Part-Time Youth Worker with MRCI undocumented youth group (closing date: Monday 2nd April 2018)

MRCI is inviting applications from suitably qualified and experienced people for the post of youth worker (3 days/21 hours per week). The youth worker will have responsibility for supporting the participation and leadership of young people with an undocumented status in an existing youth project, Young, Paperless & Powerful (YPP).

To apply, please return completed application form (see end of page) to by 5pm on Monday 2nd April. 


Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) is a national organisation working to promote justice, empowerment and equality for migrants and their families. Advancing rights for undocumented migrants and their families is a core area of MRCI’s work. The Justice for the Undocumented (JFU) campaign was established by MRCI over 8 years ago to highlight the situation in Ireland and support undocumented migrants to organise for change. YPP today is made up of 15-20 politicised, resilient, inspiring young people ranging in age from 17 to 24. The group have engaged in film making, spoken word and leadership development training to date and participated in a range of relevant youth sector spaces.

This is an exciting phase of YPP’s efforts to raise awareness about the situation of undocumented young people in Ireland and campaign for real and lasting change. The youth worker will work closely with the community development coordinator in MRCI and alongside the Justice for the Undocumented (JFU) campaign to progress a youth-led campaign. This project is funded by the St. Stephen’s Green Trust.

Key areas of responsibility

  • Support the active participation and leadership of undocumented young people in the development and campaign activities of Young, Paperless &  Powerful (YPP)
  • Provide one to one supports and conduct outreach where necessary
  • With the support of MRCI campaign coordinator, support young people to engage in a dynamic campaign-planning process identifying actions, targets, allies and tactics and developing new skills, knowledge and power analysis
  • Work with young people to identify and use appropriate creative and empowering process to tell their stories and to campaign for change.
  • Build support for campaign ask (engaging allies in youth sector, accompany and support young people in representational roles with ally organisations, politicians, media)
  • Coordinate agreed actions and events with young people
  • Build relationships with identified mainstream youth services to support referrals to YPP
  • Represent and participate in relevant youth work and youth policy forums and spaces and support YPP members to also
  • Work with the Community Work Coordinator to identify relevant funding opportunities and submission of grant proposals to resource project
  • Prepare written reports and maintain records on the work of the project

Required qualifications/experience/skills

Essential criteria

  • A professionally endorsed qualification in Youth and Community Work
  • Or an equivalent professional qualification plus two years’ experience working with young people at risk
  • Knowledge of youth work and participative, empowering methods of working with young people
  • Excellent facilitation skills and group work experience with young people including session planning, design and delivery
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Demonstrable capacity to be creative and innovative
  • Excellent planning and organising skills

Desirable criteria

  • Experience working on or participating in campaigns
  • Understanding and analysis of migration and issues facing migrants
  • Familiar with youth work and youth sector in Ireland
  • Commitment to participative, politicising and empowering ways of working for change
  • Strong values and personal commitment to equality and social justice
  • Good office/IT skills (and very familiar with social media)

How to apply

Send a completed application form marked Youth Worker to by 5pm Monday the 2nd of April.

Interviews will be held on week of the 9th of April 2018.

MRCI is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on the MRCI, see

Appointment will be subject to MRCI receiving satisfactory Garda Vetting and reference checks. The successful candidate will need to be available at a variety of times including evening, daytime and occasional weekend work.

Duration: This is a one-year Fixed Term contract.

Remuneration: commensurate with experience: €35,000 – €37,000 pro rata

Location: Dublin

Commencing:  May 2018 to April 2019

Application form: MRCI Youth Work application form March 2018