#MATERNITY COVER: Development Education Officer

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our Public Engagement Strategy to increase the Irish public's awareness of international development, and Ireland's role in the world.


Reporting to: Development Programmes’ Coordinator

Contract Type: Eight (8) months maternity cover with possible extension of up to 14 months

About Plan International

Founded over 75 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organisations in the world. We work in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.

Plan International’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan International aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries, through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives, by:

  • enabling deprived children, their families and their communities to meet their basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies
  • building relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries
  • promoting the rights and interests of the world’s children

Plan International is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Established in 2003, Plan International Ireland is a dynamic organisation that supports Plan International’s work worldwide, with a particular focus on West Africa.

Development Education (DE)

Development Education is a core element of Plan International Ireland’s strategy to increase public awareness of aid and development. Plan International aims to influence public perception and build a constituency support of development through communication using positive messaging that bring a greater understanding of the reality of life in developing countries and build an understanding of global inter-dependency. The Plan International Ireland DE programme engages with schools, civil society organisations and communities through a range of interactive methodology and curriculum development.


General Description of the Role

The primary purpose of this role is to further Plan International Ireland’s development education engagement in Ireland, with a focus on issues that affect children in the developing world. The development education aspect of the role involves engagement with the public through schools, youth groups, third level institutions, societies, adult education groups, networks, etc.

The aim is to inform as many people as possible about Plan International Ireland, its work and the issues faced by children in developing countries. The successful candidate will have full responsibility for the development education strategy during the duration of maternity cover.


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead in the implementation of Plan International Ireland’s Development Education Strategy
  • Build awareness and engage audiences (schools, youth groups, communities etc.) on Plan International Ireland’s programme work and campaign initiatives. These include quality education, birth registration, Plan International’s Because I am a Girl movement and disaster risk management.
  • Liaise with the Marketing & Sponsorship and Fundraising Departments to ensure that opportunities around engagement, communication, media, fundraising, are maximised and supported as deemed necessary.
  • Support Plan International Ireland’s newly established Youth Advisory Panel by organising trainings, meetings and ensuring communication between the panel is maintained.
  • Assist in the preparation of funding applications to sustain DE activities.
  • Link developing country experience to an Irish context so the targeted audience can see the commonalities around various issues.
  • Represent Plan International Ireland on the Dóchas Development Education Working Group, in IDEA, and other relevant development education fora.
  • Provide regular progress updates and ensure that all visits, contacts, follow up activity is recorded.
  • Be responsible for DE budgets ensuring maximisation of cost recovery and timely spends.
  • Any other tasks as requested by the Development Programmes’ Coordinator or Head of Programmes.

Essential Attributes

  • Background in development education, education, or development ideally with a cross over knowledge of each.
  • Minimum of three year’s relevant work experience.
  • A good working knowledge of development and child rights Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Experience in engaging audiences, especially young people, in a creative and informative way to enhance the learning experience.
  • Flexibility in relation to working hours and travel within Ireland.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Self-starter and team player.
  • Clean driving licence.

 Filter Questions

  1. Current remuneration (salary + benefits)
  2. Desired salary / remuneration – please advise of minimum salary required and expected benefits
  3. Notice period (in weeks and/or months)

 Please note:

  1. This document is not intended to be an exhaustive job description – it serves only as an overview of the role. 
  2. Plan International Ireland regrets that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted in relation to their application.
  3. Garda/Police checks and clearance are essential prior to job offer as part of Plan International Ireland’s child protection controls.

To Apply

Closing Date: 14th April 2016The starting date for the above position will be Tuesday 10th May 2016.

Send CV with cover letter, including a response to each filter question (above) to HR@plan.ie. To discuss the role feel free to write to Emanuela Burello, Head of Development Programmes, Emanuela.burello@plan-international.org