Job Title: Volunteer Engagement Project Officer (VEPO)
Reports to: Programme Manager
Location: 12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2
Comhlámh is the Irish Association of Development Workers and Volunteers. Our mission is to nurture, guide and mobilise development workers and volunteers to work for social justice locally and globally. Comhlámh is committed to being the leading independent voice and source of information on volunteering for development in Ireland, and the coordinator and advocate for good practice in this area through all the stages of the volunteering life-cycle from pre-decision to post return. We work to promote and support volunteers and development workers to critically engage in volunteering and action for development, and to create societal and attitudinal change on development issues.
We are seeking to recruit a Volunteer Engagement Project Officer (VEPO), who will play a key role in supporting all strategic areas of Comhlámh’s work with volunteers, returned international volunteers and Comhlámh members. The ideal candidate will have a background in international or community development, excellent facilitation, analytical and communication skills, and excellent project management skills. This will be coupled with experience of working to develop and facilitate development education training curriculums, including in online formats.
They will ideally have worked or volunteered in the Global South, have experience of using consultative and participative approaches to build consensus among a range of stakeholders, and a strong interest in supporting the engagement of volunteers and returned volunteers in social justice and international development issues. The VEPO plays a role in enabling and motivating Comhlámh members to become involved in development action that draws on, and is informed by, issues and interests they identify.
This post is being recruited on a 4-day week basis and will offered at the Project Officer scale ranging from €24,000 up to €36,000 (4day basis). Appointment will be made according to suitability, experience and qualifications. The post is being offered on a permanent contract subject to funding. The role is based in our offices in Dublin, but some remote working will be available and likely required due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Flexibility is needed in relation to working hours as there is some evening and occasional weekend work.
Please apply with a covering letter (max one page) outlining how you meet the criteria and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 29th of April 2021 at 17:00 GMT.
Interviews will take place on Thursday the 6th of May 2021.
Description: The Volunteer Engagement Project Officer will be based in Comhlámh’s Dublin office and will report to the Line Manager.
The overall role of the VEPO is to support the engagement of volunteers, returned international volunteers and Comhlámh members in development education learning spaces and collective action on global justice issues.
The VEPO will lead in the engagement and support for returned international volunteers and development workers to help maximise the huge potential of international placements to facilitate learning and action on global issues. The VEPO will also play a role in enabling and motivating Comhlámh members to become involved in development action and to support the capacity of Comhlámh member groups.
The VEPO will support the development and delivery of development education and capacity building workshops for the above target groups and contribute to the development of Ireland’s development education policy and practice through participation in relevant working groups and networks.
Specifically, the responsibilities will include the following:
Support & Information:
Policy & Practice Development:
delegated for specific activities and report on expenditure as required
Comhlámh has an Equal Opportunities policy and all employees are expected to develop an understanding of and commitment to equality and social justice.
All staff are required to adhere to: Comhlámh’s Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct with Children and Comhlámh’s values