Adoption Authority of Ireland: Research Officer

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The Adoption Authority of Ireland is the regulatory body for adoption in Ireland. The Authority is seeking to recruit a Research Officer – Assistant Principal Equivalent Grade for a three-year contract. The position is currently based in the Authority’s offices in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. All staff of the Adoption Authority are public servants.

The Adoption Authority of Ireland is responsible for registering and supervising all adoption service providers and for maintaining the Register of Accredited Bodies, which is the list of providers accredited by the Authority. The Authority is responsible for granting all domestic adoption orders and for granting all declarations of eligibility and suitability to prospective adopters in advance of their adopting abroad and in Ireland. The Authority maintains the Register of Intercountry Adoptions, (RICA) and Gender Recognition Register of Intercountry Adoptions (GRICA), in which details of inter-country adoptions are entered. The Authority also maintains the National Adoption Contact Preference Register (NACPR). For more details on the Authority please refer to our website at

To meet the goal of promoting evidence-based practice and policy as outlined in its Corporate and Business Plans, the Authority has established a Research Advisory Committee to assist in formulating and enabling research, and commissioning research projects.

A further initiative in ensuring the development of the Authority as a centre of excellence in adoption practice, policy and research internationally will be the appointment of a Research Officer.

One half of the role will focus on applied research on adoption with a view to informing standards and guidance. The primary audience for Authority research will be policymakers, managers and frontline staff and practitioners. The Research Officer will play a major role in establishing the annual research programme of the Authority in line with its strategic aims.

The other half of the role will focus directly on existing adoption records and files in Ireland, held by the Authority which provide valuable source of research data. Different statistical analyses of the data will be carried out under the direction of the Authority.

The Research Officer will report to the Chief Executive Officer.

Core duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Overseeing and managing research work relevant to the priorities of the AAI, including the administration and management of commissioned research, as well as the publication and dissemination of completed projects;
  • Assisting the Authority in developing evidence informed research and guidance;
  • Ensuring that all research outputs produced or commissioned by the Authority meet defined quality standards;
  • Undertaking primary and secondary research (both qualitative and quantitative) on relevant adoption issues as specified by the Board of the Authority and to report on findings and recommendations for publication;
  • Drafting briefing and discussion papers on relevant issues when requested and assisting in drafting discussion papers on relevant adoption issues and review literature, reports and submissions on same;
  • Engaging effectively with stakeholders – internal and external – to assist in the delivery of the Authority’s research strategic plan;
  • Supporting the work of the Authority’s Research Advisory Committee;
  • Carrying out any other duties as directed.

The requirements for the post of Research Officer include:

  • Significant research experience in a relevant social science or cognate discipline, ideally to PhD level;
  • Training in qualitative and quantitative research methods either separately or as part of a graduate programme;
  • At least five years’ experience of research, including research management in a relevant field;
  • Experience in bringing reports to publication stage.

This job description is intended as a general guide to the range of duties and it is neither definitive nor restrictive. The Adoption Authority reserves the right to assign staff within the Authority as appropriate and necessary.

For further information and to download an application form please go to News section on the Authority’s website at . Closing date 12 noon on Thursday 07 February 2019.


Dublin 4

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