Respond: Integration Project Worker

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Job Title: Integration Project Worker

Terms and Conditions

This position is full-time 39 hours per week. It is one-year fixed term contract and is subject to a six-month probation period.
Hours of Work 39 hours per week
Location: Abbeyleix / Portlaoise

Project Objective

A more integrated and balanced society throughout Co Laois whereby migrants, asylum seekers and refugees feel equal and valued members of the local community and can contribute to local mainstream services including training and education, voluntary, employment and youth services.

Intended Outcomes

  • The provision of an immigrant support service in Co. Laois
  • To support asylum seekers in their transition from direct provision
  • To advance the capacity of service users, and service providers through a range of measures to assist harmonious and cohesive integration

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To establish a drop-in advice, information clinic(s) in Laois to support refugees, asylum seekers and other migrant communities in the County
  • Through the clinics to provide advice and support on rights, entitlements, access to local education, training, leisure, social and community services
  • To develop a range of initiatives and activities to promote the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the local community
  • To recruit and train a group of local volunteers to advance integration in the long term
  • To provide outreach and supports to residents of the Direct Provision and Emergency Centres
  • To support refugees who are transitioning from Direct Provision and develop a mentoring/befriending project to support their transition in the local community
  • To identify other resources that will support the development and integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
  • To record issues arising, responses, gaps, and challenges both for the service providers and service users, and the solutions for future learning.
  • To support and advance the activities of Respond
  • To work towards the implementation of the Laois Integration Strategy
  • To support the monitoring of the Integration Strategy for County Laois and in partnership work with all relevant stakeholders
  • To provide intercultural awareness for service providers and other front-line staff
  • To organise training and capacity building programmes for services users

Other Duties

  • To attend and contribute to monthly support meetings and monthly team meetings.
  • To maintain accurate and up-to-date records of all work.
  • Provide written reports to the Project Steering Committee
  • To contribute to quarterly and annual Project funder reports
  • To maintain strict confidentiality of personal information and adhere to Respond policies and procedures in this regard.
  • To undertake additional tasks and responsibilities which may arise from time to time and which are relevant to the post.
  • To carry out duties and responsibilities with due regard to Equal Opportunities legislation and diversity policies.
  • To work evenings and weekends as required and agreed for which time off in lieu can be taken



  • Hold a recognised qualification in Community Development, Social Science or other relevant discipline
  • At least two years’ work experience of working with diverse communities in a community development setting


  • Understanding and appreciation of the issues and needs confronting refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Ireland and particularly those who are at risk of social exclusion, poverty and discrimination
  • An understanding and knowledge of the rights, entitlements and obligations of persons dependent on State supports is essential.
  • Knowledge of different cultures, customs and traditions
  • Experience in group facilitation and ability to design and deliver a range of capacity building programmes
  • Experience of designing and delivering intercultural awareness training
  • An ability to engage with service providers on matters of service provision
  • An understanding and knowledge of the local development sector and local authorities, HSE, other local agencies and service providers, government departments, elected representatives, funding bodies


  • Commitment to human rights-based approaches, particularly as they affect refugees, asylum seekers and migrants
  • Must be self-motivated, be able to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Reliability and strong commitment to the role
  • Strong interpersonal and communications (written, oral and presentation) skills
  • Organisational liaison skills, including the ability to negotiate, establish and retain good relations with a range of stakeholders
  • Competency in a range of computer packages including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Budgeting, financial management and cost control skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to have a flexible approach to working
  • Full clean driver’s license and access to car

Supervision and Management

The worker will be employed by Respond and based in Abbeyleix / Portlaoise. The worker will report directly to David Parslow, Family Support & Special Services Manager

To apply:

Please email CV and cover letter clearly stating which position is being applied for.

Closing date for applications is close of business on Wednesday 8th July 2020.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
23rd Jun, 2020
Co Laois
Expiry Date
8th Jul, 2020