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Job Opportunities: IHRC Human Rights Education Project

The IHRC has advertised for two positions on human rights education:

  • Project Co-Ordinator
  • Assistant Co-ordinator

See www.ihrc.ie for more details.


(Funded by Atlantic Philanthropies)

Established under the Human Rights Commission Acts 2000 & 2001, the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has a wide ranging remit to promote and protect human rights as defined in international agreements to which Ireland is a party and in the Irish Constitution.

The IHRC human rights education project funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies aims to provide targeted human rights education to civil and public servants in the justice sector. The project aims to provide these stakeholders, in the short term, with increased awareness of applicable human rights standards and increased capacity to conduct internal training. The Project will achieve its aims through (1) the provision of targeted human rights education training for certain sectors of the civil and public service (2) the creation of a human rights education handbook for civil and public servants in the ‘justice sector’ and provision of initial training for trainers on the handbook. The duration of the project is 16 months.

The IHRC is now seeking 1 Project Co-ordinator and 1 Assistant Co-ordinator to work with current staff of the IHRC taking direction of IHRC Director of Research, Policy and Promotion, under the authority of the Chief Executive.


The IHRC is seeking responses from highly qualified candidates interested in implementing this project as part of a project team. Applicants will need to meet the following essential criteria:

  • A degree in law, education, humanities, or the social sciences, or other qualification which is acceptable to the Commission as being at least equivalent to a degree in any of the aforementioned subjects and relevant to the duties of the position
  • A strong knowledge of Irish and international human rights standards and mechanisms
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Experience of developing training and educational materials on human rights or related subjects
  • Experience of using participatory training methodologies
  • Experience of preparing, organising and delivering education and training courses on human rights or related subjects
  • Ability to manage one’s own work effectively, to use own initiative and be self-motivated
  • Ability to oversee and to evaluate the work of others
  • Excellent communications and writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team
  • Experience of managing staff
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Sound judgement and integrity
  • At least 8 years satisfactory experience of relevance to the duties associated with the position


The IHRC is also seeking responses from highly qualified candidates interested in the contract of Project Officer. Applicants will need to meet the following essential criteria:

  • a primary degree in education, law, social science or a related discipline
  • Good knowledge of human rights and international law
  • Experience in providing research support in relation to education and training initiatives in human rights related fields
  • Some experience in an education and/or training field related to human rights
  • Strong research, writing and organisational skills
  • Some experience of event management
  • Be a ‘self-starter’ who is enthusiastic about the promotion of human rights and can operate with limited direction / supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team
  • Sound judgement and integrity
  • Strong word processing skills and familiarity with the internet

Respondents should have experience relevant to the duties associated with the position.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide evidence of how she or he meets these criteria.

Both contracts will be awarded on the basis of a 16 month contract for services.  The successful contractors will not be members of staff of either the IHRC or Atlantic Philanthropies.

Letter of application with comprehensive CV, marked ‘Human Rights Education Project’ to Kirsten Roberts, Director Research Policy and Promotion at info@ihrc.ie by 5 January 2010.

More details can be found by following the below links:

Contract Specification for Project Co-ordinator.doc (58 KB)

Contract Specification for Assistant Co-ordinator.doc (47 KB)

  1. Tomboktu
    December 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Does it strike anybody here as peculiar that a state agency has turned to a private foundation to fund its work? (What next: the Gates Foundation Job Seeker Payment?)

  2. Gavinicus
    December 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Yes, it is unusual and also, technically one would imagine, the Commission is acting without its powers, as the Commission’s legislation, the Human Rights Commission Act, 2000 & 2001, is quite clear that the funding of the Commission is to come from monies voted by the Oireachtas withe the consent of both the Ministers for Justice and Finance. Now, I can’t see the State taking issue with it as the Commission would, without doubt, point to the fact that it would be unable to do anything proactive, due to the Government’s decision to cut it’s funding, without assistance from Atlantic Philanthropies. However, I think it a retrograde development.

  3. December 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    To be fair, it’s only funding one element or one project. This is not that unusual and I’m not sure it raises any particular issues in terms of bias etc… especially as Atlantic have a long record of funding human rights education projects both sides of the border. It is somewhat unfortunate, of course, if ‘a state agency’ is forced to acquire external funding for its activities. The IHRC is a particular kind of state agency though isn’t it? Funded by the state but independent–it’s not like, for example, the prison service getting external funding for prison education. I’d be interested to hear some more about the concerns that you guys hold on this?

  4. Tomboktu
    December 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    My concern is that be accepting funding for s specific project, the IHRC is indirectly ceding part of its independence. Instead of taking its funding from the State and deciding how to divide that up across all of the possible activities it might undertake, it is now in a position where a funder has set a priority for an activity that the IHRC should undertake,

  5. Gavinicus
    December 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm


    I would develop upon Tomboktu’s point. There undoubtedly, would have been discussion as between the IHRC and Atlantic as to where they would most likely invest. Now I know human rights education has been something that was undeveloped by the IHRC, due to funding, but, it gives rise to speculation about an outside organisation setting the IHRC’s priority spending areas. Put it this way, if the IHRC wanted to do something that Atlantic had no interest in, it would not have been done.

    I would still maintain that the Commission is acting ultra vires by accepting funding in such a matter. The legislation is clear. Funding is through both ministers by vote of the Oireachtas and in no other way. I accept that the Commission is, in ways, slightly sui generis, but the legislation is very akin in construction to any other statutory body.

  1. December 16, 2009 at 10:56 pm

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