Recruiting: Connect Project Officer
Young Persons Project Officer: Full-Time Post, 12 months (6 months’ probation)
Nasc, Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre is recruiting a project officer to work on our Connect Children and Young Person’s project. The role offers an opportunity to use your skills to make a difference to the lives of young people (aged 14- 25) who are from a refugee or migrant background.
Location: Nasc’s office is based in Cork City.
Nasc, the Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre is a human rights organisation based in Cork City. For over twenty years, Nasc has been an advocate for the rights of migrants, refugees and international protection applicants.
The Connect Project is Nasc’s project working with children and young people from a refugee or migrant background who are most at risk of social disadvantage.
Role Activities and Responsibilities
The main activities of the role include:
- Providing information, support and advocacy for young people with their immigration and asylum needs and referring to Nasc’s Advocacy Team where appropriate.
- Providing information and practical support on access to education, training, income support and accommodation.
- Providing orientation and links to community integration, wellbeing and mental health supports.
- Working collaboratively with external agencies to support the young person, i.e. social work, community, education and healthcare professionals
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Working with each young person to develop an assessment and individual support plan;
- Mentoring and supporting the overall wellbeing and social integration of the young person.
- Providing information, advocacy and practical support for the young person.
- Liaising with public services, community, social work and healthcare professional to ensure a high standard of service provision
- Keeping accurate and up to date records; ensure that case notes are kept securely and maintained up to date.
- Training and building the capacity of key support professionals
- Liaising regularly with the lead social worker and Nasc management to ensure accurate use of budgets and project delivery in line with funding requirements.
- Strictly adhering to Nasc’s Child Protection policy and procedures and Nasc’s Data Protection policy and procedures.
- Engaging in supervision, regular CPD and career development opportunities.
- Representing Nasc at meetings where required to do so.
- Other tasks as may be reasonably required.
The following are the knowledge, experience, skills relevant for the position:
- Social Care, Social work, Community Work or Youth Work qualification or equivalent (FETAC Level 8) is essential.
- Permission to work in Ireland is essential.
- Previous experience working in a similar position is desirable.
- Ability to communicate cross-culturally to speakers of English as a second language.
- Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative.
- Excellent organizational and administrative skills including meticulous record keeping, strong time management skills and strong computer literacy.
- Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equality, social justice and human rights.
- Understanding and sensitivity towards international protection applicants, refugee and migrant issues.
- Competence in a second language (for example – Arabic or French) would be an advantage for this role.
- Driving licence and access to transport is an advantage.
- Experience in managing budgets is an advantage.
We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief. We particularly welcome applications from persons with self-experience of the protection, immigration and/or care systems.
- Child Protection training is an essential part of this role. Other training will also be offered as part of your continuing professional development.
- Maintaining boundaries and confidentiality is an essential function of this role. In practice this means for example, maintaining appointment times, taking calls and corresponding with clients within working time only, maintaining emotional boundaries and practicing self-care, referring to other services where deemed necessary i.e. counselling and mental health supports.
- Ongoing communication with the staff team and supervision with the Lead Social Worker is an integral part of the role
- It is very important to maintain accurate and up to date records of work for review by management.
This project is funded with the support of Tusla Child and Family Agency and the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart,
Please submit by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org the following documents before 5PM 21st October 2022
(i) a cover letter in .pdf format outlining how you meet the person specifications outlined above. (2 pages maximum)
(ii) an up to date CV (.pdf format)
Please include ‘Young Persons Project Officer’ in the subject line of the email. Applications will be acknowledged but no further feedback will be provided unless invited to attend for interview.