ILMI Strategies for Change project worker

Part time 17.5 hours per week, fixed term one-year contract

Location: ILMI offices, Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 (remote working will also be facilitated)

Salary: €17,500 

ILMI is seeking a dynamic, motivated and driven individual to join our staff team as Strategies for Change project worker (part time).  

Job Description 

ILMI seeks to employ a project worker to oversee our Rethink Ireland funded programme Strategies for Change.

Strategies for Change which will build on the capacity of disabled activists from across the country to work collectively to build an inclusive Ireland. In the year that Ireland makes its first report to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), more than ever, disabled people’s voices need to be heard. Strategies for Change will create an innovative online programme with legacy learning resources which build and support the development of disabled activists across Ireland.

The project will deliver 20 online workshops on a range of topics to build collective approaches to build equality. Many of the inputs will be delivered by experienced disabled activists on topics such as disability equality, intersectionality and the social model of disability. 

ILMI will also work with experts from the Irish Human Rights Equality Commission (IHREC), the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC), Values Lab and the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) to cover a range of topics including the role of Public Participation Networks, the Public Sector Duty, Equality Legislation and the role of values in bringing about change. These inputs will be recorded as high quality video inputs for activists to use as learning resources either “live” via Zoom or as an online legacy on the ILMI website.

The Strategies for Change project worker will:  

  • Oversee the delivery of 20 online workshops to disabled activists on a range of topics to build collective approaches using legislation and local / national structures to ensure strategies for disability equality is led by disabled people.
  • Link with presenters in advance of agreed dates to ensure programme delivered.
  • Ensure all relevant presentations are made available to participants in Strategies for change programme. 
  • Develop and resource peer group of at least 15 disabled activists who participate in the online training and continue to support their development beyond the lifetime of “Strategies for change”.
  • Ensure the recording of a series of 20 high quality video resources on equality legislation, UNCRPD, the Public Sector Duty, disability equality uploaded onto ILMI website as a legacy resource for disabled activists and community organisations who want to use strategic approaches to build an inclusive Ireland. 
  • Engage with all relevant stakeholders, ILMI staff and members to promote Strategies for change.
  • Provide regular updates to staff, board and members through ILMI eBulletin, ILMI website and social media.
  • Work with CEO, staff, board and members to meet Strategic objectives.

ILMI offers a dynamic and flexible working environment and the chance to use your skills and knowledge to make a genuine difference. Applicants will be assessed against the following essential / desirable requirements and are encouraged to use their applications to provide examples of the manner in which they meet these criteria. 

Essential requirements: 

  • An understanding and commitment to Independent Living;
  • Commitment to the values of ILMI;
  • An understanding of ILMI’s role as a DPO; 
  • An understanding of the Social model of disability; 
  • Commitment to the principles of community development: 
  • Experience of working in a human rights or community development organisation experiencing similar issues at local or national level;
  • Excellent communication skills; including proven ability to facilitate groups and work with people on a one-to-one basis
  • An ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with new media technologies such as Zoom.
  • Access to high quality broadband in order to facilitate and record Zoom inputs.

The position is based in ILMI offices in Brunswick Street but the programme and peer support will be delivered via Zoom so there is flexibility on alternate working arrangements (assuming quality access to internet). 

To Apply: Please return your CV (with references) and cover letter outlining why you should be considered for this role to  

Closing date for applications is Friday 9th October 2020 at 5pm.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place on the week of the 19th October  2020. Interviews will take place via Zoom. 

 ILMI is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from disabled people for this position. This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the Republic of Ireland.  

Strategies for Change is supported by Rethink Ireland through the Innovate Together Fund, a collaboration between Rethink Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development (via the Dormant Accounts Fund).  The Fund supports charities’ innovative responses to the COVID-19 crisis that will also provide lasting change.