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Research & Policy Officer at The Irish Hospice Foundation

The Irish Hospice Foundation
Research & Policy Officer
Dublin 2
Expiry Date
18 Jun 2024
EUR37338 - EUR43927
Posted by
Marie Buckley
Posted on
04 Jun 2024

Who We Are

Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is a national charity that addresses dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Our vision is an Ireland where people facing end of life or bereavement, and those who care for them, are provided with the care and support that they need. 

Through advocacy and education, and the provision of services such as Nurses for Night Care and the Bereavement Support Line and our national programmes such as Hospice Friendly Hospitals, Dying Well at Home and Caru – Supporting Care & Compassion at End of Life in Nursing Homes, IHF works to ensure that every person in Ireland can die and grieve well, whatever their age and wherever the place. 

 About the Role

Job Purpose: The Research & Policy Officer will support the delivery of research and policy in line with the Irish Hospice Foundation research strategy which support the vision and mission of IHF towards better end of life and bereavement care.

Salary: €37,338 - €43,927 depending on experience

Contract Type: Permanent Full time (37 hours a week)

Job Location: Our offices are based on Nassau St., Dublin 2. We have a hybrid work model in place (a minimum requirement of 2 days a week in the office).

Reporting to: Director of Research and Policy



§ Support the Director of Research and Policy in implementing the IHF research strategy.

§ Coordinate research across IHF and Manage individual research projects.

§ Support opportunities for Public and Patient Involvement (PPI)

§ Work with personnel from various areas within IHF to develop a knowledge translation plan for IHF research.

§ Conducting literature reviews and making recommendations based on findings.

§ Quantitative data collection using online survey methods.

§ Management and analysis of quantitative data sets.

§ Qualitative data collection and analysis, including supporting or conducting interviews and focus groups, transcription, and qualitative analysis.

§ Liaising with, establishing, and maintaining connections with various internal and external stakeholders.

§ Working alongside the Director of Research and Policy to provide evaluation and monitoring to the organisation.

§ Writing and proofing reports and developing presentations as required.

§ Participating in required educational programs and staff meetings.

§ Any other tasks as may be assigned by the manager or designated person.


Qualifications and Experience

IHF is open to applications from candidates who have experience in most but not all of the following areas. The successful candidate will be supported through their induction to increase their knowledge and ability to deliver on the responsibilities outlined here. Further training and ongoing support will be available.


  • A relevant research qualification at postgraduate level
  • Minimum of 3 years experience of carrying out applied research in an area relevant to the experiences of dying, death and bereavement
  • Skills in project management, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, report writing, and knowledge translation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Research and analytic skills
  • Good comprehension of data protection practices
  • Experience of working collaboratively across an organisation structure
  • Ability to gather and analyse complex information and consider the range of options available.
  • Strong numerical, analytical skills and attention to detail.


The above Job Specification 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 that may be assigned to them from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.


 Benefits Include:


As a member you will be required to make a pension contribution of 5% on your gross annual salary. IHF will contribute 10% on your behalf to a company contributory pension scheme. 

Death in Service

4 times annual salary

Income Protection

75% of salary and cover pension contributions

Annual Leave

23 days per year (increased with service)

Additional Leave Days

Closure of the office on Good Friday, half day Christmas Eve and time between Christmas and New Year

Sick Pay

Up to 6 months certified sick leave

Hybrid Work Arrangement

2 days working from the office

Maternity Leave

26 weeks fully paid maternity leave (less social welfare benefits)

Adoptive Leave

24 weeks fully paid adoptive leave (less social welfare benefits)

Paternity Leave

2 weeks fully paid paternity leave (less social welfare benefits)

Sabbatical Leave

Opportunity to take Sabbatical leave after 5 years of service

Opportunities for training and workplace development

Flexible work options

Access to our Employee Assistance Programme

Travel (bike-to-work schemes/tax saver commuter tickets)


Application Procedure

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 18th June 2024.

Applicants should submit a CV (max. 2 pages), detailing relevant experience, along with a covering letter outlining the reasons they believe they are suitable for this role.

·      Applicants will be short-listed based on information supplied.

·      Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

·      Should the person recommended for appointment decline, or having accepted it, relinquish it, or if an additional vacancy arises, IHF may, at its discretion, select and recommend another person for appointment on the results of this selection process.

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15 - 17 Leinster Street South
Dublin 2

t. 01 541 4770

RCN: 20043964
CRO: 335412

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