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    About the Role

    The Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES) are hiring graduates capable of demonstrating the tools and techniques of economic and policy analysis. These skillsets will be used to help inform policy development and decision making around optimising the use of scarce Government resources throughout Ireland.

    IGEES roles exist across a number of Government Departments and are typically involved in a variety of responsibilities including:

    • Contributing to national policy development
    • Using data, quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques to conduct policy analysis and evaluation
    • Contributing to appraisals and evaluations of significant areas of expenditure in line with the Public Spending Code
    • Economic modelling and forecasting
    • Contributing to briefing and advising senior officials and Ministers;
    • Providing technical advice and guidance to ensure effective regulation.
    Salary:  Approx. €33,053

    Annual Leave:   25 Days

    Opening Date:   01/10/2021

    Closing Date:   21/10/2021

    Learning and Development

    Continuous learning and development is key to the development of IGEES staff to maintain and enhance analytical, economic, and evaluation skills. Induction training is provided, as well as attendance at advanced training modules and master classes.

    IGEES Graduate Policy Analysts and Economists also participate in a one year graduate programme, which covers the core competencies required for working effectively in the Civil Service

    The IGEES Experience


    Rinku Phulphagar
    Policy Analyst and Economist

    I joined the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform in June 2019 after completing a Masters in Applied Economics at UCD. I’ve already worked on spending review papers covering Higher Education grants, the labour market and public transport.

    It’s a heavily analytical role but I also enjoy engagement with senior stakeholders and writing reports that inform policy. It’s interesting, rewarding, stimulating and supportive.

    I work on multiple projects at once, with a huge number of colleagues all whilst building my skills on the job and through courses. I’ve taken part in the Civil Service Development Programme and the Public Expenditure Management Course – my skills and my network keep growing.



    Colm Farrell
    Economic Evaluator and Policy Analyst

    I joined the Department Of Public Expenditure and Reform in March 2018 after a degree and postgrad study at UCD.

    I am involved in monitoring analysis, policy and expenditure. I’ve co-authored two spending reviews on social housing and social impact assessments. I also provide analysis and advice to the Minister and senior management at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

    This can cover anything from housing and planning to local government finances, Ervia and Irish Water.

    I work with a huge range of skills and personalities from an array of different government departments. I’m involved in the big ticket items like budgets but also the nitty gritty detail. My understanding of the housing challenges facing the State is growing every day. My analysis is informing debates about the future of society, that’s quite an impact.

    Essential Requirements

    Applicants are encouraged to check the Eligibility section of the Candidate Information Booklet prior to applying for this role.

    Applicants must also have achieved:

    • A primary honours degree at minimum 2.1 (at least Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) in a discipline with a strong data analysis component such as Economics, Social Science/Policy Analysis or Statistics on or before the 31st December, 2021
    OR
    • A Masters degree level qualification (minimum Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications) in a discipline with a strong data analysis component such as Economics, Social Science, Policy Analysis, or Statistics by 2nd September 2022 at the latest.
    AND
    • Demonstrate the competencies for the role set out in the person specification set out in the Candidate Information Booklet.

    Application and Recruitment Process

    Prior to application, please ensure to check that you are eligible to apply for our Graduate Opportunities Campaign. You can do this by reading the eligibility section in full within the Information Booklet

    The application and recruitment process will follow the below listed steps. Depending on the number of applications received, the selection process may comprise of a number of other elements also.

    Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. For full details please refer to the Candidate Information Booklet

    Step One

    Register on publicjobs.ie – please ensure to use your personal email address so we can contact you throughout all stages of the recruitment process.

    Step Two

    Click "Apply Now" for the Graduate Policy Analyst & Economist

    Step Three

    Complete the application forms (Standard and Detailed), before closing date 3pm on Thursday 21st October, 2021.

    Step Four

    View your completed application in the ‘My Applications’ tab on your publicjobs.ie profile.

    Step Five

    Acknowledgment Receipt – You should receive an acknowledgement within 2 working days from when you submitted your application.

    Step Six

    Stage 1 - Shortlisting (early November)

    Step Seven

    Stage 2 - Analysis Presentation Exercise - Online (Late November/Early December)

    Step Eight

    Stage 3 - Invitation to Interview (Zoom) and completion (Mid to Late January)

    Information Booklet

    For more in-depth information about the role, please read the Information Booklet prior to applying for this role.



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