Vacancy: Research and Project Assistant

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About ICOS

ICOS is an independent, not-for-profit organisation advocating for the rights of international students in Ireland, and promoting good policy and high standards for international education in Irish higher education. ICOS also administrates the Ireland Fellows Programme on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

About the Role

As part of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning’s overarching project to reflect on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and what this means for the future of teaching and learning in Irish higher education, ICOS is conducting research on the impact of the pandemic on international students. The project aims to identify the issues facing international students, the actions that can be taken to address these issues, and the lessons that can be learned to improve teaching and learning, as well as, more broadly, the international student experience in Ireland.

The Research and Project Assistant will work to ensure ICOS’ delivery of its commitments to this project. Tasks will include analysing qualitative and quantitative data; report writing; note-taking; participating in project meetings, organising online focus groups, and other tasks as necessary. This is a 6-month role.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent writing, research and note-taking skills
  • Experience analysing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Experience organising and facilitating focus groups
  • Knowledge of the higher education sector in Ireland and globally
  • Excellent organisation and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work on own initiative or as part of a team
  • An interest in social justice and human rights
  • The ability to meet deadlines and good time management skills
  • Excellent IT skills


Include, but are not limited to:

  • Report writing and note-taking
  • Organising online focus groups
  • Analysing survey responses
  • Proof-reading
  • Outreach to students
  • Facilitating focus groups
  • Participating in project meetings

The successful applicant will also be expected to actively contribute to the broader ICOS team and, on occasion, provide administrative support for other activities as required.

The following are essential criteria for the post:

  • A third-level qualification in a relevant area e.g public policy, research, social science
  • Experience in conducting research and report writing
  • Experience working with qualitative and quantitative data
  • Strong organisation and time management skills
  • The ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical skills, and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Excel and Word

The following are highly desirable criteria for this post:

  • Understanding of issues facing international students
  • Experience working in a research role
  • Work experience in the community/voluntary sector and/or the higher education sector
  • Experience in conducting focus groups
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Experience using programmes such as Salesforce, Microsoft Access and SPSS


Salary & Terms

The position is offered on a 6-month contract.

The rate of annual salary for this role is €26,000 pro rata.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 2 July with interviews of shortlisted candidates anticipated on the week of 5 July . Interviews will take place remotely via Zoom.

Applications must include a CV and a cover letter outlining their motivation and relevant experience, and should be emailed to Ms. Laura Harmon, Executive Director –

Informal enquiries may be made to ICOS at and candidates should note that canvassing will disqualify.

ICOS is an equal opportunities employer.

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