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Comhlámh have a Community Employment Vacancy – Receptionist

Based in Dublin 2

Contract Period: 52 weeks

Rate of Pay: CE Rates

Start Date: As soon as possible

Application procedure:

Applicant must be eligible for Community Employment, this can be verified by their local DSP placement officer.

Applicant must apply for this post through their local DSP officer, the vacancy number for this position is: 1054839

If you need any other information please contact [email protected]




Comhlámh are recruiting a communications intern. 

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 30th January 12:00 midday.


Communication Intern – EU Aid Initiative

Job Description

Job Title: Communications Intern
Reports to: Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid Project Officer
Location: 12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2

Comhlámh is the Irish Association of Development Workers and Volunteers. Our mission is to foster good practice and critical engagement in volunteering and action for development. Comhlámh is committed to being the leading independent voice and source of information on volunteering for development in Ireland, and the coordinator and advocate for good practice in this area. We work to promote and support volunteers and development workers to critically engage in volunteering and action for development, and to create societal and attitudinal change on development issues.

Comhlámh is seeking to recruit a Communications Intern to support our ongoing work as part of the European Commission-funded EU Aid Volunteer Initiative (EUAVI). We are partner in two projects focused on technical assistance and capacity building of volunteering and development/humanitarian organisations across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The aim is for these organisations to build their own, and each others’, capacity to participate in the EUAVI, and to achieve certification to enable them to send and host volunteers as part of the Initiative. Finally, it will bridge gaps between organisations specialized in volunteer management and those specialized in humanitarian aid, while strengthening links between EU and non-EU organisations.

The ideal candidate will have an academic background in communications with a strong interest in humanitarian /development issues, with an interest in understanding/studying good practice in volunteering. This is a paid internship on the living wage (11.50 per hour), offered as a 4-day a week role (28 hours per week) on a one-year fixed term contract. Interns are a very valued resource within our organisation, and the role will offer the opportunity for supervised practical and professional work experience in the development sector, with a close mentoring relationship from our team including from our Communications Officer.

Application Procedure:

Please apply with a covering letter (max one page) outlining how you meet the criteria and a CV to [email protected], entering Communications Intern in the subject line. Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday January 30th at 12:00 GMT (midday). Interviews will take place on Wednesday 1st February. Candidates for interview will be asked to bring examples of their work on the day.

The person will be required to commence work by Monday February 13th.

Description: The position will involve working as part of a team, and feeding into Comhlámh’s work to implement its strategic and operational plans. Mentorship and both formal and informal training will be offered as part of the role. The Communications Intern will support the implementation of the European Volunteering for You (EV4U) project which brings together partners from four EU countries (France, Malta, Portugal, and Ireland) and three countries based in the Global South (Togo, Myanmar, Peru). The aim of the role is to facilitate the communications for the EV4U project and support the exchange of good practice on humanitarian volunteering. This project will work to create links between project partners, in an environment of intercultural exchange. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to gain excellent experience of working with Comhlámh members, volunteer sending agencies, and other international development organizations. This will include contributing to all aspects of our communications work, information provision and event management.

Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Assist with promotion and communications activities related to the project through Comhlámh’s and partners’ online presence, including management of website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and online groups;

  • Production, editing and documenting of photo and video content, conducting interviews and drafting articles, in consultation with consortium partners;

  • Assist with the compilation of volunteer stories and good practice in volunteering for publication online and in print media;

  • Support in-house design work (Adobe Creative suite);

  • Event promotion, planning and management, including for meetings, workshops, trainings and launches;

  • Building relationships within consortium partners and facilitating clear communications toward reaching project aims;

  • Keeping abreast of the broader EU Aid updates as per the ECHO website;

  • Representing Comhlámh at events, talks and exhibitions, as required.

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Communications Intern will be expected to work as part of the organisation’s staff team, including liaison with other Comhlámh staff in carrying out the work of the organisation. Alternative duties as may be assigned by the management following consultation, from time-to-time.

Person Specification

Personal Specification


  • Graduate Qualification in Communications/Design/ Web Development or related area, or equivalent experience



  • Experience of volunteering/living in a developing country

  • Experience of organising events

  • Experience of working on publications.

  • Some familiarity with the WordPress CMS. Prior experience of managing social media pages.

  • Familiarity with programmes like Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and InDesign.

  • Experience in photography, video editing and DSLR film making.








Knowledge, Skills and Disposition

  • Knowledge of volunteering and development and interest in development education

  • Interpersonal and communication skills

  • Organisational skills

  • IT skills – assist in social media management (Facebook, Twitter, Linked In etc.) and outgoing mass mailings (Mail Chimp) and website management (WordPress platform)

  • Good writing skills –articles, blogs, promotional materials and press releases

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and work to deadlines

  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team

  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for global development issues

  • Ability to work cross-culturally and engage in online collaborations with international partners remote working

  • Flexibility in relation to working hours as some evening and weekend work will be required

  • International travel will be required












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