The purpose of this role is to support GWNI with its work within and between communities and traditions in PUL and CNR areas as well as with people from ethnic minorities. The Good Relations Associate will be up to date on innovation in community relations and will use this knowledge to develop and implement good relations programmes as stand-alone projects or in conjunction with other GWNI programmes that will address challenging issues around community relationships within and across communities in Northern Ireland.
S/he will be responsible for delivering projects, that will include the preparation and delivery of training of good relations and cultural diversity issues with a view to raising awareness and advising internally and externally on best practice. S/he will also be expected to build effective partnerships and collaborations with relevant organisations across sectors and maintain a network of contacts while sharing good practice and achievements with GWNI staff members.
Applicants must demonstrate on their application form, by way of example, evidence of the following experience:
- A minimum two years relevant experience in the field of community relations
- Taking a leading role in the development, integration and management of a use of community relations including planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, training and managing projects.
- Proven ability to communicate clearly and confidently, both in person and in writing, with a broad range of people at all levels, including report writing and giving presentations.
- Proven working knowledge of local political and cultural issues facing Northern Ireland communities
- Liaison with other agencies / partnerships / funders in the delivery of specified outcomes.
- Proven skills in the areas of conflict management and mediation
- Ability to work with and facilitate groups to resolve issues through negotiation
- Ability to develop and deliver training in the field of community relations
- Ability to build good working relationships with individuals and organisations
- A willingness to undertake regular travel and a full driving licence that enables the holder to drive in Northern Ireland with access to a car for official business (or access to a form of transport which will enable the applicant to meet the requirements of the role in full)
In line with national provisions for the protection of children and vulnerable adults, applicants will be required to undergo Access NI checks with the Police Service for Northern Ireland.