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EU Projects Development Executive

3-year, Fixed Term Contract

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 1. Purpose of position:

The Western Development Commission seeks to provide a wider scope of EU opportunities to the organisation and the Western Region. The EU Projects Development Executive is a newly created post, for a three-year fixed term period, to aid in achieving this goal. This position will work as part of the dedicated WDC RDEU team and within the wider WDC to design, develop and deliver EU projects that align and progress current WDC activity.

Additional roles in National and Regional funded projects may be forthcoming within the next 12 months and a panel will be created to support the appointment of sanctioned HEO level roles.

2. Key responsibilities:

The following are the main tasks to be undertaken:

  • Review and develop an appropriate allocation and funding model to ensure future and ongoing WDC projects are sustainable for the organisation and stakeholders, while continuing to deliver for the region.
  • Liaise, collaborate and negotiate with national and international stakeholders to develop opportunities for the region to increase the drawdown of EU funding that aligns with the strategic aims of the WDC.
  • Deliver funding submissions from draft and stakeholder engagement stage through to completed submission to meet the criteria set out in EU or equivalent funding calls.
  • Support the implementation of several EU projects in line with WDC project commitments.
  • Under the guidance of the Manager and Regional Development Manager, participate in and support the work of other WDC Teams.

The above is not, and does not purport to be, a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post.

3. Experience:


Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:

  • Proven track record in developing and managing project funding, budgeting and allocation model(s) across multiple projects.
  • Designed, project managed and delivered multi-annual projects involving various stakeholders and partners (preferably EU projects) which required strong collaboration and negotiation skills.
  • Drafted, structured, wrote and finalised submission project plans (and / or detailed reports) which captured the input of multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated capacity to source and manage funds effectively. Advanced communication skills, particularly in report writing, is essential to submit proposals, achieve funding and assimilate into action.
  • A track record of using and applying social media and communication channels to reach and engage stakeholders in order to support publicly funded (or equivalent) projects.
  • Minimum of QQI Level 8 Degree in a relevant discipline with five plus years experience working successfully in an autonomous level collaborating with multiple teams.


The following requirements are desirable:

  • An understanding of the EU funding programmes across a range of themes and calls.
  • Previous experience in rural / regional development work.
  • Fluency in Irish.
  • Track record of working with productivity platforms e.g., Microsoft 365, Teams, Webex, SharePoint, Miro, etc.
  • Analytical, goal focused and confident in measuring performance against targets.

Key Competencies:

For effective performance at this level, the candidate will need to demonstrate that they possess the key competencies for effective performance at Higher Executive Officer level:

  • Team Leadership
  • Analysis & Decision Making
  • Management & Delivery of Results
  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Specialist Knowledge, Expertise & Self Development
  • Drive & Commitment to Public Service Values

Further details on the Civil Service Competency Framework are available here.

  • Conditions:

 Appointment to this post will depend on a six-month probationary period and all staff appointments are subject to the WDC Act.

All staff members are required to sign up to the WDC Code of Business Conduct under the code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

The WDC is a Remote First Organisation with its Head Office in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, staff are also located in Galway and Sligo. The successful candidate may seek to be located in Ballaghaderreen, Galway or Sligo in line with the remote working policy of the WDC.

The salary scale for this post will be equivalent to that of the Civil Service Higher Executive Officer Standard Scale:

 Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Pay Rate: The salary for this position, with effect from 1st September 2019 is as follows: €50,848, €52,334, €53,817, €55,300, €56,788, €58,271, €59,756, €61,8991 €64,0382

Please note: The starting salary for the person appointed to this post will be the first point on the above scale unless the successful application has previous reckonable public sector experience.

 4. To apply:

Please clearly state the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email, submit a cover letter and CV (of no more than four pages) detailing your experience, qualifications and any other relevant information, to .

 Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 31st May 2022 at 5pm.

The WDC is an equal opportunities employer

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