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Research & Evaluation Officer

Employer Children’s Books Ireland
Job Type Publishing & Editing
Location Dublin and the East
Salary €30,000 per annum pro rata
Closing Date 17/01/2020
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Children’s Books Ireland is seeking a Research & Evaluation Officer to work 2 days per week as part of our team.


Children’s Books Ireland’s vision is an Ireland in which books are central to every child’s life and where meaningful engagement with books is supported by passionate and informed adults in families, schools, libraries and communities across Ireland. Children’s Books Ireland is a registered charity.

Children’s Books Ireland delivers numerous projects that bring the joy of reading to children all over the island of Ireland including Laureate na nÓg (the children’s literature laureate), the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards, Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinics, a magazine and annual reading guide, an annual conference and various book-gifting schemes which ensure that children and young people in areas of need have access to books. We work with a number of corporate partners, and have ongoing strategic partnerships with RTÉjr and WH Smith. Children’s Books Ireland is the go-to organisation for children’s book coverage across various media. For more information, see


As a charity which runs a large number of programmes and activities, we are committed to evaluating our programmes and measuring our impact as effectively as possible. The Research & Evaluation Officer will lead and facilitate both in-house and external research and evaluation projects to inform the way we work and advocate for change. This role will involve producing evidence-based documents and reports which will allow Children’s Books Ireland to learn from our challenges, tell the story of our successes and influence change through advocacy and ensuring the sustainability of the organisation.

Reporting to the CEO, the Research & Evaluation Officer will:

  • Evaluate and measure the impact of Children’s Books Ireland’s activities using robust instruments and frameworks, with particular attention to seeking young people’s feedback on school-based activity
  • Work closely with the Communications Officer to share findings with various stakeholders, including case studies and impact stories
  • Monitor and collate national and international research in relevant areas (including but not limited to reading, literacy and creativity) to create a robust evidence base for Children’s Books Ireland’s programmes and to inform and strengthen our case for support
  • Work with Children’s Books Ireland’s partners in higher education institutions including DCU, UCD and Trinity College Dublin to oversee and develop strategically relevant research projects
  • Develop annual research and learning objectives that can be translated into action plans
  • Work closely with the team on target setting and establishing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as Children’s Books Ireland implements a new strategic plan
  • Produce reports for various internal and external stakeholders and assist with funding applications
  • Research the policy context across various government departments to seek out opportunities for partnership, funding or advocacy

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree-level qualification (or equivalent in a relevant discipline) and/or expertise and practical experience in research, monitoring & evaluation or impact measurement
  • Experience of data collection, collation, analysis and management
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills
  • Strong analytical and numeracy skills
  • Ability to write clear, compelling reports and other documents for a range of audiences
  • Strong skills in planning, prioritising and project management
  • A high degree of self-sufficiency and initiative
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a small team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Digital literacy (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, Dropbox)
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience working directly with children and young people is desirable
  • An understanding of and experience working in the arts or charity sectors is desirable, but not essential

Reporting To: CEO

Location: First floor, 17 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1. Office location may change, but will remain in central Dublin.

Start date: February 2020

Contract duration: Three years

Hours of work: 9.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., 2 days per week. Working days are flexible. Occasional evening or weekend work may be required, for which time off in lieu can be taken in accordance with company policy.

Remuneration/benefits: €30,000 per annum pro rata, payable monthly in arrears. 5% matching pension contribution. 25 days’ annual leave pro rata (exclusive of public holidays). Ability to work flexibly.

Probationary Period: 6 months



To apply: email cover letter and CV to [email protected], with RESEARCH & EVALUATION OFFICER in the subject line, before 4pm on Friday 17th January 2020. Children’s Books Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.


All applicants should note that first interviews will be held the week commencing 27th January 2020. Should a second round of interviews for prospective candidates be required, it will take place the week commencing 3rd February 2020. Position will be subject to reference checks and Garda vetting.

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