Aiseiri: Policy and Communications Officer

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Aiseiri in association with the National Voluntary Drug and Alcohol Sector (NVDAS) wish to recruit a Policy and Communications Officer.

The Policy and Communications Officer will be responsible for co-ordinating the views, experience, evidence based practice and opinion of the National Voluntary Drug and Alcohol Services sector to various stakeholders to ensure representation of and delivery of the key actions in Reducing Harm; Supporting Recovery- A health led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025.

The Policy and Communications Officer will also liaise with the Drugs Policy Unit and partner agencies to contribute to the delivery of ‘Reducing Harm; Supporting Recovery’ key actions.

Key Tasks:

  1. Produce regular communications and papers to prepare and inform the sectors response to priority areas of Reducing Harm; Supporting Recovery strategic plan reflective of our service users and their families’ needs.
  2. Develop strategic position papers representative of the voluntary sectors evidence based, quality assured treatment and rehabilitation services across a full continuum of care.
  3. Co-ordinate, supported by the Steering Committee, the voluntary sectors representation at national regional and local forums ranging from the National Oversight Committee to Local Drug and Alcohol Task Forces.
  4. Liaise with existing NVDAS Regional Cluster Group Chairs, Drug & Alcohol Task Force Voluntary Sector Representatives and the Addiction Treatment Centres Ireland to ensure communication from national structures is presented to members and issues arising from these forums are reflected at relevant national structures.
  5. Engage with stakeholders to develop a strong identity for the NVDAS.

Please see additional information (attached below) for further details on Key Tasks

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Third level qualification in Social Policy Research or related field.
  • Experience of working with and engagement of key stakeholder groups- voluntary, community and statutory.
  • Proven experience of planning and undertaking research.
  • Experience of developing and presenting strategic position papers.
  • Highly skilled communicator.
  • Strong understanding of Ireland’s National Drug and Alcohol Strategy.
  • Ideally an understanding of international drug and alcohol policy.
  • Confident self-starter.
  • Excellent administrative skills.
  • Excellent IT skills and social media literate.
  • Full drivers licence and own car.
  • Available to work flexible hours.

To Apply:

Apply by emailing your CV and Letter of Application to:

All documents to be submitted in PDF format.

Please insert the Reference: AIS/NVDAS in the subject line.

Closing date for applications is: January 31st.

Aiseiri is an Equal Opportunities Employer



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