056-19, Postdoctoral Researcher, An Evaluation of Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s (SIFI) Youth Funds UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre School of Political Science & Sociology.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher within the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, part of the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
The position is being created to support a research and evaluation study on Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s (SIFI) Youth Funds. These Funds opened in 2018 and comprise of the Youth Education and Youth Mental Health Funds.
Through the Youth Education Fund, SIFI aims to improve access to higher and further education for students (up to age 25) affected by disability or disadvantage.
Through the Youth Mental Health Fund, SIFI aims to provide meaningful and lasting support to innovative mental health programmes and initiatives that reach out to young people before and during the societal, academic, physical, and emotional pressures of early adolescence and early adulthood.
The successful candidate will form part of a dedicated Project Team at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. They will support the implementation of a detailed research and evaluation plan with Awardee Projects that have been successful in securing SIFI’s matched funding.
Their primary duties will include:
Research design and planning: development of detailed research plans based on an agreed master plan. This will include liaison with the Evaluation Advisory Group.
Fieldwork implementation and management: oversight of and participation in key data collection tasks.
Data analysis: including using both qualitative and quantitative analysis tools.
Report writing: drafting of main project reports and other formative outputs as required.
Dissemination: including presentation and conferences and the drafting of academic publications.
Project Governance – Assist with the on-going project governance including working with the Evaluation Advisory Group.
Hold a Ph.D. in applied social research or cognate area;
Demonstrated excellence in empirical research in their field;
Experience in applied policy and practice research with young people, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies;
Demonstrated capacity to work to tight deadlines;
Capacity to work on a self-directed basis.
Have in-depth knowledge of research, policy and practice in the area of educational disadvantage and or youth mental health;
Experience in evaluation research
Acted as key author for research and evaluation reports in children and family/young people field
Experience of working with research commissioners
Salary range:€43,030 per annum
Start date and Contract Duration:April 2019 (3 Year contract)
Applications should be sent, bye-mail only(word or Pdf), firstname.lastname@example.org the attention of Ms. Emily O’Donnell, Business Manager and must include a covering letter, CV to include the contact details of three referees consisting of at least one academic referee.
Please put reference number056-19in subject line of e-mail application.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday 27thMarch 2019.
National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.
All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment.
The Mission of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre is to help create the conditions for excellent policies, services and practices that improve the lives of children, youth and families through research, education and service development
UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre,
The Institute for Lifecourse and Society,
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National University of Ireland
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