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Position:                   Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme - Research Assistant


NCI Job Code:         NCI 0690                           


Reporting to:           ABC Researcher and the Director of Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme / Early Learning Initiative (ELI)


Purpose of Position:       

To assist in the internal research and evaluation activities of the ABC Programme


Key Relationships: 

ABC Researcher

Director of the ABC Programme and Early Learning Initiative.

ABC Programme Staff

Early Learning Initiative team.

National College of Ireland

Members of ABC consortium

Stakeholders in the local community, including parents, children and practitioners

Centre of Effective Services (CES) and Pobal


Key Responsibilities:

Assist in the coordination of the internal research and evaluation activities of the ABC programme

Assist in the collection, collation and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data

Assist in preparing and maintaining records, reports and/or test data

Assist in developing and maintaining a database of participants, children, parents and families, in the ABC programmes

Work closely with the ABC Researcher, ABC team and CES to coordinate the implementation of all research and evaluation processes/systems

Liaise with key stakeholders, including ABC Consortium, Pobal, CES, other Departments within NCI in relation to the ABC research activities

Provide information as required to the ABC Director and NCI’s Finance Department for ABC returns and budgets to Pobal and CES

Other appropriate research and administrative activities as needed

Any other duties as assigned by the ABC Director



Key Attributes:

A relevant 3rd level qualification

Excellent administrative and organisational skills

Excellent IT skills in MS Excel MS Word, SPSS and other relevant research packages etc.

Skills and experience in conducting research and evaluation studies

Professional interest in early years’ education and family based learning.

Ability to work closely with marginalised families and have an understanding of the issues of marginalisation

Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of College personnel, community stakeholders and other outside individuals/organizations

Good time management skills with the ability to produce results to deadlines.

Ability to operate as a team player in a cross disciplinary, integrated team, sharing roles and responsibilities.

An energetic, confident and pro-active individual with strong interpersonal and communication skills


Salary:                                    Research Assistant Salary Band €24,000 - €36,000


Annual Leave:                       24 days per annum


Contract Type:                      This is a one-year fixed term full time position subject to ongoing funding


The successful candidate will be subject to Garda vetting and must not hold any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.



The functions and responsibilities assigned to the ABC Early Years Coordinator – Early Learning Initiative, are based on the current stated role and objectives of the ABC Programme and the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the ABC Programme and NCI.


Application Process:     To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV, quoting reference number: NCI0690 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5pm, 21st September 2016


Equal Opportunities Policy:

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.




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