Geographical Information Systems Officer

Skehard Road, Cork, Ireland  
Closing Date: 03/12/2020 Recruitment start: 18/11/2020


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 Officer (Executive Officer Level, 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.
  • Assist with building the CSO GIS technical infrastructure and software, working directly with Statistical areas where necessary.          

Job Objectives

A Geographical Information System (GIS) Officer in the CSO will assist with driving 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 assist with building the CSO GIS technical infrastructure and software, working directly with Statistical areas where necessary.  They will need to take cognisance of the wider developments in the GIS area both nationally and internationally, particularly as they relate to official statistics. The GIS Officer will work at the direction of the GIS Expert in the CSO.

Skills Required

Essential Requirements

The successful candidate must have on or before Thursday 3rd December 2020:

a qualification at degree level on the National Framework of Qualifications in GIS, Geomatics, Geosurveying or a comparable qualification.

In addition to the academic qualifications, the candidate must have:

  • knowledge of GIS principles and associated technologies;
  • knowledge of computer programming languages such as python or R
  • knowledge in current best practice in geospatial data management, analysis and visualisation, including the use 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;
  • the ability to set and deliver challenging standards and goals for themselves.

Desirable qualities

  • 1 -2 years relevant post-graduate experience with GIS;
  • 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
  • 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.

Applicants should note that the above is a general guide to the role and is not an exhaustive description of the duties which are associated with the role or tasks which may be assigned to the role of Geographical Information System (GIS) Officer in the Central Statistics Office. Applicants should also note that additional duties may be assigned.

Applicants should have all the abilities required of an Executive Officer in the Civil Service. Applicants must demonstrate, by reference to specific achievements in their career to date, that they possess or have the capacity to acquire those qualities, skills and knowledge required for the role of Executive Officer as identified by the CSO.  A description of the competencies is set out in Appendix 1 of the information booklet.

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