The Irish Hospice Foundation: Development Officer

The Irish Hospice Foundation

Job Title: Development Officer

Department: Healthcare

Location: 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2

Reporting to: National Development Manager – Palliative and End of Life Care

Hours: Full time preferable but there is some flexibility possible

About the Irish Hospice Foundation:

The Irish Hospice Foundation is a national charity that strives for the best care at end of life and in bereavement for everybody. Our vision is that no one will face death or bereavement without the care and support that they need.

We inform, educate and train, particularly in the areas of loss and bereavement. We undertake and/or fund projects aimed at the development of palliative and end of life care. We lobby for services and relevant legislation that have an impact on palliative and end of life care and we seek to represent and advocate for the needs of people living with life limiting illnesses.

The Role:

We are seeking a Development Officer to join the Healthcare Team. This person will support and develop projects and programmes linked to the Cancer, Palliative Care for All and Primary Palliative Care Programmes. They will also process referrals to the Nurses for Night Care service and assist with monitoring that service.


  • Understand the relevance of palliative care for all people with life limiting illnesses and have an appreciation of the issues related to dying death and bereavement.
  • Be familiar with the relevant HSE clinical care programmes, acute, residential and primary care health structures, professional organisations and patient groups that are central to the delivery of services to people with life limiting illnesses.
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of service development, quality improvement initiatives and project management.
  • Have an understanding of the Irish health sector and health care delivery.
  • Excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills to include a knowledge of social media
  • A full clean drivers licence and access to a car is preferred, but not essential


  • Ongoing appraisal and assimilation of relevant health and social care policy and service developments.
  • To identify, develop and disseminate work linked to the cancer, palliative care for all and primary palliative care programmes using an evidence-based approach.
  • Support the delivery of programme objectives to specification, on time and within budget, addressing evaluation, audit and sustainability requirements.
  • Provide necessary support to projects to maximise their effectiveness, dissemination and reporting requirements to include the provision of administration support.
  • Build and maintain key relationships to maximise impact of work.
  • Represent the Irish Hospice Foundation at forums and advocate for the provision and availability of palliative care for people with life limiting illnesses across all settings.
  • Generate reports, information materials, conference abstract proposals, etc. to support dissemination of work, to include creation of posts for social media.
  • Process referrals to the Nurses for Night Care service and assist in the monitoring of that service
  • Provide administration support to line manager as required.
  • Provide regular updates of work and related progress to line manager.

The above list of duties is not exhaustive and the post-holder will be required to undertake such other tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post, and as may be determined by the person(s) to whom the post-holder reports.

To apply, please send your C.V and cover letter to include your salary expectations to by October 18th 2019.

For more information on the work and programme of the Irish Hospice Foundation please visit

For informal enquiries on this role please contact Deirdre Shanagher, National Development Manager, Palliative and End-of-Life Care on 01 679 3195.


Dublin 2

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