From time to time jobs will be advertised at the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, its agencies and commissions as well as areas where bishops as Trustees hold responsibility. Please see below for current listings:


Coordinator for the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas and
Emigrant Officer to the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants 

Three year fixed term appointment to cover a career break

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference wishes to appoint a Coordinator for the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) and Emigrant Officer to the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants (IECE). 

To help fulfil its aims more effectively, the Bishops’ Conference has established various Episcopal Commissions, Departments, Councils, Agencies and other bodies which focus on specific tasks and areas of responsibility within the mission of the Church.


The ICPO provides information, support and advocacy to approximately 1,100 Irish prisoners in 36 different countries and their families.

Established over 70 years ago, IECE endeavours to support vulnerable Irish emigrants.  It has affiliated pastoral centres in London and across the USA that provide essential pastoral and practical care to the most vulnerable members of the Irish emigrant community, such as isolated elderly, undocumented and prisoners.

Scope of the position

Reporting to the Executive Administrator, this is an exciting opportunity to lead two inter-related projects working with vulnerable and marginalised Irish emigrants.  The primary role is that of ICPO Coordinator, whilst the successful applicant will also lead on the IECE’s work with Irish emigrants.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Providing leadership, direction and guidance regarding all organisational activities;
  • Representing the ICPO and IECE to statutory and voluntary agencies, media, general public and funders;
  • Identifying and responding to the needs of Irish prisoners overseas and their families here in Ireland;
  • Researching and providing relevant information to prisoners on issues such as deportation, repatriation and transfer;
  • Focussing public attention on issues affecting Irish prisoners;
  • Engaging in practical work in aid of justice and human rights for Irish emigrants at an international level.


The successful candidate will be located in the offices of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Columba Centre, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

The employer provides a hybrid working policy that allows for three days based in the office in Maynooth and two days per week working remotely .  

In order to be considered for this position, candidates must:

  • have a formal qualification in a relevant discipline, preferably law or social work;
  • have strong interpersonal and leadership skills;
  • be an energetic self-starter, with excellent interpersonal, oral, written communication and IT skills;
  • be familiar with strategic planning and development, and have demonstrable organisational, administrative, time management and project management skills;
  • have experience in managing staff.

In addition, it is desirable that candidates:

  • have knowledge of migration matters;
  • have knowledge of the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church;
  • have knowledge and experience of working within the voluntary sector, including the submission of grant applications;
  • have a commitment to social justice and equality;
  • have knowledge and experience working with marginalised groups;
  • have media, public relations and social media experience.

A special requirement for the position is that the successful candidate would possess flexibility and a willingness to travel overseas, including to prisons.

A competitive remuneration package, commensurate with the candidate’s skills and experience, will apply to this appointment. 

A probationary period of six months is part of the three year fixed term contract.

For a full job description and further information, please click here.

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter with any additional relevant information to: 

Executive Administrator, Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Columba Centre, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare W23 P6D3.

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Note:  Electronic signatures are acceptable on application forms sent by email.

The closing date and time for completed applications is is 4.00pm on Tuesday, 4 April 2023.