Barnardos: Researcher

Ireland’s leading children’s charity is recruiting:


Fulltime and 3 Year Fixed Term contract
Salary: €25,498 - €40,209
Christchurch Square, Dublin 8 with national travel as required.

What does our Learning and Development service do?

Barnardos Learning and Development Service has both an internal and external remit. Internally, the service leads in programme design, practice development, research and data, auditing and monitoring and practice related training.

The external focus of the Learning and Development service consists of producing high quality publications for dissemination, operating a library to serve as a resource for professionals and the general public, providing consultancy on best practices and providing highly regarded professional training.

What will the Researcher do?

The Researcher will support the work of Barnardos and the Learning & Development service by supporting programme evaluations, writing literature reviews and practice papers, and contributing to the research profile of the organisation.

Qualifications required

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent minimum level of education essential.
  • A relevant third level qualification (minimum Level 7 on the NFQ) in a discipline such as social work, social science, psychology, education or a related area a distinct advantage, preferably with a research or dissertation component.

Experience required

  • A minimum of 2 years post-qualification experience undertaking research is essential.
  • Experience of programme evaluation, including qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
  • Experience of research administration and co-ordination.
  • Experience of research dissemination activities, including writing for publication and conference presentations.
  • Experience of functioning as a strong team member sharing expertise, experience and co-working.

Knowledge required

  • Knowledge of evidence based practice and methods of integrating research and evaluation into practice is essential.
  • Knowledge of the needs of children and families, with a particular emphasis on children living in disadvantage.
  • Knowledge of emerging issues in relation to working with children, young people and their families.
  • Knowledge of research methodologies, with a particular focus on evaluation research.
  • Knowledge of theories and approaches relevant to working with children, young people and their families (e.g. child development, solution-focused approach, attachment, infant mental health).
  • Clear understanding of current policies and legislation affecting children (e.g. Childcare Act, Children’s Act, Children First, Better Outcomes Brighter Futures, Tusla’s National Strategy Documents).

Skills and abilities required

  • Experience using software for data analysis (e.g. Microsoft Excel, SPSS, NVivo).
  • Commitment to the delivery of quality services to children and families.
  • Ability to self-motivate and work on own initiative but to seek guidance as appropriate.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships within the organisation, internally and externally.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage competing demands in tight timescales.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to produce clear, succinct written material.
  • Willingness to travel and to work with flexibility, including with multiple project supervisors.
  • Positive, solution-focused approach.
  • Ability to inspire, motivate and support others.


  • Ability to drive and access to the use of a car.
  • To be able to travel regionally and nationally on a regular basis.

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Closing date: 12 noon Tuesday 1st May 2018.

Interview date: Tuesday 15th May 2018.


Dublin 8 & National Travel

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