22/05/24: Policy Research Officer 

Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) is the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm. We campaign for the burden of alcohol harm to be lifted from the individual, community and State, and have a strong track record in campaigning, advocacy, research and information provision. 


In a highly dynamic environment, we provide expert information and insight on alcohol-related issues, create awareness of alcohol-related harm and offer policy solutions with the potential to reduce that harm. We have been working to an ambitious 5-year strategy Leading Change which  in relation to implementing meaningful alcohol controls. In the coming year we will be building on our successes over this period in developing our new 5-year plan for 2025-2029. 


We are now seeking an individual with strong policy research skills to shape the national conversation on alcohol and bring our public health perspective to multiple audiences. The post holder will work closely with our CEO and Communications Officer and draw on expertise within AAI’s Board and advisory groups. 

Job Title: Policy Research Officer


Job Purpose: To develop policy positions on a range of alcohol related issues 


Job Description  

Main purpose of the job:  

  • To research and develop position papers on issues around alcohol harm. This would include areas such as Adverse Childhood Experience, impact of parental problem alcohol use, addiction and trauma, economic impact of alcohol harm, alcohol in sports marketing, commercial determinants of health  
  • Produce short briefing notes on issues researched. 
  • Preparation of public consultation responses, pre-budget submissions, responses to legislative changes, fashion legislative proposals. 
  • Gather and compile data from published and accredited sources. 
  • Provide updates & content relating to Alcohol for Website/ Social media.  
  • Contribute to campaigning priorities and develop the evidence for campaigns. 
  • Working with the AAI Communications Officer to distil research and policy analysis into campaign messages. 
  • Working with the CEO and Communications Officer to develop advocacy strategies 
  • Foster and enhance relationships with other policy organisations in Ireland, UK, Europe and international in identifying possible areas of collaboration and co-production. 


Position in the Organisation:  

Reports directly to the CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.  



Degree level qualification required with a preference for social policy. 


Skills, Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Essential: Previous experience of working in a policy role with the capacity to gain in-depth knowledge of particular policy areas and at the same time can quickly turn around relevant facts and data for press releases, media inquiries and web site 
  • Essential: Strong knowledge of alcohol/public health issues and public policy awareness 
  • Desirable: Good knowledge of legislative process nationally, internationally and supranational strategic goals 
  • Desirable: Experience of work in the voluntary/NGO sector 
  • Desirable: relevant lived experience 

Personal Attributes 

  • A self-starter – ability to work on own initiative and consult where appropriate 
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage competing priorities 
  • Works well in a participative team environment 



This position is a full-time post. Based on a 5-day week (37 hours), 9am-5pm, exclusive of lunch hours with flexible hours available.  


The post-holder reports to the CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland. 


The post-holder must be resident in Ireland.  


Most work will be done remotely with regular meetings in Alcohol Action Ireland’s offices at Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7.


The role will require some out of office hours to attend events. 


The salary for the post is aligned to HSE Grade V scale €49,210-58,868. 


Annual leave of 23 days rising to 26 days after five years employment.


Matched pension contribution of up to 6% of salary after a six-month probationary period. 


Application Process 

Curriculum Vitae, cover letter outlining suitability for this position and contact details for two references.  


Email to Dr Sheila Gilheany, CEO, 


Applications should be received by 5pm on Thursday 13 June 2024. 


Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held in person in Dublin on Friday 21 June 2024. 


Alcohol Action Ireland will acknowledge receipt of all applications. 


Contact Details 

Alcohol Action Ireland 

Coleraine House 

Coleraine Street 

Dublin D07 E8XF 

Tel +353 86 2600903