Advocacy Officer - Irish Cancer Society

Role overview:

Children's cancers affect approximately 140 children and teenagers under the age of 15 each year in Ireland. An additional 75 cases of cancer are diagnosed in older teenagers (15-19 years) which means that approximately 215 children (0-19) are diagnosed with a cancer each year. While survival rates for children and adolescents with cancer have improved dramatically in recent decades, there are still significant gaps in in service provision and supports for children, adolescents and their families.

Meanwhile, those in their late teens and young adults face challenges in transitioning between childhood and adult services, and there are lasting effects throughout the life of someone diagnosed with cancer as a child, adolescent or young adult.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Strategy for the period 2020 – 2025 seeks to ensure that all child, adolescent and young adult patients receive timely treatment; take action to address the financial impact of a childhood cancer diagnosis on families; address gaps in adolescent and young adult cancer services; examine the lifelong needs of CAYA patients and survivors and; advocate for the state to provide the right emotional and bereavement support for anyone impacted by cancer, including the parents and siblings of a child with cancer.

This new role will support the work of the Advocacy Department in the Irish Cancer Society, with a specific focus on childhood and adolescent cancers. The successful candidate will play an important role in building an understanding of the unmet needs of CAYA patients and survivors; working in partnership with colleagues in the sector; supporting the implementation of a CAYA cancer strategy for the organisation and; the delivery of advocacy campaigns and policy positions.

Company Irish Cancer Society
Location Based in Dublin, with opportunities for part-time remote working * Note: in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, this role will be full-time home-based while public health restrictions remain in place
Apply by 20 June 2021
Position / Title Advocacy Officer (Childhood, adolescent and young adult cancers)
Department Communications Department
Reporting to Policy and Public Affairs Manager
Contract Type Permanent Contract
How To Apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send curriculum vitae and cover letter to: Nicola Cosgrove, HR Department Administrator, Irish Cancer Society, 43/45 Northumberland Rd., Dublin 4. Email: Loading...

Main duties and responsibilities include:

Stakeholder engagement

  • Supporting the work of, and frequently briefing, the Society’s Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Advisory Group;
  • Working closely with the Policy and Public Affairs Manager, partners in childhood cancer charities and internal stakeholders to develop and deliver a childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer advocacy strategy for the coming years;
  • Supporting the development of new relationships and growth of existing relationships with stakeholders across a range of areas;
  • Represent the Society at events, on external groups and in engagement with relevant alliances;
  • Act as a contact point with international and European partners, such as SIOP Europe;

Research delivery and project management

  • Building on work to date, lead projects which map out and analyse the current provision of diagnosis, cancer care and aftercare for childhood, adolescent and young adult cancers;
  • Managing projects which examine the financial, psychological and social impacts of a childhood cancer diagnosis;
  • Managing projects which examine the long-term impacts of a CAYA cancer diagnosis;
  • Undertaking detailed desktop research to provide strong evidence for advocacy asks and campaigns;

Advocacy campaigning and policy insights

  • Delivering advocacy campaigns with the goal of ensuring the adoption of Irish Cancer Society policy positions on childhood cancers;
  • Working with childhood cancer survivors, parents, healthcare workers, academics and public officials to better understand and establish the levels of unmet need for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer;
  • Developing campaigns to address unmet needs;
  • Assisting the Policy and Public Affairs Manager to meet the key advocacy targets of the Society;
  • Drafting briefing papers, submissions in response to public consultations and devising pre-Budget proposals on issues that impact childhood cancer patients and their families;
  • Keeping abreast of national and international developments in the childhood cancer sphere and keeping the Policy and Public Affairs Manager and wider advocacy team fully briefed;

General

  • Supporting the Advocacy team’s response to individual advocacy queries, as required.
  • Working with the Policy and Public Affairs Manager and Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator to support grassroots advocacy campaigns;
  • Working with the Policy and Public Affairs Manager and Policy Officer to support the development of policy proposals and positions in the area of childhood and adolescent cancers;

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

Experience and Qualifications

  • Third level degree or higher in health/social policy, social work, public policy or nursing.  However, we are willing to consider applicants of different educational backgrounds who can clearly demonstrate their interest and passion to undertake the role;
  • In lieu of degree, additional relevant work experience will be considered;
  • Experience in the effective delivery of advocacy campaigns;
  • Experience in research, report and position paper writing;
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the Irish health service and children’s health services is desirable, but not a necessity;
  • Experience of working in a membership, campaigning or voluntary organisation is desirable, but not a necessity;
  • Experience of advocating on behalf of vulnerable people or children is desirable, but not a necessity.

The Irish Cancer Society measures experience by the quality of the experience gained, rather than number of years worked. 

Person Specification

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • A discreet and compassionate approach to emotive and challenging issues;
  • Ability to find and assimilate information quickly and identify key issues;
  • Ability to work in a team in a fast-moving environment;
  • Excellent organisational, administration and communication skills;
  • Excellent PC skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, Zoom;
  • Proactive and flexible approach;
  • High level of attention to detail.

HOW TO APPLY: 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send curriculum vitae and cover letter to: Nicola Cosgrove, HR Department Administrator, Irish Cancer Society, 43/45 Northumberland Rd., Dublin 4. Email: Loading...

The closing date for applications is 20th June, 2021.

The Irish Cancer Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

WE DO NOT REQUIRE THE ASSISTANCE OF AGENCIES


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