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Information Specialist

    Key responsibilities of the post of Information Specialist (Evidence Centre)

    The HRB Evidence Centre provides a range of evidence products to the Department of Health. These products inform health policy and practice and so it is important that these products are prepared with high levels of rigour and accuracy. The Information Specialist will be responsible for completing the information specialist aspects of all assigned evidence centre products.

    The key responsibilities of the Information Specialist post will include:

    Ensure the completion of the information retrieval aspects of assigned evidence reviews using a systematic approach following the direction of the Senior Information Officer

    • Turn policy questions into research questions with the Research Officer and policy maker;
    • Use a rigorous and documented search process in collaboration with the Research Officer;
    • Map the information and literature available in collaboration with the Research Officer;
    • For the first screening, assess the suitability of the literature to answer research questions with the Research Officer; Provide tools to assess the quality of the literature;
    • Prepare the methods slides for the evidence review presentation;
    • Write the methods chapter with the Research Officer.

    Ensure the completion of the information retrieval aspects of the procurement document for commissioned evidence reviews following the direction of the Senior Information Officer

    • Identify top line research to prepare evidence review commissioning documents;
    • Assist with the preparation of a business case for the Executive Team;
    • Assist with the completion of a needs assessment for evidence reviews with policy makers or planners and agree the review questions.

    Assist the Senior Information Officer, develop and deliver a scalable information retrieval training and development programme for all HRB Evidence Centre staff

    • Prepare assigned aspects of training programme;
    • Create instructional materials, including online;

    Regular provision of published information on best practice in health policy to policy makers

    • Provide searching assistance for EOLAS;
    • Provide topic-related information as requested;
    • Complete literature searches for the Department of Health (DOH) as per request;

    Assist the Senior Information Officer and other evidence team members with the development of guidance documentation to ensure research work is completed using best practice and agreed standards through preparing and updating guidelines and protocols. For example,

    • Protocol for completing evidence centre products;
    • Protocol for commissioned research;
    • Protocol for disseminating research (knowledge brokering).

    Work collaboratively with the Senior Information Officer and other HRB Evidence Centre staff members to ensure information services and resources are aligned with, and support HRB strategy.

    Build and maintain strong strategic and working relationships with stakeholders at the appropriate level within the HRB, the DOH and other institutions.

    Build strong working relationships with other health libraries including contributing to development of HRB's scholarly communications strategy and associated policies (such as, open access, open research and copyright).

    Grade Level

    This role profile reflects the grade/responsibilities appropriate to Researcher I / R&I II / Services II Grade in the HRB. Competencies incorporated into the role profile reflect the competency framework issued in conjunction with the Civil Service PMDS for 2013 which has been adapted by the HRB.

    Skills, knowledge & experience

    Formal Requirements for this post include:

    • An undergraduate degree
    • A relevant higher diploma or master's degree is required in one of the following areas: (health care, sociology or library studies)
    • Full membership of a professional library association (mandatory)
    • Minimum of one year's library or information specialist experience

     Key Attributes for this post include:

    • Knowledge of bibliographic databases in health and social care
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
    • Experience of reference management software such as Endnote Competencies ·

    Click to view Core Competencies for Information Specialist (Evidence Centre)

    Reporting relationship and salary information

    Reporting relationship:

    The Information Specialist position will report to the Senior Information Specialist within the Evidence Centre as appropriate.

    Salary Information:

    Salary range for Information Specialist        €41,209 - €49,496 (Permanent Post)

    Appointment will be made in accordance with the Department of Health guidelines. New entrants will be appointed at the first point of the scale.

    How to apply

    Please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae by email to recruitment(at)

    When submitting an application, you must identify which job you are applying for in the subject line of the e-mail.

    Closing Date for applications is Monday 25 September 2017 at 10:00  
    • (No late applications will be accepted)

    If you require further information, please contact Louise Sherry, HR Officer at recruitment(at)

    The Health Research Board is an equal opportunities employer.




















































































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