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Public Affairs and Policy Officer

Contract Type Fixed Term
Contract Duration 24 months
Job Location Remote/Camden St, Dublin 2
Job description: 

About Age Action

Age Action is Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people.  Age Action works for a society that enables all older to people to participate and to live full, independent lives. To achieve this, Age Action supports and advocates for equality and human rights for all older people.

Everything we do is based on a recognition of the diversity of identity and situation among older people and a concern for equality for all older people. In addressing ageing, our work includes a concern to influence perspectives on and responses to ageing. This pursuit of equality and human rights is underpinned by our work to promote ageing in place, life‐long learning, and health and wellbeing for older people, empowering them to live as active citizens.

Values-led

Our work is driven by an organisation that is professional in its operations and lives out its values of dignity, participation, diversity, social justice, and professionalism.

The successful candidate will be committed to a values-led approach.

Advocacy & Communications

The Public Affairs and Policy Officer works as part of the Advocacy & Communications team. Age Action engages with the Government, policy-makers, statutory agencies, other advocacy groups and the media to ensure that issues related to ageing and that affect older people are addressed. The advocacy work involves producing evidence-based policy recommendations to inform the development of public policy. Our communications function in the organisation involves working with the media and creating impactful digital and print communications content suitable for a broad stakeholder audience. The team is also responsible for advising and supporting other teams on issues related to policy, research and evaluation in their own work.

The Role

The Public Affairs and Policy Officer reports to the Head of Advocacy and Communications. You will contribute to Age Action’s evidence-based policy positions, ensuring that they are accurate, timely and that they incorporate the voices and lived experience of older people. You will contribute to research on ageing and ageing related issues in line with the priorities set out in our Statement of Strategy.  You will provide support to the Head of Advocacy and Communications, helping to ensure that Age Action’s public communications and advocacy work accurately reflect the organisation’s policies and principles.  You will maintain and build relationships with other organisations, research institutions and key stakeholders, particularly in the ageing sector, to ensure our policy and research is up to date, robust and fully informed. 

Main Duties

General

  • To contribute to evidence-based arguments that will inform and influence public policy, in line with the organisation’s objectives and ensuring that they are shaped by the lived experiences of older people in Ireland
  • To ensure our policy positions are accurate, informed and up to date in relation to the ageing process and the needs of older people, including drawing on international best practice
  • To build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders including elected representatives, Government departments, statutory bodies, academia, funders and non-governmental organisations
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of legislation, policies and research developments affecting older people and relevant to ageing
  • To compile and maintain statistical information in relation to older people and issues that affect them, to inform Age Action’s policies
  • To represent Age Action at events, conferences and in various partnerships and coalitions
  • To support our spokespersons by enabling them to articulate our policy positions in the media and, where appropriate, to serve as a spokesperson.

Key Competencies, Skills and Experience

  • Excellent understanding of public policy development and how it can be influenced with a proven track record in seizing opportunities to inform and influence policy makers to improve laws, policies and services for people
  • Demonstrated aptitude for applying an equality and human rights-based framework to social policy
  • Demonstrated aptitude for accurate and evidence-based writing as well as the ability to present to key decision makers through a range of communications methods
  • Working knowledge of the policy context and political landscape in Ireland with particular reference to how this relates ageing in Ireland
  • Excellent communicator with proven written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Strategic thinker with capacity to see the big picture
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Strong team player with good negotiation, collaborative and leadership skills
  • An ability to work on multiple projects, reprioritise, meet deadlines and secure results.
  • High level of IT competency.

Essential requirements:

  • Masters level qualification in gerontology, social policy, social science, human rights, law, economics or a related discipline
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a policy development or research role
  • Proven experience of policy analysis and/or of undertaking research to inform policy
  • Ability to use data and statistical information to inform analysis.

Desirable requirements

  • Knowledge and experience of working within the community and voluntary sector
  • Knowledge and understanding of current international research on ageing and older people
  • Competency in Irish language.

Conditions of Service

The post of Public Affairs and Policy Officer is a fixed term post for 24 months from date of appointment. A salary commensurate with experience in the region of €34,645 - €42,773 per annum is offered for the post.  Age Action practices a hybrid working model, combining office based working in our offices in Camden Street, Dublin 2 and working remotely. Some travel will be necessary. There will be work outside normal office hours in the evenings and weekends, for which time off in lieu will be provided.

How to Apply: 

Please apply by completing this application form and submitting it along with a CV, noting contact details for two referees by email to: recruitment@ageaction.ie

The deadline for applications is 3pm on Thursday, 24th June 2021.

Interviews will be held during week of 5th July in line with COVID-19 public health guidelines (which may involve video conferencing rather than an in-person interview).

Age Action is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we do not accept discrimination of any kind. We are keen to recruit colleagues with a range of experience, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender re-assignment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status or maternity status.

Closing Date: 
Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 15:00