Research Fellow vacancies: work with DLP at La Trobe University, Melbourne

THESE VACANCIES NOW CLOSED.

Two exciting opportunities have arisen for accomplished researchers to join La Trobe University’s Institute for Human Security and Social Change (IHSSC) as part of its partnership with the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP).
 
Both roles will contribute to innovative research into women's leadership and collective action in the Pacific to help inform development policy and practice. 
 
  • The Research Fellow (full-time) will conduct applied and action research into women's leadership and collective action. See details of this role.
  • The Senior Research Fellow (part-time, 0.6) will undertake research into how best to monitor, evaluate and learn about developmental leadership, particularly women’s leadership and collective action. See details of this role.
The roles will involve communicating research findings clearly and concisely in accessible ways, for example through publications, blog posts, and workshops. 
 
Both positions will be based at the IHSSC at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and are fixed term appointments for two years. They are only open to candidates with valid working rights in Australia.
 
The IHSSC seeks to better understand, support and share the practice of activists, practitioners, citizens and collective action in promoting human security and progressive social change. 
 
Application deadline for both posts: 7 September 2014. 

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