Project Manager of the ABC Programme - 3 year Contract

Tusla, Corporate Offices, Brunel Building, Heuston South Quarter, Dublin 8.  Salary:  See Description for Details
Business and Strategic Management   Temporary/Contract/Project
Closing Date: 02/09/2019 Recruitment start: 08/08/2019


Job Summary

The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of services for the development, welfare and protection of children and the support of families ever undertaken in Ireland. It is an ambitious move which brings together some 4,000 staff who were previously employed within Children and Family Services of the Health Service Executive, the National Educational Welfare Board and the Family Support Agency.

The Child and Family Agency has responsibility for the following range of services:

  • Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services
  • Family Resource Centres and associated national programmes
  • Early years (pre-school) Inspection Services
  • Educational Welfare responsibilities including School completion programmes and Home School Liaison
  • Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services
  • Services related to the psychological welfare of children
  • Adoption & Alternative Care

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

Purpose of Role:

Responsibility for the alignment of the ABC Programme with the Prevention, Partnership and Family (PPFS) Programme and all Tusla services.  Responsibility for communications, stakeholder management, risk and scope management, governance and status reporting.

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and ABC Oversight group to develop a vision and ensure the successful integration of the Programme across Tusla services.
  • Ensure the successful alignment of the ABC Programme with the Prevention, Partnership and Family (PPFS) Programme and all Tusla services.
  • Manage the scale-up of the learning from across the ABC Programme and ensure evidence gained is utilised in the sustainable development of the programme.
  • Champion the ABC programme within Tusla and with external stakeholders to ensure its long term sustainability.
  • Provide direct link between ABC areas, staff and consortia and Tusla staff and services
  • Build alignment with the PPFS Programme, through the Child and Family Support Networks.
  • Ensure the ABC Programme is integrated with the Children and Young People’s Services Committees.
  • Ensure PPFS Senior Managers, Senior Coordinators are supported in the development and oversight of Service Level Agreements.

Programme reporting:

  • Track and report on costs, timescales, resources used and quality controls, and recommend or take action as appropriate
  • Facilitate programme management meetings and report on the progress and status of the alignment process

Programme risk, issue and dependency management:

  • Map and plan for the management of performance indicators, risks, issues and dependencies and liaise with relevant stakeholders to ensure risks, issues and dependencies are effectively managed;
  • Maintain overall programme log including risks, actions, issues, dependencies etc.
  • Facilitate regular risk and dependency reviews 


  • Ensure the appropriate level of programme governance is in place for the successful alignment and mainstreaming of the Programme.

Budget and resourcing:

  • Work with National Commissioning Unit and PPFS National Finance Officer to monitor programme budget
  • Ensure all other resources necessary to the success of the programme are identified and appropriately addressed.
  • Liaise with HR and Procurement as necessary to ensure resources are maintained in line with all relevant policies and regulations.

Training and development:

  • Coordinate and lead change management challenges as they are identified.
  • Participate in mandatory training programmes
  • Pursue continuous professional development in order to develop professional knowledge

Communications / stakeholder management:

  • Ensure that highly effective communication mechanisms and processes are in place to manage, motivate and influence multiple stakeholders.

Health & Safety

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the service for example National Standards for Child Protection and Care and comply with associated Tusla – Child and Family Agency protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
  • To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.

The above Job Description is not intended 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 while in office. 

Please refer to the Candidate Information pack attached to this campaign for full and further detail.

Skills Required

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

  • An academic award at level 8 (or higher) on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) framework or professional qualification as relevant to the delivery of the role.
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in an organisation, as relevant to this role, to include supervision and a proven track record of delivering complex multi-disciplinary projects
  • Significant experience in large-scale, regional, national change management &/or project management including large-scale project development, implementation and measurement of performance
  • Experience of financial management, including adherence to financial regulations and procedures and budgeting.
  • Experience of managing and working collaboratively with multiple internal and external stakeholders and disciplines and in achieving results through cross sectoral working.
  • Possess sufficient administrative capacity to discharge the function of the Grade and the requisite knowledge and abilities for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.


Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character


Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant within the meaning of the Public Services Superannuation Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.

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