St Vincent de Paul: Research & Policy Officer

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Research & Policy Officer

Reference No: RPONO0819
Location:  National Office
Duration: Permanent Full Time
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Published:  26th August 2019

Closing Date:  4pm Monday 16th September

The prime purpose of the role is to conduct research and policy analysis to inform Social Policy positions for SVP and to communicate these positions to a variety of external audiences in order to influence policy which leads to improvements in supports and services for those we assist.

The ideal candidates will possess the following:

  • Master’s degree level in Social Policy, Sociology, Public Policy, Economics, Law, Human Rights, Equality Studies or a related discipline.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the dynamics of a complex national, membership based, social justice organisation and understanding of how this contributes to and constrains the work.
  • Understanding of poverty, social exclusion and inequality in Ireland and of current and emerging issues in these areas.
  • Knowledge of the community and voluntary sector and institutional mechanisms for policy development at EU, National and Local level.
  • A detailed knowledge of at least two of the following policy areas:
    • Child and Family Poverty; Migrants; Housing and Homelessness; Income Adequacy; Employment and the Labour Market; Energy; Education; Health; or others as they arise.
  • At least two years’ experience of contributing to the development of a Social Policy / Advocacy Agenda within an organisation OR at least two years’ experience of undertaking applied social policy research using quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies.
  • Experience of collating and updating policy documents based on a variety of sources; experience of policy liaison to influence the annual Government Budget cycle would be a distinct advantage.
  • Experience of developing and implementing engaging public facing advocacy campaigns, using a variety of channels and platforms and effective calls to action would be a distinct advantage.
  • Providing administration support and experience of maintaining contact databases is desirable.
  • Experience of working in a voluntary organisation or with a voluntary board of management on issues of social concern would be a distinct advantage.
  • Experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions within an organisation, and with a variety of different organisations would be a distinct advantage.
  • Experience of representing policy positions to the media would be a distinct advantage.

If you meet these requirements and have the desire to join one of Ireland’s best known, trusted and respected not-for-profit organisations please fill out the form below and attach the completed job application form.

Appointment is subject to satisfactory references and Garda Vetting. Canvassing will not be accepted and may lead to disqualification. Due to the large volume of applications we are not in the position to provide individual feedback to candidates who are not shortlisted for interview.

SVP is an Equal Opportunities Employer



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