Youth Worker vacancy with VSI

16 Mar 2017

Voluntary Service international (VSI) is looking for a Youth Worker!

Full-time Youth Worker for 6 months from April/May 2017

VSI works with all young people in Ireland including those who are vulnerable and marginalised such as young people who are experiencing poverty or the care system, young people with disabilities, migrants and asylum-seekers.  We work with young people on an individual basis and in groups.  We also bring young people together through our programmes to form diverse groups to promote their integration.

VSI works to:  

  • promote the social inclusion of young people
  • raise young people’s awareness of their rights, peace and social justice, sustainable development, the environment and intercultural understanding
  • foster young people’s active citizenship
  • promote young people’s civic engagement
  • develop young people’s skills and competencies and enhance their employability.

The Youth Worker will co-ordinate, support, develop and administer activities and projects for the social education of young people in these areas.

VSI delivers our activities in Ireland and internationally - in Europe and in the global south.  The Youth Worker will be involved in various projects including our Erasmus+ programme projects and VSI’s projects with our international network, Service Civil International (SCI).


Key responsibilities:

  1. Engage young people in VSI programmes, in Ireland and internationally.  This includes recruiting, preparing and supporting young people to participate in VSI programmes. 
  1. Develop relationships with appropriate youth workers, youth and community organisations, agencies and networks in Ireland to promote and support young people’s engagement with VSI.  
  1. Liaise with and develop effective working relationships with SCI branches and working groups such as the Youth and Unemployment Working Group. 
  1. Recruit, train and support volunteer leaders and supporters to take part in VSI organised activities in Ireland and overseas with young people. 
  1. Ensure effective planning, implementation, evaluation and administration of the VSI projects for which the Youth Worker has responsibility.  This includes completing and submitting reports as required, maintenance of accounts, records and files. 
  1. Implement good youth work practice:
    1. Ensure child and vulnerable adult protection and safeguarding standards and legal obligations are implemented and followed, ensuring appropriate training and support is provided for volunteers and leaders.
    2. Contribute to ensuring that Garda Vetting for all volunteers and leaders is carried out. 
  1. Collaborate with other VSI staff and volunteers to develop and deliver a variety of peace/development education/social justice workshops and activities for young people, VSI volunteers and members of the public, utilising a range of non-formal learning methods. 
  1. Work with the VSI marketing team to promote VSI’s activities and opportunities to include contributing to the VSI newsletter and social media, networking and liaising with schools, colleges and universities. 
  1. Participate in meetings with the staff team, management and in performance management processes as required. 
  1. Network with other peace and social justice organisations as appropriate to collaborate on developing campaigns and represent VSI. 
  1. Assist with and participate in VSI fundraising activities as appropriate and contribute to researching new funding opportunities for VSI. 
  1. Assist in general office related duties with other staff e.g. maintaining shared spaces. 


Qualifications and experience (E = Essential; D = Desirable) 

  • Youth Work qualification, preferably to degree level (E)
  • Experience of working with young people, including vulnerable and hard to reach young people, for a minimum of one year (E)
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with young people (E)
  • Experience in report writing (E)
  • Strong communication skills (E)
  • Group-work and facilitation skills, including experience of non-formal education methodologies (E)
  • Good interpersonal skills, experience of working with diverse individuals and groups (E)
  • Ability to work in a team environment and on own initiative (E)
  • Good computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite (E)
  • Knowledge of interculturalism, development education and/or social justice and equality (E)
  • Experience and knowledge of the Erasmus+ Youth Programme (D)


The VSI Board expects all staff to commit to VSI’s values, mission and vision and to represent VSI in a professional manner at all times.

The Youth Worker reports to the VSI CEO.

The Youth Worker will be based in the VSI office with some national and international travel.  The office hours are generally 9.00 – 17.00 hours Monday to Friday (35 hours per week).  There will be some evening and weekend work for which time off in lieu will be given.  The Youth Worker will receive 24 days annual leave pro rata plus public holidays.

This position is temporary for 6 months from April/May 2017, with a possibility of extension.  The Youth Worker salary is negotiable.

The successful candidate will be subject to Garda Vetting and two verbal reference checks.  The position is subject to a probationary period.

In accordance with our values, VSI is an equal opportunities employer.

To apply, please complete our application form available for download here.

Applications to be submitted by email to Helen Walmsley: 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Tuesday, 28th March.

Please note that short-listing of candidates will take place.

Interviews will take place during the week beginning 10th April.