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Research Officer - Data and Policy Analyst - HEO

Our client, based in Dublin 4 wishes to appoint a Data and Policy Analyst to join their Policy, Research and Public Affairs Unit. The appointment will be made on a full-time and temporary basis at HEO level for a period of 6 months. The post-holder will report to a Senior Research Officer.

Criteria for consideration for the post are:

  • A third level qualification to Masters Level in a relevant discipline such as statistics, data analytics, social policy, sociology, and/or economics
  • Minimum 3 years’ work experience in a role involving the analysis of data and statistical information to inform policy

The primary target audience for information and advice is the Minister, policymakers and practitioners, and research will be disseminated to a wider audience as appropriate, particularly including persons with disabilities. Advice is informed by research, statistical data and other relevant information and analysis. Our client has established quality criteria for research and policy outputs.

The Authority has a role to develop practical policy and planning advice informed by evidence and data. The organisation analyses policies, programmes and strategies relevant to the lives of persons with disabilities, in order to support evaluation of same and impact as appropriate. The Authority also advises public bodies on the collection and use of statistical data relevant to disability.

The key tasks for the post-holder will be to assist in the gathering, analysis and interpretation of data as relevant to persons with disabilities in Ireland, and in particular information and statistics available in administrative and CSO datasets among others.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The core duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • To support the work of the Research and Policy teams through the collection, analysis and interpretation of data relevant to disability
  • Provide timely, accurate data to the staff of the Authority to progress work to support implementation of policies, programmes and strategies relevant to disability
  • Advise and assist Research team in identification and measurement of indicators of progress for national policies and programmes
  • Utilise various statistical software packages to summarise and interpret statistical results
  • To support Policy team in reviewing and analysing relevant policies, legislation and issues relevant to persons with disabilities in Ireland, in line with the Authority's remit of providing policy advice, with particular reference to monitoring Ireland’s compliance
  • To carry out such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Head of Unit or line manager.

Person Specification

The essential requirements for the post of Data & Policy Analyst include:

  • A track record in developing or applying metrics or indicators to consider relevance and impact of policy;
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills and experience in using data interrogation tools such as Microsoft Excel, SPSS etc.;
  • Experience with use of some of the following; questionnaire design, data models, database design development, data mining and segmentation techniques;
  • Excellent report-writing, document presentation and process visualisation with experience in using tools such as Microsoft Word, SharePoint, PowerPoint and Visio;
  • Good judgement, decision-making, analysis and problem solving skills;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated experience of preparing comprehensive and succinct reports and/or advice papers for a non-technical audience;
  • Demonstrated project management experience, ability to work on multiple projects and adaptable to change;
  • An ability to work on own initiative complemented by a capacity for teamwork.

Contract: 6 months
Salary: 1st point of the Higher Executive Officer scale (€50,848) per annum (pro rata)

Annual Leave: 29 days per annum (pro rata)
Hours: 7.24 hours per day (37 hours per week).

Please forward your CV & Cover Letter to Michelle Nolan in Lex Consultancy.

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