Support and Communications Officer (Part Time 2 days a week 14.5 hours) – Meningitis Research Foundation

Meningitis Research Foundation: We are a leading Irish, UK and international charity that aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. It is an exciting time for the charity as we expand our reach and impact to meeting the challenges of meningitis and septicaemia wherever they exist in the world.

The candidate: The successful candidate will offer ongoing support to individuals and families who have experienced meningitis and septicaemia. You should be able to demonstrate empathy and experience of handing sensitive content with tact and care. Ideally someone with knowledge in communications to support and promote compelling awareness campaigns in order to influence opinion and decision makers.

Salary: Up to €29,000 (€11,600 pro rata) depending on experience + 6% pension contribution

Location: Dublin


  • Ensure an effective initial response to incidents of the disease, working with the Bristol office to provide information to the public, appropriate liaison with public health experts and the media

  • Work with the colleagues to support individuals and families affected by listening, providing guidance, information and also by signposting them to additional information and services available

  • Act as a point of contact in Ireland for communication with policy and health officials to promote good practice in the management of meningitis and septicaemia

  • Proactively make contact and engage with individuals, schools and companies in response to media reports of cases of meningitis and septicaemia

  • Work with the MRF communications team based in Bristol to support wider charity awareness raising initiatives such as; sharing communication messages and campaigns, conferences and information mailings

  • Give talks or attend in person at events with corporate and high level external stakeholders

  • Represent the charity in local media as required

  • Develop relationships with Community Ambassadors supporting them to be proactive within their community

  • Where volunteers are not available and/or donations are of high value or of strategic significance, attend cheque presentations and collect funds on behalf of MRF

  • Closing Date for Applications
    The application process: Full details and how to apply can be found on our website: The closing date for completed applications by email is 9am 11th February 2019. Interviews will be held on 13th February 2019, please be prepared to attend on this date if shortlisted for interview.