Assistant Principal – Research & Data
Vacancy Type:
Practice or Client:
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

The Organisation

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“IHREC”) was established in 2014 through the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 to protect and promote human rights and equality and to encourage the development of a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding in the State.

The staff of the Commission work in four teams: Policy & Research, Strategic Engagement, Legal and Corporate Services. Permanent staff of the Commission are civil servants in the service of the State. The Commission now seeks suitably qualified individuals to join its Policy and Research team in the role of Assistant Principal – Research and Data.

The Role

The role of Assistant Principal – Research and Data is an important management role within IHREC and is key to the design and delivery of externally commissioned and in house research and data programmes and to the development, interpretation and communication of evidence.

Further Information

Further information on this role, including a Candidate Information Booklet, is available at

All enquiries relating to these roles should be directed by telephone to +353 (1) 449 4400.

No enquiries or canvassing should be made directly to the IHREC.

Your Application

Applications are to be submitted online and must include:

  1. A cover letter outlining why you wish to be considered for the role and where you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role;
  2. A comprehensive CV clearly showing your relevant achievements and experience in your career to date.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is an equal opportunities employer.

Deadline for applications: Friday 26th July 2019 at 5.00pm Irish time (GMT).

Qualification Level:
Level 9
Required Experience:

Essential Requirements

  1. Candidates must hold, on or before 26th July 2019, a qualification at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications in a relevant discipline with substantial training in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods social science research and data.
  2. Extensive experience in external commissioning of research
  3. Excellent quantitative and qualitative research and data methodological skills
  4. Excellent project management skills with a track record in designing and delivering complex research and data programmes, both external and in house, to time and budget

Desirable Requirements


  1. In-depth knowledge of the research and data environment relevant to IHREC’s mandate and Strategy Statement
  2. Ability to build and sustain strategic relationships with diverse stakeholders both pro-actively and as opportunities arise
  3. Strong oral and written communication skills (including knowledge translation) and interpersonal skills
  4. Strong people management skills including line management and staff development
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