Barnardos: National Policy Manager


Ireland’s leading children’s charity is recruiting:
Barnardos was established in 1962. We work with vulnerable children and their families and campaign for the rights of all children.

National Policy Manager– Dublin 8 with travel nationally as required

Contract Type: Fulltime (37 hrs) and Permanent
Salary: €55,432 - €78,484 DOE

What will the National Policy Manager do?

Reporting to the Chief Executive, this standalone role will develop and drive our policy positions to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.

The successful candidate will have an awareness of the policy context and political landscape in Ireland with particular reference to how this relates to vulnerable children and their families.

You will have a proven track record of collecting, organising and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information (internal and external) for use in creating policy positions and communication materials which will be centred around our work with vulnerable children and families.

You will be able to demonstrate an aptitude for accurate and evidence-based writing as well as the ability to present to key decision makers through a range of communications methods.

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent understanding of public policy development and how it can be influenced.
  • Excellent communicator with proven written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Strategic thinker with capacity to see big picture.
  • Capacity to understand and empathise with vulnerable children and families and sensitive to their rights.
  • Creative, dynamic person with ability to work on own initiative.
  • Strong team player with good negotiation, collaborative and leadership skills.
  • An ability to work on multiple projects, reprioritise, meet deadlines and secure results.
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage competing priorities and maintain a professional approach.
  • High level of IT competency


A minimum of 5 years’ experience in:

  • Strategic policy development, preferably within a social policy environment.
  • Developing and executing policy development with clearly identifiable outcomes.
  • Engagement with policy and decision makers and maintaining relevant relationships.
  • Experience and understanding of the health and social services sector in general, is essential
  • A background in childhood development, family support and child protection, in line with Barnardos’ practice is desirable.


  • A relevant 3rd level professional qualification in an appropriate discipline.

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Closing date: 5pm, Friday 22nd January 2020

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
7th Jan, 2021
Dublin 8
Expiry Date
22nd Jan, 2021