Research Officer

  • €47000
  • Contract
  • Dublin
  • Posted 1 month ago

Research Officer – Part Time

  • Undertake desk research, primary and secondary research (both qualitative and quantitative) and to report on findings and recommendations for publication
  • Undertake evaluation and impact studies on projects and programmes as required
  • To collaborate with colleagues and with partner organisations on research
  • To compile a databank of statistics and conduct analysis of same to inform reports
  • To draft briefing papers and assist in drafting policy and discussion papers on relevant issues and review literature, reports and submissions on same
  • To collaborate with colleagues on cross-functional projects, in particular in ensuring policy advice is informed by research and to contribute where required, to policy advice formation
  • To ensure adherence to defined quality standards and policies on all projects undertaken, in particular the quality control of research output
  • To oversee and manage research work, to include managing project contracts, budgets and reporting as well as the administration of report launch events
  • To engage effectively with stakeholders – internal and external – to assist in the delivery of the strategic plan
  • To carry out any other duties as directed

Minimum criteria for consideration for the Research post are:

  • Hold a qualification at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications, or have equivalent research experience, in a relevant discipline such as, sociology, social policy, statistics, demography, economics or a cognate discipline which includes a relevant quantitative or qualitative research component
  • At least three years’ experience of research and research management in a relevant field

The essential requirements for the post as Research Officer are:

  • A sound knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, evaluation methods and quality criteria
  • Excellent quantitative and data analysis skills, with knowledge of appropriate software packages (e.g. SPSS, nVivo, etc.) and strong IT skills
  • A track record in project management and delivery of results
  • Ability to analyse and evaluate information and make viable proposal
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the capacity to write simply and clearly, and to explain research findings to a non-technical audience
  • An understanding and appreciation of the policy environment and of the public service
  • Capacity to respond efficiently to urgent requests for data
  • Good judgement and a practical problem-solving approach
  • Flexibility, commitment and capacity to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to work as a self-starter, ability to work on own initiative
  • A clear thinker with an aptitude for precision and attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills and capacity to develop partnerships
  • Good administrative and organisational ability 

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Ciaran Smyth

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