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Spirasi: Befriending Officer (Secondment Cover) Part Time


Befriending Officer (Secondment Cover) Part Time – 2 days/Week Contract Spirasi is a humanitarian, intercultural NGO which provides holistic rehabilitation services to survivors of torture and their families who are seeking international protection or are refugees. We want to recruit a Befriending Officer who will work with our Befriending Coordinator to further develop and expand the befriending programme in line with the current strategy and within the holistic rehabilitative model in Spirasi. Befriending is a one-to-one supported relationship between a Spirasi client and a trained volunteer. By building social and community relations, befriending helps to rebuild the trust damaged by interpersonal trauma, supports with the integration process, and helps to reduce the isolation and loneliness often experienced by refugees and International Protection Applicants. Person Specification Essential Requirements:

  • Relevant Third level qualification in Social Science, or other related area

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent ability to work well, individually, and as part of a team

  • Excellent organizational skills, multi-tasking skills and the ability work on own initiative

  • A proven track record of organizing successful events

  • Proven admin or assistant experience

  • Experience of working with people seeking international protection and from refugee backgrounds, culturally competent

  • Strong proficiency in use of IT and standard software packages

  • Excellent self-care and awareness of importance of boundaries

  • A suitable workspace if working remotely

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of Irish health, education, social welfare and legal systems in relation both to those seeking and having received protection in the Irish State.

  • Excellent ability to represent, to advocate and to network

  • Proficiency in a second and/or other languages

  • Experience in working in a multidisciplinary health care setting

Please send both a CV and a no-more-than-one page Letter of Motivation stating how your skills and experience match the requirements of the post via email to recruitment@spirasi.ie with the subject line reading “Befriending Officer”. Enquiries: To Magdalena tel. 01-8389664 or email recruitment@spirasi.ie Closing Date: Monday 21st of August Start Date: Mid- September Interview Date: TBC; most likely week commencing 4th of September Rate: €36,000 per annum, pro-rata Contract: Secondment Cover- One-year fixed Term- Part Time Career portal: https://spirasi.ie/jobs-and-careers/ Job Description Title: Befriending Officer – Part Time Reports to: Befriending Coordinator Relationship to other roles: Member of a multi-disciplinary team including psychosocial officers, therapists, teachers, and physicians Work Schedule: 14 hours per week Contract Type: Secondment Cover- 1-year Fixed Term- Part Time Rate of Pay: €36,000, Pro-rata Location: Spirasi, 213 North Circular Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7 and remotely Travel: This post will involve some domestic travel within Ireland and occasional meetings. Travel and expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate Spirasi rates. Main Purpose of Role Assist the current befriending team in further developing and expanding the befriending programme in line with current strategy and within the holistic rehabilitative model in Spirasi. Duties and Responsibilities Befriending Group Sessions

  • Assist in setting up befriending group support sessions and volunteer led English language classes

  • Assist in determining which of the referred clients will be suitable for befriending group support sessions

  • Organize and moderate befriending group sessions

  • Collect feedback from clients after each session

Befriending Events

  • Plan and organize a range of befriending events such as international volunteer day, trips, workshops, meetings, and conferences- in accordance with financial and time restrains

  • Manage the overall relevant operations including: booking venues, sending invitations, researching vendors, booking catering, etc…

  • Liaise with vendors, exhibitors, and stakeholders during the event planning process to ensure everything is in order

  • Oversee the execution of the befriending events and act quickly to resolve any issues

  • Evaluate the events’ success and submit relevant reports

Admin Support

  • Provide administrative support during befriending volunteer’s recruitment process, including submitting Garda Vetting request and collecting references.

  • Provide other relevant administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the befriending program

Meetings

  • Attend multidisciplinary meetings as required including monthly clinical team meeting, psychosocial & befriending team meetings

  • Attend monthly multidisciplinary supervision

  • Attend All Staff meetings

Reporting

  • Ensure all significant interventions with befrienders and befriendees are logged on Salesforce database so that accurate reporting can be carried out as required

  • Contribute to the ongoing development and delivery of a monthly activity report for befriending

  • Assist in data collection, and writing of monthly team report, reports for funders, and annual Impact Report

Training and Supervision

  • Available to participate in training provided by Spirasi

  • Active engagement in a process of self-care

Person Specification Essential Requirements:

  • Relevant Third level qualification in Social Science, or other related area

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent ability to work well, individually, and as part of a team

  • Excellent organizational skills, multi-tasking skills and the ability work on own initiative

  • A proven track record of organizing successful events

  • Proven admin or assistant experience

  • Experience of working with people seeking international protection and from refugee backgrounds, culturally competent

  • Strong proficiency in use of IT and standard software packages

  • Excellent self-care and awareness of importance of boundaries

  • A suitable workspace if working remotely

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of Irish health, education, social welfare and legal systems in relation both to those seeking and having received protection in the Irish State.

  • Excellent ability to represent, to advocate and to network

  • Proficiency in a second and/or other languages

  • Experience in working in a multidisciplinary health care setting

This job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities and qualifications for the position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or they may be required to do either now or in the future Spirasi is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Date Entered/Updated: 2nd Aug, 2023 Expiry Date: 21st Aug, 2023 Region: Dublin 7

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