DPCN Coordinator – Fixed Term Contract

Disability Participation and Consultation Network (DPCN)

The coordinator will be employed by Inclusion Ireland, the ‘organising member’ of the DPCN.

This is a fixed term contract until December 31st 2023. There may be opportunities to extend the contract, depending on a number of factors.

This role is funded by the Department of Children Equality Disability Integration and Youth through Inclusion Ireland.

The DPCN is a Network of civil society organisations concerned with the rights of disabled people, under Article 4.3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The role of the DPCN, is to support the active engagement and direct consultation of disabled people through their Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) and other disability organisations in the development of legislation and policies. The DPCN is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY).

Please find below a detailed job description for the role.

Salary: The annual salary for this position will be €40,209

Location: There is flexibility regarding the base for this post. The successful candidate will be required to travel to various locations to fulfil the demands of the post.

Description of Role

The key role of the coordinator will be to lead out on and implement the agreed Operational Plan for 2023.

Specifically, the role will entail:

  • Working closely with the Independent Facilitator in the preparation and organisation of meetings.
  • Reporting to the Steering Group on the progress of the Operational Plan.
  • Developing and implementing initiatives that build members’ capacity to influence legislation and policy.
  • Facilitating communication and the sharing of knowledge, information, and experience amongst members.
  • Organising training and information sessions on themes identified by the members.
  • Reviewing and evaluating events and activities.
  • Working with the DCEIDY to promote the design and implementation of effective consultation models within government departments and statutory agencies.
  • Preparing and disseminating eBulletins to keep the membership updated on policy developments and other relevant issues.
  • Maintaining an ongoing social media presence, overseeing the establishment of a website, and maintaining its content.
  • Preparing progress reports in line with the requirements of the DECIDY.
  • Carrying out any other activities that will meet the overall purpose of this post.

Skills, Knowledge, and Experience Required:

  • A third level qualification in a relevant discipline; e.g. social policy and human rights.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a project coordination role in the NGO sector.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the disability policy, practice, and legislative environment in Ireland.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the barriers inhibiting disabled people’s active participation in policy and decision-making structures.
  • Excellent administration and IT skills including in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to communicate in plain English and produce documents in accessible formats.

Person Specification

  • Commitment to the principles and practice of human rights.
  • Good group work and facilitation skills.
  • A high standard of oral and written communication skills and an ability to build effective relationships and strategic alliances.
  • Flexible, responsive, self-motivated, and positively disposed to supporting the DPCN to achieve its objectives.
  • Capacity to plan, prioritise and to manage multiple demands.

Reporting Relationship:

The DPCN Coordinator will report to Inclusion Ireland’s Community Engagement Manager.

Application Process

Inclusion Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and applications for this position are welcome from people with lived experience of disability. Reasonable accommodations are available on request.

For any further information about this post contact Inclusion Ireland on info@inclusionireland.ie or call us on 01-8559891

Please forward Letter of Application and CV to info@inclusionireland.ie by Thursday 30th March at 5pm. Interviews will be held online in April.

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