Ireland: Senior Policy Officer

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Organization: Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Justice
Country: Ireland
Closing date: 30 Oct 2015

The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, a not for profit organisation, based in Ireland, is looking for a staff member to join its team to assist with informing and implementing its activities to achieve climate justice in the fields of international development, climate change and human rights.

The post holder will be employed on a 12 month contract commencing January 2016 to work as part of a team, to ensure that the Foundation’s strategies, projects and activities are timely, robust and effective.

How we work

The Foundation works with a range of stakeholders including governments, multilateral and national agencies, civil society and non-governmental and grassroots practitioners. The Foundation employs a number of key strategies to achieve its goals, namely thought leadership, convening and bridging.

In the next Strategic Plan the Foundation will continue to work on human rights and climate change as a cornerstone of climate justice. Building on its success to date the Foundation will continue activities in bridging the climate change and human rights communities and championing rights based approaches to climate action. In addition the Foundation will work to raise awareness of the plight of climate displaced people and identify and promote stronger rights protections and options for legal status. The post holder will support the delivery of this work as part of a team to inform and implement project activities identified in the strategic Plan 2016-2018.


  • Analyse and support the development of overarching policy influencing strategies and actions to support the delivery of Foundation’s Strategic Plan
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of activities in relation to the Foundation’s work on climate displaced people and human rights and climate change
  • As appropriate, maintain and develop active networks in established priority areas for the Foundation’s work; and foster and maintain relationships with key personnel in identified partner organisations
  • Draft position and policy papers on relevant thematic areas that will inform stakeholders whom the Foundation seeks to influence
  • Develop and maintain a brief on current and emerging global and regional policy issues in relation to climate justice
  • Carry out other appropriate duties assigned by Senior Management.

Qualifications and experience

  • A third level qualification ideally in environmental or human rights law; other relevant qualifications may be considered. A post graduate degree is desirable
  • Minimum of 3 years relevant work experience at senior level required preferably at the intersection human rights and one of the following: i) climate change/environment; and ii) development/international affairs
  • Experience in drafting speeches, reports and position papers
  • Experience of international human rights law and multilateral institutions essential
  • Good knowledge of and experience in the promotion and protection of human rights
  • Proven success in developing professional networks and collaborating with other organizations
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines while delivering quality results
  • Knowledge of climate change and the international decision making context relevant to climate justice.

Key Skills / Attributes / Job Specific Competencies

  • Able to work effectively in a cross-cultural environment
  • Able to effectively prioritise and organise own workloads and operate under pressure
  • Able to plan, organise and monitor tasks at strategic, programming and project levels while maintaining a clear focus on sustainable outcomes
  • Strong work ethic and desire and determination to get the job done
  • Willingness to work independently and as part of a small, interdisciplinary team with a professional, energetic and collegiate approach
  • Strong analytical skills and capacity to make interdisciplinary linkages.
  • Ability to research complex topics, extract the information relevant to the Foundation’s activities and prepare concise, easy to understand summaries.
  • Ability to work in a changing, complex and demanding environment within a multidisciplinary team and requiring a high degree of self-management.
  • Excellent written, computer and oral presentation skills.
  • English is the working language of the Foundation and competency in an additional language of the United Nations is an advantage.

Location and travel

The post will be based in Dublin and may require some international travel.

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.


Salary will be based on the candidates’ qualifications and experience up to a maximum salary of €55,000 P.A. plus pension contributions.

Start Date

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Ideally the post holder will commence work with the organisation in January 2016.

How to apply:

Those who wish to apply should submit a letter of application, CV and contact details for at least two professional referees to [email protected] by 5pm GMT Friday 30th October 2015.

Candidates must be available for interview the week commencing Monday 9th November.

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