Job Role: Policy & Research

Salary: (£26,999 – £28,785) under review

Hours per week: 35.00

Closing date: Friday 3 September 2021 at 2:00pm

PlayBoard is the leading agency for the promotion, development and delivery of play in Northern Ireland. This vibrant organisation is at the forefront of shaping the future of children and young people’s play opportunities and experiences.

  • Do you have the drive and passion to support children and young people?
  • Do you want to help children and young people reach their full potential?

Then this is the job for you!

Main Purpose:

The post holder will develop and deliver a research and evaluative framework for PlayBoard and its practice programmes to help advance the organisation’s strategic aims and objectives. 

As a key member of the staff team, the Research Officer shall be responsible for PlayBoard’s research and evaluation agenda.

The post holder will deliver on the following key objectives:

  1. Implement a comprehensive OBA evaluative framework for all PlayBoard’s practice programmes to assist the development a robust evidence base for play and playwork.
  2. Initiate, design and lead on PlayBoard’s research and evaluation activities to provide research and statistical evidence to inform the strategic development and implementation of play services, strategies and interventions for the holistic benefit of children and young people.
  3. Support the development of public policy in Northern Ireland, helping to build consensus within and beyond the play sector adhering to the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The successful applicant will have:

A degree and hold a qualification relevant to the post preferably social sciences or

3 years’ experience of researching and analysing social or public policy issues within the statutory or voluntary sector, with knowledge of the play sector or children and young people’s sector, and of wider social policy issues relevant to play/children and young people.

Benefits of working with PlayBoard:

  • Flexible working
  • Competitive salary
  • Excellent pension package with Standard Life
  • Occupational sick pay subject to service
  • 24 days holiday per year plus 11 bank holidays
  • Committed management team giving continuous support

The contract for this post will be up to 31 March 2023 subject to funding.

£26,999 – £28,785 under review – 35 hours per week – 2 year fixed term contract.

If you are a proactive person and have the required skill set, want a job that makes a real difference to children and young people, takes pride and ownership in your contribution, have excellent attention to detail, tenacious and outgoing, we’re interested to hear from you.

Go to to download:

  • Letter to applicants
  • Job description
  • Application form & monitoring form
  • Guidance for completing application form