Regional Development Officer – Irish Girl Guides – Cork, Kerry / West Waterford

Purpose of job: Working under the direction of the Regional Commissioner and the Regional Team to develop and support Guiding and to provide advice and practical support to volunteers in the designated area

Location: Based from home but travel to various parts of South West Region to support local IGG Units is an essential part of the job. (South West Region covers counties Cork, Kerry and West Waterford). The RDO also attends three meetings/trainings per year with the other RDOs employed by the Irish Girl Guides. These are usually held in Dublin.

Working hours: Eighteen hours per week ,which mainly take place in late afternoon and evening when Units have their meetings

Reporting to: Regional Commissioner for work-related matters and Chief Executive Officer for HR issues

Key Responsibilities:

To provide support to existing IGG Units through direct and indirect contact
To help recruit and retain leaders and members by encouraging the development of the different Branches/progressive programme within a locality
To visit and encourage new Units, arranging in-place training during the initial 6-8 weeks
To identify and help set up trainings where required
To promote Guiding in the wider community as appropriate
To help organise and be part of Regional events and projects as agreed
To support new adult Leaders in both existing Units and during the setting up of new Units, initially through weekly contact during meeting times
To support new Leaders through programme planning and an introduction to the Guiding programme
To liaise with other IGG Regional Development Officers and attend RDO meetings as and when arranged
To liaise with the Regional Commissioner and Regional Team to agree the priorities of the RDO’s needs and workload
To liaise with the Chief Executive Officer regarding any HR issues
To produce a written report of work done in the past month and submit this to the Regional Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Commissioner by the 7th day of the following month
To be answerable to a volunteer committee
To undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required from time to time

Person specification

D= Desirable; E= Essential


Guiding background an advantage (D)
Experience in a volunteer environment (E)

Specific aptitudes/skills

Flexibility and willingness to work unsociable hours, including evenings and weekends to facilitate meetings with volunteers and young people(E)
Strong interest in Guiding (E)
Knowledge of youth work in Ireland (D)
Commitment to the aims and methods and an acceptance of the values of Guiding (E)
Excellent interpersonal skills (E)
Excellent oral, written and presentational communication skills (E)
Good organizational skills (E)
Good IT competency (E)
Good time management skills and ability to manage a varied workload (E)
Friendly disposition and empathy for volunteers’ needs (E)
Be efficient and be able to work as part of a team and also on your own initiative (E)
Be able to work from home (E)
Hold a current and valid full driver’s licence and have the use of a car for work purposes (E)

Salary: Details available on request

Terms: This will be a one year renewable contract, dependable on grant funding, with a six-month probationary period.

To apply: Please email a letter of application together with a full CV and the names and contact details of two referees to: Linda Peters, CEO, Irish Girl Guides at

Please note: A panel will be formed from which future vacancies may be filled. The usual lifetime of a panel is one year.

Deadline for applications:

Closing date for applications – Friday 8th January 2016

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