This Position is now closed

Position closed at 12pm, 3rd June 2020

Role overview

The OCO wishes to expand its work in this important area of work and invites applications from interested candidates who share our commitment to advancing the rights and welfare of children and young people under 18 in Ireland. The role of Participation and Rights Education Coordinator will be key to this and the successful candidate will play an important role in supporting the OCO to further develop, manage and deliver existing and new initiatives.     


Higher Executive Officer (HEO)

Key Responsibilities

The role and responsibilities of the Participation and Rights Education Coordinator will include the following

  • contributing to the development and delivery of the OCO’s participation and education initiatives with children and adults, including the identification of new opportunities for engagement and participation methods across a range of areas

  • co-ordinating and supervising the day-to-day work of the OCO’s two Participation and Rights Education Officers

  • developing and supporting positive relationships with public and other bodies to further promote the UNCRC, children’s rights and children’s participation, including contributing to the identification of opportunities new  relationships

  • supporting commissioned work, as necessary and appropriate, by third party contractors and liaising effectively with such contractors

  • presenting at public events on relevant issues and representing the Office to external organisations as appropriate and required

  • working collaboratively across all Units of the OCO as required

  • supporting the Head of Participation and Rights Education, as appropriate, in implementing the OCO’s positive obligations that the OCO has under Section 7 of the 2002 Act

Essential Requirements

Essential requirements of this role will be:

  • a qualification of at least level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications from a recognised university or other third level institution in a relevant discipline, for example, social science, human rights, education

  • at least two years’ experience of working directly with children and young people in a professional capacity relevant to the role of Participation and Rights Education Coordinator

  • a demonstrable knowledge of children’s rights and children’s participation

  • demonstrable experience of children’s participation

  • evidence of the ability to supervise or manage staff and/or projects effectively

  • experience of working collaboratively with a range of organisations in both the public and NGO sectors

  • high level of information analysis skills, and

  • excellent writing skills.

  • A strong interest in public affairs and be committed to the concept of public service


Desirable Requirements:

  • previous experience of report writing to a high standard

  • previous experience of working on commissioned projects and/or with contractors


It is an absolute requirement that candidates declare any potential conflict of interest at the application stage of the recruitment process.  Failure to declare such conflicts of interest which later come to light may result in the candidate being disqualified from the competition or if the candidate is offered and takes up a role with the OCO on the basis of misleading information may result in immediate dismissal from the OCO.

How to Apply

All candidates should visit  where there is a full list of available positions in the OCO with the corresponding downloadable information booklet for each position. There will also be a link to the online application portal to where all applications must be submitted.

To apply, candidates must provide an up to date Application Form and submit their application form via the online application portal below.


Only Application Forms fully submitted online will be accepted into the campaign. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date.



This Position is now Closed

Position closed at 12pm, 3rd June 2020


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