Job Role: Policy & Research

Salary: £29,636 – £31,371 per annum

Hours per week: 35.00

Closing date: Wednesday 15 December 2021 at 5:00pm

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.

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 Senior Research Coordinator 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 in the of development a robust evidence base for play and playwork.
  2. Commission 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 voluntary, statutory or private sectors with knowledge of the play sector and of the wider social policy issues relevant to play/children and young people, this with 3 years’ recent experience designing research to ensure valid and reliable results that address the research aims and objectives, implementing evaluative frameworks to assist the development of a robust evidence base.  [Full details of the essential criteria at the link below]

Benefits of working with PlayBoard:

  • Flexible working
  • Competitive salary
  • Excellent pension package
  • Occupational sick pay
  • 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.

£29,636 – £31,371 per annum – 35 hours per week.

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.

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