Carlow Public Participation Network: Support Worker

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Support Worker


Public Participation Networks (PPNs) were set up to be the main link through which local authorities connect with community & voluntary, social inclusion and environmental groups and organisations. The role of the PPN is to:

  • Bring together groups/organisations and enable these groups to express a diverse range of views and interests
  • Ensure that the voice of local people is heard in local decision and policy making processes by providing representation on local decision making boards/committees
  • Provide the opportunity for networking, information sharing and communication amongst the groups
  • Identify and support training/capacity building needs for groups and representatives

Key duties:

The key duty of the PPN Support Worker is to support the PPN Co-ordinator in their functions in developing the PPN as an effective structure to promote public engagement and participation via the environmental, social inclusion and community and voluntary sectors in accordance with relevant Department of Rural and Community Development Circulars and PPN User Handbook.

While not exhaustive, the PPN Support Worker will have the following duties:

  • To support the work of the PPN by organising and attending meetings & events and providing reports where appropriate
  • To network and engage with the Local Authority and other statutory and relevant bodies to develop the PPN as the reference point for the environmental, community and voluntary and social inclusion sectors in the county and to further the aims of PPN
  • Support the Secretariat, elected PPN Representatives and the Co-ordinator in their work
  • Maintain the Salesforce database as an active and accurate register of member groups in line with GDPR requirements
  • Implement a communications strategy to include
    • Input into research, production and distribution of a monthly E-Bulletin for members
    • Manage the PPN website ensuring it is up to date
    • Promote the PPN and its work to member groups and the wider community and stakeholders
    • Operate social media accounts
    • Act as an information hub around which information is distributed and received
  • Operate the day to day workings of the PPN, including administration, financial accounts and expenses payments.
  • Any other work which may be assigned by the Co-Ordinator on the day to day operation of the PPN, including administration, financial reporting etc.

Responsible to:

  • Carlow PPN Co-ordinator
  • Carlow PPN Secretariat


  • Relevant 3rd level qualification or work experience in a relevant area
  • Knowledge & understanding of the public participation network
  • Experience of working with community & voluntary organisations & voluntary committees
  • Excellent communication skills including fluency in written & spoken English
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Ability to work on evenings and/or weekends if necessary
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Full clean driving licence & access to own transport to attend meetings

Duration & Salary Scale: Point 4 Civil Service Scale - €30,500 (incl. PRSI etc.), 5 days/37 hours. Contract 1 year duration with subsequent years’ subject to funding.

Please submit your CV along with a cover letter to:

Closing date for application is Tuesday, 23rd April @ 5pm

Note: This position is funded by the Department of Rural & Community Development and Carlow County Council.



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