Straight Talk Evaluation Consultant

25 Aug 2020

About Oxfam

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 19 organisations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

All our work is led by five core values: Accountability, Empowerment, Equality, Inclusiveness and Sustainability. To read more about our values please click here

As an agency undertaking work both nationally and internationally and in humanitarian response, Oxfam takes its duty of care seriously to safeguard children, young people and adults and recognises that it must meet community expectations and the trust placed in its personnel to maintain the highest standards of conduct with children. Therefore, all positions within Oxfam are required to comply with the One Oxfam Child Safeguarding and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policies and all staff sign the Oxfam Australia Child Safeguarding and One Oxfam Employee Codes of Conduct.

The Role

Through a time of significant transition at Oxfam Australia (OAU), the work of the First Peoples’ Team has been identified as an area of growth for the organisation, forming a key pillar of Oxfam Australia’s future state. As a facilitator, networker and supportive partner, Oxfam will continue to provide Indigenous communities and organisations with the support to take action, build movements and create positive change.

The Straight Talk program was developed in 2009 by Oxfam aiming to increase the skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to bring about change, connect them with the political system and to build on their political knowledge. The Straight Talk program created a pathway for participants to build ongoing relationships with female parliamentarians as high-level decision makers, as well as space to develop regional and national networks to support them in their change work. Currently, the First Peoples’ Program Unit in OAU is implementing the program.

The role of the consultant is to work with the Straight Talk working group to evaluate all dimensions of the Straight Talk program and the mechanisms around the program. The consultant will cover all the objectives of the evaluation through a combination of evaluation methods and questions suitable to meet the range, geographic scope and other variations. In line with the Straight Talk theory of change, the evaluation will explore specifically the structure and design of the Straight Talk program gatherings and summit, that will ultimately identify the impacts of alumni and broader changes across their communities.

A little about you (the key selection criteria)

  • Demonstrated experience working and communicating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in culturally appropriate and respectful ways is essential
  • Understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture and ways of working
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) experience in community development programs with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Demonstrated experience in the development of Theory of Change & accompanying Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning frameworks, guides & tools.
  • Relevant program implementation experience with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities with demonstrated capacity for gender analysis and mainstreaming and disability inclusive programming
  • Experience in/knowledge of the inter-relationships between long term development, advocacy and campaign approaches & Rights Based Approaches
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to conduct social research including gender analysis and designing and implementing participatory approaches


Applicants will be required to show proof of their right to work in Australia and successful applicants will be subject to the satisfactory clearance of a Police Records Check, and Counter Terrorism and Aid Diversion check.

We promote diversity and practice equality. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

For enquiries relating to this position, please contact Worrin Williams via

• Click on the Apply Online button at the base of the advertisement
• Complete the on-line application form, then, as three separate documents, upload a cover letter, CV and a response addressing the selection criteria outlined in the ad • Applications close on 25 September 2020 at 5pm

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