Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI): ONSIDE Project Coordinator

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ONSIDE Project Coordinator

Full time 35 hours per week
Location: ILMI offices, Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 or located in office based in border region
Salary: €40,000

Terms: This is a fixed contract position until December 2021, with the potential for extension
While the post holder can be based at a range of locations and there will be a requirement to travel throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

ILMI is seeking a dynamic, motivated and driven individual to join our staff team as ONSIDE Project Coordinator.

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

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 Project:

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.

Main Purpose of the Job: The Project Co-ordinator will be responsible for the development, implementation and management of the ONSIDE Project in Ireland. The post holder will liaise with partner organisations, funders and other key stakeholders, providing information / reports on matters relating to the Project’s performance.

Reporting Arrangements & Management Responsibility: The Project Manager will be responsible and report to the ILMI CEO. The post holder will be accountable for all activities undertaken by directly managed staff and the other resources within the ONSIDE Project, including financial management.

The ONSIDE Project is delivered in partnership with a number of partner organisations, each of whom will directly employ and line manage a number of posts.

In addition, the Project Co-Ordinator will also work closely with other relevant staff within ILMI and the partner organisations.

Key duties and responsibilities:

The key duties and major responsibilities of the Project Co-Ordinator will include the following:

1. Management of People

  • To co-ordinate, allocate and lead on all areas of work of the staff that are responsible for the delivery of the ONSIDE Project in Ireland.
  • To monitor and review performance of directly managed staff, to carry out appraisal reviews and to provide advice, guidance, support and direction when necessary.
  • Delegate appropriate authority and responsibility to the level of staff within his/her control consistent with effective decision making whilst retaining overall responsibility and accountability for results.
  • Participate as required in the selection and recruitment of staff in accordance with ILMI procedures. Implement staff induction process including training on user involvement and monitoring & evaluation frameworks.
  • Promote ILMI policies on equality of opportunity through his/her own actions and the management of those staff for whom he/she has responsibility.
  • Take such action as is necessary in grievance and disciplinary matters in accordance with the organisation’s procedures.

2. ONSIDE Project Co-Ordination

  • To work with the ONSIDE Programme Manager to implement programme management methodologies, systems, performance monitoring and review processes for the ONSIDE Project.
  • To work with the ONSIDE Programme Manager to develop and implement appropriate strategic and operational plans associated with the ONSIDE Project and as agreed by the ONSIDE Project Board, including the following:
    • ONSIDE Operational Plan
    • Independent evaluation
    • Financial management
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Risk management
  • To be responsible for the co-ordination of project resources (financial, staffing, and partner) to deliver project work packages’ work plans.
  • In partnership Administrator ensure that all project reporting and financial information is completed accurately, and within timescales.
  • To ensure that ONSIDE Project operates within agreed budgets and meets its targets and outcomes.
  • To represent ILMI and the ONSIDE Project in appropriate forums.
  • To participate in relevant ILMI teams as and when required.
  • To develop close working relationships with key staff from ILMI, partner organisations and other relevant organisations.
  • To adhere to agreed corporate quality standards.
  • To undertake any other duties as may be required from time to time by ILMI in line with the status of the post.

NB: - ILMI reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions of employment at its discretion in circumstances where such variation is in the interests of improving the efficiency of the organisation's business. The organisation also reserves the right to review, revise, amend or replace policies / procedures from time to time reflecting the changing needs of the business.

Essential requirements:

  • Proven Project management skills
  • Budget Management
  • Report writing
  • Staff Management
  • 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.

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of working on / managing an EU-funded programme.

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.

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 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.


Dublin 7 or Border Region

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