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GOAL’s Global Citizenship team delivers programmes in Ireland, with a view to empowering a generation of Global Citizens to critically reflect on and better understand how our world is economically, socially and environmentally interconnected, and to develop the relevant skills to act in pursuit of a more equal, fairer and more sustainable world for all.The Development Education Officer co-leads the development and delivery of GOAL’s development education programme in the formal and non-formal sector.

Job Purpose

The Development Education Officer plays a key role in delivering the Global Citizenship team’s Development Education targets. S/he will play a key role in developing a long-term Global Citizenship strategic action plan, lead the development of resources and support systems for school teachers and teacher students, lead programmes and facilitate workshops in the formal and non-formal sector and further build networks and partnerships to strengthen GOAL’s Development Education engagement with national and international organisations to ensure best practise.

Duties and responsibilities Contribution to the development of GOAL’s Global Citizenship (long-term) strategic action plan
  • Researching and contextualising best practice and lessons learned in the field of Development Education, Irish school curriculum links, and creative and pedagogical approaches with the objective of developing targeted and strategic approaches for different audiences.
Development of resources and support systems for schoolteachers and teacher students
  • Lead on development of curriculum linked resources for teachers using innovative and creative methodologies, with a focus on drama methodologies and ensuring partnership with GOAL programmes overseas
  • Support the Youth Engagement Officer with the development and delivery of resources for non-formal sector
  • Develop and facilitate a Community of Practice of teachers
Lead programmes and facilitate workshops in the formal and non-formal sector
  • Based on resources, generate and deliver nationwide workshops in formal sector, with a focus on primary schools
  • Design and facilitate training for student teachers and educators
  • Conduct evaluations of all activities, using tools to measure outcomes and contributions to impact, and collating and analysing information
  • Contribute to engagement of Irish public through social media and public events
Build networks and partnerships to strengthen Development Education engagement with national and international organisations to ensure best practise
  • Represent GOAL on DOCHA’s and IDEA working groups
  • Continuously explore and build network and collaboration opportunities with the academic and Development education sector to ensure best practice
Key Performance Objectives
  • Best practice and strategic approaches to different audiences included in GC strategic action plan
  • Production of 3 Development Education resources
  • Contribution to reaching 4,800 students and 100 student teachers through workshops & evaluation of activities
  • Strong Community of Practice of Teachers in place
  • New collaborations established with academic and/or Development Education sector

Highlight the behaviours that will be required to achieve a high performance in the role.

We are looking for somebody who

  • demonstrates the highest standards of behaviour towards children and vulnerable adults both in private and professional lives,
  • is forward-thinking, innovative and strategic with the ability to adapt to a dynamic working environment and self-organise,
  • is inclusive, respectful and collaborative,
  • is human rights and global justice centred.
Requirements Essential
  • Background in development education, education, or development ideally with a cross over knowledge of each
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in developing and delivering development education programmes in the formal and informal sector
  • Knowledge and experience in developing curriculum linked Development Education resources
  • Experience in facilitating audiences, especially young people, using creative methodologies to enhance the learning experience
  • Clean full driving license, access to a car and flexibility in relation to travel within Ireland
  • Experience with drama-based methodologies
  • In-depth knowledge of the Irish primary school curriculum and pedagogical approaches
  • Experience collaborating with academic and educational partners, to develop best practice
  • Knowledge of Irish Language
  • Working knowledge on the use of online data management/CRM systems


Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

Accountability within GOAL

Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

General Terms and Conditions

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

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