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Seeking expressions of interest for Senior Research Officer Position

Senior Research Officer - 2 Year Fixed Term Contract

Established under the Medical Practitioners Act, 1978, as amended in 2007, the Medical Council is the regulatory body for members of the medical profession. Its primary role is to protect the public by promoting and better ensuring high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence among registered medical practitioners.

Key responsibilities of the Council include:

  • Maintaining the four Divisions of the Register of Medical Practitioners, a register of all medical practitioners legally entitled to work in Ireland 
  • Ensuring high standards of medical education and training 
  • Setting standards for the maintenance of professional competence
  • Promoting good medical practice
  • Investigating complaints against medical practitioners

The Medical Council is seeking to recruit a Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager on a fixed term contract of 2 years, who will assist the regulatory body in developing and delivering on its existing programmes.

This person will:

  • Report, in the first instance, to the Director of Professional Competence and Research and will support research projects across the regulatory body; and,
  • Be responsible for planning, organising and implementing research projects which aim to develop and apply evidence to support regulatory body objectives in protecting the public and ensuring good standards in doctors’ education, training and continuing practice. 

Projects and programmes may include, but will not be limited to:

  • Using research and evaluation to better inform national strategic policy-making relevant to regulatory body objectives;
  • Providing research brief on topics that will assist the Council in its decision-making functions; 
  • Consultations with key stakeholders on topics relating to Medical Council strategic objectives;
  • Using feedback surveys with different stakeholders to allow the Medical Council to reflect upon, and improve, key business processes and functions;
  • Working closely with and ensure good ongoing communication with colleagues across the regulatory body Using in-house data sources (such as the register of medical practitioners) to create medical workforce intelligence reports 
  • Maintaining and developing the current monitoring system we employ to understand the quality of training in post-graduate learning environments;
  • Using trainee feedback to facilitate quality improvement in learning environments;
  • Establishing a system that evaluates the needs of medical education trainers (in post-graduate settings); 
  • Supporting an “intelligence-based” approach to quality assurance functions regarding Continuing Professional Development

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the role of the regulatory body, its functions and the context in which it operates;
  • Ability to manage research, monitoring and evaluation in an organisation (preferably) in the health, education or wider social sector; specifically knowledge and demonstrated experience with regard to:
    • Quantitative research methods, including but not limited to; survey design and implementation, and high-level data analysis;
    • Qualitative research methods, including data collection through individual and group interview, and appropriate analysis;
    • Evaluation of complex interventions;
    • Appraising published research evidence for relevance to organisational policy; 
  • Ability to facilitate quality improvement discussions (with internal and external business owners) in an engaging, respectful, inclusive and constructive manner;
  • Capacity to quickly acquire a sound understanding of a wide range of complex strategic policy issues and to provide accessible and relevant information to support decision-making;
  • Ability to flex and adapt to changing demands, manage competing priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to be clear, comprehensive and concise in communications;
  • Ability to work independently, to demonstrate initiative, and to work as part of a team;
  • Ability to represent the organisation in public speaking and at academic events; 
  • Ability to supervise and manage own and others’ workloads;
  • Ability to work with confidential information and maintain confidentiality;
  • Well-developed interpersonal and IT skills (including Excel and SPSS or similar); 
  • A commitment to producing high quality research, monitoring and evaluation that significantly contributes to the development of policy; and,
  • Willingness to undertake additional duties from time to time and as required by the regulatory body.


Substantial and relevant experience in research, monitoring and evaluation role within an organisation which contributes to public good, preferably in the health, education or wider social sector is essential. At least two years of that should be at a senior level.

A third level qualification in a health, education, social science, or other related field, including significant emphasis on research skills, is essential.

Additional information:

  • The postholder will be based in the Medical Council’s offices in Kingram House, Kingram Place, Dublin 2, but may be required to work at an alternative location within Ireland at the Council’s discretion without additional compensation.
  • Due to limited spaces, parking is not guaranteed with priority given to Council members. 
  • Employment is on a full time basis. The hours of duty will be based on a 37 hour week Monday to Friday.
  • The Medical Council does not provide for flexi-time.
  • Employees are required to be flexible in their position in line with the Council’s mobility policy.
  • Staff may be required from time to time to work outside of the core hours listed above.
  • Staff may be required to travel as part of the role and outside of the core hours listed above. 
  • The Medical Council is an equal opportunities employer.

Salary will be determined in line with the following scale:

€47,081 to €55,329 with LS1 €57,3141 and LS2 €59,2942 less statutory deductions.

1After 3 years satisfactory service at the maximum
2After 6 years satisfactory service at the maximum


Deadline for applications for this post is 3.00 pm on 25 August 2017. Please note we will acknowledge receipt of all applications. Interviews will take place on the 4th and 6th of September.

Please submit a covering letter outlining your experience and interest in the role, along with a copy of your CV to:

Judith Marquez
Human Resources
Medical Council of Ireland
Kingram House
Kingram Place
Dublin 2

T. 01 498 3106