Community Worker (full-time)
Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 7th May
MRCI is inviting applications from suitably qualified and experienced people for the post of community worker. The community worker will have responsibility for supporting the visible and active participation and leadership of people who are undocumented in an existing collective campaign Justice for the Undocumented (JFU). To that end the worker will also engage with undocumented members of My Fair Home (MFH), a growing network of migrant carers, with a view to supporting their involvement in same.
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 and community work is our underpinning ethos and approach. The Justice for the Undocumented (JFU) campaign was established by undocumented migrants and MRCI over 8 years ago to highlight this situation in Ireland and to organise for change. JFU today has over 1000 members active at a number of levels. Over the years JFU has engaged in a range of tactics and organised numerous actions as part of a strategy to bring about change in the form of a regularisation. My Fair Home (MFH) is a growing network of experienced migrant homecare workers concerned with standards in care, some of whom have an undocumented status.
This current phase requires the review and development of strategy, investing in leadership, and better use of technology in organising. This is in an exciting and important phase of JFU’s campaign for real and lasting change with members and supporters. The community worker will work closely with the community development coordinator in MRCI and a core of committed JFU and MFH members to do this.
Key areas of responsibility
- Support the critical and visible participation of undocumented migrants in the JFU campaign (ongoing communications, coordinating outreach, supporting organisation of member meetings/events)
- Collaborate with My Fair Home members who are undocumented to support participation in JFU activities, actions and the development of policy solutions
- Using creative and empowering methods actively support leadership and organising efforts of undocumented migrants in JFU and MFH (develop relationships with current and emerging leaders, identify roles, tasks and responsibilities in campaign, identify and coordinate leadership supports)
- Support members to engage in a dynamic, smart and strategic campaign planning process whilst developing new skills, knowledge and power analysis
- With JFU and MFH members continue to build support for regularisation (engage allies, grow political support and public awareness, organise events that create awareness and build support)
- Coordinate agreed actions and events with members
- Support outreach efforts with undocumented migrants across Ireland, specifically with Gort JFU in Co. Galway
- Work with the Community Work Coordinator to identify relevant funding opportunities and submission of grant proposals to resource project
- Support MRCI’s Resource Centre with referring/supporting individuals to campaigns both internally and externally
- Support MRCI’s work on irregular migration, including policy submissions and representational work where agreed
- A professionally endorsed qualification in Community Work/Development OR an equivalent professional qualification plus a minimum of two years’ professional experience working in a collective/organising setting in civil society
- Demonstrable experience in and knowledge of campaign strategies and tactics
- Clear commitment to participative and power sharing methods of working collectively with marginalised communities for change
- Exceptional communication and people skills
- Obvious capacity to be creative and innovative
- Excellent planning and organising skills
- Understanding and analysis of migration and issues facing migrants
- Experience coordinating or participating in campaigns on social justice/human rights issues
- Clear personal values and commitment to tackling injustice and advancing human rights
- Strong office/IT skills (in particular social media and ideally working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel and Salesforce)
The successful candidate will need to be available at a variety of times including evening, daytime and occasional weekend work.
How to apply
Please note interviews will be held during the week starting the 7th of May 2018.
MRCI is an equal opportunity employer.
Duration: This is a fixed term contract from April/June 2017 to December 2019
Remuneration: commensurate with experience: €35,000 – €37,000