The following vacancies are available in the Western Development Commission (WDC)

1.     Job Description:  Project Officer
(fixed term contract)

Purpose of Post

 

Blue Circular Economy (BCE) is a new project which is funded under an EU transnational Interreg programme called the Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme (NPAP) 2014-2020.
BCE aims to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) offering products and services within fishing gear recycling solutions in the NPA region to attain a greater market reach.

Building on the network developed under Circular Ocean (2015-2018), the project will set up a multi-level cluster to connect and catalyse SME’s in the region. The cluster formation will be used as a hub, multiplier and network enabler where knowledge and experience is developed and shared, while adopting an inclusive gender-equal approach.

The cluster establishment and operation will be done in collaboration with academia, industry and government agencies following a triple helix approach. BCE will therefore contribute to sustainable development in the NPAP region at the economic, environmental and social levels.

Key Responsibilities

The Project Officer is a newly created fixed-term post for the duration of the EU Interreg funded BCE project.  The position will last for a limited time period for the duration of the project and reports to the Head of Regional Development.

The Western Development Commission (WDC) is responsible for two Work Packages (WP) in the BCE project:

  1. Clustering
  2. Communications

The WDC is also a partner in other work packages and will contribute to other project activities.  The two WP’s that the WDC will lead, and other work package participation, account for a large percentage of the total project budget and workload.

The following are the main tasks to be undertaken by the BCE Project Officer:

Communications

  • Implement the Communication Strategy which defines the methodology & protocol for internal and external communications of the project and the three year action plan.  The communications strategy will ensure that project partners disseminate its main messages and results to beneficiaries, citizens and stakeholders.
  • Measure, review & report on the effectiveness of Communications Strategy
  • Create an internal & external communication support platform across the partners
  • Build on the existing Circular Ocean approach and transition towards B2B models of engagement to raise awareness
  • Develop promotional material, website, social media channels and publications, including project reports, project newsletters etc.
  • Organise events, training, and workshops for internal and external communications
  • Adhere to EU and mandatory programme publicity requirements
  • Oversee production and financing for quality, professional communication tools
  • Identify risks associated with communication activities

 Clustering

  • Lead the Clustering work package, with the Norwegian partner, NTNU.  Develop one large scale, one small scale and one overarching Innovation cluster.
  • Leverage expertise that exists across the partnership
  • Secure further resources from stakeholders in Ireland
  • Conduct regional investigations & development in Ireland
  • Build partnerships & stakeholder networks in Ireland, Norway & across the partnership
  • Prepare reports on the cluster development, with a view to policy contributions.
  • Investigate the economic development opportunities for fishing net recycling with SME’s in Ireland
  • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge share by drawing on the lessons learned from Norway

 Administration

  • Prepare NPAP reports & funding updates
  • Draft policy documents
  • Prepare & give presentations
  • Administer procurement process for service providers where applicable
  • Organise and host at least one partner meeting and coordinate attendance at other partner meetings
  • Participate in monthly project conference calls, partner meetings and internal communication forums
  • Project monitoring & evaluation
  • Completion of all project claims, project reports and deliverables
  • Please note that this post will involve international travel.

Key Requirements

  • Experience of successfully submitting project claims to EU funding bodies
  • Experience of developing and maintaining robust record keeping and filing systems
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to schedule tasks and meet on-going deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to use own initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications (written, verbal and presentation) skills with good attention to detail
  • Experience of using modern digital communication platforms to manage and promote projects e.g. Social media channels, Websites, Webinar platforms, Dropbox etc.
  • Ability to support and interact with a diverse project team in order to achieve common goals
  • Preferably a Level 7 NFQ qualification (an Ordinary Bachelor Degree see https://www.qqi.ie/Articles/Pages/National-Framework-of-Qualifications-(NFQ).aspx for more information) in a related discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Preferably 3 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Proven track record of working autonomously
  • Willingness to travel intermittently in support of the project

Desirable Experience

  • Previous experience of EU co-funded projects
  • Previous experience or demonstrated interest in the project subject area
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Interest in learning from other regions and countries

Conditions

This post is a full-time, fixed term contract to 30th September 2021, subject to a six-month probationary period.

The WDC Head Office is in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. WDC staff are also located in Galway and Sligo. The successful candidate may seek to be located in Roscommon, Galway or Sligo in line with the remote working policy of the WDC.

The salary scale for this post will be equivalent to that of the Civil Service Executive Officer Standard Scale:

 Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Pay Rate: The salary for this position, with effect from 1st April 2017 is as follows: €29,609, €31,329, €32,460, €34,364, €36,071, €37,720, €39,364, €40,974, €42,600, €44,181, €45,812, €46,891, €48,427, €48,4271 €49,9602

Please note: The starting salary for the person appointed to this post will be the first point on the above scale unless the successful application has previous reckonable public sector experience.

To Apply

Please clearly state the project name and role you are applying for in the subject line of the email, submit a cover letter and CV (of no more than four pages) detailing your experience, qualifications and any other relevant information, to:

Patricia Teatum, Head of Corporate Resources, WDC, Dillon House, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon or careers@wdc.ie  

 Applicants can also apply through www.publicjobs.ie

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 1st April at 5:00 pm

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 8th April 2019.

The WDC is an equal opportunities employer

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2.     Job Description: EU Project Officer
(fixed term contract)

 Purpose of Post


BizMentors is a new project. It is funded under an EU transnational Interreg programme called the Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme 2014-2020.
The BizMentors project aims to improve supports for business people involved in the Agri-Food sector living in remote and sparsely populated communities.

Originally developed by SCCUL Enterprise in Galway, the BizMentors model has been proven to support individuals and businesses in small dispersed community settings. It relies on the local support of established business people (mentors) to provide free guidance to those seeking it (mentees) in a structured and low-cost way.

In a quadruple helix partnership approach, this project aims to innovate the model using an online interactive platform and shared learning to scale and expand BizMentors in the NPA Region, making expertise accessible to all enterprises and entrepreneurs.

The mentoring model developed will be piloted in each region participating in the project.  The output from these pilots will inform future transferability to other business sectors and countries (not just in the NPA region).

To support this, a transnational Best Practice Handbook (BPH) and online platform will be produced to inform decision makers and other communities seeking to implement effective, low cost and inclusive mentoring solutions in other regions.

The WDC wishes to recruit an EU Project Officer for the duration of the project.

 

Key Responsibilities

The Project Officer is a newly created fixed-term post for the duration of the EU Interreg funded BizMentors project. The position will last for a limited time period for the duration of the project and reports to the Head of Regional Development.

The Western Development Commission (WDC) is the lead partner for the project.  It is responsible for two work packages (WP):

  • Project Management
  • Communication Activities

The WDC is also a partner in other work packages and will contribute to other project activities.  The two WP’s that the WDC will lead, and other work package participation, account for a large percentage of the total project budget and workload.

The following are the main tasks to be undertaken by the BizMentors Project Officer:

  • Structure, responsibilities, and procedures, for the day- to- day management and coordination
  • Communication within the partnership
  • Report and evaluate procedures
  • Risk and quality management
  • Project co-ordination including data collection and monitoring, file management, document archiving, financial record keeping
  • Manage partner meetings and communications internally within the partnership
  • Manage project governance to include preparation of partnership agreement, adherence to NPA governance requirements, development of progress and final report for NPA
  • Foster a project and financial management ethos within the partnership
  • Project monitoring & evaluation including use of Gantt charts, and recording of indicators, deliverables, products and services
  • Ensure all information required from partners is collated using clear templates and timelines
  • Develop promotional material and publications
  • Design & prepare content for project website
  • Develop a coherent social media strategy and integrated communications and dissemination of project outputs
  • Communicate with the NPA and claims management – liaise with the NPA project desk officer, progress reporting, submission & distribution of claims, preparing budget adjustments if necessary
  • Complete all project claims, project reports and deliverables
  • Please note that this post will involve international travel. 

Key Requirements

  • Experience of successfully submitting project claims to EU funding bodies
  • Experience of developing and maintaining robust record keeping and filing systems
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to schedule tasks and meet on-going deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to use own initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications (written, verbal and presentation) skills with good attention to detail
  • Experience of using modern digital communication platforms to manage and promote projects e.g. Social media channels, Websites, Webinar platforms, Dropbox etc.
  • Ability to support and interact with a diverse project team in order to achieve common goals
  • Preferably a Level 7 NFQ qualification (an Ordinary Bachelor Degree see https://www.qqi.ie/Articles/Pages/National-Framework-of-Qualifications-(NFQ).aspx for more information) in a related discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Preferably 3 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Proven track record of working autonomously
  • Willingness to travel intermittently in support of the project

Desirable Experience

  • Previous experience of EU co-funded projects
  • Previous experience or demonstrated interest in the project subject area
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Interest in learning from other regions and countries 

Conditions

This post is a full-time, fixed term contract to 30th September 2021, subject to a six-month probationary period.

The WDC Head Office is in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. WDC staff are also located in Galway and Sligo. The successful candidate may seek to be located in Roscommon, Galway or Sligo in line with the remote working policy of the WDC.

The salary scale for this post will be equivalent to that of the Civil Service Executive Officer Standard Scale:

 Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Pay Rate: The salary for this position, with effect from 1st April 2017 is as follows: €29,609, €31,329, €32,460, €34,364, €36,071, €37,720, €39,364, €40,974, €42,600, €44,181, €45,812, €46,891, €48,427, €48,4271 €49,9602

Please note: The starting salary for the person appointed to this post will be the first point on the above scale unless the successful application has previous reckonable public sector experience.

To Apply

Please clearly state the project name and role you are applying for in the subject line of the email, submit a cover letter and CV (of no more than four pages) detailing your experience, qualifications and any other relevant information, to:

Patricia Teatum, Head of Corporate Resources, WDC, Dillon House, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon or careers@wdc.ie.

Applicants can also apply through www.publicjobs.ie

 Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 1st April at 5:00 pm

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 8th April 2019.

 

The WDC is an equal opportunities employer

                                               Canvassing will disqualify                                                     

Ba bhuntáiste é líofacht sa Ghaeilge

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3.   Job Description: EU Project Officer
       (fixed term contract)

 

Purpose of the Post

BLITZ is a new project funded under an EU transnational Interreg programme called the Northern Periphery & Artic Programme (NPA) 2014-2020.

The project Business of Literature Zones (BLITZ) aims to “grow entrepreneurship and SME reach beyond local markets by developing and marketing literary tourism products”.

The project will ensure the enhanced capacity of SME’s to act beyond local markets through increased awareness, enhanced visibility and changed attitudes towards the Literary Tourism sector as an economic driver within the region.

The project will involve the development of a Literary Tourism SME support programme for delivery across the partner area which will result in the development of multiple new products/services that will enhance the literary tourism offering in the NPA.  It will include pilot projects, knowledge transfers, creation of digital platforms, etc. to maximize the transformative economic impact from one country to another.

The WDC wishes to recruit a Project Officer for the duration of the project.

Key Responsibilities

The Project Officer is a newly created fixed-term post for the duration of an EU Interreg-funded BLITZ project. The work will last for a limited time period for the duration of the project and reports to the Head of Regional Development.

The Western Development Commission (WDC) will be responsible for two work packages (WP) in the BLITZ project.

  1. SME Development Program
  2. Communications

WDC is also a partner in other work packages and will contribute to other project activities.  The two WP’s that the WDC will lead, and other work package participation, account for a large percentage of the total project budget and workload.

The following are the main tasks to be undertaken by the BLITZ Project Officer:

Lead for the WDC on the completion of the activities and outputs designated in the two assigned WP’s. To include:

  • To deliver in line with the Communications Strategy the key communication outputs in the project and oversee communication activities including social media channels, updating of website, content for e-zine etc.
  • Develop Literary Tourism Product Development Workshops and Training
  • Support delivery of Literary Tourism Product Incubation Programme
  • Facilitate a Literary Tourism network
  • Support creation of a digital platform / app to capture and increase visibility of literary tourism products / services / sites and related digital resources
  • Co-ordinate development of the Communications Strategy
  • Organise project launch and literary tourism conference and attendance at relevant events to promote the project
  • External PR and social media strategy and adhere to programme publicity requirements
  • Completion of all project claims, project reports and deliverables
  • Provide regular project status updates and assistance in the compliant undertaking of all project deliverables
  • Administer procurement process for service providers where applicable
  • Participate in partner meetings and communications internally within the partnership, including monthly project conference calls
  • Assist the lead partner in project monitoring & evaluation
  • Please note that this post will involve international travel.

Key Requirements

  • Experience of successfully submitting project claims to EU funding bodies
  • Experience of developing and maintaining robust record keeping and filing systems
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to schedule tasks and meet on-going deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to use own initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications (written, verbal and presentation) skills with good attention to detail
  • Experience of using modern digital communication platforms to manage and promote projects e.g. Social media channels, Websites, Webinar platforms, Dropbox etc.
  • Ability to support and interact with a diverse project team in order to achieve common goals
  • Preferably a Level 7 NFQ qualification (an Ordinary Bachelor Degree see https://www.qqi.ie/Articles/Pages/National-Framework-of-Qualifications-(NFQ).aspx for more information) in a related discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Preferably 3 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Proven track record of working autonomously
  • Willingness to travel intermittently in support of the project

Desirable Experience

  • Previous experience of EU co-funded projects
  • Previous experience or demonstrated interest in the project subject area
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Interest in learning from other regions and countries

Conditions

This post is a full-time, fixed term contract to 30th September 2021, subject to a six month probationary period.

The WDC Head Office is in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. WDC staff are also located in Galway and Sligo. The successful candidate may seek to be located in Roscommon, Galway or Sligo in line with the remote working policy of the WDC.

The salary scale for this post will be equivalent to that of the Civil Service Executive Officer Standard Scale:

 Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Pay Rate: The salary for this position, with effect from 1st April 2017 is as follows: €29,609, €31,329, €32,460, €34,364, €36,071, €37,720, €39,364, €40,974, €42,600, €44,181, €45,812, €46,891, €48,427, €48,4271 €49,9602

Please note: The starting salary for the person appointed to this post will be the first point on the above scale unless the successful application has previous reckonable public sector experience.

 

To Apply

Please clearly state the project name and role you are applying for in the subject line of the email, submit a cover letter and CV (of no more than four pages) detailing your experience, qualifications and any other relevant information, to:

Patricia Teatum, Head of Corporate Resources, WDC, Dillon House, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon or careers@wdc.ie

Applicants can also apply through www.publicjobs.ie

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 1st April at 5:00 pm

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 8th April 2019.

The WDC is an equal opportunities employer

                                               Canvassing will disqualify                                                     

Ba bhuntáiste é líofacht sa Ghaeilge