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Community Development Consultant with project management and research experience in international and Australian community development sector. Can provide consultation in strategic planning and policy, community engagement, and monitoring and evaluation.   

Work Experience

July 2016Present

Intercultural and Community Development Team Leader

Moonee Valley City Council 
  • Manage Community Development team to deliver place based community development projects in community leadership, health and well-being, safety and advocacy 
  • Support and deliver community consultations on Council related issues
  • Coordinate community engagement and participation in Council led projects 
  • Develop and support integration of community development approach across Council and partners
  • Develop and support community leadership initiatives including volunteer programs, community organisations, community groups and local advocacy groups 
Mar 2016June 2016

Community Development Consultant

Moonee Valley City Council - Flemington VIC 
  • Completed final report for 6 year Neighbourhood Renewal project
  • Provided quantitative and qualitative research analysis to report against project indicators
  • Assessed project outcomes, identify gaps and develop recommendations for future service delivery and research
  • Consulted with community, government and services committee to develop Action Plan 
  • Developed Project Briefs
  • Provided strategic planning and policy development for Community Planning and Development Department
  • Delivered training and resource development for Council  
Jan 2016Feb 2016

Cambodia Design Summit Facilitator 

Engineers without Borders - Melbourne VIC
  • Supervised 45 undergraduate students on 14 day summit across Cambodia
  • Designed and presented a series of workshops on Community Engagement & Community Development
  • Provided one-on-one mentoring and small group support to students
  • Facilitated community visits to regional villages and local NGOs 
  • Managed budget, accommodation and transport logistics  
Jan 2015Dec 2015

Community Development Officer - Institute for Popular Democracy

Australian Volunteers for International Development - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Engaged with stakeholders from government, private and community sector to deliver cross-sectional analysis of community engagement process for a new government housing project
  • Collated qualitative and quantitative data to inform the process for developing an engagement and resettlement plan for residents living in informal housing 
  • Published the first comprehensive Best Practice Guide for communities completing a housing resettlement proposal
  • Designed and facilitated training workshops in: monitoring and evaluation, data management, communication, organisational development and values formation
  • Election Committee Member for bi-annual board membership election 
Nov 2014Dec 2014

Policy Officer (Internship) 

Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre - Canberra, ACT
  • Identified and developed training process to meet current ASQA standards 
  • Analysed legal framework for implementing reviewed policy 
  • Developed and briefed staff on policy review for trainer recruitment program  
Aug 2014Nov 2014

Project Management / Field Researcher  - Colmar Brunton 

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development - Melbourne VIC 
  • Provided logistical management for Victorian Schools Health and Wellbeing Survey 
  • Coordinated resources, staffing, budget and logistics for 10 person team conducting research across Victoria  
  • Field Leader for regional research team
  • Delivered over 2000 surveys to Primary and Secondary students across Victoria 
  • Managed input of data and reporting for over 6000 surveys across the project 
Jul 2014Aug 2014

Community Development Consultant 

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service - Preston, VIC 
  • Reviewed 3 year program planning and implementation strategy for a community health and well-being project 
  • Identified gaps in service delivery and made recommendations 
  • Supported management and staff to redevelop team roles and responsibilities in line with review recommendations 
  • Delivered training workshops on project management and evaluation to support new staff roles and responsibilities 
Jan 2014Jun 2014

Project Officer - Feedin' the Mob

Plenty Valley Community Health - Plenty Valley, VIC
  • Managed project extension of Indigenous health and well-being program
  • Facilitated project steering committee and stakeholder engagement 
  • Developed and delivered Project Plans in partnership with local community and government services
  • Developed and facilitated internal training packages to support project outcomes
  • Responsible for project reporting to executive and government funding bondies 
  • Managed $100,000 budget
Oct 2010Feb 2013

Community Liaison 

Micah Projects - Brisbane Homelessness Service Centre - Brisbane, QLD
  • Delivered training, orientation and workshops to staff and community partners
  • Coordinated partnerships with collocated/visiting services and stakeholders 
  • Managed volunteer and student programs at the centre 
  • Event Manager for awareness raising and advocacy campaigns
  • Managed organisational website and stakeholder newsletter 
Jan 2008Sep 2010

Senior Client Care Coordinator 

Centrecare South West Brisbane Community Options Project - Brisbane, QLD
  • Coordinated Social Inclusion Program and Indigenous Aged Care Services 
  • Developed, implemented and reviewed Client Care Plans
  • Delivered training for new staff and assisted recruitment 
  • Produced reporting for multiple funding bodies
  • Member of Internal Audit Committee 

Professional Experience

RMIT Mentor Program    Professional Industry Mentor for RMIT's Pride Mentoring program

Guest Lecturer                 RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies 

Guest Contributor           Bang The Table Online Community Engagement Specialists

Co-author                         "Rethinking Development Through Study Tours : Interpreting the Field and                                                                          Negotiating Different Viewpoints" - Research publication, March 2017 


Mar 2013Nov 2014

Masters Social Science  (International Development)

RMIT University 
  • Completed with Distinction
  • Specialised in - Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy and Community Development 
Mar 2007Nov 2007

Honours in Sociology 

University of Queensland
  • Completed with Honours IIA
  • Researchthesis title 'Young People and their Attachment to Community: a local to global perspective"
Mar 2004Nov 2006

Bachelor of Arts - Major Cultural Sociology, Gender & Psychology 

Griffith University 
  • Graduated with GPA 6


Carol Espinoza  I Coordinator Community Development / Moonee Valley City Council
0430 138 881 / [email protected]  

Penny Jordan / Principal / CoDesign Studio 
0417 592 596 / [email protected] 

Yaso Nadaraja / Senior Research Fellow / RMIT University
03 9925 3542 / [email protected]