Clondalkin Travellers Development Group: Accommodation Development Worker (Part-Time)

Clondalkin Travellers Development Group
Clondalkin Travellers Development Group,
Clondalkin Enterprise Centre,
Neilstown Road,
Clondalkin,
Dublin 22.

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Job Title: Accommodation Development Worker

Reporting to - Project Manager, Traveller Accommodation Steering Group and the Board of CTDG.

Background

Clondalkin Travellers Development Group is a community development project aiming to promote the social, economic, civic, political and cultural rights of Travellers as a nomadic ethnic group in Irish society. It is currently seeking to employ an Accommodation Development Worker who will be responsible for the Accommodation brief of the organisation in line with the organisation’s Strategic Plan and its overall Accommodation Strategy. The principles of community development underpin all the work.

There are five main elements to the role

  • Support Travellers with any/all Accommodation issues.
  • Attend and participate on all relevant Accommodation fora, locally and nationally and using the services of Coolock Law Mediation Work where needed.
  • Keep sufficient records (GDPR compliant) to provide Manager, Steering Group and Board of Directors with relevant weekly and monthly work reports and stats.
  • Outreach Strategy one afternoon per week.
  • Work alongside the Accommodation Worker in a mentoring capacity.

The work in detail includes the following

  1. Provide individual support to families around accessing all forms of accommodation including local authority standard accommodation, Traveller specific accommodation together with private rented accommodation
  2. Work with Traveller families through direct work, outreach and advocacy, to support families to attain culturally appropriate accommodation, based on the needs of families
  3. Provide support on accessing social welfare entitlements like Housing Assistance Payment
  4. Provide specific support to families on private rented tenancies, responsibilities of private tenants and private landlords, the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, how to end tenancies in accordance with the Act, how to access the PRTB including supporting families to appear before the PRTB and make complaints to the PRTB
  5. Support and build the capacity of the members of the CTDG Accommodation Team to develop the work and deliver the organisation’s accommodation strategy
  6. Consult with Travellers in Clondalkin on accommodation issues, strategies and accommodation options
  7. Facilitate Travellers to engage in consultation and negotiation relating to future accommodation with the Local Authority
  8. Support Travellers to be aware of and have access to accommodation options, as well as informing Travellers of relevant tools to achieve better accommodation
  9. Assist and facilitate Travellers to be aware of and develop responses to current policy and legislation in relation to accommodation, including strategies for the provision of nomadism
  10. Working collectively to develop and implement strategies for Traveller participation which address the needs (e.g. Accommodation) of the Traveller community in the Clondalkin area
  11. Support Travellers to manage the contact they have with the Local Authority regarding their accommodation needs
  12. Ensure regular outreach work on all sites to maintain ongoing contact with Travellers
  13. Support the development and participation of Travellers in Site Forums/Resident Groups to facilitate the exploration of issues and concerns
  14. Developing and implementing Traveller Tenant Participation strategies
  15. Support the participation of Travellers in the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee, in particular the LTACC sub-committees, to ensure the delivery of the Traveller Accommodation Programme
  16. Lobbying, advocacy & campaign work to ensure the Traveller voice is heard at a local, regional and national level
  17. Assisting and facilitating Travellers in exploring and developing responses to current policy and legislative changes in relation to accommodation
  18. Networking at a local, regional and national level with relevant organisations, fora to support the development of policies and campaigns to address the accommodation issues Travellers face in the Clondalkin, Lucan, Newcastle and Palmerstown geographical areas.
  19. Representing CTDG at conferences, seminars and workshops to ensure effective promotion of the profile of the project
  20. Recording the work and preparing reports and stats for management and funders on a daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly and annual basis as required
  21. Preparing funding proposals and applications to further enhance the work
  22. Periodic work presentations to the Manager, Accommodation Steering Group & Board of Directors
  23. Other tasks as required by the Manager and Board or its sub groups in the course of meeting the aims and objectives of CTDG

Essential requirements include

  1. Community development qualification or minimum 3 years relevant experience.
  2. A strong commitment to community development / human rights and equality.
  3. Detailed knowledge of the accommodation issues affecting the Traveller community.
  4. Detailed knowledge and understanding of local and national Traveller accommodation policies and fora.
  5. Experience of working in a Traveller or community development organisation.
  6. Understanding of how national network/membership organisations work.
  7. Understanding of the support needs of Traveller organisations regarding policy issues.
  8. Ability to develop and write policy submissions and articulate CTDG’s policy positions at national forums.

Person Specification

  1. Must have deep understanding and knowledge of housing legislation and specific knowledge and experience in dealing with accommodation issues Travellers face.
  2. Must be able to demonstrate community development experience, building the capacity of marginalised groups and communities to advocate on their own behalf and become community leaders.
  3. Must be a self-starter and be able to work on own initiative and deliver the organisations accommodation strategy.
  4. Must have specific knowledge of local authority structures, local interagency structures and relevant national fora and be able to demonstrate capacity and represent Traveller issues on local, regional and national structures.
  5. Must be able to provide a supportive role to individual families and be able to advocate on their behalf in an empathetic manner.
  6. Must demonstrate a strong teamwork ethic.
  7. Must have excellent administration and report writing skills.
  8. Must have full licence and own transport for outreach.

The Role

Hours of Work: 20/21 hours per week
Salary: circa €20K per annum
Contract: Permanent part time, subject to on-going funding & successful completion of probationary period.

Closing Date for Applications Thursday September 19th 2019 @ 5p.m.

Interviews will take place Wednesday October 2nd / Thursday October 3rd 2019

Please note this position is subject to Garda Vetting.

Please apply by email to
Doreen Carpenter, Project Manager at ctdg@eircom.net

Or by post to
Doreen Carpenter,
Project Manager,
Clondalkin Travellers Development Group,
Office Block 1,
Clondalkin Enterprise Centre,
Neilstown Road,
Clondalkin,
Dublin 22.

Clondalkin Travellers Development Group is an equal opportunities employer.

Region: 

Dublin 22

Expiry date: 

19/09/19

Date Entered/Updated: 

14/08/19