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Liaison Officers and Regional Supervisors

Central Statistics OfficeNationwide€642.39 - €848.28 per weekFull-time

The CSO is Ireland’s national statistical office. It is an independent Office within the Civil Service Under the aegis of the Department of the Taoiseach and is responsible for the collection, compilation and dissemination of statistics about the economic, social and other general conditions of the State.

The CSO has a sanctioned staff of 825 for 2019, located in Cork, Dublin and a nationwide field staff. The CSO strives to keep society fully informed by producing accurate, objective, timely, accessible and trustworthy Official Statistics. The CSO is a dynamic and innovative environment in which to work, with strong professional relationships with international bodies.

A Census of Population will be held on Sunday 18th April 2021. A large force of temporary field personnel will be recruited to conduct the census enumeration. For census purposes, the country will be divided into 46 designated regions each comprising between 10 to 12 field districts.

The field force structure will be as follows:
• 6 Census Liaison Officers
• 46 Regional Supervisors
• 466 Field Supervisors
• Approximately 5,100 Enumerators


The CSO is holding a competition to recruit 6 Census Liaison Officers (based in Swords, Co Dublin) and 46 Census Regional Supervisors (based in Dublin and regional centres). Successful candidates may be offered fixed purpose contracts commencing in September/October 2020 for a period not exceeding 9 months. Due to Covid 19 guideline developments, these posts may require the candidates to work remotely from their own homes.

Proposed Census Regional Office Locations
It is intended to establish Census 2021 regional offices in the following locations. Depending on availability, the location of some offices may be subject to change.

Leinster

  • Dublin - Central Statistics Office, Ardee Rd
  • Dublin - Central Statistics Office, Swords
  • Navan
  • Kilkenny
  • Mullingar
  • Naas
  • Portlaoise
  • Ardee
  • Athlone
  • Wexford
  • Bray

Ulster

  • Cavan
  • Donegal Town
  • Letterkenny

Connaught

  • Carrick on Shannon
  • Castlebar
  • Galway
  • Sligo

Munster

  • Cork - Central Statistics Office
  • Roscrea
  • Ennis
  • Killarney
  • Limerick
  • Clonakilty
  • Newcastlewest
  • Tipperary
  • Dungarvan
  • Tralee
  • Waterford

Please note that a single competition is being run for both positions. Candidates may apply online for both senior manager positions or they may opt to apply for one or other of the positions only. However, once the form is submitted the only change that can be made is to the job preference and once the competition closes no changes can be made

Eligibility to compete and certain restrictions on eligibility

Citizenship Requirements
Eligible Candidates must:
(a) Be a national of a European Union Member State (EU), or
(b) Be a national of a European Economic Area State (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation; or
(c) Be a Refugee under the Refugee Act 1996; or
(d) Have a period of 365 days* (1 year) continuous reckonable residence in the State immediately before the date of your application for naturalisation and during the 8 years before that, have had a total reckonable residence in the State of 1,460 days* (4 years). Altogether you must have 5 years (5 x 365 days*) reckonable residence out of the last 9 years; or
(e) Have been granted subsidiary protection or be a family member of such a person.
*To qualify candidates must be eligible by the date of any job offer.

Personal Specification
1. ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS – to be eligible for consideration, candidates must

  • have previous experience as a manager reporting directly to the Chief Executive or Senior Management of a large company or organisation
  • have extensive experience of staff management, preferably in a remote management situation, and the organisation of work for groups of at least 10 people
  • have experience of organising and delivering training programmes
  • have excellent command of English, both written and spoken
  • be computer literate and be familiar with basic Microsoft packages
  • have full-time availability for the contract term hold a current full clean driving licence and have the full-time use of a car for the contract term be eligible under citizenship requirements


2. DESIRABLE that candidates should have

  • a Leaving Certificate or equivalent or higher qualification
  • had direct involvement in the recruitment of staff at all levels and with a proven knowledge of employment legislation relating to fixed purpose contracts

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Census Liaison Officers will work in the census headquarters office in Swords, Co. Dublin for the duration of their contracts. They will be the key link personnel between the census field operation and central census headquarters. Each Census Liaison Officer will be responsible for the field operation in 7 to 8 regions. This will entail close monitoring of the progress of the enumeration, relaying advice and implementing instructions from census headquarters to the field force and day-to-day problem solving. S/he will also assist census headquarters staff in the recruitment of the Field Supervisors and Enumerators.
  • A Census Regional Supervisor will have responsibility for the efficient and satisfactory conduct of the census enumeration in a designated region. S/he will work from a designated regional office and will have responsibility for 10 to 12 Field Supervisors who in turn will have a team of Enumerators under their control. A Regional Supervisor will be required to assist in the recruitment and training of the field staff in his/her region and neighbouring regions and to exercise stringent quality control on their work. S/he will work under the guidance of an assigned Census Liaison Officer.
    Appropriate training will be provided in census headquarters in Dublin on appointment to these posts. Due to Covid 19 guideline developments, these posts may require the candidates to work remotely from their own homes.

Job Specification – Census Liaison Officer

Headquarters: Central Statistics Office, Swords, Co Dublin

Reports to: Senior management in central census administration

Manages/controls: The work of 7 to 8 Regional Supervisors

Responsibilities: Responsible for the satisfactory and successful conduct of the 2021 census enumeration in 7 to 8 census regions. The Census Liaison Officer acts in a key link capacity between the central census administration in Dublin and the census field operation. S/he will assist in the general preparations for the census fieldwork.

Duties
Census Liaison Officers must:
• familiarise themselves with a number of IT systems including the census case management systems relevant to the role
• manage field operations in a region to ensure cost effective and efficient delivery and collection of census forms
• provide direction and support to a team of Regional Supervisors
• manage risks to field collection operations
• produce high level management reports as required
• have the ability to recruit, train and maintain a large temporary field force
• have involvement across a wide range of human resource management issues

Job Specification – Census Regional Supervisor

Headquarters: Designated regional office with clerical assistance provided by a temporary Clerical Officer

Reports to: Census Liaison Officer in the census headquarters office in Swords, Co Dublin

Manages/controls: The work of some 10 to 12 Field Supervisors who in turn will have a team of Enumerators

Responsibilities: Responsible for the efficient and satisfactory conduct of the 2021 census enumeration in a designated region of the country. This entails strict monitoring of the progress of the enumeration in each field district in the assigned region in accordance with the detailed instructions issued by census headquarters in Swords, Co Dublin and within all of the specified deadlines.

Duties
Census Regional Supervisors must:
• familiarise themselves with a number of IT systems including the census case management systems relevant to the role
• recruit and provide leadership for a team of field supervisors and enumerators
• manage risks to field collection operations
• implement an enumeration plan for a defined region as directed by census management
• have involvement across a wide range of human resource management issues

Principal conditions of employment as Senior Manager

General
The appointment is subject to the Civil Service Regulation Acts 1956 to 2005, the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004, and any other Act for the time being in force relating to employment
in the Civil Service.

Pay
For the position of Census Liaison Officer, the rate of pay will be €848.28 and will be payable weekly in arrears by
Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) into a bank account of the officer’s choice. Payment cannot be made until the officer supplies IBAN/BIC details to the Census Recruitment Section.

For the position of Census Regional Supervisor, the rate of pay will be €642.39 and will be payable weekly in arrears by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) into a bank account of the officer’s choice. Payment cannot be made until the officer supplies IBAN/BIC details to the Census Recruitment Section. Statutory deductions from salary will be made as appropriate by the CSO. If you are already in receipt of a public service pension, abatement arrangements may apply to pay due to you under this contract.

Terminal Payment
At the end of the contract a terminal payment of €1,000.00 in the case of Census Liaison Officers and €900.00 in the case of Census Regional Supervisors may also be paid to those who continue in employment until his/her services are no longer required and who satisfy the following criteria:
• the census is completed satisfactorily for the area for which the officer had responsibility,
• specified deadlines for the completion of the census operation in the census regions for which the officer had responsibility have been achieved,
• the officer has performed his/her duties in a satisfactory manner,
• the officer has displayed good time management skills and adhered to travel guidelines,
• the officer has been satisfactory in general conduct.
Under no circumstances will a terminal payment exceed €1,000.00 in the case of Census Liaison Officers or exceed €900.00 in the case of Census Regional Supervisors.

Tenure
1. The appointment is to a temporary, full-time, non-established position in the Civil Service. It carries no entitlement to established status by way of limited competition or otherwise.
2. The appointment may be terminated at any time by either side in accordance with the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act, 1973 to 2005.
3. In accordance with the Protection of Employees (Fixed Term Work) Act, 2003, the contract is on a fixed purpose contract basis only on the following grounds; this appointment will commence from 21st September 2020 in the case of a Census Liaison Officer and 19th October 2020 in the case of a Census Regional Supervisor and will be to manage the census 2021 field operation. These appointments will terminate when all assigned duties have been completed but, in any event, no later than 25th June 2021.
4. The CSO reserves the right to terminate the officer’s employment prior to the date of cessation on giving of the appropriate notice set down in the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts, 1973 to 2005. The Central Statistics Office also reserves the right to terminate the officer’s employment for stated reasons.
5. In the event of unsatisfactory performance of duty, the appointment may be terminated by notification in writing one week prior to the proposed date of termination.
6. In the event of serious misconduct, the appointment may be terminated without notice.
7. In the event of the appointment being terminated under the terms of paragraphs 4, 5 or 6 above, no remuneration or compensation will be payable other than that applicable to work carried out and no additional payment of any amount will be payable.
8. This position will be subject to satisfactory completion of a probationary period of 8 weeks on commencement of the contract. During the period of probation, the officer’s performance will be subject to review by census management to determine whether he/she:
(i) has performed his/her duties in a satisfactory manner,
(ii) has displayed good time management skills and adhered to travel guidelines,
(iii) has been satisfactory in general conduct, and
(iv) is suitable from the point of view of health with particular regard to sick leave.
Census management will explain the detail of the probationary process to the officer. Census management will also carry out an end-of-contract assessment of the officer’s performance.


Duties
The officer will be required to perform any duties which may be assigned to him/her from time to time as appropriate to the position of Census Liaison Officer/Census Regional Supervisor. The positions are full-time and the officer may not engage in private practice or be connected with any outside business which would interfere with the performance of official duties.

Attendance at training
All officers will be required to attend any training courses or briefing sessions deemed necessary and to become familiar with the instruction documentation provided.

Hours of Attendance
Hours of attendance may vary in accordance with the requirements of the work but will amount on average to 43 hours 15 minutes per week.

Headquarters
The officer’s headquarters will be such as may be designated from time to time by the Director General of the CSO. When absent from home and headquarters on official duties an officer will be paid appropriate travelling expenses and subsistence allowances subject to normal Civil Service regulations. Travelling expenses are not payable in respect of a journey or part of a journey which covers all or part of the officer’s usual route from home to headquarters.

Use of Motor Car
The officer must hold a current, full driving licence and own or have the full time use of a car during the period of employment.

Annual Leave
The granting of annual leave will be at the discretion of the Director General of the CSO and will be subject to the exigencies of the work requirements. The holiday allowance will be 23 day per annum. This allowance, which is subject to the usual conditions regarding the granting of annual leave, is subject to the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997, and is on the basis of a five-day week (exclusive of the usual public holidays). Remuneration for any untaken holiday leave will be made at the end of the contract term.

The competition will close at 5pm on Friday 19th June 2020, or when the total number of applications reaches 1,200, whichever is the earlier.

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