August 6, 2021 | Published by

Applications should be sent by email to Amelia.Tandy@csiro.au by COB Friday 13th August.

Overview

The National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Phase 2 Climate Systems Hub will help shape national resilience through a climate research program targeting practical on-ground results integrated across Australia’s broader risk and resilience initiatives. The Climate Systems Hub will seek to further develop Australia’s climate science capability while working directly with adaptation practitioners. The Hub will have an applied science program delivering both climate science and adaptation methods and practice; a strong Indigenous engagement and partnership approach, and a clear mandate to deliver a Climate Adaptation Mission across the NESP program. Our vision involves scientists, practitioners, data-users and decision-makers participating in a feedback loop.

The Climate Systems Hub is looking for a Central Co-ordinating Knowledge Broker. Suitably qualified candidates from within the Climate Systems Hub partner organisations are invited to apply. The Knowledge Broker will be a core member of the Hub Program Management team and will be responsible for coordinating and implementing the Hub’s knowledge brokering strategy.

There will be opportunity for discussion and negotiation on the appropriate employment arrangement that will enable the Knowledge Broker to undertake their role for the Hub, taking into account the appointee’s current position.

The role

Each NESP Phase 2 research Hub is required to include a knowledge broker to facilitate both real-time and strategic engagement with end-users and maximise the impact of the program. Knowledge brokering activities are essential to the success of the program. Knowledge brokers help decision-makers define the questions they need answered by science, then help to translate the science into practice. The Knowledge Broker will be expected to work with and support hub researchers to also play a role in this regard.

The Climate Systems Hub will have a national presence and capability. It must deliver to both regional and urban communities, and where appropriate this capability will be delivered via regional centres. State and territory governments have joined the Hub as a partner through the Cross-Jurisdictional Community of Practice on Climate Science (XJCoP) and will help facilitate regional delivery. The Central Co-ordinating Knowledge Broker will be required to work with the state and territory team to deliver outputs of the Hub across the country. The Knowledge Broker will carry-out the following role and responsibilities:

  • Lead the Hub’s central coordination of stakeholder engagement and knowledge brokering activities including coordinating the activities across the state and territory knowledge brokering activities.
  • Lead the interaction with Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) knowledge brokers and the knowledge brokers across other Hubs and Missions in collaboration with the Climate Adaptation Mission Lead.
  • Maintain close contact with the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) NESP team in undertaking knowledge brokering activities.
  • Actively liaise with Hub representatives across all Partners to encourage good collaboration and relationships, particularly in regard to communicating the stakeholder activities the Hub is undertaking.
  • Work with the Senior Indigenous Facilitator to deliver the Hub’s Indigenous engagement activities.
  • Participate in developing the co-design and co-production activities and methods for the Hub.
  • Play an active role in the co-design start-up activities for the Hub. This includes developing and updating stakeholder engagement planning, research-user engagement, research-user analysis, development of program logic and strategic planning.
  • Assist in the use of the co-production method across all Climate Systems Hub partners.
  • Work with research teams to help develop co-produced projects with the end user and stakeholders as part of the team. Activities might include providing training to Researchers in the Hub on co-design and co-production
  • Facilitate relationships with stakeholders, particularly in DAWE to support Hub activities.
  • Work with the Hub Communications team to identify and deliver information products and activities to meet end-user needs.
  • Help facilitate delivery of science, research and information needs of end-users.
  • Contribute to projects delivering management tools and decision support.

Applying for the role

The appointment of this person will be done on the basis of responses to this EOI and may include an interview.

Applications should contain a CV and within 3 pages address the following questions and desirable criteria for the role:

1.         What is your experience working as a knowledge broker?

2.         What experience do you have in these desirable criteria for the role:

  • Identifying and analysing stakeholders
  • End-user engagement and needs analysis
  • Developing work for Indigenous engagement
  • Co-design of research projects and or knowledge products
  • Management of a team

Enquiries should be sent by email to Amelia.Tandy@csiro.au.

Applications should be sent by email to Amelia.Tandy@csiro.au by COB Friday 13th August.