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Misean Cara is seeking to recruit a suitable candidate for the position of Project Officer (Health) on a two year fixed term contract. Reporting to the Funding Manager, the Project Officer will be responsible for the processing of project proposals, as well as monitoring and evaluation. The Funding Team consists of the Funding Manager and five Project Officers (education, health, human rights, livelihoods and member capacity development) and a Safeguarding Advisor.

The Project Officer will work as part of a team assisting Misean Cara in its support and accompaniment of member organisations in their development work. The role will consist of building relationships with member organisations, reviewing and analysing project proposals and reports and assisting with processes to strengthen the quality and impact of members development work in specified sectors or programme areas. This role will have a particular focus on health, clean water and sanitation and link to Misean Cara’s strategic goal 2; to uphold the right to better health, clean water and sanitation (Misean Cara Strategy 2017 – 2021).

Misean Cara

Founded in 2004, Misean Cara is a faith-based development organisation of 91 member organisations who are committed to working with and for some of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities in the world. Our members live within marginalised communities and work in the areas of education, health, sustainable livelihoods and human rights. Our members deliver high quality project results and have a deep-rooted presence in over 50 countries. With funding of €15.5 million in 2019 from Irish Aid, Mission Cara is seeking to develop a diverse range of other sustainable funding streams so we may continue to work in ways that transform lives while respecting the integrity of local cultures.

Our Strategy 2017-2021 sets out five key objectives:

  1. Uphold the right to quality education
  2. Uphold the right to better health, clean water and sanitation
  3. Uphold the right to sustainable livelihoods
  4. Uphold and advocate for human rights
  5. Enhance and promote the Missionary Approach to Development


  • Working as part of the Funding Team you will be responsible for providing funding support to missionary development projects as follows:
  • Be a main contact point for missionary development projects applying for funding to Misean Cara and those who are already in receipt of funding
  • Develop positive working relationships with Misean Cara members providing information, support and guidance in relation to specified sectors of work
  • Review and follow up on funding proposals ensuring they comply with Misean Cara policies, guidelines, standards and systems
  • Review and monitor project activity reports ensuring they comply with Misean Cara standards, systems and performance indicators
  • With your colleagues in the Funding Team, be responsible for overseeing the development and execution of project deliverables, project planning, budgeting, action plans and monitoring processes
  • Ensure close collaboration and coordination with colleagues to enhance smooth implementation of activities and achievement of results as specified in grant agreements
  • Liaise with other development focused organisations working in the field and represent Misean Cara at events
  • Trouble shoot and respond positively to any project issues in the spirit of accompaniment
  • Collate and disseminate Health / WASH sector knowledge and information to relevant members, staff and external persons
  • Support the Funding Team with report writing – such as donor report(s) and annual reports
  • Member engagement in-country
  • Assist with health sector related evaluations and research
  • Contribute to Misean Cara organisationally in the development of health and funding sector policies and guidelines
  • Support Misean Cara in the ongoing development of its results-based framework
  • Support initiatives in exploring and applying for new avenues of funding
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Funding Manager

The essential skills and attributes required of the Project Officer are:

  • A degree level qualification or equivalent in a relevant health related discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in international development with field level experience
  • Experience working in the areas of health, HIV and Aids and water projects
  • Good understanding of the emphasis on results in development funding
  • Knowledge of the priority development areas where Misean Cara members work with a particular focus on health
  • Proven ability to review development projects and reports
  • Experience of working with a variety of organisations of varying sizes and scale in terms of resources and expertise
  • A high degree of self-sufficiency and initiative, and the ability to innovate
  • Excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to work well in a team
  • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft packages – Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Additional skills and attributes that would be desirable are:

  • Masters degree in health related discipline
  • Knowledge and experience of faith-based organisations
  • An affinity with development work undertaken by Irish missionaries and their partners
  • Strong communications and report writing skills
  • Ability to work with organisations at different stages of development
  • Experience using databases such as Salesforce or similar an advantage.

Reports to:

Funding Manager

Terms and conditions:

  • Salary range €35,321.17 to €46,910.93 dependent on qualifications and experience
  • 42 hour week
  • 9 months’ probation
  • Pension entitlement after probation (10% employer contribution and 5% employee contribution)
  • Life assurance
  • 24 days annual leave plus 1 day mental health entitlement
  • Position will involve overseas travel
  • This position in Misean Cara is subject to Garda vetting, full reference checks and medical.

Closing date: Monday, 25th November 2019 (mid-day)
Interview date: Friday, 29th November 2019 (TBC)

To apply: please send in one document a cover letter (max one page) outlining how your motivation, experience and skills fit the role, and a CV to jobs@miseancara.ie Please insert PO Health in the subject line.

Misean Cara is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

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