Cork / Kerry Regional Traveller Accommodation Working Group: Traveller Accommodation Campaigns Worker (contracted & part time)

The Cork & Kerry Regional Traveller Accommodation Working Group is looking for a campaigner who will work with us to help secure accommodation rights for Travellers in Cork and Kerry.

The Role

This is a part time contracted role (16 hours a week).  You will be working with a collaborative group of community development organisations in the region to build strategic responses and action to address the Traveller accommodation crisis.

This role is for someone who believes in Travellers human rights and equality. It is for someone who is enthusiastic, solutions focused, loves working with people, is excited about making a difference and most importantly is strategic and knowledgeable about how to create change.

A key part of this role is advancing Traveller accommodation rights through building and activating strategic relationships with organisations and stakeholders to become champions for change and commit to delivering on agreed actions.

You will also work directly with Traveller organisations on a small number of agreed campaigns and this will include developing campaign strategies and implementation plans.

You will report to a committee made up of members of the various Traveller organisations in the region and line managed by a designated person.

We are looking for someone who can meet the following criteria

Ideal

  • Understands campaign strategy and how to make campaigns effectively
  • Has experience of supporting participation of groups experiencing inequality and social exclusion
  • Has experience with social justice policy, advocacy and lobbying
  • Has the capacity to build strategic relationships with Travellers, organisations and diverse stakeholders 
  • Has excellent communications skills
  • Can demonstrate an ability to work from an anti- racist and anti oppressive perspective
  • Is highly organised and able to work independently

Desirable

  • Has an understanding of Traveller culture and the Traveller accommodation crisis
  • Has an understanding of Irish housing policy & legislation and how this is influenced by the political process
  • Trained in community development practice
  • Has project management experience (with the ability to develop indicators and report on the work)

Details about the Role

The project is supported by the Saint Stephen's Green Trust. The worker will be self employed and the contract will be for part time ie 2 days per week for a one year period. This contract may be extended for up to 3 years, dependent on availability of funding. The contract fee for the work will be €18,000 for the year.

The worker will be resourced with an office base ideally in Cork, but will need to be flexible to visit the member projects as appropriate

Project Expected Short Term Results (agreed with funder)

  1. New stakeholders will have been identified to work strategically with the Cork & Kerry Traveller Accommodation Working Group and relationships built and common aims identified
  2. New campaign and lobbying strategies and actions to lobby and campaign for better delivery of Traveller accommodation will have been identified and started
  3. All work will be embedded in the Traveller led community development projects who make up the Cork & Kerry Traveller Accommodation Working Group

Medium Term Results Expected

  1. Greater visibility of Traveller accommodation needs in the work of external stakeholders
  2. Media and other analysis on housing and homelessness more likely to include reference to the particular issues facing Travellers.
  3. New campaign actions and tactics will have been identified
  4. Better communication and joint planning between Cork & Kerry Traveller Accommodation Working Group and external stakeholders

Cork & Kerry Regional Traveller Accommodation

The regional Cork & Kerry Traveller Accommodation Working Group was set up in the aftermath of the fatal Carrickmines fire tragedy and in response to the state failure to provide adequate and safe accommodation for the Traveller community nationally, despite massive advocacy work done by Travellers and Traveller organisations.

The group is led by 6 Traveller led community development organisations and focuses on building new coordinated strategic regional responses to the Traveller accommodation crisis by giving visibility to Traveller experiences around accommodation and homelessness and proposing solutions to influence policy and practice.

The organisations that make up the Working Group are Cork Traveller Women's Network, Cork Traveller Visibility Group, West Cork Traveller Project, Travellers of North Cork, East Cork Traveller Project and Kerry Traveller Health & Community Development Project.

The working group complements and strengthens the accommodation support and advocacy work carried out by the local Traveller led community development projects by allowing information exchange, shared analysis and  building shared responses on a range of strategic levels.

Apply by sending a CV and cover letter to: Cork & Kerry Regional Traveller Accommodation Working Group c/o Louise Harrington, Cork Traveller Women's Network, Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, Cork City.

Deadline for applications 28th Feb 2019

Region: 

Cork

Expiry date: 

28/02/19

Date Entered/Updated: 

07/02/19