VSI is hiring: Programmes Coordinator

20 Jul 2021

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*This job opportunity is now closed*


About VSI

Voluntary Service International (VSI) is the Irish branch of Service Civil International (SCI), a worldwide peace movement founded after the First World War. We are a volunteer-based movement, founded in 1965 and headquartered in Dublin.

For over 55 years we have promoted peace, social justice and sustainable development at home and abroad through volunteering. By bringing together people from across the globe to participate in values-based volunteering, we aim to increase awareness and understanding of the people, the societies and the environment around us.  This deeper understanding will contribute to a global and local society which is more open-minded, aware and responsible for its own behaviour and actions. We are able to do this with the help of our network partner organisations at home and abroad, enabling volunteering experiences that promote peace, social justice and sustainable development.

VSI’s vision is a world of peace, social justice and sustainable development, where all people live together with mutual respect.

VSI’s mission is to promote a culture of peace, social justice and sustainable development by organizing and supporting volunteering projects, both in Ireland and internationally.

VSI Values: Volunteering is at the heart of VSI’s work. We support engagement, without material reward, that benefits society and aims to achieve positive social change. This is guided at all times by our core values. Every voluntary project, meeting, exchange or training reflects these values:

Non-violence - choosing peaceful resistance and conflict resolution without recourse to violence as a principle and a method;

Human Rights - respect for individuals as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

Solidarity - international solidarity for a more just and equitable world, and solidarity between all human beings;

Respect for the Environment - and the ecosystems of which we are a part and upon which we are dependent;

Inclusion - being open and inclusive of all individuals without discrimination;

Empowerment - providing people with knowledge and tools to understand and act to transform the social, cultural and economic structures that affect their lives at all levels;

Co-operation - with local communities as well as other local, national and international partners to strengthen the positive potential within civil society as a whole.


For more information about our organisation, please see:

2021 - 2025 VSI Strategic Plan

2020 VSI Annual Report 2020
2020 Audited Accounts


Overview of the Role

The Programmes Coordinator will be responsible to the CEO for the effective planning, implementation, evaluation and administration of VSI projects and programmes. This includes completing and submitting reports as required, maintenance of accounts, records and files.

Main Responsiblities include:

  1. Recruiting, training and supporting volunteers, leaders, coordinators, including people with fewer opportunities for short-term and long-term volunteer projects and other activities in Ireland and overseas;
  2. Planning, delivering and evaluating VSI volunteer projects in Ireland in partnership with host organisations;
  3. Organising training and education projects, events and programmes as required;
  4. Developing and delivering global citizenship and awareness workshops for VSI volunteers and members of the public;
  5. Supporting and encouraging  volunteers and members to become active in VSI and SCI activities;
  6. Implementing good practice and quality standards across all programmes;
  7. Ensuring that the philosophy and aims of VSI/SCI are communicated to volunteers and host organisations as appropriate;
  8. Cooperating with partner organisations in Ireland and overseas, including but not confined to host organisations for volunteer projects and branches of SCI;
  9. Representing VSI and developing good working relationships with relevant funders, supporting agencies and SCI internationally as appropriate;
  10. Promoting VSI’s vision of volunteering for peace with partners and the general public;
  • Assisting with and participating in VSI fundraising activities and contributing to researching new funding opportunities for VSI;
  • Contributing to the work of VSI, including newsletters, social and traditional media, staff events and team meetings and performance management processes as required.


Person Specification 

The person appointed will demonstrate:

  • A commitment to the values of VSI and an understanding of the issues in promoting peace, social justice and sustainable development through volunteering and nonformal educational activities;
  • An ability to work supportively with adults, especially young adults and people with fewer opportunities;
  • An ability to plan, deliver and evaluate events and projects;
  • Excellent communication and networking skills;
  • Excellent teamwork skills and ability to work on own initiative but seek guidance as appropriate;
  • An ability to manage competing demands in tight timescales;
  • A positive, solution-focused approach;
  • Good ICT and report writing skills in English.


Working conditions

The person appointed will be required to carry out the role both virtually and physically/in-person both nationally and internationally as required.

More information on working conditions will be available on request.


To Apply

Please download the application form here: VSI Job Application Form 2021. Please return the completed form to careers@vsi.ie by 5.00pm on Monday 16 August 2021.

Shortlisting will apply. Interviews will be held during the week of 23 August 2021.  

Enquiries to admin@vsi.ie