2019-25 Research Coordinator
Reporting to the Research Manager, the Research Coordinator role will focus on supporting the development and implementation of Jigsaw’s research strategy and evaluation programme. A key component of this role will be the analysis of data in a timely, effective and efficient way and the dissemination of this research/evidence to a wide audience.
From our earliest days, we recognised the importance of research, both to identify problems and set priorities, and to monitor our services. Our pioneering study, the My World Survey (2012) remains the largest and most impactful study of its kind in Ireland. Our Jigsaw Data System (JDS) records information about individuals engaging with our Jigsaw services. This allows us to carry out robust evaluations and measure our impact.
Our research is also the foundation on which we build our workshops for adults and young people alike. We aim to be at the forefront of international research and thinking about prevention and early intervention strategies. Our research provides the evidence for our work with Government, the HSE and policymakers.
Jigsaw has a memorandum of agreement with UCD School of Psychology to drive the research and practice agenda on youth mental health in Ireland and internationally. In partnership with UCD, we have begun to conduct the My World Survey for a second time with a view to publishing in late 2019. Jigsaw is also a member of FRAYME, a global network built to gather and share the best evidence and practice-based knowledge about youth services, and to put this evidence into action in communities around the world.
This is full-time, fixed purpose role with an initial contract of 3 years.
- Support the Research Manager in the development and implementation of a research strategy for Jigsaw
- Line management and support for a small research team
- Oversee the development and maintenance of the Jigsaw Data System (JDS)
- Support the Jigsaw service management team to develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and oversee KPI progress reports for the evaluation of Jigsaw Services
- Work with key stakeholders within Jigsaw to ensure evidence from the JDS is used to inform service design, delivery, public policy and national discourse on youth mental health
- Conduct research and evaluation in Jigsaw services and community settings to inform youth mental health practice, including in schools and online
- Disseminate the outcomes of this research and evaluation through conferences, peer reviewed academic publications and other identified opportunities
- Coordinate Jigsaw’s Research Ethics Committee
- Develop research and evaluation policies and procedures
- Work with external stakeholders nationally and internationally to advance Jigsaw’s research agenda
- Support implementation of a quality standards framework – Trusted Charity
- Coordinate journal clubs and contribute to and support the fostering of a positive learning culture in Jigsaw
- Keep up-to-date with developments in the area of youth mental health
- Any other duties that may be assigned.
- A PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, social science)
- One year post PhD relevant research experience
- Track record of high quality dissemination
- Experience of working with a large data set
- Proven ability to coordinate delivery of a large scale research project
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and the capacity to write / present for multiple audiences
- Strong computer and data analysis skills including the Microsoft Office suite, and database management (SPSS)
- Ability to work with all levels internally, and with external stakeholders, and to be a team player with the ability to develop and maintain good interpersonal relationships
- Passionate about young people, their mental health, and achieving change in Irish society
- Experience managing research assistants/small teams
- Experience of conducting research in educational settings
- Full, clean driving licence and access to a car
- Experience of working with young people (in a research context) and in particular of involving young people in research.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Factors taken into account in determining an appropriate scale include the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications relevant to the job. The salary range for this role will be €40,000 to €55,000 pa.
Jigsaw operates the following benefits for its employees
- Defined contribution pension scheme
- Annual leave 25 days, exclusive of public holidays and 1.5 company days
- Comprehensive annual CPD schedule
- Financial support for further education
- The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 5th June 2019. First round interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 12th June in Dublin.
- Application is by online application form only & CVs will not be accepted. Please complete all fields of the application form - incomplete application forms will not be considered.
- The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.
- As Jigsaw is a regional organisation, this role requires access to a car and the post will require travel for work and a willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends, as required.
- All Jigsaw staff members are required to obtain Garda clearance as a condition of their initial and continued employment.
- Jigsaw is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
- All documentation received by Jigsaw will be processed in accordance with the Irish Data Protection Act (2018). The information will only be used by Jigsaw in the processing of job applications and for ongoing administrative purposes with job candidates.