National Traveller Women’s Forum: Peer Support Worker (Part-Time)

National Traveller Women’s Forum

The National Traveller Women’s Forum invite’s applications for the part-time position of Peer Support Worker with Traveller women prisoners in the Dóchas centre.

Two days a week subject to annual funding.

National Traveller Women’s Forum (NTWF) is a national network of Irish Traveller women and organisations working to address intersectional discrimination against Traveller women in Irish society.

The key areas of work for the peer-support worker would include:

  • To maintain and develop the Traveller Women’s peer support group in the Dóchas Centre
  • To plan and facilitate twice weekly peer-support group meetings for Traveller women in Dóchas.
  • To produce a monthly newsletter and disseminate in the Dóchas Centre
  • To participate in the advisory group Traveller Women in Prison that includes: a representative from the prison, the peer facilitator/s, a representative from the group and relevant others to address issues emerging
  • Ongoing liaison with prison and mainstream service providers and key stakeholders including local Traveller organisations to raise awareness about the issues for Traveller women in prison and to advocate for necessary changes in policy and practice to improve the women’s life chances.
  • Liaison with Travellers Justice Initiative (TJI) network to share learning, information, updates, issues emerging and strategising under priority areas.
  • Document the learning and provide regular updates to NTWF and TJI network.
  • Organise seminar and other necessary events to develop and share learning

Personal Specification:

Qualifications and Experience required:

The successful candidate will be expected to have a relevant qualification in Community Development or Equality & Human Rights and or 2 years’ experience working in a Traveller Community development organisation or other relevant Community development organisation and can demonstrate experience in using an anti-racism, community development and interculturalism approach. We particularly welcome applications from the Traveller community.


  • Motivated and committed to using the principles of community development to achieve full equality for Traveller women and their community
  • Non-judgmental approach
  • Excellent communication interpersonal skills
  • Good report writing skills
  • Ability to build strategic relationships and work with a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to engage and liaise effectively with potential and current funders
  • Work on own initiative and as part of team


Salary will be €40,600 pro rata based on a 2-day working week.
This post is funded through the Irish Prison Service and is subject to annual funding, commencing in April and ending in March the following year.


Send your competed application with a cover letter outlining your interest in the post for the attention of the NTWF chairperson to:

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 11th October 2022 by 5pm.

Shortlisting will apply, and successful applicants will be called for interview the week beginning shortly thereafter.

Please do not send a C.V. it will not be considered.

Please provide a contact number in your application.

Any queries or questions please contact Edel Cunningham 087 4503233.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
21st Sep, 2022
Expiry Date
11th Oct, 2022