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 Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber of Commerce is holding a competition of the purpose of recommending a person for appointment to the position of

Research Assistant – EDIFY EDU

30 Month Fixed Contract

Application Deadline: 2nd February 2023 by midday

Please email CV and cover letter to gabby@dlrchamber.ie

 

 

The Position: Research Assistant – EDIFY EDU

Funding for this project has been secured from Erasmus+. The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber of Commerce is now seeking to appoint a Research Assistant (1 WTE) to work with the project team (Ireland, Finland, Italy, Germany and Greece). IADT is the lead partner on EDIFY EDU.

 

About the Project

EDIFY EDU aims to address the skills gap in the Business Management education sector with regards to competencies on workplace equality, diversity and inclusion, which are more and more needed in a complex and fluid society. The project will facilitate the acquisition of EDI competencies and transversal skills for management students and managers in business (in particular targeting medium sized companies), in order to respond to the societal transformation by setting up a system for skill assessment, learning offer and validation and recognition.

The project will start by establishing a labour market profile of each partner country to identify gaps in the labour market compared with EU and national EDI directives,  laws and labour market policies. Parallel to this task, the project also analyses the competencies delivered in current Business Management undergraduate education in partner countries. This resulting analysis will highlight the training needs of the business management education sector, in order to identify graduate attributes that will lead to the development of a micro credentials training curriculum addressing  EQF levels 5-6 for blended delivery.

A suite of modules offered as micro-credential will be targeted to business management students, as well as for upskilling and re-skilling managers and employees to alleviate inadvertent discriminatory practices and unconscious bias in the workplace (covering the EU protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex). This kind of  knowledge and competencies might be more and more required in big companies, where we foresee the merger of new job roles ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion principles are respected in the company’s policies and practices. At the same time, it is important investing in innovative training for small and medium-sized  enterprises, which we know make up a large percentage of businesses in Europe. This is why EDIFY EDU focuses on different target groups, willing to give both students (who are future managers) and actual managers already active in the  labour market, competencies, tools, and be ready for the “next practices” to be  implemented.

EDIFY EDU will create new knowledge and understanding of the current situation and practices in EDI business management education across different European  partner countries. It will provide an innovative methodology to be used in future actions to map equality, diversity and inclusion in business management education.  It will also provide the actors in business management education with tools to change and develop their current practices, by providing research-based insights  and best practices in equality, diversity and inclusion in business management education.

 

About the Project Partners

The partners of the EDIFY EDU project are broken down as follows:

  • 4 higher education institutions, all awarded with the ECHE – Erasmus Charter for Higher Education by the European Commission (IADT – Ireland; AALTO – Finland; TUD – Germany; HOU- Greece);
  • 1 VET and adult education centre specialized in the design and implementation of projects for the inclusion of disadvantaged target groups (EGINA – Italy);
  • 5 labour market actors/intermediary organisations (2 chambers of commerce, 1 service provider, 1 trade association, 1 Job Centre), one in each piloting country, active in different economic sectors (Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber of Commerce, ACHADE – Greece; TIEKE – Finland; API – Italy; PROARB – Germany).
  • 2 experts active at an international level in innovative solutions and training for the Labour market (TAG – Italy; FEM – Austria).

About the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber and IADT

The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber of Commerce

Is committed to promote an inclusive and diverse working environment, and actively promotes women in business through events, lectures and the involvement of female politicians. They are working towards the elimination of any barrier that a woman may encounter; regarding to that, they pressured the Irish Government to improve women’s labour participation and to make workplaces more inclusive and flexible. Above all that, they demanded actions to reduce gender gap in employment, salaries and pensions. The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber of Commerce counts nearly 300 business members like multinationals, SMEs and micro businesses, and they are connected to a wider network, the Sandyford Business District, that is comprised of more than 1.000 companies and 26.000 people. Moreover, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown hosts a large number of leading global companies in sectors like ICT, healthcare, financial and professional services. Lastly, they are a member of the Chambers Ireland, International Chambers of Commerce and Eurochambers, and works with all of these bodies for the promotion of women in business and gender equality.

The Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)

IADT is unique. We are Ireland’s only institute of art, design and technology with a specific focus on the creative, cultural and technological sectors. Our Faculties: the Faculty of Film, Art + Creative Technologies and the Faculty of Enterprise + Humanities, are distinctive in that they combine practical, transferrable skills with critical and relevant academic studies. We are a community that is active in research and practice, with many of our staff internationally acclaimed in their fields of research and practice. IADT has a vast experience in researching and teaching on the topics of gender, race and the labour market. The Institute developed and validated a Master in Business in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at NQF Level 9 at 90 ECTS, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at 60 ECTS. Both programmes are designed in accordance with the QQI Business Awards Standards. This unique programme is the first of its kind in Ireland that explores equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) as it pertains to management within the workplace. The aim of the program is to immerse students in pertinent critical theoretical frameworks and the politics of identity in order to give them an in-depth understanding of the conceptual, theoretical and methodological tools, techniques and frameworks of enquiry for an interdisciplinary approach to the study of EDI.

Job Description

Working as part of a small team within the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber of Commerce and IADT, but often within larger networks, the post holder will be expected to be enthusiastic, self-motivated and actively engaged in responding to the requirements of this innovative and challenging post.

  • Quickly develop and maintain an in depth knowledge and understanding of EDIFY EDU.
  • Organisation, collection, collation, and analysis of data throughout all stages of the project.
  • Organise focus groups and interviews
  • Carry out fieldwork including running the focus groups and interviews
  • Transcribe, analyse and the write up of focus groups and interview findings aligned with research literature.
  • Timely preparation, production and dissemination of reports requested in relation to EDIFY EDU and the Research Office.
  • Including the preparation of a national report that includes a completed national social impact assessment, key research literature themes, findings from focus groups and interviews.
  • Clear communication with IADT academic staff and colleagues in the EDIFY EDU institutions during all stages of the project; this role will include frequent use of online collaborative tools including video meetings.
  • Working with the Head of Faculty of Enterprise and Humanities and the EDIFY EDU PI on workflows pertaining to the project
  • Some administrative support from time to time including, for example, meeting arrangements, travel arrangements, documentation preparation for IADT Staff and/or approved external agents as well as organising events and activities.
  • Communication with Institute staff, external suppliers, partners and clients and the general public linked to events planned to take part as part of the project.
  • The ability to problem solve and work to tight deadlines.
  • Compliance with all Data Protection / GDPR policies and legislation.
  • Draft Plan for dissemination of results with partner input.
  • Develop and promote social media presence with regular project updates.
  • Other duties as may be required by the Project lead from time to time.

 

Essential academic qualifications, professional experience and specific personal qualities

Applicants for this position must have:

 

  • An honours degree (level 8 in the National Framework of Qualifications) or equivalent level* in relevant discipline(s) commensurate with this role.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to deliver presentations to a high standard. The ability to write high quality text in an appropriate style.
  • A high level of energy, adaptability and self-motivation.
  • A high level of experience and confidence with ICT facilities (particularly fluency with MS Office) sufficient to do the job effectively.
  • Excellent organisation skills with the ability to establish clear priorities and the evidence of planning skills within a complex and diverse workload.
  • Excellent qualitative research skills
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently when delegated research tasks.
  • Demonstrate initiative.
  • Editing skills.
  • Proficient work processing/IT skills/digital literacy.
  • Social media skills.

Or

5 years relevant research work experience and Obtained at least Grade D3 in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate Examination (higher, ordinary, applied or vocational programmes) or equivalent or have passed an examination at the appropriate level within the QQI qualifications framework which can be assessed as being of a comparable to Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent or higher or have appropriate relevant experience which encompasses equivalent skills and expertise.

As well as:

  • Excellent knowledge of the areas of collaborative design processes and methods.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Experience of working effectively in a small and large project teams.
  • Able to work independently when delegated research tasks.
  • Demonstrate initiative.
  • Editing skills.
  • High standard of writing, able to adapt to different writing style.
  • Proficient word processing/IT skills.

 

Where English is not the first language of the applicant, they must possess fluency in written and spoken English. Where formal certification of fluency has already been acquired then this must be referred to in your application. Where certification has not been obtained then the applicant should address this competency when completing their personal statement.

 

* Individuals applying on the basis of an approved equivalent qualification to the honours degree in the discipline sought must submit documentation from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (www.qqi.ie) confirming that their qualifications are equivalent to the NFQ standards set out above.

 

Desirable:

  • An honours degree (level 8 in the National Framework of Qualifications) or equivalent level in relevant discipline(s) commensurate with this role.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to deliver presentations to a high standard. The ability to write high quality text in an appropriate style for student audiences.
  • A high level of energy, adaptability and self-motivation.
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends.

 

Principle Conditions of Service

The below information represents the principal conditions of service and is not intended to be a comprehensive list of terms and conditions of employment which will be set out in the employment contract to be agreed with the successful candidate.

A full statement of Terms & Conditions of employment will be given to the successful applicant in accordance with Terms of Employment (info) Acts 1994 & 2001.

Tenure and nature of the appointment

IADT is the lead partner in a pilot project on EDIFY EDU.

Funding for this project has been secured from an Erasmus+  bid. This appointment is being made on a 30 Month Fixed Term Full Time basis.

Remuneration

The remuneration of this post will be as authorised by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government Pay Policy. Appointments to this post, save in very exceptional circumstances, will be made at point 1 of the salary scale.

The current scale is €28,701- €38,390 per annum based on Whole-time Salary Scales. Hours will be approximately 40 hours per week over the duration of the project.

Total hours to the project will be determined with the Project lead and is subject to funding. The precise contractual arrangements to apply to an appointee will be outlined in any letter of offer, which may issue because of this competition.

Important Note re. Salary: Entry will be at the minimum of the scale and the rate of remuneration will not be subject to negotiation and may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy. Subject to satisfactory performance increments may be payable in line with current Government policy. Different terms and conditions may apply if, immediately before appointment, you are a currently serving public servant in a comparable role.

Annual Leave

Leave will be in accordance with the collective agreements approved by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science from time to time.

Hours of Work

40 hours per week with flexibility required from time to time.

Travel

You may be required to travel from time to time.

 

Reporting Structure

This role will initially report to the DLR Chamber of Commerce and the Head of Faculty of Enterprise and Humanities, Dr Josephine Browne and the Principle Investigator of the EDIFY EDU Project Dr Audrey Stenson. Reporting structures may change from time to time subject to the requirements of the Institute.