Wednesday News - Issue 15

The latest edition of Dóchas' Wednesday News including information on upcoming events and workshops, as well as vacancies and opportunities in the sector!

17 Apr 2024

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(1) Dóchas Annual General Meeting - Members Registration Required

Dóchas Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 9th May in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Starting at 10am and finishing at 12pm, the AGM will focus on statutory business including elections to the Board, the presentation of our 2023 financial statements, and the presentation of our 2024 budget. The meeting will also discuss a special resolution to amend the Constitution of Dóchas.

Further details and documentation will issue, to those who have registered, prior to the date. Participation at the AGM is open to Dóchas Members only and is free of charge. Please register your attendance, or that of a colleague, by 30th April by emailing anna(at) 

(2) Dóchas Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration – New Speakers Announced!

We are delighted to share the first round of speakers for Dóchas’ 2024 Annual Conference; 'Dóchas at 50: Sustainable Development in a Time of Climate Crisis’ which will be held on Thursday 9th May at Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. We will be joined by Dr. Hugo Slim, Professor Attiya Waris and Paul Knox Clarke, with more speakers to be announced soon!

This year we celebrate five decades of collaboration amongst International development and humanitarian organisations in Ireland, and our collective vision for a just, equal and sustainable world. Climate change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. At this year’s conference, we will explore climate adaptation, anticipatory action, and how we can work together towards a just transition. 

We are thrilled to announce that the UCD Innovation Academy is proudly sponsoring this year’s Dóchas conference. The Academy welcomes attendees to visit them at the conference to discuss their efforts in advancing sustainability.

We have unveiled a special offer for members who purchase four tickets, granting savings of just over 15%! Purchase your ticket before they run out! Further details can be found here.

(3) Worldview Wave 4 Research Results Launched – Full Recording Available!

The latest wave 4 Worldview survey results were launched on 19 March revealing public support in Ireland for Overseas Development Aid (ODA) remains high at 76% while understanding of the impacts of climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is low. Just 12% of Irish people have heard about and know what the SDGs are. 56% have not heard of them. Irish people believe climate change will have the greatest impact on future generations (59%) and people in developing countries (51%) as against 14% for them personally. All of the latest Worldview results and resources, as well as a recording of the recent launch, can be found in the Worldview Toolkit here. 

Forthcoming Events

(1) Coalition 2030 European Election Hustings – 18 April 

Are you ready to learn more about the candidates running in the upcoming European Elections and what they promise to do to progress sustainable development if elected? Then join us at the ‘Meet the Candidates! European Election Hustings on Sustainable Development‘, moderated by Irish Times journalist Kevin O’Sullivan. At the event you’ll have the chance to hear directly from the candidates themselves. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions, discuss important issues, and make an informed decision when it comes time to vote. Don’t miss out on this chance to be an informed voter. Join us on April 18th from 6.30pm at the Radisson Royal Blu Hotel Dublin. Find out more

(2) Launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report by An Tánaiste Micheál Martin - 18 April 

The IFPA and the All Party Oireachtas Interest Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are pleased to host the launch of the annual UNFPA State of World Population report on Thursday April 18th at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Micheál Martin TD will launch the report, and UNFPA Principal Advisor for International Development Finance, Ms Jacqueline Mahon will present its key findings. The report, Interwoven Lives, Threads of Hope: Ending inequalities in sexual and reproductive health and rights argues that to end inequalities and create a more just future for all, we must take urgent action to ensure the rights of those furthest behind. Register here

(3) UCDVO Film Series – 25 March – 29 April 

Five award winning global justice documentaries and speakers as part of the UCDVO Film Series, in the UCD Cinema are being screened from 25th March until 29 April. Find out more here

(4) Friends of the Earth’s 50th Anniversary - 27 April 

As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Friends of the Earth, we invite you to join us for a day of enlightenment and empowerment at our Education Day event on Saturday, April 27th, from 10AM to 4PM in Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin. This special occasion will be a culmination of insights, discussions, and reflections on the journey towards environmental justice and sustainability. On the day there will be a variety of talks, panels, and film screenings with a large emphasis on colonialism, fossil-fuel extraction and global development. Find out more and register here.

(5) Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders: Gaza and West Bank Emergency Update - 2 May 

Join us at the Museum of Literature Ireland (MOLI), Dublin, at 7pm on May 2 for an update on the medical humanitarian impact of this crisis from Dr Chris Hook and Emergency Coordinator Marie-Aure Perreaut Revial, returned from Gaza, and Dr Chantelle Ní Chróinín in the West Bank. Discussion moderated by Cathal Mac Coille. After over six months of war and siege, the situation in Gaza is catastrophic. The healthcare system has collapsed. Patients and medical staff are being killed. Electrical power has been cut off, clean water is scarce and our teams are treating malnutrition as hunger takes hold. MSF surgeons, doctors and nurses have provided emergency surgeries, wound treatment, medical and maternity care in overcrowded hospitals, health facilities and clinics since October 7. Find out more and register here.

Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

(1) Social Inclusion Forum 2024: Preparatory Workshops - 22 April

Registration is now open for the Preparatory Workshops for the Social Inclusion Forum (SIF) 2024, hosted by Community Work Ireland (CWI) and the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland. We will hold an Online Preparatory Workshop focused on how best to tackle key issues and challenges, whether emerging, persistent and/or structural. This session will cover each of the four themes of SIF 2024 (Communities; Employment; Disabled People; and Core Essentials) on Monday 22 April, 11am-1pm. Find out more and register here

(2) COPON! Poetry Slam Workshop - 24 April 

Join us at the Concern Office in Grantham Street, Dublin 2, on Wednesday, April 24th at 5.30 pm for our climate-focused slam poetry workshop facilitated by the fantastic spoken word artist Kelvin Akpaloo. Kelvin will introduce you to a whole new way to write poetry, from expressing your feelings about the climate crisis to empowering movements for change. Register here.

(3) VSI In Person Meetup: Stop Food Waste - 27 April 

Join VSI at our in-person meetup on Saturday, 27th April! It will take place in Dublin city centre from 14:00 until 16:00. The topic for this month's meetup is Food Waste, to coincide with 'Stop Food Waste!' Day on 24th April. For anybody interested in volunteering, our meetups offer a casual space to learn about VSI and our volunteer opportunities, and to meet like-minded people. Tea and coffee will be served, and travel expenses for those coming from outside Dublin will be reimbursed. Register here

(4) IDEA Webinar Series: Getting to Grips with Greenwashing - 30 April 

The Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) is hosting the third in their webinar series ‘Exploring Contemporary Crises and Issues through Global Citizenship Education’ on Tuesday 30 April, 12.30-2pm. This webinar series aims to strengthen understanding of current crises and increase educators’ capacity and confidence to address them in educational settings. This third session will address the theme of ‘greenwashing’ as a global justice issue and equip educators to address it in their practice. Moderators and Speakers will be confirmed soon. Find out more here

(5) Self Help Africa: Global Science Webinar Series - 30 April & 14 May 

Those interested in tackling global issues through science are invited to attend these webinars which will include contributions from post-primary students who exhibited at the Young Scientist, along with input from an expert in the field who will highlight connections between those projects and their work with communities in rural Africa. The first webinar is on the theme of Global Water and will take place on Zoom on 30 April at 2pm. Register here for the first session. The second session is on the topic of Global Soil and will take place on Zoom on 14 May at 2pm. Register here for the second session

(6) Boardmatch Charity Trustee Speed-dating Event - 23 May 

Boardmatch are hosting their signature Charity Trustee Speed-Dating event in the Clayton Hotel in Cork on 23 May from 5.30-8pm. This event is a unique opportunity for charities with board vacancies to meet face-to-face with enthusiastic candidates who are looking to volunteer their time and skills by serving on a charity or not-for-profit board. Now in its fifth year, Boardmatch’s Trustee Speed-Dating event has facilitated over one hundred successful board matches. Tickets are €120 charities and €20 for candidates. Find out more here

(7) The Wheel: Leadership Academy Breakfast Club “Leading with Vulnerability” - 23 May

Please join us at the last Breakfast Club of Series 2 on Leadership and Vulnerability, hosted in McAuley Place in Naas, Co. Kildare.  Vulnerability within leadership refers to leaders who share their emotions with their team in the hope that it will build team trust and resilience. This month’s speakers are Dr Tracey Monson, CEO of the Daughters of Charity Child and Family Services, and John Church, CEO of the ISPCC.There will be tea, coffee and pastries available. The event is free and open to anyone in the sector, at any stage of their leadership journey. Find out more and register here

Situations Vacant-Paid Positions

(1) Oxfam Ireland: Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally

Oxfam Ireland is currently advertising vacancies for various roles. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply. 

(2) GOAL: Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally

GOAL is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in a number of countries. Full details are available here. Details for current invitations to tender for consultancies can be found here. Various closing dates apply.

(3) Concern Worldwide: Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally 

Concern Worldwide is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in Ireland and internationally. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply. 

(4) Irish Red Cross: International Vacancies

The Irish Red Cross is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in a number of countries. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply.

(5) Trócaire: Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally

Trócaire is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in a number of countries. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply.

 (6) Irish Rule of Law: Call for Tender 

IRLI is looking for a Consultant to carry out an Evaluation of their Tanzania Programme. Candidates should provide a technical proposal explaining their comprehension of the Terms of Reference (ToR) and how they would approach this assignment, as well a financial proposal, guided by the allocated budget, outlining their expected fees and other expenses. This is a short term assignment to be carried out over a fifteen day period. Find out more here. Closing date: 17 April

(7) Misean Cara: Human Rights and Advocacy Project Officer 

Misean Cara is a faith-based development organisation of 77 member organisations who work in marginalised and vulnerable communities across the world. Our members provide essential services in the areas of education, health, sustainable livelihoods and human rights and have a deep-rooted presence in over 50 countries.  We are currently recruiting for a Human Rights Project Officer who will support and accompany our members. As part of a dynamic team of thematic experts you will develop a supportive working relationship with member organisations, review and appraise project proposals and reports and strengthen the quality and impact of our members Human Rights work overseas. You will also play a leading role in Misean Cara’s advocacy activities. Find out more here. Closing date: 22 April

(8) Afri: Coordinator 

Afri (Action from Ireland), the peace and global justice organisation, is recruiting a new Coordinator, who will lead the implementation of Afri’s programme of events, education and campaigning and maintain the unique culture and way of working that distinguishes Afri. Afri’s key areas of concern currently include: 1) militarisation 2) food sovereignty, 3) climate justice, and 4) migration and refugees. Candidates should have strong knowledge and skills in areas such as peacebuilding, human rights and sustainable development and excellent event organisation and networking skills. We encourage those who share Afri’s vision of a just, peaceful, and sustainable world and with relevant experience with nongovernmental and community-based organisations to apply for this position. Find out more. Closing date: 26 April

(9) Centre for Global Education and Financial Justice Ireland: Call for Tender

The Centre for Global Education (CGE) and Financial Justice Ireland (FJI) are seeking a consultant to carry out research on challenges and opportunities to address the dominant economic paradigm in development education. This initiative will build upon baseline research successfully commissioned by CGE and FJI in 2022.  It will act upon the research report’s central recommendation to investigate why the international development and development education sectors are not engaging with neoliberalism as the root cause of poverty. Find out more here. Closing date: 29 April 

(9) Jesuit Refugee Service: Multiple Opportunities 

Project Officer 

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international NGO with a mission to accompany, to serve and to advocate the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons. The Projects Officer position is a full-time role based in Dublin. The primary responsibility of the Project. Officer position is to coordinate development and delivery of projects in International Protection Accommodation Services (IPAS) centres and to support outreach and other services in accordance with the needs of residents and the strategic priorities for JRS Ireland. Travel throughout Ireland required. Initial contract is for 24 months. Application pack with Job Description available by request from Closing date: 1 May

Project Worker

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international NGO with a mission to accompany, to serve and to advocate the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons. The Projects Worker position is a full-time role based in Dublin. The primary responsibility of the Projects Worker position is to support the development and delivery of projects and to provide outreach and other services in International Protection Accommodation Services (IPAS) centres in accordance with the needs of residents and the strategic priorities for JRS Ireland. Travel throughout Ireland required. Initial contract is for 24 months. Application pack with Job Description available by request from Closing date: 1 May

(10) CBM Ireland: Fundraising Administration Officer 

CBM Ireland, an international development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities, is seeking a Fundraising Administration Officer. The Fundraising Administration Officer reports to the Fundraising Manager and is a member of the Fundraising Team, an important role in maintaining CBM Ireland’s fundraising architecture, maintaining our database and ensuring we adhere to best practice in donor engagement. Find out more here. Closing date: 15 May 

Situations Vacant – Internships and Volunteer Posts

(1) SeeBeyondBorders: Board Recruitment

SeeBeyondBorders Ireland is a growing international development charity, established in 2021, working to build an Irish footprint in support of inclusive education for Cambodian children. We are seeking to develop and refresh our Board to attract individuals who support our development ethos, who care about achieving equality and excellence in education as a basic right, and who offer wisdom and skills in core relevant areas including public policy, education, international development, and effective governance. Interest from individuals with lived international experience and an understanding of development challenges are also welcomed. If you are interested please write to me, Chair of SeeBeyondBorders Ireland, in confidence, with your CV, at Closing date: 24 April

(2) Trócaire: Board Recruitment 

Trócaire is currently seeking Expressions of Interest for several Board and Board Committee roles. Trócaire’s independent, voluntary Board of Directors and Board of Northern Ireland, supported by the Board committees, play a critical role in overseeing strategy, structure and budgets. Trócaire are seeking individuals for the following roles; a Company Director to join the Trócaire Board with charity law/ governance expertise; two new members to join the Board of Northern Ireland  with financial/accounting and legal/ compliance/ governance expertise; a new member of the Organisation and Human Resources (OHR) Committee of the Board with safeguarding expertise; and a new member of the OHR Committee of the Board with expertise on working in fragile/ conflict affected countries. Find out more here. Closing date: 26 April

(3) Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders: Digital Marketing Intern 

The Digital Marketing Intern will assist the Digital Marketing Coordinator in the overall maintenance and improvement of best practice regarding the digital marketing channels. The right candidate will be passionate about all things digital and will help with a range of digital campaigning tasks to help maximize income from online channels, including the recruitment of new supporters and the development of relationships with existing supporters. The intern will also support with maintenance of the website. Find out more here. Closing date: 2 May

(4) Christian Aid: Board Recruitment 

Christian Aid Ireland is seeking individuals to join three of its Board Committees: the Finance, Risk, and Audit Committee (IFRA); the Fundraising and Communications Committee; and the International Programmes Committee. We encourage applications from candidates with expertise in Human Resources, Finance, Legal matters, fundraising, preferably acquired in the voluntary/community sector, and experience relevant to advising on international program policy and strategy. Committee members will serve terms of 3-4 years starting in November 2024. To express your interest, please submit a CV and a covering letter detailing your suitability for the role to Dr. Nicola Brady, Chair of the Nominations and Procedures Committee, via jdonaldson(at)christian-aid-org. Closing date: May 31

Courses and Training

(1) UCD MSc in Design Thinking for Sustainability 

The UCD MDc In Design Thinking for Sustainability is a unique masters programme that bridges sustainability knowledge and skills, ensuring students are ready to quickly transition to new roles and opportunities upon graduation. Everything students learn is put into practice with real world projects and challenges. By the end of the MSc students are ready to reposition their career for the emerging green economy. Offers are made on a rolling basis until the programme is full but early application is advised. Find out more here

(2) STAND’s Summer Bootcamp for Changemakers 

Apply to STAND’s Ideas Collective 2024 – our summer bootcamp where you will learn the skills and techniques to shape your solutions for positive change. Over three weekends, you will delve into global issues and perspectives, examine your own values and purpose, and acquire tools in design thinking, as well as skills in pitching, presenting, communications, and marketing. The programme culminates in a Showcase in early September where you get to pitch your idea to win seed funding. To find out more and register here.

(3) PhD Scholarship on Food (In)Security and Violent Conflict at UCD

The School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) at University College Dublin is pleased to offer a new fully-funded Ad Astra doctoral scholarship on a subject related to the intersection of food (in)security and violent conflict. The successful candidate will undertake a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Caitriona Dowd, starting in September 2024. The scholarship will provide tuition fees up to the non-EU rate; a yearly stipend of €25,000; and an annual research budget of €4,000 for research-related expenses such as data collection, attending conferences, etc. The scholarship is for a maximum of four years on a full-time basis only. Find out more here. Closing date: 24 April

(4) Hostile Environment Course by Eurocheck Security – 22-24 April 2024 

Our hostile environment courses are suitable for individuals who are currently working in or are going to work in medium to high-risk areas. They will help to ensure that you keep yourself and those you are working with safer. The course covers all elements of security awareness as well as pre-course reading, exercises and role plays. Our main courses are conducted in Kildare but we can also run short bespoke courses at your own location. We also conduct online hostile environment and security awareness courses. Courses are suitable for NGOs, Charities, journalists, students, human rights workers and volunteers. Find out more here

(5) Certificate in Global Citizenship Education at Maynooth University 

The Department of International Development, Maynooth University, invites applications for its part-time Certificate in Global Citizenship Education, commencing in September 2024. This one year 20 ECTS postgraduate programme is designed for educators working with learners at all levels - from early childhood to youth, in adult and community education and in schools. Addressing the major global challenges facing our world, it offers participants a unique learning experience and training in GCE, shaped by peer reflection and applied learning. Find out more here

(6) Transformative Education: A Pathway to Climate Action Course – May 2024

Meath Partnership are running our Transformative Education: A Pathway to Climate Action course for those working with young people. This course focuses on enhancing climate awareness, fostering emotional connection, inspiring behavioural change, and promoting youth empowerment to cultivate informed advocates capable of driving sustainable change globally. The course conducted in May includes four online evening sessions and one full day in person session. Participants will have the opportunity to attend further training in Porto, Portugal in July 2024 free of charge. Find out more here and register here

(7) Centre for Global Health: Leadership Essentials in Global Health Summer Programme - 19 - 24 August 

The Irish Global Health Network is proud to announce the launch of "Leadership Essentials in Global Health," a five-day intensive summer programme designed to equip participants with practical skills for leading global health programmes. Hosted by the IGHN at the Centre for Global Health in Trinity College Dublin from August 19-24. With a focus on addressing the training needs of aspiring professionals in the global health sector, this programme offers the opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership capabilities, broaden their technical expertise, and contribute to positive change in global health practice. Find out more here. Closing date for scholarship applications: 15 May

Other Information

(1) UCD Quinn Summer Internship Programme is seeking Organisations to host Summer Interns

The UCD Quinn School of Business invites Dublin based International Development organisations to host business interns for a 6 week placement this Summer as part of the UCD Quinn Summer Internship Programme. Summer internships may be subject to either hybrid or in-person working arrangements, depending on individual company arrangements.  Commencing from 24 June through to 1 August (Mondays to Thursdays), the programme attracts applications from students in top tier undergraduate business schools primarily from the United States seeking internships in the areas of finance, accounting, marketing, business development, business analytics and HR. Find out more here. Closing date: 30 April

(2) The Wheel: Grants Available for Training Networks

The Wheel is delighted to launch Training Links 2024 – 2026. Training Links funds community and voluntary organisations to form Training Networks — groups of organisations who come together to undertake training that they may not have the opportunity to do individually. Training Networks must have a minimum of ten members, and over the course of the programme, members will work together to address a specific workforce training goal. Training Networks are invited to apply for grants ranging from €10,000.00 to €50,000.00. Applications are welcome from new, existing, previously funded networks who have completed their programme or previously unsuccessful networks. Find out more here. Closing date: 17 May

(3) International Rule of Law: Horsehair Wigs Podcast

We’re delighted to announce the latest episode of our monthly podcast Horsehair Wigs, a particularly special one for us as it spotlights Irish Rule of Law International’s justice programme in Malawi and the great work that its team members and partners are doing over there! Join journalist Evelyn McClafferty as she delves into Irish Rule of Law International’s justice program in Malawi. Hear from Susie Kiely, Country Director, on the human rights situation and resource challenges. Macdara Ó Drisceoil, Programme Lawyer, sheds light on prison system issues, while Immaculate Maluza, DPP Programme Lawyer, discusses pre-trial custody limits. Listen Here.

(4) RCSI: Be Water Podcast 

Curious about the meaning of SODIS? Wondering about microbiological pathogens? Intrigued by the significance of the Sustainable Development Goals? Interested in the utilisation of cost-effective technologies for purifying harvested rainwater? If these questions pique your interest, delve into our latest podcast: Be Water. Embark on a voyage into the realm of solar water disinfection with Be Water, exploring SURG-Water's endeavors to address clean water accessibility in rural hospitals across Malawi. Listen here


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