Befriending Officer (Secondment Cover) Part Time- 2 days/Week Contract- Dublin based

Befriending is a one-to-one supported relationship between a Spirasi client and a trained volunteer. By building social and community relations, befriending helps to rebuild the trust damaged by interpersonal trauma, supports with the integration process, and helps to reduce the isolation and loneliness often experienced by refugees and International Protection Applicants.

Person Specification

Essential Requirements:

  • Relevant Third level qualification in Social Science, or other related area
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent ability to work well, individually, and as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational skills, multi-tasking skills and the ability work on own initiative
  • A proven track record of organizing successful events
  • Proven admin or assistant experience
  • Experience of working with people seeking international protection and from refugee backgrounds, culturally competent
  • Strong proficiency in use of IT and standard software packages
  • Excellent self-care and awareness of importance of boundaries
  • A suitable workspace if working remotely


  • Knowledge of Irish health, education, social welfare and legal systems in relation both to those seeking and having received protection in the Irish State.
  • Excellent ability to represent, to advocate and to network
  • Proficiency in a second and/or other languages
  • Experience in working in a multidisciplinary health care setting


Please send both a CV and a no-more-than-one page Letter of Motivation stating how your skills and experience match the requirements of the post via email to  with the subject line reading “Befriending Officer”


Enquiries: To Magdalena tel. 01-8389664 or email

Closing Date: Monday 21st of August

Start Date: Mid- late September

Interview Date: TBC; most likely week commencing 4th of September

Rate: €36,000 per annum, pro-rata

Contract: Secondment Cover- One-year fixed Term- Part Time

Full Job Description

Salary: €36,000 pro-rata