Vacancy: Peace Walls Programme Officer
18th February 2013
Suffolk Lenadoon Interface Group is focused on addressing interface issues which the communities of Suffolk and Lenadoon experience on a daily basis. Supported by the Suffolk and Lenadoon Community Forums, the overall aim of our strategy for peace building is to establish, over time, a shared society defined by a culture of tolerance: a normal, civic society, in which all individuals are considered as equals, where differences are resolved through dialogue in the public sphere and where all individuals are treated impartially.
This Peace Walls project will create the climate that will encourage real and meaningful dialogue to be initiated and take place regarding ‘peace wall structures’ within and bordering mainly the Suffolk community. The ultimate aim of the Peace Walls Programme is to transform ‘peace wall’ structures across interface areas throughout NI and specifically for this those ‘peace walls’ structures across the Suffolk community and its surrounding communities (i.e. Lenadoon, Ladybrook, Glengoland and Black’s Road).. The successful candidate will therefore lead the delivery of a programme of activities and work that allows contact, dialogue and reconciliation between those living in interface areas that will bring about the transformation of peace walls across the Suffolk community and its surrounding communities. This programme and all of its activities will be administered and managed by SLIG.
For contextual purposes the following ‘peace wall’ structures have been highlighted as those to be considered in this programme:
- Rear of SRRP building and Kells Avenue - steel gate at Kells Avenue which hasn't been opened in almost 30 years. Along the rear of the SRRP building there is a 2 metre high steel fence right on the interface along with steel fencing at both sides of the entrance to the rear of the building (Entrance from the Suffolk estate).
- Carnanmore Park - a 2 metre high steel fence at the Glen River segregating Suffolk from the St. Helen's Wood neighbourhood
- Oranmore Avenue/Suffolk Crescent in the predominantly Catholic Brooke neighbourhood - a 4 metre high double steel fence, backed by a steel 'wall' close to the Mallinmore land.
- 3 derelict houses at Carnanmore Park located close to the Stewartstown Road.
- Stewartstown Road - 3 metre high corrugated metal fence erected on the Stewartstown Road Regeneration Project (SRRP) shared shopping/community space, segregating the precinct from Ringford Crescent.
- Run down development of flats on the entrance to Tildarg Avenue.
- Oranmore Avenue – run down area at the bottom of Oranmore Avenue with the peace line running parallel to the rear of the building.
- A series of walls, steel fences, pathways and gates along the Glen River and up to the Stewartstown Road.
- Black’s Road – the site between the school and Carnamore Park Playing Fields which has a steel fence which covers the boundaries to the school site with the derelict land acting as an interface between communities.
SLIG now wishes to recruit a full-time worker to facilitate this programme.
Reporting to SLIG’s Strategic Development Manager, the post-holder will be largely operating in Suffolk and its surrounding communities. He/she will be responsible for:
- Identifying and working with a range of stakeholders to positively impact and transform identified peace wall structures.
- Working with relevant groups/individuals to encourage participation on a programme of dialogue around peace wall structures.
- Creating opportunities to facilitate the sharing of culture, tradition and political diversity within Suffolk and its surrounding communities.
The successful applicant must possess the following:
- A relevant 3rd level qualification and 2 years relevant experience
- 3 years relevant experience within the last 5 years.
This post is a fixed-term contract until December 2015. To request an application pack containing further details, including a full set of essential and desirable criteria, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 028 9062 9146. Closing date for the return of completed application forms (CV’s will not be accepted) is 6th March at 2.00 pm. No late applications will be considered.