Project Officer Vacancy at the Western Development Commission

Purpose of Post (Fixed Term Contract)

Blue Circular Economy (BCE) is a new project which is funded under an EU transnational Interreg programme called the Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme (NPAP) 2014-2020.
BCE aims to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) offering products and services within fishing gear recycling solutions in the NPA region to attain a greater market reach.

Building on the network developed under Circular Ocean (2015-2018), the project will set up a multi-level cluster to connect and catalyse SME’s in the region. The cluster formation will be used as a hub, multiplier and network enabler where knowledge and experience is developed and shared, while adopting an inclusive gender-equal approach.

The cluster establishment and operation will be done in collaboration with academia, industry and government agencies following a triple helix approach. BCE will therefore contribute to sustainable development in the NPAP region at the economic, environmental and social levels.

Key Responsibilities

The Project Officer is a newly created fixed-term post for the duration of the EU Interreg funded BCE project.  The position will last for a limited time period for the duration of the project and reports to the Head of Regional Development.

The Western Development Commission (WDC) is responsible for two Work Packages (WP) in the BCE project:

  1. Clustering
  2. Communications

The WDC is also a partner in other work packages and will contribute to other project activities.  The two WP’s that the WDC will lead, and other work package participation, account for a large percentage of the total project budget and workload.

The following are the main tasks to be undertaken by the BCE Project Officer:


  • Implement the Communication Strategy which defines the methodology & protocol for internal and external communications of the project and the three year action plan.  The communications strategy will ensure that project partners disseminate its main messages and results to beneficiaries, citizens and stakeholders.
  • Measure, review & report on the effectiveness of Communications Strategy
  • Create an internal & external communication support platform across the partners
  • Build on the existing Circular Ocean approach and transition towards B2B models of engagement to raise awareness
  • Develop promotional material, website, social media channels and publications, including project reports, project newsletters etc.
  • Organise events, training, and workshops for internal and external communications
  • Adhere to EU and mandatory programme publicity requirements
  • Oversee production and financing for quality, professional communication tools
  • Identify risks associated with communication activities


  • Lead the Clustering work package, with the Norwegian partner, NTNU.  Develop one large scale, one small scale and one overarching Innovation cluster.
  • Leverage expertise that exists across the partnership
  • Secure further resources from stakeholders in Ireland
  • Conduct regional investigations & development in Ireland
  • Build partnerships & stakeholder networks in Ireland, Norway & across the partnership
  • Prepare reports on the cluster development, with a view to policy contributions.
  • Investigate the economic development opportunities for fishing net recycling with SME’s in Ireland
  • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge share by drawing on the lessons learned from Norway


  • Prepare NPAP reports & funding updates
  • Draft policy documents
  • Prepare & give presentations
  • Administer procurement process for service providers where applicable
  • Organise and host at least one partner meeting and coordinate attendance at other partner meetings
  • Participate in monthly project conference calls, partner meetings and internal communication forums
  • Project monitoring & evaluation
  • Completion of all project claims, project reports and deliverables
  • Please note that this post will involve international travel.

Key Requirements

  • Experience of successfully submitting project claims to EU funding bodies
  • Experience of developing and maintaining robust record keeping and filing systems
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to schedule tasks and meet on-going deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to use own initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications (written, verbal and presentation) skills with good attention to detail
  • Experience of using modern digital communication platforms to manage and promote projects e.g. Social media channels, Websites, Webinar platforms, Dropbox etc.
  • Ability to support and interact with a diverse project team in order to achieve common goals
  • Preferably a Level 7 NFQ qualification (an Ordinary Bachelor Degree see https://www.qqi.ie/Articles/Pages/National-Framework-of-Qualifications-(NFQ).aspx for more information) in a related discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Preferably 3 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Proven track record of working autonomously
  • Willingness to travel intermittently in support of the project

Desirable Experience

  • Previous experience of EU co-funded projects
  • Previous experience or demonstrated interest in the project subject area
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Interest in learning from other regions and countries


This post is a full-time, fixed term contract to 30th September 2021, subject to a six-month probationary period.

The WDC Head Office is in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. WDC staff are also located in Galway and Sligo. The successful candidate may seek to be located in Roscommon, Galway or Sligo in line with the remote working policy of the WDC.

The salary scale for this post will be equivalent to that of the Civil Service Executive Officer Standard Scale:

 Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Pay Rate: The salary for this position, with effect from 1st April 2017 is as follows: €29,609, €31,329, €32,460, €34,364, €36,071, €37,720, €39,364, €40,974, €42,600, €44,181, €45,812, €46,891, €48,427, €48,4271 €49,9602

Please note: The starting salary for the person appointed to this post will be the first point on the above scale unless the successful application has previous reckonable public sector experience.

To Apply

Please clearly state the project name and role you are applying for in the subject line of the email, submit a cover letter and CV (of no more than four pages) detailing your experience, qualifications and any other relevant information, to:

Patricia Teatum, Head of Corporate Resources, WDC, Dillon House, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon or careers@wdc.ie  

 Applicants can also apply through www.publicjobs.ie

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 1st April at 5:00 pm

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 8th April 2019.

The WDC is an equal opportunities employer

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