We are hiring a programme manager!

2022 will be an exciting time for the Shona Project. We are getting bigger, reaching more girls, and we need help to be able to do it! With this in mind, we’re hiring a programme manager to help us to deliver our workshops, summer schools and events. See further details below.

Who are we?

The Shona Project CLG is a multi-award-winning non-profit social enterprise based in Waterford but operating nationally. Our mission is to educate, empower and inspire today’s Irish girls to become tomorrows strong, confident and curious young women. Through our school workshops, programmes & events and online community, we provide Irish girls with information, advice and a safe place to share their stories.

What is the role?

This challenging role offers the opportunity to work with young women and girls through the design and delivery of workshops and other programmes. This is an exciting role at a very important stage of growth for The Shona Project.

The role involved becoming an integral part of a small team while maintaining relationships with other stakeholders including beneficiaries, schools, funders, and the board of directors. Reporting directly to the CEO, this will provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to develop their strengths and develop new ones, with access to mentors and with the support of the team.

The ideal candidate will have clearly demonstrable experience working with young people, and a keen understanding of the challenges associated with growing up in Ireland today. Previous experience in the design and delivery of interventions and programmes is desirable. Leadership, interpersonal, influencing, analytical, and communication skills are a requirement. A commitment to equality and social change is essential.

Key responsibilities

  • Design and delivery of school programmes, including expanding on our existing programmes
  • Implementing our strategic plans in relation to national role out of our existing summer school model
  • Evaluation of all programmes to provide impact reports to board, funders and schools
  • Advising on the development of new programmes including an online network
  • Working with the team to plan and deliver the annual Shine Festival
  • Contributing content to our online community
  • Representing The Shona Project at events, advocating for change and support as required


Personal Spec

1: Education and Work Experience
  • A 3rd level qualification in a relevant area (social care, youth work, education, mental health etc)
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a relevant field
  • Experience in managing projects or programmes


2: Knowledge
  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues facing young people, and specifically girls in Ireland today and the impact it has on their wellbeing and sense of self
  • Knowledge and experience of early intervention and prevention approaches
  • Understanding of evidence-based and informed approaches to programme development, relationship building and communication with young people.


3: Interpersonal Skills
  • Good project management skills with a track record of successful delivery on time and within budget
  • Clearly demonstrable relationship building and relationship management skills
  • A collaborative worker with good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good critical thinking skills and an analytic ability to get to the core of complex issues
  • Flexible, adaptable and able to work across complex relationships and environments
  • Ability to develop innovative solutions to problems facing young women and girls
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


4: Personal Qualities
  • Demonstrable commitment to the vision, principles and values of the Shona Project
  • Self-motivated and comfortable providing insight, ideas and perspective
  • Proactive in seeking opportunities for the organisation
  • Creative in approach to problem-solving and programme development
  • Active as a member of a team and effective in following through on decisions.
  • Very strong organisation, time management, people management and analytical skills


Salary: €35,000 PA

Term: This is a 12-month fixed-term full-time contract. Future years are dependent on funding.

Remote working will be considered, a full clean driving licence is required and travel is a requirement of this role.


If you would like to apply for this exciting new role, you can do so HERE

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Our Pro bono Partners