Monday, 10 October 2016

Cork City PPN seek Resource Worker

For your information, see advert for new Cork City PPN Resource Worker, now being advertised. Please feel free to forward to anyone you feel may be interested

Cork City Public Participation Network
& Cork Volunteer Centre


PPN Resource Worker

Cork City Public Participation Network is recruiting a Resource Worker to support the PPN Secretariat. The position will be a full-time, temporary post for an initial period of one year, subject to renewal. The successful candidate will be employed by, and operate within, the team structure of Cork Volunteer Centre and will report to the Secretariat of the Public Participation Network.
The primary role of the PPN Resource Worker is to support the Secretariat to develop the PPN as the main structure through which Cork City Council engages with the community, voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors in Cork. The Resource Worker will be a strongly motivated person, with a strong sense of commitment to the ideas and values inherent in the work of the PPN and that of Cork Volunteer Centre.
The ideal candidate should have:
-          Experience of working in the Community / Voluntary Sector (3-5 years)
-          Relevant 3rd level qualification or substantial work experience in a relevant area 
-          Experience of building, managing and nurturing partnerships, inter-agency fora and relationships across a wide range of key stakeholders
-          Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
-          Experience in working with groups to identify training needs and facilitating provision of relevant training
-          Project and budgetary management experience & ability to manage multiple projects at once

-          High level of ICT literacy, including experience in the use of social media
-          Capacity to support and take direction from a voluntary management group (PPN Secretariat)
-          Willingness to work flexible and occasionally anti-social hours and to travel to PPN meetings
-          Must be willing to submit to Garda vetting if required
-          Have full, clean driving licence or capacity for active travel (e.g. cycling)

Salary will be in line with Local Authority Grade 5 salary scale, €40,000 to €48,000, based on candidate skills and experience.

Please see below the job description and person specification, 
Applications will only be accepted on the application form.
The closing date for receipt of fully completed application forms is 5pm, Tuesday, November 1st. Application forms will be accepted by email to recruitmentcork@ppn.ie
Shortlisting of candidates may apply. Interviews will be held on Wednesday, November 9th

For further information, call Sinéad 087-2377282. 
Cork City Public Participation Network

PPN Resource Worker

Job Description and Person Specification


Cork Public Participation Network is recruiting a Resource Worker to support the PPN Secretariat. The position will be a full-time temporary post for an initial period of one year, subject to renewal. The successful candidate will be employed by, and operate within the team structure of, Cork Volunteer Centre and will report to the Secretariat of the Public Participation Network.

Objectives of the PPN:
·         Facilitate the participation and representation of communities in a fair, equitable and transparent manner on Council decision-making bodies, through the environmental, social inclusion and community & voluntary sectors.
·         Provide relevant information on policy formation and public consultation processes to environmental, social inclusion and community & voluntary groups.
·         Strengthen the capacity of groups and organisations to contribute positively to the community and City in which they reside / participate.

The Resource Worker will be expected to:
a) Support the PPN Secretariat and membership in planning and achieving PPN outcomes

b) Convene and facilitate PPN Secretariat, Plenary, Sector and Linkage Group meetings, and facilitate the implementation of PPN activities and decisions between meetings

c)   Facilitate effective communication between PPN members, and between members and the Secretariat.  In this regard, maintain the PPN database of organisations and manage the PPN website

d)     Promote membership of the PPN and support members to engage effectively with the PPN by identifying and organising capacity building and training opportunities

e)  Co-ordinate the nomination and election of PPN representatives onto Council and other committees. Develop systems which enable these representatives to link with PPN members and to represent them in a fair and accountable manner

f)  Network and collaborate with the Council and other relevant bodies to develop the PPN as the reference point for environmental, community, voluntary and social inclusion policy formation in the City

g)  Co-ordinate and prepare PPN submissions to public consultations, working with all stakeholders to ensure meaningful and inclusive processes

h)  Manage the day to day workings of the PPN, including administration, annual budget, policies and procedures

i)  Source funding for the ongoing development of the PPN and manage any projects arising from such funding

j)   Liaise and collaborate with other PPNs in the region and nationally

k)  Develop and implement an evaluation framework for the PPN to support its strategic development and continuous improvement
     
l)   Undertake and/or co-ordinate occasional research on issues that may be of interest to the membership of the PPN

n) Any other reasonable duties which may be requested in furtherance of these aims


Resource Worker Specification
To carry out this developmental role any prospective candidate would be expected to meet a significant number of these required competencies:
-          Experience of working in the Community / Voluntary Sector (3-5 years);
-          Relevant 3rd level qualification or substantial work experience in a relevant area 
-          Experience of building, managing and nurturing partnerships, inter-agency fora and relationships across a wide range of key stakeholders; 
-          Excellent communication skills (written and verbal);
-          Experience in working with groups to identify training needs and facilitating provision of relevant training;
-          Project and budgetary management experience & ability to manage multiple projects at once;
-          High level of ICT literacy, including experience in the use of social media;
-          Capacity to work with and take direction from a voluntary management group, i.e. PPN Secretariat;
-          Willingness to work flexible and occasionally anti-social hours and to travel to PPN meetings;
-          Must be willing to submit to Garda vetting if required;
-          Have a full, clean driving licence, or capacity for active travel (e.g. cycling)

Candidates who cannot meet all of these criteria will be considered if they can demonstrate suitability for the role.

A number of additional competencies are considered desirable:
-          Knowledge of local government systems, particularly the operation of participatory structures and public policy development within local government
-          Experience of carrying out and/or managing research activities to assess and measure the impact of the PPN


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