European Network on Independent Living: (Policy) Intern, Dublin

June 8, 2010

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is seeking an Intern, based in the offices of the Center for Independent Living, Carmichael House, to assist in our work promoting human rights, equality and social justice for people with disabilities in Europe.

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is a European wide network of disabled people. It represents a forum intended for all disabled people, independent living organisations and their non-disabled allies on the issues of independent living and the independent living movement. ENIL promotes social inclusion based on solidarity, peer support, de-institutionalization, democracy, self-representation and self-determination.

ENIL addresses the under-representation of persons with extensive disabilities in European disability politics and social organisations as well as mainstream society. ENIL and its member organisations believe that full citizenship and human rights for disabled people will only be achieved through increasing awareness, challenging traditional services and positive debate throughout Europe and internationally.

Our vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

ENIL Internship:

In conjunction with the support offered to ENIL by the intern, the primary purpose of the Policy Internship is to give applicants an opportunity to learn about equality, community development, programs, policies, and practices first-hand. By the end of the internship, the intern will have been supported to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work in and contribute to the community/voluntary sector in the future.
ENIL are looking for a committed and flexible individual with strong research, report writing and communications skills to provide research support to ENIL’s policy work and campaign development. The intern will work as part of an innovative and effective department which seeks to influence policy and practice in relation to equality for people with disabilities in Europe.

Role Specification for the European Intern:

• Preparation the ENIL General Assembly in Brussels; circulation of information to members, support with audit and presentation of a coherent set of accounts.
• Development of summary report based on annual report
• Report on the activities of ENIL for 2010 and preparation of report identifying priorities for remainder 2010.
• Research in to best practice models of developing an ENIL youth network
• Support to Development Workers in linking with youth networks developed internationally for young people with disabilities
• Monitoring of the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention in Europe
• Support to member organizations in lobbying and campaigning for ratification and implementation of the UNCRPD
• Development of work plan for the Western Region for the 2nd half of 2010 with the support of existing staff
• It envisaged that this person will accompany some executive members to attend the General Assembly and other meetings in Strasbourg 20-23 of sept

Skills Required:

– Fluent speaker and writer of English
– Experience of policy advocacy or campaigning, either paid or voluntary
– Experience with working to deadlines
– Interest in Communications, Accounting, Marketing
– Report writing
– Previous experience in the communications field
– Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
– IT skills – use of Microsoft Office Suite
– Keen interest in and/or experience in the aims of ENIL
– Interest or experience in human rights
– Flexibility and willingness to take on a wide variety of tasks

Hours of work: 32 hours per week

Duration of internship: 3 months

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and an accompanying cover letter, to Martin Naughton, Co-Executive Director, at m.naughton@enil.eu

The closing date for applications is Friday June 25th 2010 at 5 pm

Qualified applicants will be subject to interview and reference checks.

ENIL is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

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