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Prime Minister and Cabinet Vacancy N.N. 10756117
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Closing date: Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Job Title: Specialist Adviser, Evaluation and Data Science
Division: Policy Innovation and Projects
Branch: Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time, Part-time
Salary: $123,999 - $148,907
Location: Barton - ACT
Classification: Executive Level 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 2019/203

Job Description


The Opportunity

We are looking for a motivated and high performing Senior Adviser to lead our Data and Behavioural Science function. A passion for understanding human behaviour and putting it at the heart of government policies and services is essential.

We are the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government, or BETA for short. We apply cutting edge research from psychology and behavioural economics to deliver better public services.

We take the time to understand how people make decisions; develop innovative ideas for solving problems; and test what works best in the real world. This is a specialist technical role.

You will be responsible for:

• Quality assurance across major BETAs evaluations, covering analysis plans, power analysis, randomisation procedures, and analysis and interpretation of results
• Oversight of capability building for BETA staff in trial design, coding, and statistical analysis
• Exploring opportunities for the application of predictive analytics and machine learning in the work of BETA
• Oversight of a small team responsible for delivering BETAs Behavioural Insights capability program across the Australian Public Service.

You will work collaboratively with agencies across the public service and draw on expertise from academia and the private sector. You will be working in a team that values different skills and new ideas and strives for impact.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate is committed to our mission and is ready to take on a key leadership role in a team driving innovation and improving the lives of Australians.

The Specialist Adviser would be expected to have the following technical capabilities to fulfil the role:

• Substantial experience in designing and implementing rigorous evaluations, including RCTs, difference in differences and regression discontinuity
• Relevant tertiary training in statistical analysis, particularly as it relates to the analysis of RCTs and similar methods of impact evaluation - a relevant PhD would be highly desirable
• Advanced skills in using R and Stata coding languages
• Understanding of predictive analytics and machine learning techniques.

To thrive in this role you will also need:

• A passion for applying your expertise to a diverse range of real-life policy problems
• A proven record of supporting and empowering others to achieve results
• Experience in visualising data and communicating the results of analysis in a way that makes complex findings accessible to a broad audience.
• Excellent judgement, resilience and the ability to respond flexibly to changing demands.

What We Offer

• A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions.
• Exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of government with career development and networking opportunities difficult to find elsewhere.
• The opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise and achieve your ambitions.
• We work flexibly in our Canberra-based offices in spaces that have been designed to accommodate a range of working styles. This type of working supports increased communication and collaboration, and encourages agility and innovation. PM&C staff have the flexibility to make use of activity-based working principles, allowing them to choose where and how they work in an open space, while using integrated technological solutions.



To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen at the closing date of application.

The occupant must be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline level security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.


RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

About Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of our country? The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet advises the Prime Minister on policies across the full range of government activities and the machinery of government, and ensures implementation of cabinet decisions. We work across many different government portfolios to ensure coherent strategies with mutually supportive policies and decisions based on a whole-of-government approach. We cover matters of particular importance to the Prime Minister, current government priorities, social and economic policies, Indigenous affairs and national security. Special offices currently work on counter-terrorism, Commonwealth-State reforms, deregulation, women’s policy, ‘ice’ and cyber security.

We are a motivated and professional team with a wide variety of qualifications and backgrounds. We welcome people with private-sector experience. We value people with ideas, the ability to present them persuasively, and the drive and skill to see them adopted. We take pride in our reputation for acting with integrity and discretion.

All applicants must be Australian citizens, and be prepared to undertake and pass a security clearance. Applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged apply. The Department aims to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and that they have equal access to job opportunities. Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677, and requesting to be connected with our HR Help team on 02 6271 6000 in order to obtain selection documentation.

To Apply

Position Contact: Simon Gordon, (02) 6152 3905
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS31-Tue - 30 Jul 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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