Policy Researcher

Polio Survivors Ireland wishes to recruit a temporary part time Policy Researcher (15 hours per
week)
working mostly remotely, but who will be available to attend meetings in our Dublin office
when required. This is a fixed term position covering maternity leave and is funded by the
Dept. of Rural & Community Development under the Scheme to Support National
Organisations.
Many issues confronting polio survivors are outside the control of the organisation and relate to
public policy, statutory services, and social welfare benefits. The Policy Researcher will undertake
research focusing on core areas that will be essential for future advocacy efforts.
Polio survivors face a unique intersection of age and disability, experiencing significant challenges
with Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS) and Late Effects of Polio (LEP). Symptoms experienced by
survivors include muscle weakness, extreme cold intolerance, and fatigue. While most polio
survivors are of retirement age, a new cohort of younger survivors have arrived in Ireland as
refugees and migrants.
The post-holder will focus on collecting data and insights on the varying experiences of our members
and identifying their specific medical and social care needs. This will include an analysis of the
additional costs of disability for polio survivors that can be used in advocacy for eligibility for medical
entitlements such as the medical card. Research will also focus on understanding the impact of
public policy in respect of accommodation and housing provision for migrant polio survivors.
Contract Hourly Rate €352 per week for 15 hours per week.
Reporting- Reports to the CEO of Polio Survivors Ireland.
Key Responsibilities

  • To build knowledge of policy issues & legislation concerning people with disabilities & the
    disability landscape in Ireland.
  • Conduct research on relevant areas that are crucial for future advocacy efforts as requested
    by the Advocacy & Policy Officer and the CEO.
  • Collaborate with other disability, older person, migrant organisations & other relevant voluntary
    organisations.
  • Organise meetings and seminars to discuss policy issues concerning polio survivors.
  • Analyse the current public policies and any proposed legislations related health, housing and
    accommodation.
  • Conduct primary research with polio survivors who are most affected by relevant public
    policies, recognising their specific medical needs.
  • Gather data on the additional costs of disability affecting polio survivors for eligibility for
    medical cards.
  • Consider the lived experiences and challenges faced by migrant polio survivors in relation to
    public policies.
  • Prepare reports on the research findings and policy analysis for future advocacy efforts.
    Person Specification
  • Degree in social sciences, social policy, politics, equality studies, human rights, or a related
    field.
  • Strong understanding of policy issues in the disability sector, particularly in Ireland.
  • Proven experience in conducting in-depth research and public policy in analysis.
  • Experience of undertaking research on the topic of accommodation and housing is desirable,
    but not essential.
  • Excellent communications, presentation, and report writing skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, social media, and virtual meeting platforms.
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently.
    To Apply
    Please submit a CV and Cover Letter to ceo@polio.ie no later than 2nd of March 2024.
    This position is funded by the Dept. of Rural & Community Development under the
    Scheme to Support National Organisations.
    Polio Survivors Ireland is an equal opportunities employer