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Head of Policy - National Women's Council of Ireland

National Women’s Council of Ireland
Job Title:        Head of Policy
Reports to:    Director

Main Purpose of the Job: Lead NWCI’s policy team, advocacy work and support the overall strategic development of the organisation

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Working with the Director and the Management Team to play a strategic role in the on-going development of the NWCI
  • Developing intersectional approaches to women’s lived experiences
  • Deputising for the Director in relation to specified areas in her absence
  • Contributing and supporting Strategic planning processes
  • Identifying and developing income generation opportunities and funding applications, particularly EU transnational projects
  • Co-ordination of strategic Projects
  • Managing and supporting staff
  • Representing NWCI in national and international fora and in the media
  • Developing and maintaining strategic relationships and alliances
  • Contributing to the implementation of NWCI’s Communications Strategy and integration of new IT systems (e.g. CRM)
  • Undertaking policy work in agreed areas
  • Attending monthly support sessions with the Director and producing a monthly work report
  • Performing other tasks as assigned by the Director

Person Specification:
Ideally the candidate will have the following:

Principal Qualifications required:
A 3rd level qualification in social policy, management or related area

At least 3-5 years’ experience in a senior management role in a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) or other relevant sector

Competencies (skills and experience) 

  • Proven ability to develop & manage high performance teams in which there is a high level of accountability and empowerment supported by a culture of transparency and trust.
  • Experience in Strategic planning and organisational development
  • Extensive experience of working with statutory or regulatory bodies with the ability to influence the shaping of Irish government policy.
  • Strong policy development and analysis
  • Experience in developing and writing funding submissions at national and EU levels for large scale projects
  • Experience in programme, project and research management
  • Excellent communication skills verbal and written and ability to build relationships /strategic alliances
  • Ability to communicate complex issues in a clear and accessible manner and to work with diverse audiences
  • Ability to represent the NWCI in policy making fora at national and international levels and in the media


  • Experience in working fora membership organisation 
  • Ability to develop creative approaches to delivering change
  • Very good knowledge and understanding of feminism and intersectional approach to women’s equality issues in Ireland 
  • Excellent IT skills

Personal Qualities

  • Share the values and ethos of National Women’s Council
  • A Clear feminist analysis and understanding of women’s inequality
  • Commitment to social justice and equality for women
  • Commitment to participative processes and ways of working
  • Creativity & innovative approach to problem solving
  • Excellent leadership skills with a proven ability to successful lead and empower teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by strong communication and management abilities 

Apply by application form

The deadline for receipt of applications is 20th October 2017.


Annelies Coghlan