We’re hiring! Are you the new Project Manager of our Integration and Inclusion Project?


Position: Project Manager

Reporting to: Operations and Development Manager

Contract: Fixed-term 1 year [with an opportunity to renew, subject to funding]

Office Location: Gaisce’s Office in Ratra House, Dublin


Position Summary

Gaisce – The President’s Award is seeking a Project Manager to lead ‘Wavelength’ a new integration and inclusion project. The Project Manager will use the Gaisce programme framework to support organisations working with young people aged 18-25 who are asylum seekers and/or refugees who may be living in Direct Provision or Receptions Centres as well as those who have come through these centres and are new immigrants resettled in communities all over Ireland. The candidate will ideally have experience working with these or similar groups, a broad network of contacts and an understanding of this area of work. There will also be an opportunity to develop opportunities for participants aged 15-17 years of age. The candidate will be an empathetic, enthusiastic and self-driven person engaging and supporting relevant organisations who wish to deliver the Gaisce programme for this project. This position requires a youth centred person with strong people, facilitation and organisational skills. The position holder will work within the Operations Team.


About Gaisce – The President’s Award

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme for young people between the ages of 15-25, which is proven to enhance confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical, community and team challenges. It is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to all young people to dream big and realise their potential. Gaisce is non-competitive and self-directed: participants progress along each award level (Bronze, Silver or Gold) choosing personal, physical and community activities they wish to undertake and taking part in an adventure journey also. A trained adult mentor, their President’s Award Leader (PAL), supports them throughout the process.

Gaisce is active across all 26 counties and, through the Joint Award Initiative, an innovating partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, young people living in Northern Ireland are able to achieve a Gaisce Award at any level too. Through a partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Gaisce Awards are also recognised internationally.

Since its inception in 1985, over 370,000 young people have participated in the Gaisce programme. Today, more than 25,000 young people register for the Gaisce challenge each year, pursuing the award through more than 850 organisations (Gaisce Award Partners) located right across the country. In any one year, Gaisce supports these organisations and the more than 1,200 President Award Leaders (PALs) working and volunteering in them to mentor young people through their Gaisce journey. Gaisce celebrates the individuality of each participant and ensures while there are many pathways to achieving a Gaisce Award, each Gaisce journey is as unique and expansive as our participants determine and equally recognised. 


The Role

Reporting to the Operations and Development Manager and working within the Operations Team, the Project Manager will lead ‘Wavelength’ an integration and inclusion project and provide other development support as required within the asylum seeking/refugee/new community sector. The aim of the role is to grow the reach of the programme and access for young people aged 15-25 within this community.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and drive a work plan for the project and other related work activities aligned with Gaisce’s strategic plan.
  • Prepare and deliver regular work plan and/or project specific reports against aims and objectives, targets and planned outcomes.
  • Oversee project evaluation activities.
  • Deliver PAL (President Award Leader) training and information sessions.
  • Be the point of contact for Gaisce Award Partners (organisations delivering the award) and PALs for the Project.
  • Support newly trained and current PALs as they recruit and mentor Gaisce participants.
  • Complete general duties in relation to PAL and GAP management, recruitment activities and other supports including grant applications.
  • Identify trends and priorities supporting the needs of Gaisce Award Partners and PALs, develop innovative and creative solutions to achieve project outcomes and contribute to the teamwork plan.
  • Work closely with the Operations Team to ensure broader support for all Gaisce Award Partners and PALs.
  • Maintain and update Gaisce’s CRM/On-line Systems in relation to the role activities e.g. Salesforce.
  • Promote and present on the Project and the Gaisce programme to third parties.
  • Support Gaisce events, training and ceremonies.
  • Undertake other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time, commensurate with the nature of the post.
  • Act in the best interest of Gaisce and in line with the values, vision and mission of the organisation.


Person Specification

Skills / Experience (Essential)

– Professional qualification and/or relevant degree and minimum of 3 years’ experience. We are especially interested to hear from individuals with knowledge and experience working with young asylum seekers, refugees or those in new communities (bearing in mind the role will not involve working directly with young people):

– Familiarity with the wider community and voluntary sector (migration sector and/or youth sector a particular advantage).

– Demonstrable ability to build and maintain relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.

– Project Management

– Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills (in English).

– Excellent organisational and planning skills.

– Strong IT skills.

– Strong strategic, analytical and evaluation skills.

– Full Driver’s License


Skills / Experience (Desirable)

– Familiarity/understanding of the National Standards Quality Framework (NQSF).

– Training [Train the Trainer]

– Familiarity with the Gaisce programme.


Personal Attributes

– Commitment to empowering young people, particularly those in vulnerable parts of society, to fulfil their potential.

– Self-starter and team player.

– Motivated/Proactive.

– Positive outlook.

– Flexible.


Key Relationships

Reporting to the Operations and Development Manager, the successful candidate will work closely with other members of the Operations Team.



This is a 1-year fixed term appointment with an opportunity to renew, subject to funding] with a 6-month probationary period.

The salary will commensurate with experience [information upon request].

The appointment is covered by the Single Public Service Pension Scheme and membership of the scheme will be compulsory for the successful candidate (PRD/’pension levy’ is applicable). There is a holiday entitlement of 25 days in the first twelve months, excluding public holidays. Some travel and activities on evenings and at weekends will be necessary from time to time.



Applications for the post are by application form only which should be sent either by email to recruitment@gaisce.ie with the subject line ‘Ref: Project Manager Application’ or by post in an envelope (marked ‘Private & Confidential & Ref: Project Manager Application’) to: The Operations and Development Manager, Gaisce – The President’s Award, Ratra House, North Road, Phoenix Park, Dublin D08 YD62. Queries can be addressed to the same email address.

You can download the application form for this role here.

Closing date for applications is strictly 12 noon Wednesday 14th of August 2019 with a view to Interviews will be scheduled the week commencing the 16th of September. If invited, Candidates are expected to make themselves available on the interview date scheduled by Gaisce. Gaisce may be unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates who have been not been shortlisted for interview.

All applications received within the deadline will be screened against the role requirements and the person specification. As the work involves contact with young people, candidates under consideration for the role will be subject to Garda vetting. The successful candidate will undergo 2 reference checks before commencing employment.


Gaisce, Gradam an Uachtaráin – the President’s Award is committed to best practice and operates on the basis of equal opportunities. Applications are therefore invited from all suitably qualified and eligible candidates. Appointment will be based solely on merit and canvassing will disqualify.


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