Project Co-Ordinator for a Maternity Outreach Project

Employer Women's Aid
Job Type Stakeholder Engagement Support Work
Location Dublin and the East
Specific Location Women’s Aid head office in Dublin 2
Salary €47,709 - €55,741
Closing Date 5 pm on Friday 29th January 2021
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Women’s Aid is currently seeking to recruit a full time Project Co-Ordinator for a Maternity Outreach Project. Ref: 2021MatDV

Women’s Aid, a leading national organisation working to combat domestic violence through frontline services, public awareness and training, is delighted to offer the successful candidate the opportunity to lead on an exciting new three-year project to enhance supports to women presenting to maternity hospitals, who are at risk of or suffering domestic abuse.

Reports to: Women’s Aid Training & Development Manager for regular support & supervision, and; the Project Oversight Team of the CEO, Training Manager and Services Manager for high level project management purposes.

Location: The Project Co-Ordinator will be based at Women’s Aid head office in Dublin 2.

The pay scale for this role is at the Women’s Aid Senior Project Leader Scale €47,709 - €55,741
(point commensurate to experience), and the contract is for Three years (36 months).

• Purpose of the Project and this Post

There are 19 Maternity Hospitals in Ireland, with those in the capital Dublin serving over 1/3 of the population. Pregnancy is identified as a high-risk period, when domestic abuse often begins or intensifies. Maternal outcomes include injury, fear, anxiety, depression and death. Risks to the baby include miscarriage, premature labour, still birth, intrauterine growth restriction, placental abruption, foetal bruising and fracture. Midwives and maternity staff must be alert to signs because for women accessing antenatal care it provides an important opportunity to identify those experiencing abuse. This project aims to engage with and empower healthcare workers in this setting to be even more effective. With the training
and education materials we will produce and deliver nurses, midwives, doctors and social workers will be able to better recognize, respond and refer those in the maternity hospitals who are at risk of and suffering violence and abuse from an intimate partner.

Through engagement with some stakeholders in maternal health we’ve identified a service gap whereby there is a stated desire from Maternity hospitals to enhance ability among key staff to identify and respond to pregnant women suffering this abuse, and; refer them for specialist support. This project will operate over three years, whereby the Project Co-Ordinator will collaborate directly with hospital social work and midwifery teams, and others as appropriate (e.g. Ob/Gyn staff, perinatal mental health staff, consultants) to examine current systems, to develop and deliver bespoke material and training for all relevant staff, and to support referrals to flexible and discrete specialist supports for women presenting to pre and post-natal services, and hospital-based Termination of Pregnancy services, who are in need due to abuse.

Direct beneficiaries of the project will be healthcare professionals in maternity settings across Ireland and, most importantly, Pregnant women (and their children) who are suffering domestic violence. The project will be evaluated to establish the case for scalability and seek Government funding to continue this work beyond three years.


• Overview of the role

To work with the CEO, Training & Development Manager & Services Manager to develop a detailed 3 year project plan to encompass activities including: Engagement and buy in of primary partners; scoping of current practice; collaboration on training development; piloting & evaluation of training; planning to embed training in all maternity settings; expand training to additional maternity settings; development and dissemination of supporting awareness materials including video materials to support CPD of hospital staff foster and develop referral pathways between Women’s Aid and other Specialist Domestic Abuse services across the country; recruitment and collaboration with and independent project evaluator and fostering relationships with potential funders for future mainstreaming at the project’s conclusion.


Main Duties:
• To engage collaboratively with key stakeholders in the three Dublin Maternity hospitals, and Cork University Maternity Hospital in the first instance, to review and compare current
practices, including existing training materials which are in use to support staff to engage with potential victims of domestic abuse.
• With these key stakeholders, identify key gaps in training, awareness and referral mechanisms for women at risk of, or suffering domestic abuse.
• Design and deliver a bespoke training course using a blended learning approach and pilot and evaluate among these hospital teams.
• Plan and execute a roll out of the training to other Maternity hospitals.
• Design and develop additional supporting materials (leaflets, recorded lectures etc…as identified as appropriate).
• To liaise and develop links between maternity hospitals and appropriate specialist Domestic Violence agencies (including a Women’s Aid dedicated outreach worker who will also be
recruited for this purpose as part of this project) to enhance referral pathways for support, information and advocacy for women when required.
• Attend project planning & monitoring sessions with the CEO, Training Manager and Services Manager, and maintain and utilize own work-plans.
• Design and maintain clear systems for documenting and recording the progress and impact of the project.
• Prepare regular project reports in a clear and timely fashion for the Management team, Board and Funders.
• To participate in regular support and supervision meetings with the Training & Development Manager.
• To support members of the Training & Development Department to learn and assist in delivery of the project training, as required.
• To act as the primary contact point for the Independent evaluator of the project when contracted.
• To lead on the organisation of a project conference/seminar as appropriate to promote the findings and recommendations of the project in year 3.
• To build relationships with potential statutory, or other, supporters to present the case for mainstreaming of the projects activities at its conclusion.
• To works always in accordance with the ethos and principles of the organization And maintain confidentiality about the organization, colleagues and clients
• To perform other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned from time to time.


Occasional Duties
• Contribute to the strategic planning and development of the organization
• Attend internal training as requested
• To participate on multi-disciplinary groups and with local agencies in an awareness raising and influencing capacity.
• Present the work of Women’s Aid in information sharing forums, as appropriate.


Experience and Skills Sought
• A qualification in the field of Development, Social Work, or other relevant academic training (NFQ/QQI level 8 or higher).
• A minimum of three years training/facilitation experience within the Health and/ or Community & Voluntary sector.
• Direct experience of designing training content for a Health and/or Community & Voluntary sector audience.
• Direct experience of designing and delivering collaborative projects.
• Experience of producing project data and final project reports to a high standard.
• Experience working co-operatively with other services, and in relationship building.
• Experience in drafting project reports to a high standard.
• Excellent administrative & IT skills (all Office packages, Record keeping, data collation)
• Experience in assessing risk with women and safety planning.
• Detailed knowledge of the dynamics of Domestic abuse, including Coercive Control.
• A high level of professionalism and personal accountability, when engaging with diverse stakeholders.
• Demonstrable time management skills, and ability to work highly effectively on own iinitiative.
• A feminist (gendered) analysis of Domestic Violence.


Highly Desirable
• Experience in design and delivery of interactive training using online platforms (e.g. Zoom) an advantage.
• Experience working in the domestic violence sector in a frontline service delivery role.
• Knowledge of the Maternity health services policies and practices in Ireland
• Knowledge of national/international best practice responses to domestic violence in a public health setting.
• Experience advocating on behalf of victims/survivors of abuse
• Knowledge of GDPR requirements for frontline services
• Knowledge of Child Protection legislation and reporting requirements.


Women's Aid is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and cultural diversity.


Applications for this post must be made using the application form provided, and the closing date for applications is 5 pm on Friday 29th January 2021

Applications received after this time will not be considered, and CV’s will not be considered.

Please e-mail your completed application form using reference 2021MatDV in the subject line to  [email protected]


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