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Policy Analyst/Economist

Full Time 1 year, Fixed Term Contract

Closing date: Thursday 26th May 2022 at 5pm

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1.Purpose of the position:

Under the direction of the Chief Executive, the Policy Analyst/Economist will work within the WDC Policy Analysis team to conduct research on the economic and wider social impacts of the remote working hubs within the National Hub Network.

The candidate will also work closely with the WDC connectedhubs.ie team and the Regional Development & Innovation Unit of the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The Policy Analyst/Economist will conduct three interrelated areas of remote working hub research:

A. Analyse the national, regional, and local impact of hubs within the National Hub Network by developing or identifying an appropriate model/approach. This should involve a baseline analysis using an approach that can be replicated at later intervals. The approach should consider the 2021 Connected Hubs funding call, diversity of regional settings, hub characteristics and the legal standing of hubs (private, public, other). The approach should also recognize that the scale of impacts, their usage and their relative importance will vary across the diverse network of hubs (e.g. rural hubs may have “small” impacts in a national context yet they may be significant at the scale of their locality).  

B. Develop a framework for hub funding that will support the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) funding calls. The aim is to provide strategic direction for the future development of the National Hub Network. It is envisaged that this framework will include, for example, consideration of the 2021 Connected Hubs funding-call, the current location of existing hubs, demonstrable local demand, usage, categorization, or classification of hub sought.

C. Examine the existing and potential role of the National Hub Network in meeting the Climate Action Plan targets and in the transition to a low carbon economy. This will examine, broader questions surrounding sustainable regional economic development.

This work will be informed by the development of the connectedhubs.ie data dashboard and associated economic and sectoral analysis over time. The scale of the project will depend on data quality/availability due to potential COVID-19 impacts. Future work may seek to examine the role and impact of full-time Hub Managers within the National Hub Network.

In addition to the above research, the Policy Analyst/Economist may contribute to the wider research conducted by the WDC Policy Analysis team informing, reviewing, and monitoring national, regional economic and social policies as they impact on the Western Region.

2.Key responsibilities:

  • Engage with, assess, and contribute to national policy development in relation to the National Hubs Network.
  • Analyse and assess regional social and economic indicators which can be used to measure remote working hub activities and impacts.
  • Using economic tools and techniques, including working with microeconomic data and using a variety of appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g. statistical, econometric, social), to assess hub impacts.
  • Assist in building a partnership approach to hub development with particular emphasis on developing and maintaining relationships with key national and regional stakeholders.
  • Identify, monitor, and assess key public policies relevant to hubs, including Oireachtas, government, departmental and agency initiatives, and their impact in the region.
  • Prepare and present position papers and briefings on related policy issues and represent the WDC in relevant policy forums and other public meetings.
  • Create engaging policy and economic content for WDC publications and press releases.
  • Work with individuals and groups of academics, policymakers, and civil society, which may include establishing, or working with advisory groups, liaising, and managing contracted or outsourced work.

The above is not, and does not purport 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 which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post.

3.Experience:

 Essential:

Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:

  • Third level qualification, at minimum QQI level 8 preferably with a level 9 or 10 in a relevant field, which includes a strong quantitative analysis component such as statistics / data analysis or policy analysis.
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the formulation and implementation of public policy, with a track record in delivery of same.
  • Demonstrable experience of econometric and /or public policy analysis and/or economic and social impact assessment.
  • Evidence of the ability to identify or access appropriate data sources; design and manage surveys and to analyse data sets.
  • Excellent IT skills with experience of data analysis and visualisation tools (R, Strata, SPSS, SQL, GAMS, Modeling, Tableau, etc.)
  • Excellent written and oral communication with an ability to engage diverse audiences. 

Desirable

The following requirements are desirable:

  • Track record of working with multiple stakeholders to successfully research and build support for national and regional policy
  • Experience and knowledge of remote working hubs and regional development
  • Fluency in Irish
  • Self-motivated with the ability to prioritise workload and deliver on targets both as an individual and as part of a team.

Key Competencies:

For effective performance at this level, the candidate will need to demonstrate that they possess the key competencies for effective performance at Higher Executive Officer level:

  • Team Leadership
  • Analysis & Decision Making
  • Management & Delivery of Results
  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Specialist Knowledge, Expertise & Self Development
  • Drive & Commitment to Public Service Values

Further details on the Civil Service Competency Framework are available Here

4. Conditions:

 Appointment to this post will depend on a six-month probationary period and all staff appointments are subject to the WDC Act.

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.

The WDC is a Remote First Organisation. Employees can indicate a base with offices located in Roscommon, Galway and Sligo and the remote working policy of the WDC will apply.

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 February 2022 is as follows: €50,848, €52,334, €53,817, €55,300, €56,788, €58,271, €59,756, €61,8991 €64,0382

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.

5. To Apply

Please clearly state the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email, submit a cover letter and CV (of no more than four pages) detailing your experience, qualifications and any other relevant information, to careers@wdc.ie .

 Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 26thth May 2022 at 5pm.

 The WDC is an equal opportunities employer

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