CPD Needs a Research Assistant


We are looking for a Research Assistant to work on both our Public Service Research and Sustainable Economy research programs.   Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates who want to pursue a career in public policy research and development. The position is part time (4 days a week) Sydney based on a temporary contract of 10 months

Roles & responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and project management activities under supervision of a research director
  • Generate, collect, manage, interpret and present research data
  • Write reports in plain English
  • Participate in fora where public policy issues are discussed and debated
  • Participate in internal CPD meetings and processes
  • Performing any other reasonable tasks assigned by the Research Manager or Director

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated ability to rapidly and accurately collate, interpret and communicate qualitative and quantitative data (experience with economic data would be an advantage)
  2. Demonstrated ability to work in a small team
  3. Excellent project and time management skills including the capacity to work under tight deadlines
  4. Excellent written and oral English communication skills – able to produce spontaneous, coherent and persuasive writing for a general audience
  5. Strong interest in and understanding of current policy and political debates
  6. Academic or work experience relevant to the public service, economic and environment policy
  7. Demonstrated strong skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint


Four days per week, $47,000 per year (plus 9% employer superannuation)

This is a ten-month contract position, during which period the incumbent will be guided and supported by senior staff in the organisation, and will participate in the various activities of the organisation, especially those related to research.

To apply, submit a statement addressing the selection criteria and a CV to admin@cpd.org.au

Closing date for applications October 2oth



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