Project Co-ordinator – Limerick City

Southill, Limerick city

General Information

Name of the Project: Barnardos, Limerick South

Address/Location: Barnardos Limerick South, 373/374 O'Malley Park, Southill, Limerick

Contact Details: 061-319290

Where we work:

The post will be primarily based at Barnardos Limerick South project and also in the breakfast club and afterschool service based in the Southside Educational Campus, Roxboro, Limerick. 

Who do we work with?

Referred children from Le Chéile National School and Gaelscoil Sheoirse Clancy 

Project Co-ordinator Limerick South

 The Project Co-ordinator oversees the delivery of the Early Bird Service (Breakfast Club) and the Afterschool Service located on the Southside Education Campus. The Southside Education Campus incorporates two DEIS schools (Le Chéile National School and Gaelscoil Sheoirse Clancy) and a Child and Family Centre. The campus is based on an extended school service model and aims to maximise the contributions of all the stakeholders, which includes the Department of Education and social support through agencies primarily funded by Tusla.

Barnardos Limerick South Family Support Service is the lead agency co-ordinating the delivery of the Early Bird Service and the Afterschool Service utilising the staff and resources of a number of partner agencies.

These partners are Barnardos, Southill School Completion Programme, and Pobal (through Le Chéile National School) and Gaelscoil Sheoirse Clancy in order to optimise positive outcomes for children attending these two services.

Job Description

Post:   Project Co-ordinator
Location:   Limerick South Family Support Project, will also be co-located
in the Southside Educational Campus, Roxboro, Limerick.
Responsible to:  Project Leader, Limerick South
Works with:  Project Leader, Assistant Director, Project Staff, External agencies as appropriate and children and families accessing Barnardos services.


Job purpose

To ensure the co-ordination, delivery and development of Barnardos services within a defined area of service responsibility. Ensuring consistency with the aims and objectives of Barnardos and contribute to the development of the region and the organisation.

Core Job Requirements

  •  Responsible for the management, development and delivery of Barnardos work with children and families within your area of responsibility.
  • To ensure effective referral, assessment, planning and review processes are in place to meet the needs of children and families participating in the service.
  • To ensure quality and best 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.
  • To maintain appropriate relationships with external agencies in order to ensure that the needs of children and families are met in an integrated and co-ordinated manner.
  • To ensure that the protection and welfare of children is a primary concern of all staff and that, when child protection issues arise, Barnardos policies and procedures are fully adhered to.
  • To ensure all staff, students and volunteers receive regular and professional supervision, appraisal and training needs are identified and addressed to ensure learning is promoted within your area of responsibility.
  • To participate in regular supervision with your line manager.
  • To identify the need for service development to meet the needs of children and families within the catchment area.
  • To ensure that the service operates in a cohesive way within the region and organisation and to contribute to service development fora within the organisation.
  • To participate at regional management level and to contribute to other appropriate groups which develop strategies and policies within the organisation.
  • To ensure that legislation and statutory guidelines, organisational policy and corporate plan are fully implemented within your area of responsibility.
  • To ensure that Barnardos policies and procedures are fully implemented within the area of responsibility of the post.
  • To ensure programmes are planned, delivered and evaluated in response to the needs of children and families attending the service.
  • Identify the needs of children and families attending the service that are not being met and to advocate at an individual, service and organisational level for them to be met.
  • To represent Barnardos as appropriate at local level.
  • To ensure effective communication within your area of responsibility.
  • To propose a budget for the service, participate in budget planning and manage an approved budget for the service in line with Barnardos financial procedures.
  • To identify funding opportunities and prepare proposals in consultation with the Assistant Director of Children’s Services/ Project Leader as appropriate.
  • To prepare reports on the work as required.
  • To ensure all case, financial and administrative records and files are maintained to a high standard and case records are accessible to Service Users, seeking permission from third parties as appropriate.
  • To ensure an up to date health and safety statement is accessible and available and is adhered to and any health and safety concerns are dealt with effectively and efficiently.
  • To contribute to the overall development of good practice within the organisation.
  • To maintain regular contact with referrers and other relevant agencies to ensure an integrated response to the needs of children and families.
  • To ensure the service participates in case conferences and other meetings in relation to the welfare of children and families.
  • To ensure the information for the electronic record system is gathered and inputted within the required time scale.
  • To develop and facilitate a culture of Service Users consultation and involvement in all aspects of the work.

Requirements Specific to this Post

  • The working hours required for this position are 8 - 5pm (Mon-Thurs) 8 -11am (Fri)
  • To oversee and develop the Early Bird and Afterschool Service on the Southside Education Campus under the supervision of the Project Leader
  • To ensure all Barnardos staff that you line manage, students volunteers, and Community Employment (CE) participants receive regular and professional supervision
  • To manage Community Employment (CE) relationships
  • To work collaboratively with all the agencies/schools involved in these services
  • To ensure that the services are in line with the Tusla, School Age Childcare regulations
  • To contribute to reports on the services as required
  • To take on additional duties in the absence of the Project Leader, for example to be the Child Protection Designated Liaison Person for the family support project
  • To participate in the overall development of good practice models within the organisation
  • Identify recruitment needs for the service, review and propose job descriptions and person specifications

Requirements of all Barnardos staff

  • 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 be vigilant to any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace and bring any concerns to the attention of your line manager or local Health & Safety Officer.
  • To be vigilant to any concerns regarding the protection and welfare of children and to bring them to the attention of the Barnardos Designated Person in a timely manner, in keeping with the Barnardos Child Protection policies.
  • 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 the line manager from time to time.
  • To undertake your work in a manner that is friendly, flexible and informal.

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

Person Specification

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage in a dynamic and busy environment.
  • Teamwork required and the ability to work in collaboration with others.
  • Ability to prioritise competing demand.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in terms of tasks and time is essential for this post.
  • Ability to lead and manage the staff working in the service.
  • Ability to prioritise competing demands.
  • Ability to manage the complexity and diversity within the service.
  • Ability to write clear reports as required.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Management role.
  • Ability to be child-centred and needs led.
  • Ability to manage relationships internally and with external stakeholders relevant to the service.
  • Flexibility and adaptability is essential for this post.


A minimum of 3 years post qualification experience and demonstrate management capacity essential and experience of a lead or supervisory role highly desirable.


Relevant professional 3rd level (min level 7 on QQI) qualification essential, for example: Social Work, Social Care, Child Care, Education, Youth and Community Work, Psychology or equivalent.
Management training highly desirable.

• Full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car essential.
• The working hours for this position are 8 - 5pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8 -11am (Fri)

The postholder is initially assigned to work in the Limerick South Family Support service, Limerick but may be required in the future to work in other locations in the Limerick area in line with organisational needs.



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.