Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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Research and Education Officer vacancy

To help develop and implement the IACP Research and Education Strategy.

IACP Research and Education Officer
Job Title:                     Research and Education Officer Reporting To:               Development and Innovation Manager  Contract Term:           18 months Part-time 

 Closing date for applications: January 31

Purpose of Job           
A key task of the proposed position, under the supervision of the Development and Innovation Manager, will be to help develop and implement the IACP Research and Education Strategy.
The Research and Education Officer role will be key in:
• Assimilating and disseminating research relevant to IACP • Building research resources for members • The co-ordination of research projects within the organisation • Conducting and managing research policy relevant to the organisation • Identifying funding opportunities relevant to the organisation and the profession • Resource high-quality and innovative research within the organisation’s IACP overall strategy and with the aim of inspiring and informing the research strategy
An additional task of the Research and Education Officer will be to contribute to high quality research design and development, funding applications and the implementation and analysis (using quantitative and qualitative methods) of IACP research projects, to disseminate results and to engage with members in research and advisory processes. 
The candidate will also be expected to assist in the editorial process for the Association's Journal. This will involve supporting the Editorial Board and other staff in compiling the content for the Journal. 
To contribute to IACP’s strategic priorities by providing up to date and relevant research literature relating to the Counselling and Psychotherapy profession. This will involve procuring and contracting with CPD providers to maximise the rollout of professional quality CPD workshops for the members
Duties & Responsibilities • To develop IACP policy on research  • To provide research briefs on topics that will assist the board of IACP in its decision-making functions • To develop and implement research resources for members • To support the development of IACP policies by sourcing relevant literature and liaising with staff in other departments and relevant committees • Assist with the establishment and organisation of research funding both internally and externally • Key member of the IACP conference team relating to Counselling and Psychotherapy research

• In liaison with other staff and external consultancy, support the IACP member surveys  • Supporting research project activities or leading parts of research projects including organising workshops and Conferences as appropriate  • Contribute to the development of research proposals, expressions of interest and full project proposals • Organising meetings and (multi-)media outputs from research projects • Presentation of research results internally and externally at conferences and meetings nationally and internationally • Disseminating research results through IACP website • Intellectual exchanges with other counselling and psychotherapy organisations and professionals • Contributing to the supervision of junior research/project staff as appropriate to ongoing projects
Person Specification
Essential Requirements: Knowledge and Qualifications
• A third level qualification in a health, education, social science, or other related field, including significant emphasis on research skills • Knowledge and experience of quantitative research methods including but not limited to survey design and implementation, and high-level data analysis and qualitative research methods including but not limited to data collection through individual and group interview, and appropriate analysis.  • Knowledge and experience of using online research databases such as EBSCO, ResearchGate and statistical programmes such as SPSS
• Strong interpersonal skills  • Excellent analytical and writing skills • Good presentation and networking skills • Multitasking skills  • Excellent IT skills • Ability to work independently, to demonstrate initiative, and to work as part of a team; • Ability to work on own initiative • Ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative data • Knowledge of qualitative data storage packages • Experience of editing • Capacity to quickly acquire a sound understanding of a wide range of complex strategic policy issues and to provide accessible and relevant information to support decision-making • Ability to flex and adapt to changing demands, manage competing priorities and meet deadlines

• Strong attention to detail and ability to be clear, comprehensive and concise in communications • Ability to work with confidential information and maintain confidentiality; • A commitment to producing high quality research, monitoring and evaluation that significantly contributes to the development of policy • Willingness to undertake additional duties from time to time and as required by the IACP
Additional Desirable experience
• Accredited member of a Professional Counselling Association • Skills / experience in funding proposals • Previous experience of supervision of junior researchers/project staff • Publication relevant to counselling and psychotherapy/ psychology • Full, clean driving licence
Key Relationships and Contacts
Internal:  Development and Innovation Manager, Communications and Media Officer, CEO, HR, Finance (as relevant), IACP Board and Sub committees and members as appropriate. 
External: Other professional organisations, regulatory and research bodies and funders.
All staff are expected to:
• Positively support equality of opportunity both within IACP and externally • Help maintain a safe working environment and take responsibility for own and colleagues’ Health and Safety • Undertake such other duties within the scope of their post as may be asked by their manager • Staff may be required from time to time to work outside of the core hours listed above. • Staff may be required to travel as part of the role and outside of the core hours listed above. 
Employment is on a part time basis. The hours of duty will be based on a 21-hour week Monday to Friday.
Salary: €29,000 - €34,000 Pro-Rata
The IACP is an equal opportunities employer.



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