Research and Impacts Manager

Employer Drinkaware
Job Type Campaigning Communications IT Research Senior Manager
Location Dublin and the East
Specific Location Dublin 2
Salary The salary scale is based at project manager level
Closing Date 25/11/2018


About Drinkaware: Established in 2006, Drinkaware is Ireland’s leading and most recognised provider of trusted alcohol information.  

Our vision is of an Ireland where alcohol is not misused, and our goal is to reduce the incidence of underage drinking, and to reduce the number of adults who drink above the weekly HSE low risk guidelines.  

Drinkaware’s mission is to work with others to fundamentally and permanently change attitudes and behaviours so that drinking to excess and drinking underage becomes unacceptable, and we deliver this through our research, awareness and education programmes.

Drinkaware is a small team that has an ambitious strategy for 2019-2021.  It includes evolving our existing bank of unique data and knowledge that we use to inform and shape our activities so that we develop and deliver impactful campaigns.  Ensuring that they are evidence-led and comprehensively evaluated is therefore strategically critical to the organisation.  These aspects of our work will be led by our Research and Impacts Manager. 

The Research and Impacts Manager will work in partnership with the CEO to evolve the research role in the organisation, and to develop an evaluation structure for Drinkaware programmes and campaigns.  They will also work with the CEO to embed an ‘impact culture’ in Drinkaware and help drive the organisational focus on and execution of impact goals

This is a two-year, full-time position.  

The salary scale is based at project manager level.  A 5% match contribution to a PRSA account is offered.  


Job description 

Research element: 

  • Review, develop further and implement a system for cyclical collection of relevant data and processes for integrating this data into Drinkaware programmes, campaigns and communications 
  • Manage current and future external supplier relationships – currently with B&A, BIT and Maynooth University
  • Recommend and support programme evaluations 
  • Work closely with external evaluators to develop and implement an evaluation process for the Drinkaware Education Programme 
  • Maintain meticulous records in relation to programme data for the campaigns, education and awareness raising pillars and maintaining workshop participants’ contact details for structured follow up
  • Manage the NPS (net promoter score) process of evaluation and work with the Communications and Marketing Manager to design and implement the Drinkaware consumer survey on an annual basis
  • Extracting insights and data from commissioned and published reports for communications use and support
  • Monitor the behavioural change/public health & alcohol landscape regarding data, reports and commentary, and update the team re same on a weekly basis
  • Monitor relevant data and activity in this space at a European level
  • Support the CEO in reporting results / impact of Drinkaware’s work internally and externally.

Impacts element: 

  • Develop and write impact assessments
  • Serve as internal consultant to interrogate & critique goals - Annually critique our stated impacts and offer improvements 
  • Set metrics and analytical tools to measure your work
  • Help define impact targets and baseline measurements across the organisation
  • Use impact to positively position our projects to stakeholders – media, general public, political. Funders etc. 
  • Support qualitative and quantitative insight activities e.g. visual surveys, forums, live chats, video interviews 
  • Analyse and summarise findings and translate into a suite of content material for communications purposes 

Key deliverables: 

  • Be the impact champion. Our keeper of evidence.  Work with CEO to embed an ‘impact culture’ in Drinkaware and help drive the organisational focus on and execution of impact goals
  • Ensure program excellence.  Learning from data, you will input into program critiques and evolutions.  As we expand you will ensure that our research is rigorous and data reliable. 
  • Write and research with rigor. Recommend and pen influential material such as white papers, reports and articles for publication and peer review, and regularly contribute to a content calendar 
  • Accountability in terms of budget, framework and KPIs 
  • Credible representation of Drinkaware at relevant events as required. 

Competencies, qualities & qualifications:

  • Third level qualification in a research related field (ideally including research methods)
  • 5 years’ experience in research and impact campaigns and programmes
  • Ability to demonstrate project management skills and a track record of delivering on objectives and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to demonstrate strong research, analytical and critical evaluation skills, including accessing information quickly and strategically
  • Strong writing and presentation skills and experience of developing practical training and engagement tools e.g. research booklets, workshops, web content 
  • Strong IT skills and ability to develop and manage content online 
  • Experience of commissioning and managing supplier relationships 
  • Exceptional organisational skills and ability to work under pressure, handle multiple projects and meet deadlines 
  • A personal commitment to the values and work of Drinkaware and to addressing the issue of alcohol related harm in Ireland. 
  • Impact curiosity and a demonstrable appetite for impact measurement
  • Ability to work well within a small dynamic team and a collaborative spirit.  
    • actively listen and communicate. 
    • connect easily with internal and external stakeholders.  
    • build and/or participate in coalitions and collectives with external partners
    • identify, recruit and engage local strategic alliances (organisations, coalitions, government agencies, etc.) to support Drinkaware’s goals

What’s in it for you? 

  • Fast growing area of consumer insights, behaviour change, intelligence and impacts
  • Entrepreneurial team based in a collaborative co-working environment 
  • Competitive salary & flexible employer




Applicants should respond to [email protected] with a CV and cover letter stating their suitability to the role in terms of skills, experience, motivations and achievements to date.

Closing date: 25th November 2018

For further information please contact Sheena Horgan, CEO, at [email protected]

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