UISCE: Peer Support Worker



The UISCE Team is seeking to recruit a ‘Peer Support Worker’ to work in conjunction with the community of people who use drugs, to ensure the human rights/civil liberties of PWUD’S are protected within addiction and homeless services. The primary responsibility of the peer worker will be to work with the team to identify, engage and work with people who use drugs to ensure their human rights are protected when accessing services.


UISCE is the National Advocacy for people who use drugs in Ireland based in Dublin North-Inner City. UISCE advocates for the rights of people who use drugs in Ireland where decisions that impact their lives are being made at local, regional and national level.

UISCE engages with people who use drugs through peer-led outreach, as well as one to one advocacy support, provides harm reduction information, facilitates overdose response training and, overall, works to empower the voices of people who use drugs in Ireland.

Role description

Reporting to the Peer Support Lead and the Coordinator, the Peer Support Worker (PSW) provides kind, non-judgmental access to advocacy and support in efforts to reduce stigma, barriers to care and support client empowerment and basic human rights. The Peer Support Worker works with peer volunteers to develop creative approaches to peer support, and to collaborate with external community harm reduction providers (needle exchange staff, other outreach teams, etc).

The PSW provides support and advocacy from a harm reduction perspective in order to promote well-being and safety. A role of the PSW will be to promote safer drug use techniques and may include response to opioid overdose. The PSW will also provide relational support, education and referral information for other health and well-being services as requested. The PSW, if not already trained, will be trained in Naloxone administration and overdose awareness.

Main duties


  • Recruitment of volunteers for the peer led outreach team.
  • Supporting the Outreach Team.
  • Collating information and reporting to Coordinator.


  • Identifying gaps in knowledge within the community where UISCE can support service providers and PWUD with information and training.
  • Developing relevant educational materials.
  • Organise training sessions.
  • Co-facilitate training sessions.

Engagement with the community

  • Support the community (including PWUD, people who use services and service providers) to promote communications through Service Users (SU) Forums within services.
  • Attend SU Forum sessions and empower attendees to identify needs.
  • Promote the inclusion of PWUD in decision making spaces (TF, forums, expert groups, etc).


  • Support the advocacy needs of PWUD through 1:1 support, liaison with relevant stakeholders and agencies.


  • Liaise and network with relevant statutory, community and voluntary agencies.
  • Establish working relationships with service providers to ensure a clear line of communication.
  • Supporting the community of PWUD through advocacy.
  • Provide training as agreed with line management.
  • Undertake training as agreed with line management.

Conditions of employment

  • 12-month fixed term contract
  • The salary will be €30,913 for 37 hours per week.
  • The PSW will be based at the UISCE Team office, 8 Cabra Road, Dublin 7.

Skills and qualities

Many forms of education and experience are valued, including volunteering, education and experience requirements could include:

  • Two years of recent, related work experience with an emphasis on substance use, mental health, addictions, homelessness and/or social services, including one years’ experience in an advocate, peer support and/or outreach role.
  • Lived experience and an understanding of the issues surrounding the community of people who use drugs.
  • Experience of working in a ‘one to one’ setting and group facilitation.
  • Good understanding of goals and actions of Ireland’s National Drug Strategy: “Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery”, especially in regards to harm reduction and Service User Involvement.
  • Good understanding of Local and Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force structures in Ireland.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification (this can be obtained post-hire and should not be a barrier to applying).
  • Proficient in a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access).
  • Experience in leading or training groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Organised, punctual, and reliable.
  • Experience with volunteering.

Support and supervision

  • The peer worker will be expected to engage with the Coordinator for ongoing support and supervision. Successful candidates may be required to complete in-house training to ensure that they are equipped with the core competencies and skills necessary to carry out the role of Peer Support Worker.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your qualifications & experience by email to: chair@myuisce.org

Please ensure to include ‘Application for UISCE Peer Worker’ in the subject line of your email. Applications not labelled correctly may fail to be shortlisted. For more information about the role please contact chair@myuisce.org

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 10th March 2021

Interviews are expected to take place in March/April.

UISCE will acknowledge receipt of all applications.

UISCE reserves the right to review and amend this job description as appropriate.

UISCE is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political or religious conviction, gender, or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
23rd Feb, 2021
Dublin 7
Expiry Date
10th Mar, 2021