collect and interpret evidence for specific purposes
  • Collaborating with Evidence Building Advisors, Evidence Building Manager and Impact Data Manager, to shape and define WVA’s singular view of evidence based on interpretations of the various datasets, research findings, and pieces of evidence about WV’s impact in the field.  
  • Making full use of evidence of impact for the purpose of fundraising, external engagement, strategy realisation and improving program quality.  This will be achieved through regular consultation with a range of both WVA and WVI stakeholders.

Evidence Translation seeks to leverage evidence of impact by analysing existing data, drawing out insights, interpreting results, and explaining in simple terms what the evidence means to a variety of audiences, and how it can be appropriately used. Translation does not mean developing donor facing messaging or documents. It is an intermediary step of taking highly technical data or evidence and explaining or illustrating it clearly so that fundraisers, communicators and other staff can appropriately leverage and utilize the information.


Who we are looking for…

  • Broad understanding of both technical/programmatic and communications/fundraising environments;
  • Strong, demonstrated skills in writing, taking complex subject matter and effectively communicating the key ideas, themes to lay audiences in clear, concise and accessible formats. (Essential).
  • Ability to interpret technical writing in a variety of disciplines, and summarize into clear, succinct evidence assets that retain the essence of the original evidence.
  • Previous experience working with an international NGO is preferable.
  • Experience analysing qualitative data.
  • Skilled in simplifying and streamlining complex pieces of information into easy to understand written summaries;
  • Masters in a field relevant to Scientific Writing, and the Humanitarian and Development sectors.


What you need to know

This role is a permanent position operating in a full-time capacity and will be based at our head office in Burwood East, Victoria.

World Vision Australia takes our Safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we provide an environment that is safe for our child and adult beneficiaries. We have strong recruitment procedures to make sure the safest and most suitable people work with the children in our programs. All successful candidates will undergo a criminal record and Working with Children check prior to employment. We provide our staff and volunteers with ongoing supervision, support and training in their work with child and adult beneficiaries.


Why you should apply…

A career with World Vision is an opportunity to join a sector-leading humanitarian aid organisation and is a God-given calling. We believe that every staff member has been brought to World Vision for God’s purposes. Whether working from home, in an office, or with children and community members, we celebrate and embrace each staff member’s diverse background and talents – knowing that together, we can make a difference.

Aside from the opportunity for broad and life-changing impact in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable, some of our other benefits include:

  • Access to professional development programs that include on-the-job learning, e-learning, workshops, forums, leadership development and internal mobility.
  • Policies that may accommodate flexible working and other working arrangements to tailor and encourage individual performance.
  • An opportunity to shape an already market leading organisation to achieve even greater impact.
  • A highly engaged team culture that is dynamic, growing in agility and pace, and committed to serve beyond the call of duty.
  • A culture that encourages truth telling with grace that confronts challenges and issues to clear teams for success in a timely fashion.
  • Access to salary packaging tax advantages.


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World Vision Australia is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation that is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and communities by tackling the causes of poverty. We are dedicated to increasing opportunities for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in line with our Reconciliation Action Plan

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