Postdoctoral Researcher, Innovations in Youth Mentoring Practice, UNESCO Child & Family Research job with NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Innovations in Youth Mentoring Practice

UNESCO Child and Family Research Center NUI Galway

Ref. No. NUIG RES 187-22

Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants for a 12-month postdoctoral fellowship (.6ft Post) with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Center at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by For ige and is available from October 03, 2022 to the end of contract date of September 30e 2023.

Youth mentoring can be understood as a caring, trusting and supportive relationship between a young person and a non-parental figure who provides guidance, support and encouragement to the mentee. Evaluations of youth mentoring programs have found positive gains for mentees in terms of social and emotional well-being, cognitive development, academic achievement, and identity development (Rhodes et al., 2006; Spencer , 2012). In an Irish context, Forige’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program has been providing mentorship to young people since 2001. The UNESCO Center for Research on Children and Families has conducted a significant body of research on youth mentorship.

Over the past few years, Forige’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program has developed a number of innovations, including youth-initiated mentorship. The UNESCO Child and Family Research Center was commissioned by For ige to undertake research on these innovations in youth mentoring. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to lead small-scale evaluations of these initiatives.

Information on the UNESCO Child and Family Research Center can be found here:


The job holder will:

  • Undertake a literature review and further develop the theoretical framework of the project.
  • In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, develop appropriate study design and methodology.
  • Apply to the NUI Galway Research Ethics Board for ethics approval
  • Plan, coordinate and implement qualitative and quantitative fieldwork with project workers, youth, volunteers and other stakeholders.
  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative data analysis and write academic publications.
  • Present research progress and results, e.g. conferences, steering groups; to other team members.
  • Engage in the dissemination of research results, including accessible journal articles and abstracts.
  • Comply with ethical and legal requirements, including data protection and confidentiality.
  • Complete administrative work to support the research program.
  • Perform any additional duties reasonably required within the general scope and level of the position.

The required kit:

  • Completed or nearly completed PhD in sociology, education or related discipline.
  • Experience and skills in qualitative and quantitative research. Capable of independent research at the postdoctoral level.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a research project of this nature and scale.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to meet deadlines, especially in the collaborative production of research deliverables.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the research environment and stakeholder groups.

Desirable requirements:

  • Publication for peer review
  • Experience in youth work and/or in the field of education
  • Experience and ability to work in a team.

Work permit restrictions apply to this job category

Salary: 39,523- 45,609 per year pro-rated for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector wage policy rules for new entrants will apply).

Start date: The position is to be filled from 03.10.2022

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

NUI Galway scholars are encouraged to take advantage of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

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NB: G rda vetting is a requirement for this position (as per child protection policy)

To apply:

Applications including a cover letter, CV and contact details for three references should be emailed (in Word or PDF format only) to [email protected]

Please put the reference number RES NUIG 187-22 in the subject line of the email application.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 p.m. on the 5the September 2022

We reserve the right to republish or extend the closing date of this post.

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