Disability and Health Housing Officer (the ONSIDE Project)
Full time 35 hours per week
Location: ILMI offices, Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
Terms: This is a fixed contract position until December 2021, with the potential for extension
ILMI is seeking a dynamic, motivated and driven individual to join our staff team as Disability & Health Housing Officer as part of the ONSIDE Project).
The ONSIDE Project has been supported by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
Who is ILMI?
ILMI was originally established as Center for Independent Living (CIL) in 1992 by and for disabled people. Its main aim was to support disabled people to achieve Independent Living, choice and control over our lives and full participation in society as equal citizens.
As a national representative Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO). ILMI promotes the philosophy of Independent Living and works to build a truly inclusive society. Development of evidence-based social policy is essential to achieving our key objectives in our Strategic Plan 2018-2021. Central to the way we work is ensuring that the policy decisions that impact on our lives have to be directly influenced by those with the lived experience – ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’.
Our vision is an Ireland where disabled people have freedom, choice and control over all aspects of their lives and can fully participate in an inclusive society as equals.
We are working collectively to create an Independent Living Movement in Ireland led by disabled people, promoting a rights-based social model of disability, challenging the unacceptable a charity / medical view of disability. We are working towards the removal of societal barriers that prevent active equal participation of disabled people, challenging the denial of people’s rights and the promotion of the philosophy of Independent Living.
Our core values are underpinned by the philosophy of Independent Living and all activities are aimed towards promoting: Independence, Options, Rights and Empowerment.
ONSIDE is a cross border project led by Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI), Disability Action Northern Ireland; Supporting Communities and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. It will reduce social isolation amongst disabled people through the co-production of a digital inclusion programme, involving community mapping, navigation and peer advocacy. It will result in improved mental and physical health outcomes amongst disabled people, while empowering them to fulfill their potential as active citizens within their communities.
The role of the Disability & Health Housing Officer will be to assemble and co-ordinate a digitally connected network of disabled people resident across the border counties (Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth) or participation within the cross border ONSIDE Programme.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DISABILITY & HEALTH HOUSING OFFICER:
ILMI will employ one disability and housing officer to work across the six border counties.
While it is recognised that different areas may require different delivery models the key tasks for the Disability & Health Housing Officer will be as follows:
- To lead the development (jointly with the Disability & Health Housing Officer Team) of a register of disability focused assisted technological equipment including specifically programmed tablets; screen readers; augmentative and alternative communication devices; voice recognition software; literacy support software etc to be distributed to ONSIDE Project participants on the basis of the disability related technology needs assessment undertaken (budget per participant £500);
- To undertake Project relevant digital inclusion training; with specific reference to those technologies included within the ONSIDE register of disability focused assisted technological equipment;
- To link with Housing Officers in Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth to create links between ONSIDE Project and disabled people living in social housing in those counties.
- To link in with Approved Housing Bodies in the above counties to create links between tenants who disabilities and the ONSIDE project
- To link with existing local government infrastructure to utilise networks and support agencies that directly or indirectly work with disabled people at a statutory or non-statutory level.
- To directly link in and support each Local Community Development Committee (LCDC). LCDC were established in each county under Section 36 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 and aim to develop, co-ordinate and implement a coherent and integrated approach to local and community development.
- To provide ongoing supports and linkage to statutory and non-Statutory agencies in the six border counties who are linked in with disabled people engaged in the ONSIDE project,
- Provide referrals from above agencies from above strategic engagements to the ILMI Community Navigators to build a full picture of where supports are provided to disabled people in each county and to refer individual contacts on to the community navigators.
- To work in conjunction with Community Navigators and Digital Inclusion Co-Coordinator to prepare an initial ONSIDE needs assessment report for collective review with the assigned Digital Inclusion Trainer and Community Navigator; this will help inform the content of the individual Personal Development Plan; and the nature of related digital inclusion training required and support delivery of training with same.
- To oversee the provision; installation and maintenance of digital inclusion and assisted technology equipment within the home of each Project participant in conjunction the community navigators.
- To contribute to the development and management of the ONSIDE Online Disability Community Forum to include usage of various social media outlets including Facebook; Twitter; Whatsapp; in conjunction with the community navigators and communications officer
Shared Planning and Delivery
- To participate in monthly planning and reporting meetings with ILMI community navigators and the Project Coordinator
- To participate in monthly meetings with the ONSIDE Project Team, including the following Project personnel specifically:
- Community Navigators (ILMI and Disability Action Northern Ireland)
- Digital Inclusion Trainers (Supporting Communities)
- Website Developer (Disability Action Northern Ireland)
- Peer Advocate Co-ordinator (Disability Action Northern Ireland)
Monitoring and Evaluation
- To maintain records which will assist in the interim and final evaluation of the ONSIDE Project; and
- To prepare and present quarterly progress reports to the Onside Programme Manager
- To maintain financial records related to the ONSIDE Project expenditure; with particular reference to the costs associated with the disability focused assisted technology provision for all ONSIDE Project participants.
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.
- A qualification in Community Development, Equality Studies, Disability Studies or a or minimum three years experience in a relevant organisation;
- A proven commitment to human rights and equality;
- Knowledge and understanding of the local, national policy and international fora that relate to disabled people;
- Commitment to the values of the ILMI and the philosophy of Independent Living;
- An understanding of the Social model of disability;
- Knowledge and understanding of the equality and human rights infrastructure in Ireland;
- Experience of working in a human rights or community development organisation experiencing similar issues at local or national level;
- Demonstrated experience to network;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Computer literacy, including familiarity with new media technologies.
This is a fixed contract position until December 2021, with the potential for extension
The position is based in ILMI offices in Brunswick Street but there will be some outreach to members across the border counties and cross-border work as part of the ONSIDE project.
Please return your CV (with references) and cover letter outlining why you should be considered for this role to email@example.com
Closing date for applications is Friday 3rd May 2019 before 5.00pm
Shortlisting will take place on the week of 6th May and interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place on the week of the 15th May 2019. Interviews will take place in ILMI offices.
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.