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ISPCC Policy Co-Ordinator , Dublin, Full Time

11 June 2019

Title:  Policy Co-Ordinator
Term: Permanent
Working Week: 39
Reporting Line: CEO

This post works across the organisation, supporting in the development and coordination of the ISPCC’s policy and advocacy aims. The postholder contributes to effecting change and progress in the law, policy and practice in Ireland, to support the achievement of the ISPCC’s aims. The postholder contributes to enhancing the profile of the ISPCC to ensure recognition of the ISPCC as the national child protection charity. This role reports to the CEO and is Dublin based.


Key Roles & Responsibilities 

•    Develop and coordinate an annual work plan in line with the overall ISPCC policy goals, acting as the nominated lead on key policy issues, under direction

•    Monitor developments, research and analyse national, European and international policy, practice, legislation and research/data to inform ISPCC policy position and to produce briefings

•    Contribute to and implement the relevant elements of a public affairs strategy related to key policy issues. Develop and manage relationships with key external stakeholders including other organisations’ staff, public officials and manage the development of these relationships

•    Bring forward potential opportunities for the ISPCC to collaborate on or partner with other organisations/individuals on policy development goals and/or to work collaboratively on public awareness campaigns of similar interests

•    To support the generation of funds

•    Convene and participate where appropriate, in relevant internal and external working groups to progress the ISPCC’s policy work

•    Maintain up to date records on meetings and relationship management and ensure the timely and accurate input of relevant details to the lobbying register as per Lobbying Act 2015

•    Working with third level institutions to develop and coordinate research in areas of policy for the ISPCC while also utilizing data obtained from the ISPCC services, undertake/oversee the production/publication of research

•    Proactively monitoring and seeking out submission calls where the ISPCC can add its voice to influence policy, law and practice in relation to children’s rights and child protection

•    Develop draft policy papers, submissions, blogs and articles for consideration for dissemination and publication, in a timely manner 

•    Contribute to the ISPCC’s communications plans to support its policy work and represent the ISPCC in media on relevant matters within area of responsibility

•    Effectively disseminate information/learning with wider organisation in conjunction with the wider Policy and Communications Teams

•    Assist in organising events and activities in raising awareness regarding the work of the ISPCC

•    Assist with other activities as they may arise from time to time, demonstrating flexibility at all times


Person Specification 

•    3 + years’ experience in a similar role

•    Expertise in researching, analysing and debriefing complex issues to inform ISPCC policy positions

•    Willingness to learn about and analyse new and/or complex issues to inform ISPCC policy positions

•    Demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders, including, but not limited to grass roots organisations; colleagues across the children’s rights and child protection sector; Oireachtas officials, including elected public representatives and Ministers

•    Has formed and managed effective external networks

•    Ability to complete projects efficiently and to a high standard

•    Excellent writing skills, including the capacity to communicate complex issues in simple language, with a high level of attention to detail

•    Excellent verbal communications skills (and electronic)

•    Excellent organisational and IT skills

•    Highly motivated, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team

•    Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build strong working relationships and interact with stakeholders in a professional and appropriate manner

•    Relevant qualification, ideally degree level

•    Experience working with non-profit organizations or associations and advantageous

•    Experience of working with statutory bodies at national and local levels

•    A demonstrable interest in the field of children’s rights and child protection

•    A keen interest in media monitoring/tracking of children’s rights and child protection issues, desirable

•    Proven track record of flexibility and adaptability, to an ever changing environment 

•    A keen interest in research a requirement, experience in research an advantage

Application Process

Interested candidates should send completed application form to our HR Department by email by noon on Tuesday 9th July, 2019.



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