National Wellbeing Project Co-ordinator

National Role

General Information


Please note: Applicants must complete our application form below and submit it through our website before the closing date.

Attaching a CV alone will result in the applicant not being considered for shortlisting

Job Description

Post: National Wellbeing Project Co-ordinator
Location: National Role
Responsible to: Assistant Director, Children Services, Dublin North
Works with: National Well-being Workers; Better Finglas Project Leader; Barnardos Staff and Managers at Local, Regional and National Level; Service Users; Community Stakeholders; Partner Agencies and Funders.


Job Purpose

To ensure the ongoing and effective implementation and operation of Barnardos Wellbeing Services across 5 national sites

Core Job Requirements

Service Implementation and Oversight

  • To ensure the continued implementation and effective operation of Barnardos Wellbeing Model across the 5 Wellbeing sites
  • To be responsible for the delivery, oversight and review of the Well-Being Programmes across the 5 Well-being sites on behalf of Barnardos, ensuring consistency in our approach and an excellent quality standard of practice across all 5 sites
  • To work with each wellbeing worker to agree ongoing communication strategies and implementation plans relevant to each of the local wellbeing sites
  • To work collaboratively with each community wellbeing workers to develop referral pathways and assessment guidelines for children and families in their local area
  • To work with each community wellbeing worker to support engagement and involvement of the local community and stakeholders in the Wellbeing programmes.
  • To ensure all identified and agreed key performance indicators for each wellbeing service are met.
  • To work collaboratively with local Barnardos Assistant Director, Local statutory, voluntary and community services, alongside each local wellbeing worker, to deliver the agreed service plan and programmes in each community
  • To keep up to date with newly research and practice that may be appropriate for inclusion in the wellbeing service and where appropriate and agreed, to develop and implement these programmes into the wellbeing service.
  • To demonstrate effective communication between Barnardos organisation, project leader and Assistant Director and the wellbeing workers regarding service planning, service delivery and strategy.
  • To support the wellbeing workers to facilitate a culture where the active participation of our children and families is encouraged, supported and included in all aspects of the work
  • To attend and/or chair various forums in order to ensure the ongoing implementation and development of the model
  • To facilitate team meetings and forums for the 5 wellbeing workers and create a culture of learning & reflection
  • To ensure the Wellbeing Workers have access to training programmes as required to carry out their role in their local area.
  • To manage and respond to any feedback that is received from parents, community members or local stakeholders.


  • To work with the wellbeing workers to coordinate the evaluation activities both individually and collectively across each of the wellbeing services locally and nationally
  • To ensure that the wellbeing workers utilise the agreed measurement and evaluation tools to asses local and national outcomes of the model in relation to the agreed key performance indicators
  • To work with Barnardos research team to support the design and implementation of an effective ongoing mechanism for feedback and evaluation of the wellbeing programmes.
  • To be responsible for the collation and analysis of all required data and be able to report on all data in relation to outcomes of the service as required.
  • To provide data and statistics to the Assistant Director, Project Leader or Director of Children’s services as required/ requested.

Team Management

  • To provide direct line management to the community wellbeing workers
  • To participate at regional management level and to contribute to other appropriate forums which develop strategies and policies within the organisation as appropriate
  • To participate in budget planning and financial administration of same budget in line with Barnardos financial procedures and the requirements of our funders
  • To identify potential funding opportunities and prepare proposals in consultation with the Assistant Director / Director of Children’s Services/ Project Leader/Fundraising Team, as appropriate. This may involve completing funding proposals and/or applications
  • To ensure the wellbeing workers are entering service user information accurately and in a timely manner onto the Barnardos Electronic Record Keeping System
  • To ensure an up to date Health and Safety Statement is accessible, available and adhered to with any health and safety concerns being dealt with effectively
  • To ensure the positive development of the overall staff team through ensuring all staff receive regular and professional supervision and appraisals
  • To Identify and address staff training needs to ensure learning is promoted
  • To ensure quality and best practice standards are adhered to in all aspects of the work
  • To undertake the duties of Designated Liaison Person for the project under the Children First National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children

Requirements of all Barnardos staff

  • To ensure that Barnardos policies and procedures are fully implemented within the area of responsibility of the post
  • To ensure effective communication within your area of responsibility
  • Commitment to the purpose of Barnardos and to work within the values, policies and procedures of the organisation and in the context of current legislation and regulations
  • To participate in regular supervision with your line manager
  • To actively participate in team and staff meetings and service reviews/evaluations and to contribute to the development of policy and practice with your area of work and within Barnardos as a whole
  • To report any area of concern to your line manager in a timely manner
  • To show reasonable flexibility in relation to hours of attendance to meet the needs of the work. Work during unsocial hours may be required
  • Have a flexible approach to the work in response to organisational change, development and review of best practice
  • Participate in and engage with a performance management programme
  • Identify training needs with your line manager and participate in training opportunities appropriate to the role
  • To participate in the efficient flow of information within the organisation by sharing and seeking information as appropriate
  • To undertake other duties as may be requested by your line manager from time to time
  • To undertake your work in a manner that is friendly, flexible and informal

Note: The overall aim of this model is to improve the mental health and well-being of children and their parents in the selected communities. This will be facilitated by using a Trauma Informed lens when implementing programmes, which embody and embed a heart, body, mind approach with the aim of building resilience within individuals and communities.

This Job Description will be reviewed and updated in line with the needs of the work.

This is a national role. This post allows for a balance of remote/ office working but the post holder will be expected to support the delivery of services in a variety of locations country wide and be available to work in Dublin as required.

Person Specification

Personal attributes

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage in a dynamic and busy environment
  • Ability to work, lead and manage team across the country
  • Ability to understand and assess needs of children, parents and communities
  • Clear understanding of Trauma Informed approaches and healing with particular reference to the connection between heart, body and mind
  • Clear understanding of and ability to talk about and implement body based healing intervention support as a response to trauma and approach towards overall wellbeing for children and parents.
  • Understanding of social and emotional well-being
  • Competence within digital communication
  • Ability to work in collaboration with others
  • Ability to prioritise competing demands
  • Flexibility and adaptability in terms of tasks and time is essential for this post
  • Ability to manage the staff team in a constructive way, ensuring that a high level of service provision is delivered
  • Ability to write clear reports as required
  • Ability to manage relationships internally and with external stakeholders relevant to the service


A minimum of 3 years post qualification experience and demonstration of management capacity is essential. Experience of supporting individuals or groups in looking after their social and emotional wellbeing is desirable. Experience of a lead or supervisory role is highly desirable.


Relevant professional 3rd level qualification is essential, for example:  Social Work, Social Care, Child Care, Education, Youth and Community Work, Psychology or equivalent.  Management training is highly desirable.

  • Full clean driving licence and access to the use of suitably insured car essential.

This is a national role. There is capacity for remote working but the post holder will be expected to support the delivery of services in a variety of locations country wide, which will at times include travelling to the sites and to be available to work in Dublin as required.

Application Procedure

Applicants must complete this application form and submit it through our website before the closing date.

Applicants may also attach a CV or other supplementary information in respect of our application.

Attaching a CV alone will result in the applicant not being considered for shortlisting. 

Shortlisting will apply

Candidates who are moved to the 2nd stage of our Recruitment process are required to complete a medical questionnaire and the E-Vetting process. References will be taken up at this stage.