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Opening Power to Diversity. Application process opened for ground breaking migrant integration scheme

Application process opened for ground breaking migrant integration scheme

This September Crosscare Migrant Project (CMP) will launch a ground breaking migrant integration scheme aimed at increasing migrant participation and interest in politics in Ireland at the highest level. The Opening Power to Diversity scheme will match volunteer migrants with a number of TDs and Senators. Over a six month period beginning in September migrants will get a unique and valuable experience and insight into how politics works in Ireland by shadowing the TD or Senator in his/her daily work. The application process for the migrant participants has now opened.

Role Description: The migrant participant will follow the work of the TD or Senator during the day and participate in the activities of the politician’s office. Migrants will use their skills while getting involved in the politicians activities, they will attend Committee meetings, Dáil sessions and where possible other meetings the politician holds as part of his/her role in the Oireachtas. Where possible, migrants will also get involved at constituency level. Migrants will also be expected to keep a weekly written or video diary of their experiences and input into CMP’s policy team at the end of the scheme. Orientation and on-going support will be provided by CMP.

Time commitment: Two days a week over a six month period, excluding time spent on the diary. The six month period will comprise of the Dáil periods before and after Christmas 2011.

Applicant requirements: The initiative is focused on non-EEA nationals or non-EEA nationals who have recently become Irish citizens[1]. For logistical and management reasons the scheme is initially only working with politicians based in Dublin and surrounding Dáil constituencies. It is preferable that applicants also live in this area[2].

Essential: Applicants will need to be good communicators as there is an expectation that they will talk and/or write about their experience as a participant in the programme. It is also essential that applicants have an interest in politics at some level.

Desirable: Skills and/or experience in the following areas would be desirable:

Research, community work, office administration, Information Technology, any relevant educational or work experience related to politics. Particular subject expertise or interests may also be relevant.

Application process: Please e-mail (marked OPD Scheme) your CV to Joe O’Brien at jobrien@crosscare.ie with a letter of application that includes an answer to the following question: Why do you want to participate in the Opening Power to Diversity scheme? Max 300 words.

Closing date for applications: Monday August 15th at 9am.

This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice & Equality and Pobal.

[1] Applicants need to have legal permission to reside in the state and either have a Stamp 1, 3, 4 or 5 or be recently naturalised Irish citizens.

2 Counties Dublin, Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.

Joe O’Brien

Policy Officer

Crosscare Migrant Project,

1 Cathedral St.,

Dublin 1.

T: +353-1-8732844

E: jobrien@crosscare.ie

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[1] Applicants need to have legal permission to reside in the state and either have a Stamp 1, 3, 4 or 5 or be recently naturalised Irish citizens.

[2] Counties Dublin, Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.

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