IRD Duhallow: North Cork Rural Community Health Worker

IRD Duhallow

Post of North Cork Rural Community Health Worker

We are seeking applications for 1 X full time (39 hour weekly) position for a duration of 2 years with a 6 month review Location: Duhallow area of North Cork IRD Duhallow, James O Keeffe Institute Newmarket.

Closing Date for receipt of applications: Friday 10th February 2023 @ 5pm.

Job Description:

This is a new and exciting non clinical post for someone who enjoys working with people and groups, has knowledge of the broad range of supports and services provided by community and voluntary organisations and an interest in Community Health and Wellbeing as well as working knowledge and awareness of the social determinants of health.

The post will be managed by IRD Duhallow

The post holder will also have a reporting relationship to the employing organisation in the local area as well as a local steering group comprised of local representation/stakeholders with representatives from CKHC HSE. The posts are funded by CKCH HSE Mental Health Services and are administer and supported through Cork North Community Work Department CKCH HSE.

The overall aim of the post:

The Rural Community Health Work post will form part of a team of rural community health workers across rural areas of North Cork enhancing existing services to support the development and delivery of a Community Health Programme locally inclusive of the organisation and delivery of specific suicide awareness trainings and wellbeing workshops. The areas of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in the rural communities will also be supported by this post.

Suicide Prevention: explores ways of mitigating the risk of suicide in the community i.e. by empowering people to be aware of and encouraged to engage in activities that contribute to their overall mental, physical health and wellbeing.
Suicide Intervention: seeks to inform members of the community with up to date and relevant information in how to access support services for themselves or others who are emotionally vulnerable and maybe having thoughts of suicide – it also includes informing the community of the range of mental health/wellbeing/suicide prevention training modules that are available both face to face and online.
Suicide postvention: offers anyone bereaved or affected by suicide information on the supports available i.e. via the (SBLO service) – Suicide Bereavement Liaison service – Samaritans etc. ‘Lighting the Way’ bereavement resource – postvention also seeks to prepare professionals in the local area by the establishment of designated postvention network that would work together to create a localised postvention policy that is enacted after a critical incident has taken place – the formation of this postvention network is supported by targeted online postvention training for designated and established groups – to support the community in the aftermath of suspected suicide.

Principle areas of responsibility:

Development of a series of health focused initiatives in partnership with local community, organisations, steering group etc as per the needs of the local community and population groups.
Organise/delivery of a range of specific training programmes related to Suicide Awareness/Intervention/post-vention work/health and wellbeing support workshops (training will be provided and a training plan agreed at steering group meetings)
Liaise with other CHWs and projects in terms of shared learning and development of best practice models.
Disseminate accurate information on accessing support services and locally when needed.
To establish and maintain effective liaison with stakeholders including health services (e.g Health & Social care professionals, GPs , PHN, Community Mental Health Teams etc ), voluntary, social and education resources, attending relevant meetings as necessary and engaging with Community Health Network Structures as appropriate.
Work closely with the service steering group which will include Provision of comprehensive reports, completion of data tracking at quarterly steering group meetings.
Adhere to confidentiality and information sharing protocols at all times
Introduce and work with local key community partners on the establishment of the post-vention network (further information will be provided)

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post-holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time-to-time.

Person Specification

Age: The lower age limit applying to this post is 18 years. The upper age limit for this competition is 65 years. (In accordance with current legislation).
Any candidate, who reaches the age of 65 years prior to appointment, will cease to be eligible and therefore, will not be appointed to the post.
Professional Qualifications Experience and Eligibility: A relevant qualification in the area of Community Work/Community Development/Community Education/Community Mental Health & Wellbeing e.g. a certificate, diploma or degree in Youth and Community Work / Community Education. OR
At least two years’ experience relevant to the post with a good standard of education (both formal and informal education/training considered)

Essential Requirements


  • Facilitation skills with individuals and groups
  • Report Writing.
  • Good Research Skills.
  • Good I.T. Skills.
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Planning & Evaluation of work
  • Team working and working on own initiative.
  • Access to own transport & full clean drivers licence (employer indemnity will be required).


  • Experience and knowledge of community based programmes and experience of facilitation & group work.
  • Knowledge of social determinants of health
  • Knowledge of and experience of networking with voluntary, community & statutory agencies
  • Experience of working across a range of groups and age ranges.
  • Knowledge of issues/factors affecting poor and positive mental health.
  • Knowledge of the benefits of life-long learning/adult education.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and on developing projects.
  • Values: The suitable candidate will demonstrate a commitment to community development approaches to practise/social inclusion/social justice/anti discriminatory practise and essentially be a kind approachable person who can work with all types of person and groups.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • Tenure The current vacancy is to fill a Community Health Work post in IRD Duhallow area. A panel may be created from which permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full/part-time duration may be filled.
  • Working Hours: 1 x 39 hour post/ Evening and weekend working may be required from time to time. Remuneration: Annual Salary Scale €32,000 - €38,000 in line with relevant experience and qualifications applied to the 39 hour weekly position
  • Annual Leave: The annual leave associated with the post will be informed by the employing organisation
  • Probation: All appointments shall be subject to a probationary period of 6 months

Application Process

Applications can be submitted by email to or posted to IRD Duhallow James O Keeffe Institute Newmarket Cork by 5pm Fri 10th Feb 2023

  • CV and cover letter will be required
  • Shortlisting process will apply
  • 3 Referees will be required with details to be supplied with application.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
25th Jan, 2023
Co Cork
Expiry Date
10th Feb, 2023