ESRI: European Migration Network Policy Officer – closing date 29 October

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) is seeking to recruit a Policy Officer for a vacancy in the Irish National Contact Point (NCP) of the European Migration Network (EMN), located within the ESRI. The position is offered on a two-year fixed term contract basis.

The Institute
The Economic and Social Research Institute, founded in 1960, is located in Dublin’s South Docklands area. Its mission is to produce high quality research, relevant to Ireland’s economic and social development, with the aim of contributing to knowledge and informing policymaking and public debate. It has over 120 staff including economists, sociologists and other social scientists, in addition to support and technical staff.

The European Migration Network
The aim of the European Migration Network is to provide up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum at Member State and EU-levels, with a view to supporting policymaking and informing the general public. The EMN is funded in Ireland by the European Commission and the Department of Justice and Equality. More information can be found at

Role Description – EMN Policy Officer
We wish to recruit a Policy Officer to join the EMN Ireland team. The role involves leading and collaborating on various research and policy and outputs within the bi-annual EMN Work Programme, including writing up to four EMN research studies per year. As well as having excellent research and writing skills, the successful candidate will be experienced at presenting research findings. He or she will disseminate EMN studies at conferences and to the media. The Policy Officer will also have skills in building and maintaining stakeholder relationships and will represent EMN Ireland and the ESRI at national and EU levels. In the future, the role may involve regular travel within the EU. The successful candidate will work flexibly, collaborating with other team members/ESRI researchers on various activities as appropriate.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience
Candidates should have a strong background in migration and asylum-related research, with expertise in relevant national and EU-level policy and law.

The successful candidate will have:
• Masters qualification in a relevant discipline, ideally in law, but qualifications in e.g. sociology, international relations, politics or geography will also be considered;
• Experience of producing policy-relevant research;
• Experience of legal research;
• Excellent presentation skills and experience of presenting at conferences and events;
• In-depth knowledge of the subject area, including familiarity with the main stakeholders;
• Proven strong networking skills;
• Relevant work experience;
• Experience of writing for publication;
• Strong attention to detail;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Excellent interpersonal and team working skills;
• Strong organisational skills, good time management with an energetic approach to tasks;
• Proven ability to work on own initiative;
• Flexibility and capacity to contribute to other areas of ESRI research;

Terms and Application Procedure
Appointments will be on a two-year fixed-term contract basis and starting salary will be EUR 41,055 linked to the Administrative Officer Higher pay scale. The successful candidate will be based in offices in Dublin 2. To apply for this position please follow this link. The closing date for applications is 5pm on 29 October 2020. The selection process may consist of a preliminary interview and, for candidates successful at that stage, a final interview.

The ESRI are following Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 and its offices are currently closed. Therefore, each stage of the selection process is likely to be held via video-conference (MS Teams) and the successful candidate will be expected to work remotely for a temporary period.

All applications will be acknowledged. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.

The ESRI is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to accommodating the needs of people with disabilities to enable them to participate in the selection process. Please let us know if you have any particular requirements should you be invited for assessment/interview or that you wish us to take into account when considering your application.



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