ADVERT ID 185458

Child Rights Schools Programme Coordinator


UNICEF Ireland

33 Ormond Quay Lower
Dublin 1


Other Education
Date Posted:
Fri Jan 13 2023 09:15:26
Application Closing Date:
Thu Jan 26 2023
Commencement Date:
Wed Mar 1 2023
Status of Post:
Number of Vacancies:


Child Rights Schools Programme Coordinator

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfil their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF is the world’s largest children’s humanitarian organisation.

Job Title Child Rights Schools Coordinator

Reporting To Advocacy and Child Rights Education (CRE) Manager

Location Hybrid working policy

Hours 37.5 hours a week. Other flexible arrangements will be considered

Salary Range Commensurate with experience

Duration 15 months: March 2023 – June 2024

UNICEF Ireland’s Child Rights Schools Programme is an innovative and creative initiative that aims to embed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in the ethos and practice of primary schools in Ireland. The vision of the programme is that all children in Ireland learn in a rights respecting school community where the UNCRC is fully embedded in values and practice. The programme is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. We are looking for a Coordinator to lead the programme.
Supported by UNICEF's Advocacy and Education Manager, you will manage the relationships with schools participating in the programme. A confident and results focused individual, you will have some experience of managing education projects. You will also be an advocate for children’s rights, demonstrating a strong commitment to the UNCRC.

Leadership and management of the CRS programme
• Increase the number of schools participating in the CRS programme
• Build and maintain supportive relationships with educators in participating schools, monitor and accredit their progress
• Build and coordinate a CRS Community of Practice

Building the capacity of educators
• Coordinate the delivery of the online summer course for primary educators
• Develop and promote CRE resources for primary and post primary schools

Reporting and quality assurance
• Keep detailed and consistent records of communication with schools
• Evaluate robust and up-to-date evidence to support and scrutinise the effectiveness of the CRS programme in delivering identified outcomes.
• Participate in UNICEF’s Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) process
• Adhere to, and promote, UNICEF Ireland’s safeguarding policy and procedures
• Participate in team, and board, meeting updates
• Participate in, and contribute to, UNICEF’s CRE network

Person Specification

Relevant Experience
• Working strategically at a senior leader level in an education setting, with experience of delivering professional development, within schools
• Working with children and young people in an educational setting, involving them in decision making
Specific Skills
• An excellent communicator who listens well to colleagues and programme participants, and can deliver on their needs
• Excellent resource writing skills
• Effective use of ICT, in particular Microsoft Office
• Ability to use systems efficiently as a remote worker
Specific Knowledge
• Knowledge and understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
• Knowledge of the primary school curriculum

Terms of Employment
This is a 15 month contract. Working location is flexible and will be agreed between the employee and employer. Travel to schools across Ireland is expected. The annual leave entitlement is twenty (20) days pro rata per annum. Expected start date early March 2023.

UNICEF Ireland is committed to adhering to the highest standards of child protection and child safeguarding. UNICEF reserves the right not to employ staff or engage volunteers or other representatives who are deemed to pose or potentially pose a risk to the protection of children, to the full extent permitted by law. Additionally, all candidates must sign UNICEF Ireland’s Child Protection Policy & Procedures before commencing employment, engaging as a volunteer, intern, consultant or representative of UNICEF Ireland.

To apply please submit your CV & a cover letter via email to:
UNICEF Ireland Child Rights Schools Coordinator, Lydia McCarthy, by midnight Thursday 26th January 2023, with interviews to take place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd February.




  • Letter of Application

  • CV (Digital)

Applications may be submitted by

  • Email


Apply To:
To apply please submit your CV & a cover letter via email to:
UNICEF Ireland Child Rights Schools Coordinator, Lydia McCarthy, by midnight Thursday 26th January 2023
Postal District:
Dublin 1
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