Advocacy Policy and Support Worker

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Fixed term contract, Permanent, TemporaryContract, Trainee

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 2 days ago

Reference 1371948

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for Advocacy Policy and Support Worker based in Belfast.

Relatives for Justice invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Advocacy and Policy Support Worker.


Job Title: Advocacy Policy and Support Worker            

Salary: NJC SO1

Responsible For:     The provision of advocacy services to members of RFJ seeking to resolve legacy cases arising from the recent conflict

Main Duties:

  • To draft monthly briefings on legacy issues for relevant political contacts in Ireland, Britain, USA and elsewhere for Senior Advocacy Director;
  • To produce a draft submission on legacy related issues in due time for the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe consideration of the UK for Senior Advocacy Director;
  • To monitor the outcome of the Committee of Ministers consideration of the UK and circulate to relevant stakeholders and provide draft organisational response for Senior Advocacy Director;
  • To draft representations to international treaty bodies considering the UK for Senior Advocacy Director;
  • To produce regular draft briefings for the Joint Oireachteas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement on legacy developments for Senior Advocacy Director;
  • To produce regular draft briefings for members of the NI Affairs Committee at Westminster on legacy developments for Senior Advocacy Director
  • Support and advise families and individuals injured and bereaved by the conflict facing inquests and/or where investigations and/or prosecutions are underway;
  • Engage any potential relevant mechanisms aimed at dealing with the past and transition in compliance with RFJ policy;
  • Support families to obtain materials/documents concerning their injury and/or bereavement;
  • Support families to document their experiences.

Case Support:

  • To provide accurate and comprehensive advice on historic cases and transitional mechanisms available to each client, including information on any emergent transitional mechanisms;
  • To support families engaging with above;
  • To help in the identification of thematic and geographic patterns of human rights abuses;
  • To write reports based on evidence acquired with a view to assisting families make relevant submission/representations; or for family archive purposes;
  • To provide positive referrals for appropriate family support;
  • To liaise and network with other providers in order to be able to signpost families to appropriate services;
  • To maintain high levels of confidentially, in accordance with RFJ polices;
  • To monitor and review the work carried out with families and individuals bereaved and/or injured as a result of the conflict within the RFJ casework area.


The Postholder will:

§ Be accountable to the Senior Advocacy Director;

§ Comply with RFJ Policies and Procedures;

§ Undertake duties in a way that secures positive and healthy action in respect of equal opportunities and ensuring tolerance and understanding and the promotion of human rights;

§ Maintain record keeping systems meeting RFJ and funder requirements.


§ To work as part of the RFJ team, ensuring clear communication systems and policies are adhered to;

§ To promote and publicise the work of the project and RFJ in line with RFJ policy;

§ To form good working relations within an integrated setting;

§ To work as part of a team in making and maintaining links with other service providers;

§ To attend relevant meetings as agreed with the line manager;

§ To work with other professionals to identify the needs of families and individuals and support the work that they implement within RFJ.


  • To carry out the duties and responsibilities of the post with regard to the Equal

Opportunities Policy;

  • To work flexibly to meet the needs of the job. This will involve evening and weekend work;
  • To carry out any other duties and responsibilities commensurate to the grade and post, as agreed with the line manager;
  • The post holder will be based in RFJ’s Belfast and Dungannon offices.

Terms and Conditions:

§ A lone worker policy is in place for the well-being of all staff

§ 21 holidays per year plus statutory holidays.

§ 39 hours per week.

§ Relatives for Justice does not offer overtime payments but operate a time in lieu policy.

Contract for this post will expire in May 2019. Continuation beyond this date will be subject to continued funding.

Relatives for Justice



Essential Criteria:

  • Relevant third level qualification plus 2-years relevant paid work experience of casework, or at least 4-years relevant paid work experience of policy work and/or casework;
  • Extensive experience of making corporate submissions to statutory bodies;
  • Extensive demonstrated working knowledge of domestic and international human rights law;
  • An excellent understanding of the impact of the conflict in Ireland;
  • Excellent knowledge of the victims and survivors sector including current and proposed transitional justice initiatives;
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent written and verbal skills;
  • Ability to plan, record and evaluate through written reports;
  • To accept and respond to the varying needs of families in a non-judgemental way;
  • A commitment to the ethos and core values of Relatives for Justice.

Desirable Criteria:

  • The ability to prioritise workload.
  • To be positively motivated.
  • Experience of partnership and multi-agency working.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and professional empathy;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and as an individual.

To make application: please click the Contact Employer button below for an application pack

All completed applications must be returned by 1pm on Friday 30th November 2018

Electronic copies will not be accepted

Relatives for Justice is an equal opportunities employer

This post is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust