Vacancy: Programme Assistant

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ICOS is an independent, registered charity advocating for the rights of international students in Ireland and promoting good policy and high standards in international education in Irish higher education. ICOS also administers fellowship programmes on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

ICOS has a vacancy for an energetic, organised graduate who can assist with and assume, after relevant training, significant responsibilities in relation to the administration of the Irish Aid Fellowship Programme in keeping with ICOS’ current contractual obligations to Irish Aid.

Tasks include, but are not exclusive to:

  • Processing of fellowship applications
  • Preparation of documentation for selection meetings
  • On-going communication with successful applicants
  • Liaison regarding the placement of candidates onto college programmes
  • Updating of guidance information
  • Arrival logistics including travel arrangements for new fellows
  • Accommodation arrangements
  • Fellowship casework
  • Preparation of course directories and application documentation for next fellowship cycle
  • Communication with fellowship alumni including newsletters and social media
  • Administration of tracking surveys
  • Event management

The successful applicant will be expected to actively contribute to the ICOS team and provide administrative support for other activities as required.

The following are essential criteria for this post:

  • A relevant third-level degree or equivalent
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal  and team work skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience in online communications including web content development, social media and online surveys
  • Ability to make sound logistical arrangements, including flight bookings

The following are highly desirable criteria for this post:

  • Experience working with database managements systems, specifically Microsoft Access
  • Experience in an international/intercultural environment
  • Knowledge/experience in voluntary or higher education sectors
  • Knowledge/experience of international development work

Salary: €26,000 for a 35-hour week.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 3 May with interviewing of shortlisted candidates anticipated on Wednesday 29May, 2019.

Applications to include a cover letter and CV by post or e-mail to:

Sheila Power
Irish Council for International Students
41 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 6605233
RCN: 20101275

Note (i): your cover letter should outline clearly how you meet the essential criteria for the position; applicants who fail to do so will not be considered for interview.
Note (ii): only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Further information for Candidates:
Irish Council for International Students (ICOS):
Irish Aid Fellowships:


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