Purpose of Position:

This search process seeks to find a highly competent individual to support the Director of Quality to progress a schedule of NCI programme validation and review and revalidation activities with QQI, as well as a number of current projects aiming to embed systematic, meaningful Quality monitoring and review at module and programme levels.

The QIE Office is responsible for promoting continuous quality improvement and effectiveness across NCI at a programme and institutional level. The Office ensures NCI and its programmes remain relevant, responsive to stakeholder needs, and aligned with internal and external quality requirements, benchmarks and standards. 

Reporting to:

Director of Quality and Institutional Effectiveness 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the Director to develop and manage NCI’s dynamic academic programme QQI new programme validation, existing programme revalidation and Professional Body re-accreditation schedule; 
  • Liaise with academic Programme Directors and wider Programme Committees/teams to move successfully through the stages of programme proposal, development, approval, annual monitoring, change and review and re-validation/re-accreditation; 
  • Implement key NCI Quality Assurance and Enhancement tools relating to feedback from staff, students and external stakeholders, on the quality of NCI’s programmes and modules, and wider support services. 
  • Draft qualitative discussion papers and reports on the outputs and outcomes of QAE monitoring activities and present these, with/for the Director of QIE, to various NCI groups and committees;  
  • Provide analytical support for qualitative and quantitative data and information that provides indicators about the quality of NCI’s programmes and modules and NCI’s support services for students and staff; 
  • Other duties as agreed from time to time with the Director of QIE.

Key Requirements: 

  • An Honour’s Bachelor degree (at NFQ Level 8/equivalent); 
  • Evidence of continued lifelong learning/professional development, particularly in skillsets relating to qualitative and quantitative data analysis and reporting; 
  • Recent (within previous five years), relevant and demonstrable experience of quality assurance and/or enhancement-related administration or project-work, ideally (although not necessarily) in Further or Higher Education; 
  • Proven experience of drafting text for Reports; Discussion Papers and other formal documents; 
  • Proven experience in providing analysis and reports to inform discussion and decision-making; 
  • An understanding of the Irish Higher Education landscape and ideally, the role of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), in particular, and its policies and procedures; 
  • Proven ability to build trust and effective partnerships and collaborate with a range of colleagues internally and externally; 
  • Demonstrable ability to meet fixed internal and external submission requirements and deadlines; 


Temporary full-time, special purpose contract for 6 months 


Senior Specialist/Supervisor Band from (€41,412 to €62,121) *Pro-rata for 6 months’ contract. The successful candidate will be offered the role at the lower end of this scale, depending on qualifications and experience

Annual Leave: 

24 Days per annum pro rata


Full time

Application Process:

To apply, please email

i) your covering letter outlining your experience for success in the role, and

ii) your CV, in PDF format

Please note that NCI will not consider applications that are submitted without both documents outlined in i) and ii).

Please quote the reference number 1079 and job title to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5pm 3rd October 2023.

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Quality Officer may alter in line with operational and strategic plans and priorities of NCI and the Quality and Institutional Effectiveness Unit which is part of the Office of the Registrar. 

The successful applicant will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not have any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

The Importance of Confidentiality

We would like to assure you that protecting confidentiality is our number one priority. You can expect that all enquires, applications and all aspects of the proceedings are treated as strictly confidential and are not disclosed to anyone, outside those directly involved in that aspect of the process.

Candidates' Obligations

In submitting a completed Curriculum Vitae and supporting documentation, candidates are declaring:

  • That all the particulars furnished in their application are true and correct without omission and that they are aware of the qualifications and particulars for this position.
  • That to the best of their knowledge that there is nothing in relation to their conduct, character or personal background of any nature that would adversely affect the position of trust in which they would be placed by virtue of this appointment.
  • Their irrevocable consent to NCI making such enquiries as deemed necessary in respect of their suitability for the post in respect of which their application is made.
  • Their acceptance and confirmation of the entitlement of NCI, as appropriate to, reject their application, or to terminate their employment (in the event of a contract of employment having been entered into on foot of this competition) if they have omitted to furnish NCI with any information relevant to their application or their continued employment or where they have made any false statement or misrepresentation relevant to this application or their continuing employment with the College. #

Candidates should note that they may be required to submit documentary evidence in support of any particulars given by them in their application for the post.

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Applicants can withdraw their consent for the processing of their personal data at any time by notifying the College. It is important to note that withdrawal of consent prior to the completion of the process will be considered as a withdrawal of the application.

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HR draft up the shortlisting documents and provide the initial screening to determine if a person meets the essential criteria of the competition. A shortlisting panel is generally made up of two senior grade staff members from the relevant department for which the role is being recruited.

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Where you have been successfully shortlisted for a post, each interview panel member will be furnished with a copy of the relevant information of those who will be attending interview in order that they can review applications in advance of the interview process. All such information will be returned to NCI and shredded following the competition process. Some of the interview panel will be external interviewers, who are not employees of NCI but are engaged for the purpose and are strictly subject to the rules and policies of the College.


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NCI Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1

Tel (Direct): + 353 1 4498 523 ; Tel (Reception): + 353 1 4498 500

And/or make a complaint to the relevant authority

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