Geographical Information System (GIS) Expert (Assistant Principal Officer Level)

Skehard Road, Cork, Ireland  
Closing Date: 24/11/2020 Recruitment start: 09/11/2020


Job Summary

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is Ireland’s national statistical office and our purpose is to impartially collect, analyse and make available statistics about Ireland’s people, society and economy. CSO official statistics inform decision making across a range of areas including construction, health, welfare, the environment and the economy.

With offices in Cork and Dublin, a key focus for the CSO is maintaining and developing a progressive and professional working environment, which fosters innovation and is underpinned by strong national and international working relationships.

The CSO currently has a vacancy for Geographical Information Systems Expert (based in Cork)

The successful candidate will:

  • Have an opportunity to turn data into information and information into insight which helps decision makers understand and tackle some of the key challenges facing society today.
  • Work on a variety of roles relating to the statistical lifecycle including requirements analysis and design, analysis and reporting, continuously monitoring performance, and quality control plans to identify improvements.
  • Have operational and Human Resource responsibilities as well as liaising with other departments and international organisations.

 The CSO is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourages applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.


Job Objectives

Role & Responsibilities
A Geographical Information System (GIS) expert in the CSO will help drive the use of geospatial methods in the organisation. This will involve, inter alia, helping to combine statistical data with geospatial software and tools to
enable spatial analysis and understanding of such data. The focus of the work will primarily be the delivery of geospatial applications, products and services within the CSO, although support for the wider Irish Statistical System (ISS) and collaboration with the wider public sector in pursuing joint GIS‐related goals may also be necessary.
The successful candidate will need to ensure that the CSO GIS technical infrastructure and software is up to date, overseeing any developments where necessary. They will also have to contribute to, and take cognisance of, the
wider developments in the GIS area both nationally and internationally, particularly as they relate to official statistics. The GIS expert will primarily be working on their own or with colleagues in other CSO business areas.
Currently a standalone role, GIS functionality within the CSO may expand and the candidate may then be required to lead a dedicated GIS team.

Skills Required

Essential Requirements
The successful candidate must have on or before Tuesday 24th November 2020:

  • a qualification of at least Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications in GIS, Geomatics, Geosurveying or a comparable qualification;


  • a primary or post‐graduate degree in a cognate discipline (Geography, Environmental Science, Remote Sensing,etc), together with a post‐graduate diploma in GIS.

In addition to the academic qualifications, the candidate must have:
- a minimum of 3 years relevant post‐graduate experience with GIS;
- comprehensive knowledge of GIS principles and associated technologies;
- knowledge of computer programming languages such as python or R
- expertise in current best practice in geospatial data management, analysis and visualisation, including the
development of dashboards;
- experience in manipulating digital mapping data and a sound knowledge of mapping concepts, e.g. grids,
projections, transformations, generalisation, accuracy, precision, etc;
- the ability to work effectively as part of a team and delegate tasks, as appropriate;
- the ability to set and deliver challenging standards and goals for themselves and others.

Desirable qualities
- Knowledge of Web skills (HTML, Web based map services, etc)
- Experience with Geographical Information Systems such as ArcGis or QGis
- Knowledge of the GeoJSON format
- Experience in requirements gathering and business analysis
- A clear understanding of Open Data and OGC/Open services and standards as well as the requirements of the EU INSPIRE Directive reporting
 - Demonstrable capabilities, both academic and technological, across one or more of the following areas:
 - Geospatial quantitative methods and modelling socio‐economic/geodemographic data, ideally including CSO data;
-  Geomatics;
- Visualisation including experience with BI applications;
- Analytics.

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