Gaisce - The President's Award: Project Manager

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 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.

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Please see Job Specification attached below.


Applications for the post are by application form only which should be sent either by email to 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.

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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