The following vacancy is now available in the WDC: 

Policy Analyst/Economist 

Purpose of position:

Under the direction of the Chief Executive, the Policy Analyst/Economist will be part of a policy analysis
team informing, reviewing and monitoring national, regional economic and social policies as they impact on the Western Region to include the following areas:

  • Economy
  • Enterprise
  • Infrastructure
  • Society and Community
  • Climate

They will be required to contribute to broader policy initiatives such as the Rural Action Plan, the Atlantic Economic Corridor or similar Government initiatives from time to time.

Key responsibilities:

Engage with, assess and contribute to national policy development across a broad range of areas

  • Analyse and assess regional social and economic indicators
  • Manage a work programme of economic analysis and evaluation of public policy initiatives
  • Prepare and present position papers and briefings on policy issues.
  • Carry out economic analysis, research, forecasting, modelling
  • Using economic tools and techniques including working with micro-economic data and using a variety of econometric analysis methods to address emerging issues
  • Assist in building a partnership approach to regional development with particular emphasis on developing and maintaining relationships with key national and regional stakeholders
  • Identify, monitor and assess key public policies, including Oireachtas, government, departmental and agency initiatives and their impact in the region.
  • Represent the WDC in relevant policy forums and other public meetings.
  • Create engaging policy and economic content for WDC publications and press releases.
  • Work with individuals and groups of academics, policymakers and civil society, which may include establishing, or working with advisory groups, liaising, and managing contracted or outsourced work.
  • Undertake other duties when required that are consistent with the role.


  • Third level qualification, at minimum level 8, preferably level 9 or 10 in a relevant field, with a strong quantitative analysis component such as statistics / data analysis or policy analysis
  • Evidence of a thorough knowledge and understanding of the formulation and implementation of public policy and the ability to identify or access appropriate data sources and to analyse
  • Demonstrable experience of econometric and /or public policy analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication with an ability to engage diverse audiences.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to prioritise work load and deliver on targets both as an individual and as part of a team.
  • Excellent IT skills with experience of data analysis and visualisation tools an advantage


Appointment to this post will depend on a six-month probationary period and all staff appointments are subject to the WDC Act.

All staff members are required to sign up to the WDC Code of Business Conduct under the code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

The WDC Head Office is in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. WDC staff are also located in Galway and Sligo. The successful candidate may seek to be located in Ballaghaderreen, Galway or Sligo in line with the remote working policy of the WDC.

The salary scale for this post will be equivalent to that of the Civil Service Higher Executive Officer Standard Scale: 

Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Pay Rate: The salary for this position, with effect from 1st September 2019 is as follows:

€48,868,      €50,297,      €51,722,      €53,147,      €54,577,      €56,003,      €57,429,     €59,4891      €61,5452

Please note: The starting salary for the person appointed to this post will be the first point on the above scale unless the successful application has previous reckonable public sector

To apply:

Please clearly state the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email, submit a cover letter and CV (of no more than four pages) detailing your experience, qualifications and
any other relevant information, to . 

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 10th February 2020 at 12.00 pm.

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 24th February 2020 and will include a presentation as part of the assessment process.

The WDC is an equal opportunities employer
Canvassing will disqualify