UNICEF Ireland: Rights Respecting Schools Coordinator

UNICEF Ireland


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfil their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF is the world’s largest children’s humanitarian organisation.

Rights Respecting Schools Coordinator

UNICEF Ireland’s Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is an innovative and creative programme that aims to embed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in the ethos and practice of schools. The vision of the Programme is that all children in Ireland learn in a rights respecting school community where the CRC is fully embedded in values and practice. We are looking for a Coordinator to lead the programme with a particular focus on the delivery of EU-funded project.

Supported by UNICEF's Advocacy and Education Manager, you will manage the growth and development of the Rights Respecting Schools Award, working with schools and educational stakeholders across Ireland. A confident and results focused individual, you will have some experience of managing projects. You will also be an advocate for children’s rights, demonstrating a strong commitment to the CRC.

UNICEF Ireland’s RRSA Programme supports primary and secondary schools across Ireland to embed children’s rights in their ethos and culture. The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. It recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential. A rights-respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.

As RRSA Coordinator, you will support existing RRSA schools to achieve and maintain their Rights Respecting status and promote the award to new schools across Leinster and Munster. As the programme coordinator you will lead the development, design and implementation of RRSA linking in with Child Rights Education experts from across the UNICEF international network as part of an ambitious EU funded project.

The successful applicant will have the following essential responsibilities;

  • Educated to degree level or alternative long-term work record
  • Accountable for the promotion, development and growth of RRSA in Ireland.
  • Ensure high quality services and advice are provided to schools.
  • Lead, manage and deliver on deliverables to time and quality as set out in our EU project.
  • Build positive relationships with key stakeholders in schools and other relevant organisations.
  • Deliver in person and virtual training and advice sessions to teachers and students in schools.
  • Lead the collaborative inhouse development of high quality, age appropriate child rights resources for children and teachers involved in the programme in both primary and secondary schools.
  • Support UNICEF’s Child Rights on the development of common resources to be shared across UNICEF’s global Child Rights Education network.

The full job specification for this role can be downloaded from this page (see below).

To apply please submit your CV & a cover letter via email to:

UNICEF Ireland Advocacy and Education Manager, Vivienne Parry
Email: vivienne@unicef.ie

Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday December 2nd 2020, with interviews to take place from the week beginning 7th December.

UNICEF Ireland is committed to adhering to the highest standards of child protection and child safeguarding. UNICEF reserves the right not to employ staff or engage volunteers or other representatives who are deemed to pose or potentially pose a risk to the protection of children, to the full extent permitted by law. Additionally, all candidates must sign UNICEF Ireland’s Child Protection Policy & Procedures before commencing employment, engaging as a volunteer, intern, consultant or representative of UNICEF Ireland.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
19th Nov, 2020
Dublin / Remotely
Expiry Date
2nd Dec, 2020