Data & GIS Analyst

3 year, Fixed Term Contract

Closing date: Monday, 8th March at 12:00 pm

Purpose of Position:

The National Hubs Network Project will help create an ecosystem from the existing 100+ hubs identified in the AEC Region, the 220+ hubs based outside the AEC, and accommodate Broadband Connection Point (BCP) and libraries that offer space (desks, meeting room, coworking space, event space etc.) to the communities they serve.

This project will promote, market and showcase the profile of the hubs both within the communities they are located in and beyond. The hubs will be promoted as a key infrastructure asset for communities, employers and employees. They will help support ambitious initiatives such as Enterprise Irelands target of supporting 10,000 co-working and incubation spaces in regional locations.

Participation in a hub network is a proven driver for hub development; it leads to increased hub occupancy and cross pollination of ideas which drives business development in communities across the region.

The creation of a hub network presents an opportunity for both rural and urban communities. These hubs act as enterprise centres, innovations spaces, co-working & hot-desking locations, and are an important part of the support system for early stage rurally-based companies and entrepreneurs to grow and develop.  The creation of this network will capitalise on previous government funding and result in thriving, vibrant hub community.

The WDC employs 25 staff and has been awarded the responsibility for leading the implementation and delivery of the National Hubs Network.   Reporting to the Hubs Programme Manager, the Data & GIS Analyst is responsible for actively contributing to the effective delivery and management of the National Hubs Network.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop interactive mapping portals which will provide information in the form of map layers to view assets and amenities in the country relating to the National Hubs Network. This portal will allow user to make informed decisions about Hub locations based on up-to-date data presented in the form of online interactive maps
  • Engage with stakeholders to engage with the numerous Open Data sets available nationally to help promote and market the National Hubs Network through a combination of images, videos, text, 3D scenes etc.
  • Provide a coordinated spatial analysis service for evidence-based decision making to support the work of the Department of Rural and Community Development, WDC, AEC Officer and national Broadband Officer networks
  • Work with regional and national agencies to absorb, integrate and develop relevant data sets through the use of Open API’s
  • Manage and investigate all spatial data supply queries and progress accordingly
  • Perform analysis of data for the purposes of improving National Hubs Network and capacity across the country
  • Manage, from time to time, testing and validation of enhancements and new features to systems in a spatial data subject matter expert capacity
  • Manage metadata for spatial datasets
  • Any other GIS and data analytics tasks required in support of AEC or National hubs projects
  • Support the work of the WDC Policy Analysis Team
  • Work collaboratively with the team and stakeholders to understand emerging data metrics to create models and trend reporting for more informed decision making
  • Note: the functions and responsibilities initially assigned to the position are based on the current organisational requirements and may be changed from time to time.  The job holder requires the flexibility to fulfil other roles and responsibilities at a similar level within the WDC.


Required Experience:


  • Hold a minimum of a NFQ degree level 8 qualification in a relevant discipline, being computing, GIS, data analysis, systems engineering or software engineering
  • Have a minimum of five years recent satisfactory experience with two of those years planning and leading projects with multiple dependencies and stakeholders
  • Have at least three years of experience with GIS and spatial database management
  • Experience in the use of Data Visualisation tools
  • Have previous experience working in a GIS and data transformation / data management capacity including working with spatial databases, desktop GIS and other related applications
  • Have previous Python and SQL scripting experience utilising a variety of spatial datatypes
  • Have experience in automating processes and workflows using Python, ModelBuilder, or similar
  • Competent in using Extract Transform Load (ETL) and an advanced level of surveying



  • Strong communications, interpersonal and leadership skills with proven experience in managing and motivating staff as well as contributing within a fast-paced team environment.
  • Have proven experience of defining and understanding project requirements with a methodical and logical approach to problem solving
  • General HEO competencies as per “Appendix A” below.



The post is a full-time, three-year fixed term contract, subject to a six-month probationary period.

The WDC Head Office is in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. WDC staff are also located in Galway and Sligo.  As this role has a national remit, the successful incumbent may be based remotely in accordance with the WDC Remote Working policy.  The successful candidate will be required to attend meetings at WDC office locations and / or hub locations throughout the country as and when required.

Due to the large geographical area covered by this post, the successful candidate will hold a full driving licence and have access to transport as this post may involve travel.  Appropriate travelling expenses and subsistence allowances will be paid subject to WDC policy.

The salary scale for this post will be equivalent to that of the Civil Service Higher Executive Officer Standard Scale:

Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Pay Rate: The salary for this position, with effect from 1st October 2020 is as follows:  €49,845 – €51,303 – €52,756 – €54,210 – €55,669 – €57,123 – €58,578 – LSI 1 €60,679 – LSI 2 €62,776

Please note: The starting salary for the person appointed to this post will be the first point on the above scale unless the successful application has previous reckonable public sector experience.

All staff members are required to sign up to the WDC Code of Business Conduct under the code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.


To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and CV (maximum four pages) detailing your experience, qualifications, and office location preference with any other relevant information, to

The email (with cv and cover letter) sent to should be clearly identified with ‘Data & GIS Analyst’ in the subject box.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 8th March at 12 noon.


Format of Competition:

The admission of a candidate to the competition, or invitation to attend an interview, is not to be taken as implying that the WDC is satisfied that such person fulfils the requirements of the job.

Following the shortlisting procedure, the competition will consist of competitive interview(s) conducted by the Interview Board(s) set up by the WDC.  The onus is on all applicants to make themselves available for interview on the date(s) specified by the WDC.  Candidates who do not attend interview on the date and time specified in email communications to the candidate will be deemed to have withdrawn from the competition.

The Board will assess the merits of the candidates in respect of matters referred to in the job description and any other relevant, job specific criteria.  Before making its final selection, the Board may recall a candidate for further questioning and request references.  References will not be contacted without prior consent from the candidate.

Only candidates who reach such a standard as the Interview Board considers satisfactory in the competitive interview shall be considered for selection.

Panel: A panel may be formed by the Interview Board. Once a panel is formed, it remains in existence for 1 year and may be extended.

Confidentiality:  Subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014, applications will be treated in strict confidence.  All enquiries, applications and all aspects of the proceedings are treated as strictly confidential and are not disclosed to anyone, outside those directly involved in the that aspect of the process.

Communications:  All communications with the candidates, including notification of results, will be via email.

Equality:  The WDC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.  As a public service organisation, the WDC is strongly committed to equality of opportunity in all its employment practices.

Review / Appeals Process:  WDC will consider requests for review in accordance with the provisions of the codes of practice published by the CPSA and in accordance with the Recruitment Policy of the WDC.  In the first instance, candidates are open to have their query dealt with on an informal basis within five working days of the communicated decision (or if decision is related to an interim stage e.g. shortlisting, within two days).  The informal process may involve a telephone conversation between the candidate and a representative of the WDC who is involved in the recruitment process.


The WDC is an equal opportunities employer

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