Irish Foster Care Association: Project Worker Learning & Development (Part-Time)

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Position: Part-time 17.5 hours weekly
Location: IFCA Office Tallaght
Reports to: IFCA Manager

Who we are

The Irish Foster Care Association is the representative body for foster care in Ireland. Its membership is broad based and includes foster carers, social workers and others with an interest in foster care. IFCA supports excellence in foster care.

Mission Statement
The Irish Foster Care Association is the representative body for foster care in Ireland. Child-centred and rights-based, IFCA promotes excellence in foster care for all those involved.

Supporting excellence in foster care so that children in care have the best chances in life.

IFCA Values

  • Excellence in foster care for all those involved
  • Open, respectful and transparent ways of working
  • Equality and Inclusion
  • A partnership approach between all those involved in foster care

Project Worker

The project worker will be responsible the oversight, co-ordination and (at times), delivery of all aspects of IFCA’s Learning Programme which is delivered nationally. The programme will be delivered primarily by a panel of independent trainers, IFCA staff or suitably qualified IFCA members.

IFCA’s National Membership structures

IFCA has a network of branches and Hubs nationally which are supported and coordinated by IFCA staff and volunteers. The project worker works closely within the IFCA team to ensure delivery of learning opportunities, information workshops and other learning opportunities to Branches and Hubs. She/he will also play a role in the delivery of IFCA’s Annual National Conference with team colleagues.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and organise, in collaboration with team members, the delivery of learning opportunities, and information workshops to IFCA members through its national Branches and Hubs structures.
  • Develop an annual training calendar of events, in collaboration with colleagues, branches and hubs.
  • Conduct regular analysis of the learning and development needs of IFCA’s members
  • Recruit and select a panel of trainers to deliver high quality learning events and information workshops on behalf of IFCA and maintain appropriate contracts and other necessary records for IFCA trainers
  • Assist in the development and delivery of IFCA ‘s learning and development strategy.
  • Develop and implement a strategy for the recruitment, registration and assessment of Trainers
  • Devise and ensure the delivery of comprehensive monitoring of all trainers
  • Maintain records relating to all professional requirements
  • Manage the programme within the operational budget and support the attraction of additional resources for the further development of the programme
  • Lead and supervise trainers in the quality delivery of a comprehensive service
  • Maintain a register of suitably qualified trainers
  • Develop a range of supporting documentation for the recruitment, of trainers and the evaluation of all learning events.
  • Make recommendations and provision for the development of new learning materials through the co-ordination of expert groups.
  • Ensure the implementation of the organisations commitment to quality assured standards and services.
  • Develop strategic alliances and partnerships in furthering the values and developmental priorities of IFCA in relation to the brief.
  • Carry out any other duties as deemed reasonable and appropriate by the CEO
  • Maintain a and safe working environment
  • Actively participate good in effective organisational communication systems
  • Represent the organisation on key decision-making groups to proactively represent the organisations views in relation to learning.
  • Use systems appropriate to the maintaining of records
  • Actively participate in effective organisational communication systems
  • Contribute to team meetings and the overall work of the team
  • Participate in ongoing training and regular supervision as provided
  • Have a flexible approach to the work in response to organizational change
  • Represent and promote IFCA’s mission, culture and values.
  • Develop strategic alliances and partnerships in furthering the values and developmental priorities of IFCA in relation to the brief
  • Adhere to all IFCA policies and procedures as advised in the delivery of identified aims and objectives
  • Contribute to a safe working environment
  • As other duties as may be requested.


  • A qualification in an area of relevance to the role
  • Experience in a related field
  • Training and group facilitation skills
  • An understanding of the process and content of adult learning and a passion for quality and innovation in the service
  • Strong organisational and administrative competencies – planning, chairing and facilitating meetings, note-taking, report writing, information management and use of information technologies
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral / written communication and representational skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and excellent knowledge of English grammar
  • Ability to work flexibly within a team
  • Ability to work independently and use one’s initiative within the operational parameters set by the CEO
  • An understanding of foster care and a strong commitment to the strategic goals of the Irish Foster Care Association.

Terms and Conditions

  • Permanent role of 17.5hrs per week
  • Location- Primarily IFCA Office Unit 23 Village Green, Dublin 24 but consideration will be given to working at home
  • Garda vetting and attendance at induction is required
  • Two satisfactory references, one to be most recent employer
  • Access to car and hold a full driving licence

Salary Scale: €24,041 pro-rata

Please email your CV and cover letter to Deirdre Fennelly, HR Consultant at
The closing date is 5pm, Monday 22nd April.
Shortlisting will be applied, and interviews will take place the week beginning the 29th April.


Tallaght, Dublin 24

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