Network Animator: Glencree All-Island Women’s Peacebuilding Network

 

A project of the Glencree Women’s Leadership Programme

(4 Day Week)

Introduction

The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation (www.glencree.ie) is an independent, non-governmental organisation and registered charity. Glencree was founded in 1974 and works to prevent and transform conflict by engaging people in dialogue, and trust and relationship building. As well as sharing our expertise internationally, Glencree delivers the following programmes:

  • Addressing the Legacy of Violence through Facilitated Dialogue
  • Community and Political Dialogue
  • Women’s Leadership
  • Peace Education & Young Adults
  • Southern Voices for Peace
  • Intercultural and Refugee

Glencree is now seeking to fill the new post of Network Animator for it’s All-Island Women’s Peacebuilding Network (WPN) – a project of the Women’s Leadership Programme. The WPN is included as part of a new five-year Strategic Plan currently being finalised by Glencree.

Glencree is an equal opportunity employer and we aim to ensure that job applicants and employees are not discriminated against on the grounds outlined in the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2011 i.e. gender; civil status; family status; sexual orientation; religious belief; age; disability; race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins; membership of the Travelling community.

Glencree All-Island Women’s Peacebuilding Network

Launched in September 2020, the WPN aims to support women, across the generations, as actors in immediate post-conflict peacebuilding and transformation on the island of Ireland or in their conflict-affected country of origin. It aims to support women to engage in policy conversations and decision-making related to women’s needs and rights in the context of peacebuilding and reconciliation. This includes the policy frameworks of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement and its successors; UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security; 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 5 (women and girls’ empowerment) and Goal 16 (peaceful societies); and decision-making at local and other levels. Click here for an overview of the WPN.

About the Network Animator’s role

The Network Animator’s position is offered on an initial 24-month fixed term contract basis with the possibility of renewal, subject to funding.

Glencree is seeking a dynamic, innovative and highly-motivated professional to fulfil the role of Network Animator. This new position was created with the support of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, who fund the post and related activities, and the Reconciliation Fund of the Department of Foreign Affairs, who fund other staff and operational aspects of the Women’s Leadership Programme.

The post-holder will have well-developed skills and experience in outreaching, networking, connecting and bridging relationships between persons, communities, organisations and networks. They will be knowledgeable about the identity, culture, power, gender and faith dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding. They will have knowledge and understanding of public policy relevant to women, and to peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland. They will have a consistent ability to identify and respond to opportunities to support women as peacebuilders across different levels and sectors of society. They will also have professional experience of dealing with politically sensitive issues and being considerate and supportive of persons and situations affected by conflict.

The key responsibilities of the role are detailed below.

Key responsibilities

  • Animate the implementation of the WPN’s annual work plan in a way that aligns to the objectives of the WPN
  • Support the monitoring and reporting on annual implementation plans and the development and implementation of an evaluation framework for the WPN overall
  • Strengthen connections with persons, communities and organisations engaged in the WPN and broaden its reach by engaging new network participants
  • Co-ordinate and facilitate engagement with WPN participants on co-designing a range of Network activities and events
  • Co-ordinate and facilitate regular activities (in-person and online) to build trust and relationships through dialogue and to facilitate issue-based exchanges between WPN members
  • Maintain regular contact and communications with WPN participants
  • Maintain contact with, and service meetings of, the WPN Steering group
  • Support the WPN to respond to emerging needs and in line with Glencree’s strategic objectives
  • Promote and share the profile of, and learnings from, the WPN across Glencree and to relevant stakeholders, with the support of the Communications Co-ordinator and Communications Workgroup
  • Develop and maintain appropriate relationship management and record management systems to support the WPN
  • Administer the WPN in accordance with Glencree’s policies and procedures including risk management, and relevant legislative or regulatory requirements
  • Advise the Programme Manager on opportunities to consolidate and expand the WPN and broader Women’s Leadership Programme
  • Attend events of relevance external to Glencree and participate in/support internal events/activities as required
  • Provide all necessary information to the CEO and Board to meet their requirements
  • Any other duties consistent with the responsibilities of the post as requested by the CEO.

These key responsibilities may change with the needs of the organisation.

 Person specification

Essential

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to outreach, develop and sustain relationships and networks across a range of stakeholders of different backgrounds, particularly those of relevance to the All-Island Women’s Peacebuilding Network
  • Demonstrated capacity to self-organise and self-motivate
  • Demonstrated ability to be both process and results focused
  • At least 2-3 years’ experience of facilitation skills and group dynamics, including recent experience of adapting these skills to virtual online settings
  • Knowledge and understanding of public policy pertaining to violent and political conflict in Northern Ireland and on the island of Ireland
  • Knowledge and understanding of the gender dimensions of violent and political conflict and of peacebuilding
  • Strong strategic thinking and critical judgement skills
  • Strong experience in team building and team working
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills and a high level of IT competency in MS Office
  • Clean driving license and own car or access to private car

Desirable

  • A relevant third level qualification, preferably in social science, community development, gender studies, international development, ethnic studies, politics, peace and conflict studies or related areas
  • Experience of working with women at grassroots level on issues related to conflict such as marginalisation, sectarianism, racism, community relations, post-conflict trauma
  • Knowledge of United Nations and international policy frameworks relevant to gender and conflict
  • Knowledge and experience of programme evaluation

Attitude

  • Practice the values of Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation
  • Flexibility and adaptability to identify or respond to strategic opportunities
  • Openness to working collaboratively

Key terms of employment

  • Contract: Fixed term contract of 24 months, on a 4-day week basis, with the possibility of renewal, subject to funding.
  • Probation: A six-month probation period applies in the first year of the contract.
  • Salary: €34,000-€38,000 pro-rata.
  • Annual leave: 25 days per annum pro-rata.
  • Pension: 5% match-funded employer contribution after successful completion of probation period.
  • Place of work: Glencree’s office is based in the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Glencree, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. The role is based in Glencree with occasional travel. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Glencree complies with government guidelines to work remotely. Future remote working possibilities are under discussion.
  • Travel & subsistence: An expenses reimbursement scheme is in place for approved travel and subsistence.
  • IT: Glencree provides a laptop to the post-holder for their employment tenure.
  • Reporting: The post-holder reports to the Programme Manager of the Women’s Leadership Programme. Occasional administrative assistance is also provided to the Programme by Glencree’s Office and Operations Administrator.

Application Procedure

Applicants will be shortlisted by the interview panel only if applications fully comply with the requirements below:

  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • A supporting statement of no more than 2 pages that demonstrates the candidate’s ability to meet the essential criteria outlined in the person specification above
  • Contact details of two referees (referees will not be contacted at any stage without the candidate’s consent)

Candidates are strongly encouraged to demonstrate their ability to meet the above criteria in their applications for the role.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 5.30 p.m. on the 7th May 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

Applications should be returned to recruitment@glencree.ie ensuring Network Animator is in the email subject heading.

If you wish to submit your application by post, please mark it ‘Private and Confidential’ and send to: Recruitment Network Animator, Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Glencree, Co Wicklow, A98 D635

 Interview date

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 19th May 2021

If you are invited to interview and have particular needs, please let us know in advance of any reasonable accommodations needed to enable you to participate in the interview by contacting Val Kiernan at info@glencree.ie

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