Development Officer for National Rural Development LEADER Programme

Title:                  Development Officer for National Rural Development LEADER Programme

Reports to:       Senior Management Team

Located:           Company offices in Bagenalstown.  (Note; employees are currently working from home as a temporary response to Covid 19 Public Health Guidelines)

Job Purpose

Joining an established Rural Development Team, the role of Development Officer for the National Rural Development (LEADER) Programme is to engage with local communities, deliver an effective animation strategy and deliver results across a portfolio of community projects in full compliance with the LEADER programme guidelines.

Application Process

Interested candidates are required to send their Curriculum Vitae with covering letter by e-mail to [email protected] on or before 5pm on Friday 9th of April 2021.  All applications received will be acknowledged.   Shortlisting will apply. Canvassing will disqualify.  Carlow Development Partnership is an equal opportunities employer.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  1. Deliver an effective community engagement and animation strategy
  2. Strategic management of a community project portfolio
  3. Ensure up to date understanding of the National Rural Development LEADER Programme Operating Rules and all amendments.


Reporting to the senior management team, the LEADER Development Officer will undertake the following duties;

  1. Work with the LEADER team to animate prioritised sections of the Carlow Local Development Strategy, including taking responsibility for assigned ‘Call for Proposals’.
  2. Meet with prospective project promoters with a view to guiding the applicants through the LEADER programme process up to final grant drawdown stage,
  3. Carry out site visits in compliance with the LEADER programme rules, and subject to Covid19 Public Health Guidelines and Covid-19 company policy,
  4. Create assessment report/evaluation report using the prescribed programme template,
  5. Attend evaluation committee meetings as a member of the LEADER team and present assigned projects for evaluation,
  6. Attend LAG meetings as a member of the LEADER team and present assigned projects for consideration,
  7. Meet with promoter to review all sections of the letter of offer requirements before drawdown,
  8. Monitor project implementation and report on same at internal LEADER team meetings,
  9. Liaise with Department Inspectorate if an assigned project is selected for inspection,
  10. Ensure familiarisation with Carlow Local Development Strategy, LEADER programme operating rules and subsequent circulars,
  11. Adhere to the company’s data protection policy at all stages of the LEADER process,
  12. Develop project case studies for company web-site and general media,
  13. All other duties as required by the Senior Management Team.




  • Minimum Level 7 qualification in rural/community development, social enterprise or environmental science.
  • A qualification in project management is desirable.
  • ICT skills, including Microsoft Office.
  • Fluent in business English both written and verbal.
  • Full clean Irish drivers’ licence.                                                   

Knowledge of                       

  • Community development work.
  • National Rural Development LEADER Programme.

A minimum of 2 years’ experience in all of the follow

  • Working with community groups.
  • Managing a portfolio of projects,
  • Detailed administration work and file management,
  • Delivering results within a compliance framework,
  • Adherence to relevant legal and regulatory requirements,
  • Delivering results within short deadlines,
  • Showing initiative and problem-solving skills.

Behavioural Competencies

The selected candidate will be adaptable, enthusiastic and results focused.  The role of Development Officer is critical to the success of the overall LEADER team and as such, the successful candidate will be highly motivated and efficient to reach targets.  The following competencies are essential for the role;

  1. Customer orientation
  2. Professional Integrity
  3. Effective communication
  4. Stakeholder management
  5. Business acumen
  6. Results driven
  7. Solution oriented

Access to own transport is essential for the role.

Summary of Key Terms and Conditions of Employment

Duration of Contract
Full time contract up to December, 2022 will be offered with the option of extending thereafter subject to funding.

Location of Post
Bagenalstown (Working from home as a temporary response to Covid 19 Public Health Guidelines)

Hours of Work
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.  It may be necessary to work outside normal office hours on occasions.

Salary Range
Salary will be commensurate with relevant experience and will be between €40,000 – €45,000 p/a pro rata.

Annual Leave
25 days p/a (pro-rata)


Other terms and conditions of employment will be detailed in the contract of employment.