Schools and Youth Programme Officer

Concern Worldwide
Employment Type
€41,695 - €49,052 per annum
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C3 2021

Reports to:        Schools and Youth Programme Manager and  Head of Active Citizenship

Member of:       Active Citizenship Unit and  Schools and Youth Programme Team

Liaises with:      Active Citizenship Campaigns Team, Advocacy, Fundraising and Communications


Job location:      Ireland

Pay Band:           4 (€41,695 – €49,052)

Contract:            Permanent                      


Job Purpose:

  • To support learning on global development issues particularly relevant to the work of Concern Worldwide by ensuring that senior primary school students, their teachers, and all other stakeholders develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to become active global citizens through their participation in the Concern Primary Debates programme.


Key Responsibilities:     

  • As Schools and Youth programme officer, you will be responsible for the delivery and growth of the Concern Primary Debates Programme
  • You will be responsible for strengthening the partnership with Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI) in delivering the primary debates programme, which will remain mostly on-line but will be open to ‘in-person’ engagement (depending on Covid-19 public health advice),
  • You will provide training to relevant ESCI staff, teachers of 5th or 6th class in participating primary schools, senior primary school students, adjudicators and other relevant stakeholders.
  • You will develop materials, webinars/workshops and resources for the Primary Debates programme that promote critical thinking, analysis and presentation skills as well as support learning on global development issues particularly relevant to the work of Concern.
  • You will work with ESCI partners to assist in the recruitment and training of debate adjudicators
  • You will work with your Active Citizenship Schools Programme colleagues and relevant ESCI partner to organise the final stages of the Primary Debates Programme, including the National Final.
  • Working closely with the Schools and Youth Programme Manager you will help ensure the quality and growth of the programme through planning, monitoring and evaluation procedures and report writing.
  • You will ensure that the programme fully adheres to Concern’s Child Safeguarding policy, as well as GDPR requirements and all other relevant codes of conduct and behaviour.
  • You will support your colleagues on the Schools Programme Team when needed, in the delivery of the Transition Year Academy workshops and other talks or events whether online or in-person.
  • When needed, you will assist colleagues in the Fundraising Directorate in thanking any schools who may have held a fundraising event for Concern.
  • You will also represent Concern in relevant development education groups and networks.
  • Assist colleagues with the Concern Debates Twitter Account to promote Concern Primary Debates activity


Skills, Knowledge and Experience Required:


  • Experience delivering CPD training to teachers, as well as delivering talks and workshops to primary aged students
  • Experience in producing education resources targeting a primary school audience
  • Project managing and mentoring skills
  • Experience organising, facilitating and following up on workshops
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), including experience of writing for social media and report writing
  • Ability to respond flexibly to changing priorities and to work independently to own deadlines
  • Active commitment to promote diversity, equity and the interests of marginalised people
  • Experience working as an effective and productive member of a team
  • Available to work unsocial hours and travel to in-person events
  • Full clean driver’s licence and access to own car


  • A third level qualification in teaching or education
  • At least three years working in Primary Education


To apply:  CVs should be submitted through our website at by closing date.

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

A Job Offer is subject to receipt of a satisfactory Garda Vetting disclosure. Or any other criteria which we deem to be appropriate for the role.

Concern Worldwide encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, ethnicity and origin, disability, political beliefs, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status to apply to become a part of the organisation.  Concern is against all forms of discrimination and unequal power relations, and is committed to promoting equality.


Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy accessible here. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, working or volunteering with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.

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During this job application, you will provide Concern with your personal data. Concern takes its responsibilities towards this personal data very seriously and is committed to complying with all relevant data protection legislation.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year.  Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on ensuring that the name of any employee or volunteer (existing or new), does not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). 

Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will only be made following a successful clearance check being conducted on the applicant and such checks may be updated periodically during the course of the period of employment. 

By submitting a formal application for paid or voluntary employment to Concern, you agree to Concern carrying out a clearance check as outlined above and that Concern will not proceed to recruit you should your name appear on any of the aforementioned lists

In certain circumstances, donors may request that personal data relating to employees to work on the activities that they fund be provided directly to them – so that they can perform their own counter terrorism checks. This may involve transferring some basic personal data outside the EEA. It will be a condition of your employment contract that Concern be allowed to share this information with institutional donors for these purposes.

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