Manuela Riedo Programme Job Advert

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Regional Rape Crisis Centre: Project Worker (x 4 part time posts)

Part time & Fixed Term contract: 30 months: Sept 2017 – March 2020
Salary: € 39,819 – €42,667 pro rata
Based in: Kerry, Galway, Wexford and Dublin.

Employer: The Galway Rape Crisis Centre (GRCC) Limited is seeking applications from suitably qualified persons who wish to be considered for the post of Manuela Programme: Project worker. The project worker will be delivering training on the Manuela Programme based in one of four centres nationally. GRCC Limited is strategic partner to three Rape Crisis Centres located in Wexford, Kerry & Dublin in the delivery of the programme. This is a half time post subject to Garda Clearance.

GRCC is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Galway City. The Centre opened its doors in 1984, and since then has provided counselling and support services to survivors of sexual violence and abuse in the West of Ireland.

Experience Required

We are recruiting Project Workers to deliver the Manuela Programme (hereafter MP). The MP is a Sexual Violence Awareness Programme developed collaboratively by the Manuela Riedo Foundation and Irish Rape Crisis Centres for use with young people. This Programme is the beneficiary of EU funding and is rolled out in partnership with Tusla: Child and Family Agency. It will run for approximately 30 months with the evaluation of the programme a central goal.  We require trainers with a relevant qualification to deliver the programme and support the evaluation process of same.  Experience in programme delivery to young people, training, building cross disciplinary relationships and working in the sexual violence field is desirable. Please note: Post qualifying experience is paid employment after the candidate has completed their qualification

If you are interested in being considered for this post please return a CV & a cover letter stating which area you are applying for and return via email to Tusla: Child and Family Agency laura.karpisek@tusla.ie; 01 7718855.  For queries about this role, please contact Ann Ryan (067) 46629 annma.ryan@tusla.ie.


The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 midday on Monday 21st August 2017. Interviews planned for the East (Wexford & Dublin) on the 4th September and the West (Kerry & Galway) on the 19th September. Interviews will take place in Dublin and Limerick respectively.

For further information & full job description check our websites: www.drcc.ie; www.galwayrcc.org, www.krsac.com & www.wexfordrapecrisis.com.


Candidate Campaign Information Pack

Project Worker (Part –time with responsibility for the Manuela Programme)


Dear Candidate,


Thank you for your interest in the post of Project Worker with responsibility for rolling out the Manuela Programme Project.


This Candidate Pack includes the following information:


  • Full and detailed Job Specification and important dates to note


Please ensure that you read this Information Pack in detail. For any informal enquiries regarding the position and job specification please contact:

Annma.ryan@tusla.ie telephone (067) 46629




Kind Regards,


Manuela Programme Project Team



Project Worker  


Job Title


Manuela Programme Project Worker (with co-responsibility for operating the Manuela Programme)


Part-time (18.5 hours pro rate)

Applications considered Via Please send in a CV with cover letter indicating your  interest in and suitability for the post
Opening date for Applications  03.08.2017
Closing date for Applications  Midday 21.08.2017
Proposed Interview Date (s) Week of 12.9.17
Contact for Informal Enquiries Ann Ryan: DSGBV Team  067 46629

Location of Post

One of four Rape Crisis Centres as follows:

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Wexford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service,

Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

Galway Rape Crisis Centre

Please indicate which of these positions you are applying for.


Reporting Relationship





Project Worker (for the Manuela Programme) reports to the relevant Centre manager on a day to day basis and to the Manuela Programme Project Coordinator; Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Services Programme, Tusla: Child and Family Agency on all matter relating to EU Project compliance.

This EU funded post is administered via Galway Rape Crisis Centre, and as such they are the Project Worker employers.


Scope and Purpose of the Post



To market, roll out and train and support appropriate staff to deliver the Manuela Programme (a sexual consent and sexual violence prevention programme) within a range of educational settings largely targeting 15-17 year old young people.

To network with a range of stakeholders to ensure the development and up take of the programme and its concurrent staff training piece across educational and other settings.

To support and administer the evaluation of the Manuela Programme

Duties and Responsibilities Project Worker (with responsibility for the Manuela Programme) will work with the Grade VII, Project Coordinator  Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence Services Programme,  the relevant Rape Crisis Centre Service Managers and other stakeholders to:


  • Adhere to relevant procurement and financial legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Work as part of a team across a multiagency setting.
  • Establish effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders across statutory agencies, non-governmental organisations and others.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, child protection, dynamics of power & control and sexual violence.




  • Maintain up to date records and contact lists on all implementation and possible implementation sites for internal and external reporting requirements.
  • Ensure the evaluation tasks and related paperwork are completed, collated and centralised, evidencing same.
  • Link with all Project personnel (Project Coordinator and Project Workers) to ensure on all aspects of the administration of the project deliverables are in line with best practice.
  • Support aspects of document development for projects.
  • Support budget management and procurement processes.
  • Develop close contacts with education providers and other stakeholder’s e.g. young people, boards of management, parent groups, in the respective region.
  • Maintain a database of all educational and other project contacts, requests, roll outs and number of young person’s/ educators reached and outcomes.
  • Administer pre and post programme evaluation sheets and maintain records of same
  • Generate project reports maintain project records.



  • Deliver agreed training and programme interventions to educators, sexual violence service providers, and youth support personnel and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Mentor and support the programme delivery to a varied group (ages and backgrounds) of young people and adults.
  • Develop, support and administer good practice safety protocols for programme participants across the continuum with sexual violence service providers and relevant child protection personnel.
  • Be open to new ideas and ways of working with the ability to relate positively and empathetically but without collusion.
  • Target minority populations who are likely to be excluded from mainstream education.
  • Contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe financial practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards and ensure services comply with same.
  • Contribute to development and implementation of evaluation and monitoring mechanisms for projects, in particular to establish an evidence base around effective education and prevention strategies for young people relevant to sexual violence.


Education & Training

  • Maintain standards of practice and levels of professional knowledge by participating in continuous professional development initiatives and attendance at courses as appropriate.
  • Attend supervision in line with the Centre policy.


Human Resources

  • Support the preparation and issuing of documentation (correspondence, reports etc) to the highest possible standard
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace.
  • Where appropriate establish and maintain records of attendance, statistical information, annual returns, and any other information as may be requested.
  • Work as part of a team and treat all members with dignity and respect.


Health & Safety

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Have a working knowledge of the National Standards for Child Protection and Care and comply with associated Tusla – Child and Family Agency protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.


The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Eligibility Criteria

Qualifications and / or Experience

Candidates must by the closing date possess the following as relevant to the role: –

  • Hold a recognised qualification in a relevant discipline (counselling, social work, youth work,  psychology, community development, education etc)
  • Significant experience in group work, facilitative training, youth and sexual violence programme delivery.
  • Significant experience with working in multi-agency and/or cross-sectoral environments in the delivery of agreed outcomes.
  • Experience of working on projects related to social change and/or domestic, sexual and gender based violence.
  •  Experience of evidence based programmes and evaluation processes, including SDQ’s, administration of feedback forms.
  • Experience of managing a complex array of stakeholder relationships in a competitive environment.
  • Have the requisite knowledge and ability for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.



A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.



Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character.



Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where s/he  is not classified as a new entrant within the meaning of the Public Services Superannuation Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.

Other requirements specific to the post Access to transport as the post will involve travel.



Skills, competencies and knowledge


Professional Knowledge and Experience

  • Have significant experience of working in the areas of group facilitation, training and group work
  • Demonstrate clear understanding of child welfare and protection policy & its implementation.
  • Have significant experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team and interagency working
  • Have significant experience of evidence based programmes, youth work, sexual violence prevention and education.
  • Have experience of community development and capacity building.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of issues and responses in some or all of the areas of sexual violence, domestic violence and gender based violence.
  • Understand the development and delivery of education and prevention programmes.
  • Proficient in MS Office including Excel, Word & PowerPoint.
  • Experience in evaluation and evidence gathering approaches.


Communication & Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrate:

  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills in order to deal effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills to deliver complex information in understandable terms.
  • Excellent written communication skills including report writing
  • Capacity to communicate effectively across a wide range of professionals and agencies.
  • Capacity to work as part of a team


Team Skills: Demonstrate:

  • Ability to build and maintain relationships in inter-agency and multi disciplinary environments.
  • The ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Flexibility, adaptability and openness to working effectively in a changing environment
  • Diplomacy, discretion and an ability to negotiate


Problem Solving, Analysis and Decision Making: Demonstrate:

  • The ability to deliver a range of evidence based programmes and facilitate learning across a range of interest groups.
  • Ability to network effectively across multi agency multi disciplinary arenas.
  •  The ability to confidently explain the rationale behind decisions when faced with opposition
  • The ability to recognise when it is appropriate to refer decisions to a higher level of management
  • The ability to use initiative and problem solving as appropriate


Planning and Organising Skills: Demonstrate:

  • Ability to effectively plan, manage and prioritise effectively and work to agreed timescales.
  • The ability to use resources effectively, challenging processes to improve efficiencies where appropriate
  • The ability to manage own time efficiently to ensure delivery of results


Commitment to providing a quality service: Demonstrate:

  • Evidence of incorporating the needs of the Service User into service delivery
  • A commitment to developing own knowledge and expertise
  • A commitment to team building and positive working relationships
  • A commitment to providing a professional service to internal and external stakeholders
  • Value diversity and encourage anti oppressive and anti discriminatory practices across all fields



Shortlisting / Interview Short listing may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your cover letter and CV.  The criteria for short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification. Therefore it is very important that you think about your experience in light of those requirements.


Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the selection process.   Those successful at the shortlisting stage of this process (where applied) will be called forward to interview.






Terms and Conditions of Employment


Manuela Programme Project Worker





This post is for a fixed term of up to 30 months. As the substantive funding for this post arises from funding under the EU Justice programme, a Specified Purpose Contract will apply.

Appointment as an employee of the Child & Family Agency is governed by the Child and Family Agency Act, 2013 and the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004.






The Salary scale for the post is:  TUSLA: Child and Family Agency PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED SOCIAL WORKER 1/04/17 LRA 10 39,819 – 42,667




Working Week




The standard working week applying to the post is: 18.5 hours

(.5 of full time post)



Annual Leave


The annual leave associated with the post is 30 days (prorata)


Probation 1.       Every appointment shall be subject to a probationary period of 6 months