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Women’s Aid is recruiting for a Policy Officer

(Fixed Term: one year contract, 21 hours per week)

Ref: Pol2020

About Women’s Aid: Women's Aid is a leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974.  We provide support and information through our 24hr National Freephone Helpline and one to one support services to women experiencing emotional, physical, sexual or financial abuse by a current or former husband, partner or boyfriend.  In addition to our Direct Services, Women's Aid acts for justice and social change by engaging in policy, representation and communications and campaigns activity at a national level. We also provide specialised training and organisational support on responding to domestic violence to a broad range of stakeholders.

Title: Policy Officer                         

Location: Wilton Place, Dublin 2

Reporting to: Strategic Communications and Fundraising Manager

Purpose of the role: To support the development and delivery of the policy strand of work for Women’s Aid.  This includes supporting the implementation of lobbying strategies and detailed plans to proactively progress the social change work of the organisation.  This includes:

  • Playing a key role in the Strategic Communications and Fundraising team and provide particular support to all policy initiatives and assist with the smooth and efficient running of the Strategic Communications and Fundraising Department.
  • Supporting the co-ordination of Women’s Aid national, regional and local policy activities.
  • Supporting the development of proposals for change in public policy that will impact positively on women and children experiencing abuse and contribute to preventing domestic violence.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Strong interest in and commitment to tackling violence against women and children and to promoting equality.
  • 3rd level qualification in relevant field (e.g. politics, social policy, Gender & women’s studies, Human Rights Law).
  • Experience in developing policy or advocacy campaigns.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to write for and present to a wide range of audiences.
  • Knowledge of the policy environment within which Irish NGOs operate.
  • Proven record of delivering on objectives.
  • Good research skills.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Proven project management skills.
  • 1-2 years’ experience working in the NGO sector preferably in a policy or campaigning role.
  • Extensive knowledge of legislation and policy (domestic and international) that relates to the prevention of violence against women and girls.
  • Editing and Proofing Skills.

Salary: €23,586-€39,111 pro rata, based on relevant experience.    Annual Leave: 25 days per year pro rata.

How to Apply

  • Download the Full Job Description here.
  • Download the Application Form here.

Please send your completed and signed application form (3 hard copies) marked ‘Private and Confidential’ to: Cristin Rooney, Women’s Aid, 5 Wilton Place, Dublin 2; or email with the reference code in the subject line to: Cristin.rooney@womensaid.ie.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Thursday 27th February 2020.

Interviews expected to take place on Friday 6th March 2020.

CVs will not be considered.

GDPR: All applications are confidentially processed and retained in accordance with the Women’s Aid GDPR policy. Applications of unsuccessful candidates will be deleted after 15 months.

Women's Aid is now recruiting for a Part-time Administrative Assistant, Community Employment (C.E.) scheme, Job reference Number - 2132898.

About the role

The role of the administrative assistant will be to provide administrative support and to carry out reception duties so as to contribute to the overall smooth administration of the organisation.

The work will be underpinned by the values and principles of the organisation and will consistently promote the strategic goals of Women’s Aid.

Main duties

  • Working at Women’s Aid reception
  • Answering calls, transferring callers to relevant personnel, taking messages and passing them on to relevant personnel and checking voicemail. Maintenance of an excellent telephone manner is required at all times.
  • Answering the door to callers, welcoming visitors and dealing with deliveries
  • Dealing sensitively with potentially vulnerable callers to the office and on the phone
  • Maintaining confidentiality of visitors and callers to Women’s Aid at all times
  • Checking email on a regular basis and taking appropriate action, under guidance of manager
  • Opening incoming post and date stamping all items, logging them, as appropriate.
  • Franking items for dispatch and logging outgoing post
  • Word-processing – produce documents to acceptable standards i.e. letters, notices, memos, etc.
  • Printing documents, photocopying and scanning documents
  • To perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the manager

 Knowledge and skills required:

  • Computer skills including word processing, email and internet. Experience of Microsoft Office desirable.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, particularly answering calls at a busy reception
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a track record of working with members of the public, with experience of working with vulnerable people an advantage
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative

This post is under the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s Community Employment (C.E.) scheme. Women’s Aid is a sponsoring organisation for St. Mary’s Community Project, Henrietta St., Dublin 1. Applicants must be eligible for C.E. Working hours are 19.5 hours per week.

If interested please submit your CV to C.E. Supervisor Mr. Tom Hayden, St. Mary’s Community Project by email to tomhayden@stmarysce.ie