Research Tender Proposal

We are currently seeking tender proposals for a participatory research project that aims to understand the experiences of international protection applicants who have been victims of crime. The research project is funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) Grants Scheme 2023. 

Research Title:

Access to Justice for International Protection Applicants (IPAs): Understanding their experiences with the criminal justice system in Ireland

Overview of Research Project:

Doras has been awarded project funding by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) to undertake a participatory and peer-led research project that seeks to understand and analyse the experiences of international protection applicants who have been victims of crime with regard to access to the criminal justice system.

The goal of this research project is to elicit information on the barriers, challenges and enablers to accessing justice and engaging with the An Garda Sίochána and other relevant authorities. This project will also explore intersectionality between access to justice for international protection applicants who identify with other protected characteristics. The recommendations arising from this research will help to inform the improvement of policy and practice and to facilitate access to justice for victims of crime in the international protection process.

Doras is now seeking tender proposals from suitably qualified, experienced researchers to manage and deliver on this project. The researcher will also be expected to train and recruit a team of peer-researchers to undertake qualitative interviews with victims of crime who have lived experience of the international protection process.


February to August 2024


A maximum fixed sum of €10,000, plus additional expenses for peer-research assistants to be covered by Doras


Main Tasks:

The successful candidate will have the following tasks:

  • Undertake a literature review and desk-based research
  • Preliminary survey design
  • Recruit and train peer-researcher assistants with lived experience of the international protection process
  • Piloting of survey with peer-research assistant team
  • Survey dissemination and data gathering
  • Support and manage the team of peer-research assistants to undertake in-depth interviews with target group
  • Produce final report with recommendations for policy and practice
  • Present research findings at report launch.


  • Literature review and desk-based research
  • Survey design, delivery and analysis
  • Recruit and manage a peer-research assistant
  • One-to-one interviews with target group
  • Final report with recommendations
  • Presentation of findings at report launch (August/ September 2024).

Person Specification

  • Proven research skills and experience in undertaking independent research projects
  • Research experience in the area of migrant rights and/or criminal justice issues
  • Experience in participatory and/or peer-research methods
  • Ability to translate research findings into recommendations
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage and prioritise workload
  • Research presentation skills.

How to Apply

To apply for this opportunity, please forward the following documents by email to no later than 21st January 2024:

  • Tender proposal, outlining your proposed project plan, budget breakdown and timeframe for delivering the outputs listed
  • Cover letter, outlining your relevant experience and motivation for applying for this position
  • CV, highlighting relevant qualifications, research and professional experience
  • 2 examples of relevant research work (Links to or soft copy attachments accepted).

For further information and enquiries about this tender, please contact John Lannon at

Closing date: 21/01/2024