Principal Project Officer, Evaluation (VPSG6)

Job posted: 09/06/2021
Applications close: 23/06/2021 (Midnight)
7 days remaining

7 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 31 December 2021

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $124,033 - $165,983

Occupation: Projects

Reference: VG/DH/CR/1540961

Reference: VG/DH/CR/1540961

Occupation: Projects

Salary Range: $124,033 - $165,983

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

Application Closes: 23 June 2021

Role: Principal Project Officer, Evaluation (until 31 December 2021)

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s): 50 Lonsdale Street/Work from home

Position Summary: 

The COVID Vaccination program is responsible for managing and coordinating the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination to the state of Victoria. Operating as a dynamic multi-disciplinary team, the group will work closely with key internal and external stakeholders to deliver an effective and efficient immunisation campaign.

The Principal Project Officer will act as a technical lead on evaluation projects within the Evaluation team for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine program. The team will be responsible for embedding process, output and outcome measures into the design and rollout of the program. The Evaluation planning and implementation will require building relationships with other state and national counterparts to ensure a nationally consistent approach to evaluating the vaccine program.


  • Co-ordinate and technically advise on the development of relevant evaluation frameworks; policies; guidelines; implementation strategies and any other strategic documents pertaining to evaluations as required.
  • Provides technical guidance to and assist with coordinating/managing a small but efficient and effective team driven to produce high quality work outputs employing robust measurement techniques and delivering outcomes focused on the public's interests.
  • Ensures the use of academically sound measurement techniques
  • Coordinates with relevant state and Commonwealth stakeholders to communicate and deliberate upon relevant evaluation related matters.
  • Engages in and manages smaller evaluation-based outputs (e.g. rapid reviews) as required and in fulfilling the outputs as outlined in the evaluation framework.
  • Engages in field/site based investigatory / evaluation action as required.
  • Co-ordinate and manage Executive briefings to Cabinet, Cabinet sub-committees, Minister and Secretary.
  • Collaborate with governance, secretariat and intergovernmental relations work groups.
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced environment, with short lead times for high quality written briefings.
  • Works with a small team in a way consistent with DHHS values.
  • Provide high quality business intelligence, authoritative advice and sound policy recommendations to senior management and government based on comprehensive research.
  • Review and report on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present comprehensive reports, ministerial briefs and cabinet and agency submissions on complex issues.
  • Pro-actively build and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate the flow of information across the department and with key external stakeholders.
  • Maintain an understanding of Commonwealth and State legislative and policy reform directions to influence policy development.
  • Represent the department on key stakeholder committees and groups concerned with achieving government and departmental objectives, lead relevant committee and governance processes.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work unit impact clients and the department's ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services.
  • Provide leadership and guidance based on advanced expertise.
  • Contribute advanced expertise and knowledge to benefit strategic planning and organisation/sector-wide outcomes.
  • Respond productively to deliver solutions and outcomes in an organisational environment complicated by scale, heterogeneity and complexity.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <https://www.vic.gov.au/department-health>

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Principal Project Officer, Evaluation (VPSG6)

Job type:

Full time / 31 December 2021

Job classification:



Michelle Wolthuizen | Michelle.Wolthuizen@health.vic.gov.au

Principal Project Officer, Evaluation (VPSG6)