ResPoNCE: Respecting People with disabilities’ Needs and rights in Crisis and Emergency, we are now recruiting for a Part-time (50%) fixed term position as a Research Assistant with the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP)

Date Released: 22 January 2021


Job Description: The successful candidate will provide research support to the Principal Investigator on the project ResPoNCE: Respecting People with disabilities Needs and rights in Crisis and Emergency funded by Health Research Board (HRB) and supported by Irish Research Council (IRC).

The key goals of this project are to explore the impact of strategic decision-making created by states and healthcare systems in Europe in order to establish whether the rights and needs of people with disabilities are being met. It has been established that people with disabilities are a high risk group, but there is disagreement and uncertainty as to how their needs should be met. This project will provide guidance to governments, medical councils and healthcare professionals in order to maintain states obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). The Research Assistant will be also expected to contribute to the broader ongoing research mission of the Centre.


  • Compile a database of laws, policies and ethical guidelines that emerged in response to Covid-19 in Ireland, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Germany and Sweden.
  • Develop, maintain and update the project website.
  • Assist in collecting and collating participant interviews, questionnaires, photography, blogs or diaries.
  • Assist with the development of best practice and guidance documents for States, health authorities and organisations that is CRPD compliant.
  • Publish and disseminate guidance and best practice to relevant stakeholders. These documents will be made maintained on the project website.
  • Assist with producing key social and policy recommendations and a working paper that will provide further depth to them. The policy briefs will be in English, Spanish and German.
  • Assist the Director, Deputy Director and the Business Manager of the Centre in preparing funding proposals.


The ideal candidate should have a proven track record in a research environment and strong disability law and policy experience is essential. Applicants must have a primary degree, ideally a Masters degree, in law, social policy or an area relevant to disability.Candidates should have excellent communication and organisational skills; be highly motivated and passionate about disability and reproductive justice; and have strong documentation, oral and interpersonal skills, sensitive to disability and mental health issues.

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